Cult of Chucky (2017)

October 2, 2017 - 11:00pm | FrighT MasteR

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Don Mancini
Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Fiona Dourif, Alex Vincent, Grace Lynn Kung, Zak Santiago

Despite debuting on DVD Curse of Chucky was fairly successful, making decent money from sales/rentals and surprising some critics and fans alike with its return to the more serious and darker form that the series initially started as. The movie was a vast improvement over Seed of Chucky, which I found to be the worst of the sequels thanks to being more of a silly spoof comedy than horror flick. Cult continues that darker formula that was resurrected with Curse and also brings back an old friend that was teased after the credits in the last installment--good ol' Andy Barclay played once again by Alex Vincent.

The flick starts off with a now obviously grown Andy on a date with a woman, who admits to Googling about his past troubles, which makes things awkward quick. Andy returns home solo and takes his frustration out on the severed head of his best friend Chucky, who is still conscious enough to talk and apparently smoke a little weed too, because why not? Elsewhere, a wheelchair-bound Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) is now living in a medium security mental institution after the doctor's convinced her that it was her that committed all those murders in the last film and not Chucky. That's all fine and dandy until the real Chuckster shows up unannounced and starts offing the patients and staff.

Wait, but wasn't Chucky's head on a spike at Andy's house? I'm confused. That's okay, because confusion is going to be one of many things you'll feel while watching this movie since nothing will really make much sense until towards the end. The big reveal is a little silly, but at the same time brings a bit of new life to the series and even answers some of the continuity issues brought forth from the last installment. Next to that there are some decent deaths and some nice practical gore. In fact, the movie surprisingly goes back to using a lot of practical effects, especially with Chucky himself, which is breath of fresh air considering A LOT of CG was used in the last movie, which made Chucky look really odd at times.

Though Andy does play a role in this film it's not as big as you'd think since he's often sidelined to Nica and what's going on at the institution, which is a little disappointing considering we still haven't necessarily caught up with everything that has been going on with him. Jennifer Tilly and Tiffany also make an appearance, but they're sadly more like cameos than anything. We're thrown another surprise after the credits that should please fans of the series though I fear at this point there's still no endgame in sight and before we know it we'll get Chucky in space (*shudders*).

While the film's script is one of the weakest aspect about this sequel, the movie does manage to get some things right, like going back to a more practical route with Chucky and the effects in general,  resulting in some nice bloody deaths. This installment also introduces something completely new and interesting to the series, despite not making a whole lot of sense. Either way, as a fan of the franchise I enjoyed this for the most part and chances are if you liked the last movie you'll like this one as well.

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