31 Days of Reviews: Cult of Chucky (2017)

Four years after the events of Curse of Chucky, Nica Pierce is institutionalized and made to believe she is responsible for the murders of her family members. Unfortunately for everyone else on her ward, Chucky committed those murders, and he’s coming back to finish the job.

Cult of Chucky is the newest movie in the Child’s Play franchise that started way back in 1988. This installment is written and directed by Don Mancini (who wrote the original film). It continues to use the voice talents of Brad Dourif for the titular character.

The movie stars Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky), theater actor Michael Therriault, Grace Lynn Kung (InSecurity), Elisabeth Rosen (The ABC’s of Death), and Adam Hurtig. It also has guest appearances by Jennifer Tilly (Bride of Chucky) and features a role played by Alex Vincent, who played the child, Andy Barclay, in the original Child’s Play.

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This particular horror franchise has been an interesting ride. Child’s Play was pretty great. Child’s Play 2 was a typical sequel. Child’s Play 3 was a typical third film in a horror trilogy. Bride of Chucky was… different. Then, Seed of Chucky was pretty awful in my opinion. When Seed of Chucky was released, I remember a lot of people saying that the franchise had reached its lowest point. At that time, another installment in the franchise was not going to be taken kindly.

When Curse of Chucky was released in 2013, as a straight to DVD release, my expectations were pretty low. I was expecting more of the same ridiculousness that the franchise had fallen to. Surprisingly though, I really liked it. When I saw Cult of Chucky‘s release, also straight to DVD and VOD, I was timid yet curious.

Who would have thought the 7th movie in a franchise would actually be good?

I was pretty happy to see how Cult of Chucky turned out. It’s a fun ride, very similar to its immediate predecessor Curse of Chucky. It picks up where the previous film left off. It’s been four years since Nica’s family was murdered by Chucky, the same amount of time between the two installments. Fiona Dourif returns to play the character Nica once again, and she shines even more this time around.

I can’t give too many details about Fiona Dourif’s performance without spoiling plot details, but she really does do brilliantly. I thought she showed a great amount of range in this installment. I would have to give another shout out to Adam Hurtig for his performance. At one point during the story, he really nails an impersonation of Brad Dourif himself.

Cult of Chucky continues on with the tradition of spoofing itself that was started with the last several films. This is most prominent with the inclusion of Jennifer Tilly once again. When her character is first introduced, the comment is made that she looks remarkably like Jennifer Tilly. The series has long blurred the lines between the actress Jennifer Tilly and the character Tiffany Valentine. This installment doesn’t stray from that.

This installment continues the same dark humor that the series has come to be known for. There’s lots of bloody, violent deaths. There are many jokes about those deaths. Many of those deaths are throwbacks to previous installments. The writers get some pop culture jokes in there. I much enjoyed the Hannibal reference. I don’t usually agree with Chucky’s opinions, but why did they have to cancel that show?

Since these movies have become direct to video releases, the production quality isn’t that high. Seed of Chucky was the last big budget Chucky movie we may ever see. The fact that Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky aren’t as glossy as some of their predecessors doesn’t mean that their stories don’t hold any new or good ideas.

I enjoyed Cult of Chucky. This movie could either serve as a brilliant end to the franchise or to a new beginning full of many possibilities. It could go either way. I’ve heard they’re planning on making more installments, and I fully expect the possibility that those will be ridiculous. Due to how much I liked Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky, I will definitely give any future installments a shot.

If you’re looking for a good slasher, you may want to give this movie a shot as well.

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