Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Review: Cult of Chucky

Official Synopsis:  Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) is wrongly 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. 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.

When I heard that Cult of Chucky, I was a little apprehensive. I merely liked the last installment in the Chucky series, Curse of Chucky but thought it fell a little flat but had potential to continue the series and could be taken seriously again, which is something I've wished for the pint sized doll for sometime now.

Then I sat down to watch it.

Any fears walking into it, were tossed aside. While Cult of Chucky retains a lot of the humor this series is known for, the violence and horror elements were turned up to a level like never before. The kills by Chucky were a bit more methodical on his part, including one very memorable "death by sunroof" scene that is sure to be the most memorable and a fan favorite. This movie definitely takes it's reputation serious.

As compared to her performance in the first movie, Fiona Dourif also has improved as an actress. She was a fine and talented leading actress and certainly inherited the creepy factor from her father (voice of Chucky and costar, Brad Dourif) and proved that she is a bankable actress for future installments as well as other movies. I can't wait to see where her road takes her! Also returning was Alex Vincent, Andy from the original movies, who has had his own battles with Chucky over the years. Now, I like Alex's involvement, but didn't really think he was crucial to the story. It was nice to see him battle with Chucky and trade barbs but that could've been any other character.

If I do have any advice for you, it's to watch the unrated edition, not just for the kills and fun, but the after credits scene. Fans of the series will definitely appreciate this. In fact, my jaw is still on the ground!

The bonus features are always a highlight and it was a real treat to see the inside story of this movie and hearing the perspectives of those involved:

R-rated/Unrated Versions: the viewer may choose either version to watch from the menu, both running 90 minutes.
Audio Commentary: Featuring director Don Mancini and head puppeteer/associate producer Tony Gardner
Deleted Scenes
Inside the Insanity of Cult of Chucky Featuring director-writer Don Mancini, head puppeteer Tony Gardner, production designer Craig Sandells, and actors Fiona Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Alex Vincent, and Michael Therriault.
Good Guy Gone Bad: The Incarnations of Chucky ): Featuring director Don Mancini and puppeteer Tony Gardner discuss the ever changing look of Chucky.
The Dollhouse : A chat with fathers and daughters Brad and Fiona Dourif and puppeteers Tony and Kyra Gardner.

Last Thoughts: I saw this as a mixture between Curse of Chucky and Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. A lot of elements such as the backdrop of the creepy psych ward, suicide, and possession that would've been taken seriously in other movies, were given a little more of a lighter take but it didn't hurt the tone of the movie. I found this to be the most entertaining movie of the series in years and quickly became my favorite since part 2. I feel like Chucky was given a new life here and I get the sense the future of the series will be a-ok.

Definitely do yourself a favor and pick this one up.I couldn't be any happier with this movie and believe anyone who's a fan of the series will be more than satisfied.



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