Cult of Chucky
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Chucky, who has some scores to settle with his old enemies, returns to terrorize his human victim, Nica (Fiona Dourif), who is confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years. Nica is wrongly convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new group therapy tool — a “Good Guy” doll — a string of grisly deaths plague the asylum and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. Andy (Alex Vincent), Chucky’s now-grown-up nemesis from the original Child’s Play, races to Nica’s aid. But to save her he’ll have to get past Tiffany (Oscar-nominee Jennifer..

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Cult of Chucky

Chucky, who has some scores to settle with his old enemies, returns to terrorize his human victim, Nica (Fiona Dourif), who is confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years. Nica is wrongly convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new group therapy tool — a “Good Guy” doll — a string of grisly deaths plague the asylum and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. Andy (Alex Vincent), Chucky’s now-grown-up nemesis from the original Child’s Play, races to Nica’s aid. But to save her he’ll have to get past Tiffany (Oscar-nominee Jennifer Tilly), Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll.

It’s hard to believe it’s been thirty years since the original ‘Child’s Play’ was released, but it has been. In the newest Chucky installment ‘The Cult Chucky, is about a killer doll possessed by the soul of a serial killer. Unlike most sequels that seem to throw continuity out, this movie does a great job at throwing back to the previous entries in the franchise in subtle, yet fun, ways. Director, Don Mancini, seems to have a whole carnival planned out for this horror franchise that has become quite popular since debuting back in the late ’80s, and his latest incarnation ‘Cult of Chucky’ is about as crazy as you can imagine for being the seventh sequel.

For the most part, this film is about, Nica Pierce who is convinced she is responsible for some murders, and not Chucky, that happened to her family four years earlier. Ever since the murders, she has been locked up in an insane asylum. When strange occurrences begin happening at the asylum, Nica starts to believe that maybe she is not crazy after all. It’s not long before Chucky shows up at the asylum and begins looking for Nica. In the meantime, Andy (Alex Vincent) believes Nica’s innocence because of his past with the killer doll and when he discovers she is in trouble, he races to the asylum to save her.

Andy now lives in an isolated cabin and keeps a secret hidden in a wall safe. Andy watches a video of him attempting to convince Nica’s doctor by shooting the secret with a paintball gun and making it shriek. At one point, Nica watches an unstable patent out a window take one of the dolls outside to a snowy graveyard when its face suddenly turns evil and shoots her the bird.

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After Chucky is brought to the asylum by some mysterious woman, he awakens and goes looking for Nica. Next, we’re shown a long shot of Chucky walking towards the camera and the focus is entirely on him as he gets closer. He walking, talking and acting just like a human would and this is absolutely mind-blowing for a doll that is not CGI but an actual puppet. It really is amazing to watch. Just after this scene, one of the patients in the hospital comes out of her room and sees Chucky and attempts to tell him that he is not real. She ends up annoying him and he calls her a “Fucking cuckoos nest” and takes off.

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Chucky fans will be happy to know that he is once again at his finest, and they are sure to take this installment with a mixture of humor and horror. This film was a solid entry in a franchise that is now six installments strong and it also manages to breathe new life into what most may think is a tired concept. I think whatever Don has planned for the next installment will be more interesting as this one is very much a build-up with a lot going on. With the revelations at the end, it will be interesting to see how Don will play it out. He sets this one up to make you really want to see what happens next. I really hope we get to see more of Andy the next time around.

 

GrimMagazine.com - Cult of Chucky - Movie ReviewTitle: Cult of Chucky
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour, 31 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Suspense
Studio: Universal Pictures
Starring: Fiona Dourif, Michael Therriault, Adam Hurtig, Jennifer Tilly
MPAA Rated: R
Directors: Don Mancini
Reviewed by: Carl Collins
Our Rating: 3.2 /5

 

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