- Character Rerailment: After Bride and Seed made him more comedic and less pragmatic to the point of becoming Stupid Evil, this film returned Chucky to his original, cunning characterization.
- Growing the Beard: This film largely succeeded in making Chucky scary again, tying together the previous films, and steering the franchise back on track.
- Moral Event Horizon: Ian might earn some sympathy when the audience finds out his wife is cheating on him, but that goes out the window once he blames Nica for Chucky's killings and his daughter's kindapping, subsequently using the Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique on her after she passes out, and planning to turn her over to the authorities after finding Alice.
- One-Scene Wonder:
- Poor Man's Substitute: It seems Joseph LoDuca was trying to emulate Danny Elfman in his score except in a minimalist low-budget synth-dominated fashion akin to that of Mick Garris' Production Posse composer Nicholas Pike or Full Moon Features composer Richard Band or even Kevin Kiner's score to Leprechaun.
- Special Effect Failure: It's very obvious whenever Chucky is about to start speaking, as his "living doll" form's face has a distinctly different shape than the "inanimate doll" form he takes when incognito.
- When he climbs down the stairs after murdering Barb, he's rendered in CGI, and looks utterly terrible.
- Like in previous films, it's obvious in birds-eye shots that he's being played by an actor, as he lacks his distinctively jerky movements.
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Going by aggregates, it's the best-reviewed installment in the Child's Play series, and generally won back fans alienated by the turn to comedy exhibited in the previous two installments.
- Uncanny Valley: Invoked. There's just something off about the way Chucky looks, even before he reveals his true nature, but considering the film is aiming for a Creepy Doll vibe, it's rather appropriate. It's especially clear when he's about to move◊.
- What an Idiot!: Nica has found out Chucky's true nature and is trying to convince the cops.
You'd Expect: Considering how ridiculous the situation sounds from an adult's mouth, she would report it as "there's a killer in the house" and leave it to the force to find forensic evidence.
Instead: She blames it on Chucky, which makes it easy for the cops to pin her as insane and keep Chucky on the loose.
- Wheelchair Woobie: Nica, who has a Big Sister Bully who tries to swindle her of her home out of greed, is born paraplegic due to her mother getting her womb stabbed by Charles Lee Ray right before she was born and is then wrongly accused of murder.
YMMV / Curse of Chucky