Review Corner: Cult of Chucky

Cult of Chucky

1 hour 31 minutes | Horror/Thriller | 2017

Chucky returns to terrorize his human victim, Nica. Meanwhile, the killer doll has some scores to settle with his old enemies, with the help of his former wife.

Review by William Marchese

Don Mancini returns again for another installment in the Chucky franchise. This time around, Chucky comes back to get Nica, a character from the movie just before Cult titled Curse of Chucky. Andy (Alex Vincent–yes, he’s played Andy all along) is back, as well.

For those who don’t already know, Chucky is a doll brought to life by Charles Lee Ray who performed a last resort voodoo spell to stay alive after a cop shot him in the first movie Child’s Play.

Since then, each installment has seen the killer come back in the famed doll to deal out torture on hapless victims.

The story this time around wasn’t all that great, but given the impression this classic has on the horror community, that didn’t really matter to me. The killing was bloody, and Chucky’s quirky quips were intact–a bit dry at times, but they were always that way. Would I buy the movie? No. But if you can rent or see it on Netflix, then I say go for it.

One of the coolest parts of the movie is in the beginning, and throughout, where we see Andy has the head of the original Chucky, the doll with the stiches and bruises and Charles Lee Ray’s soul. This sinister vision gives the movie a deeper, shocking feel.

Cult of Chucky starts off with a building angle similar to the first movie where aunt Maggie was thrown from a window. They even cut to that scene as Andy explains his story to the date. Things go sour as he explains his problems. Poor Andy. He goes home to his secluded house where he brings out the head of Chucky from a safe and commences torture.

There are jump scares. And we find out what happened to some of the older characters.

The movie continues with Nica, who is moved to an asylum for the criminally insane. From here Chucky infiltrates the mental institution with dolls that he’s taken over due to a new voodoo spell learned some years ago that allows him to possess multiple dolls–and even humans. Jennifer Tilly is back, as well as the female doll, Tiffany.

The chucky doll is voiced by Brad Dourif who voices Charles Lee Ray once again.

Actor Adam Hurtig reappears as one of the patients, Michael. He was in Curse of Chucky, as officer Stanton. Strange.

Nothing to write home about, I believe the movie still has appeal to fans of the franchise and those seeking bloody visuals. There are two versions: an R-rated cut and an unrated cut, the latter has more gore and a hidden scene after the credits

I did enjoy this movie and believe there will be at least another sequel.

Go check it out. You can watch on Netflix, Google Play, iTunes and Amazon Video. Just make sure you pick up the unrated version for extra scenes and extra gruesome killings.


About William Marchese

William works “the day job” in lower Manhattan, foraging free time to kick start his writing career. He has been published in Hindered Souls Anthology, Deadman’s Tome, Unnerving Magazine Issue 3 and Trickster’s Treats anthology. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association. You can follow him on Twitter here: @Wcmarchese

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