CURSE OF CHUCKY | DVD AND BLU-RAY 10.8.13
There’s nothing inherently creepier than dolls (except maybe children), and the Chucky movies play off that uncanniness to great effect. Whether the effect is terrifying or terrible, of course, varies by viewer and sequel.
The newest installment tries to bridge the gap between the Child’s Play movies and the later, goofier [Blank] of Chucky sequels. The closer it hews to the originals, the better it does; I for one had almost forgotten that a Chucky movie could be, at least in parts, mildly scary.
Worth watching, if for no other reason than to remind yourself never to buy kids dolls.
FROZEN GROUND | DVD AND BLU-RAY 10.1.13
Recently, I’ve wondered whether John Cusack might be turning into Nic Cage. A string of forgettable action movies capped off with The Raven, a ridiculous reimagining of an Edgar Allen Poe plus local cop detecting dream team felt very … Ghost Rider through National Treasure.
But I’d never truly hoped my bad-movie dreams would come true, and that they’d star in a terrible movie together.
In this cop (Cage) vs. serial-killer (Cusack) thriller, the acting is goodish, and the plot delivers the requisite moments of suspense. Formulaic? Yes, but it stars Nic Cage AND possibly-new-Nic Cage.
Read: you can’t not watch it.