Every week, we spotlight a kill that we just can’t get enough of. This is Kill of the Week.
Earlier this year, I wrote at length about my love for Don Mancini’s Curse of Chucky, which completely restored my faith in a franchise I wasn’t all that into in the wake of the one-two punch of Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky.
With Curse, released in 2014, Mancini went back to basics, scrubbing most of the over-the-top silliness from the franchise in favor of a darker, gothic sequel that remarkably managed to continue literally all of the series’ main storylines while completely resetting the overall tone.
Curse of Chucky is as legit suspenseful as a Chucky movie can probably be, and with it Mancini pulled off something that was seemingly impossible at the time…
The sixth installment in the franchise actually made Chucky scary again.
But we’re here to talk about gory kills, and Curse of Chucky has one in particular that stands out. Towards the end of the movie, heroine Nica Pierce and Ian, her sister’s husband, are (seemingly) the only ones left after Chucky slices and dices his way through the rest of the characters. Nica of course survives, while Ian meets a gruesome fate.
Lying on his back after being knocked to the ground by Nica’s wheelchair, a helpless Ian is approached by an axe-wielding Chucky. The killer doll lifts the axe up over his head, and you assume he’s going to crack it down into Ian’s chest or forehead. Instead, however, Chucky brings the axe down onto Ian’s mouth, literally splitting the bottom of his jaw off.
As an added touch, Ian’s tongue wags around in his mutilated mouth before he expires.