Cult of Chucky
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Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica (Fiona Dourif) 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.
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[I viewed the Unrated Version.]
This 7th Child’s Play installment continues Curse of Chucky’s story and offers a brief recap—but ideally one would see Curse before moving on to this. Andy (Alex Vincent; Child’s Play 1-2, Curse of Chucky) continues to live a tortured life. With now scores of victims in the wake of his childhood killer that has gone uncaught for over 30 years, Andy’s social life has been reduced to spending weekends chatting up and torturing the severed head of an undying Good Guy Doll that taunts him to no end. Even with proof that Chucky (Brad Dourif; The Hazing, Dune, Curse of Chucky) is a “living” possessed doll, no one believes him, passing it off as a clever stunt.
Meanwhile, after being diagnosed a schizophrenic and electro-shocked in a mental institution for four years, Nica (Fiona Dourif; True Blood, Curse of Chucky, The Master) has been tutored by psychiatrists that Chucky was just a fantasy masking her mass murder of her family. But her grasp on reality is taunted as Good Guy Dolls seem to improbably find their way into her psychiatric facility: appearing her group therapy sessions, mailed packages and even from a gift from a strange visitor (Jennifer Tilly; Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky).
Unlike Curse, which demonstrated a tactful restraint before revealing Chucky, this movie dives right into the deep end using Curse as the diving board. Because of the story continuity with Andy and Nica’s recent experiences, the mystique of the possessed doll gets skipped entirely.
Brad Dourif continues to please fans voicing Chucky (as he has for the entire franchise), and Fiona nails some good scenes (those that were written well, anyway). Their performances along the loving direction of Don Mancini (Curse of Chucky, Seed of Chucky)—who took part in writing all of the Child's Play franchise installments and several related short films—make this another entertaining contribution to the series after the campy Bride of Chucky (1998) and Seed of Chucky (2004). After the outlandishly farcical events and pacing of the 4th and 5th movies, Curse dialed things back only for Cult to return us to insanity! Whereas Curse boasted a serious poker face (with a reasonable story) and a return to the old-fashioned malevolence that could make homicidal dolls menacing again, Cult is reintroducing us to Chucky’s sadistic sense of humor and the franchise’s historical tendency for lunacy.
Maybe this movie is going too far off the deep end again much like Bride and Seed. The third act is incredibly zany and the dialogue takes a very campy shift. Many of the lines and death scenes were over the top, but I enjoyed them anyway. My favorites were the broken glass death and the two (yes, two) extremely gory head-stomping scenes. When things start to feel a bit silly, the gore keeps our interest. And as with Curse, the production quality was solid, including some decent cinematography. As for the Chucky effects, I really enjoyed the range of facial expressions (as with Curse).
Cult ties in perfectly to Curse and then leaves the potential for an infinite supply of sequels. Although, I’m not so sure as to how many we’ll get. Whether Mancini continues to back them or we get a big budget reboot/remake for theatrical release, I’ll be on board!
AHHH, Chucky. Since I was 6, I have loved this series. I don't know why my parents let me watch Child's Play but they did. As they like to tell me, I fell asleep watching it and then woke up in tears because I had missed the chucky movie.
Andy Barclay is the same age as me (at least according the timeline of him being born in 1982) so I feel a bit of a connection to him in that respect. Yes, I watched this movie when it first came out. I have 'marathons' every so often of the whole series.
A few weeks ago, a fellow Chucky fan told me this was coming out and i jumped at the chance to preorder it and I was not disappointed. Is this an amazingly horrifying movie? Well no, but I found it enjoyable. Setting it in an insane asylum was almost perfect. In fact, at one point, I thought maybe I was crazy, maybe Andy was crazy, maybe Nica was crazy.
Speaking of Andy, this movie almost got 5 stars purely because they managed to bring back Alex Vincent! I remember being upset when CP3 first came out and Vincent was not in the role as Andy. Justin Whalin did OK but honestly, Alex IS Andy. Well, he's back now and he manages to portray Andy, a many who has had a hard hand in life fairly well for an actor who has been in almost nothing outside of this franchise. I thought he easily slid back into the role of Andy, who upon learning of the murders, runs to try to save Nica or to at least prove she isn't nuts.
Nica is also back, fighting to prove she is not crazy when a Good Guy doll shows up in one of her therapy sessions. There is even a moment where she wonders if she really did imagine it all. Fiona Dourif plays Nica so well and when the climax hits, she is excellent in the switch that needs to take place when Chucky succeeds in his goal.
The multiple Chuckys was great! The murders were gruesome. Some were original, others could be found in almost any horror movie.
This movie ends with the door wide open for a sequel. Nica is possessed by Chucky. Andy is locked up. And, wait what's that? Kyle from CP2 shows up at Andys?! So many possibilities for a sequel. I'd love to see his mom come back, maybe Detective Norris, and even the girl, Kristin, he crushed on at Kent.
Hope we don't have to wait 4 years for the next one!