Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic “tool” to facilitate his patients’ group sessions — an all-too-familiar “Good Guy” doll with an innocently smiling face — a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum, and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. Andy Barclay (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 not every day I’d hop on a 3-hour commute just to watch a 90-minute movie but this isn’t any ordinary movie. Chucky is back on the big screen once again at its world premiere in Leicester Square, London at Frightfest. Here I am on the last train home writing up this review whilst the movie is still fresh in my mind. God bless Virgin Trains Wi-Fi!
Cult of Chucky isn’t set to be released until October so to avoid spoiling it for those who couldn’t make it to this evenings premiere I’ll be keeping this review as spoiler free as humanly possible.
The movie see’s the return of all our favourite characters from the previous films. We have Brad Dourif back again providing the voice of the infamous killer doll. We have Brad’s real life daughter Fiona reprising her role as Nica from Curse of Chucky. Jennifer Tilly and star of the first two Child’s Play films Alex Vincent are also back in action in Cult of Chucky. As we found out with the ending of Curse of Chucky, Director Don Mancini has teed up Cult of Chucky to directly tie in with the last three previous films (Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky and Curse of Chucky).
In Curse of Chucky, our favourite little Good Guy didn’t have the same comedic deliverance as he did in the rather spoof (almost spinoff) Bride and Seed of Chucky movies. In Curse of Chucky, the film was darker in tone and Chucky took a more menacing demeanour which was reminiscent of the original Child’s Play movies. That tension and horror in something so innocent is always an absolutely terrifying experience for me. A doll jerking off into a cup, however. Not so terrifying. But still hilarious all the same.
The second the movie began it was clear to see that Cult of Chucky is totally unlike any of the movies that have come before it. The tone of the movie takes the darker Curse of Chucky styling but salvages that infamous comedic brilliance of Chucky’s personality that was heavily displayed in Bride and Seed respectively. I was very happy to see that the franchise didn’t go too hard towards the comedy angle or too hard towards being a completely serious tale.
Cult of Chucky really is a tribute to the fans. I can’t go into too much plot depth here but there is a reason why this movie has the word ‘Cult’ in its title and the fact that this ‘event’ comes to fruition opens up the franchise up to a variety of possibilities for future instalments. A number of directions the film can go in after that open-ended finale is endless.
Similar to the Saw franchise I can watch a new Chucky movie every year until the day I die if they kept making them. The franchise doesn’t feel old, outdated or even done to death. Every film is its very own standalone product of brilliance and I cannot wait to ride the Chucky wave for years to come.
Cult of Chucky drags us into this asylum of suspense, tension and sheer brutality. Whenever the film falls silent if even for a second, you’re anticipating that jump scare to knock your popcorn bucket a mile up into the air. Or you’re just waiting for someone to be brutally murdered. But being a Chucky fan I’m there just smiling at the screen. Questioning my own mental health. But that’s the beauty of the franchise. With every kill comes a hilarious joke. You’re almost waiting for it every time and it seems I’m not the only one. After many of the kills, most of the audience were laughing along with me. It’s the beauty of Horror films and a genre that has the most dedicated and incredible fans in the world. Every horrifying murder is met with a corny joke that instantly relaxes you back into the movie after just witnessing another bloodthirsty moment.
What I loved most about this movie is how different it is compared to the rest of the franchise. It really is out there and there is so much going on you can’t take your eyes off the screen for one second. The franchise is evolving, maturing and growing the first few ginger hairs of a Good Guy moustache.
Fiona Dourif puts in another incredible performance. The clinic setting and the type of performance in terms of the character and her haunted past gave me Fear Clinic flashbacks. It heavily reminded me of that exact same performance where she blew me away with total investment into her character.
Hilariously brutal, insanely addictive and balls out crazy. Chucky is back and better than ever. Don Mancini and the team have become a family over the years and as a result, the franchise is treated with love and respect. Never straying too far from the path for money or greed. They do it for the fans and that type of love is a rare love in cinema and an attitude that we need more of across the board. Cult of Chucky is a cinematic experience that I’ll never forget for as long as I live.