Cult of Chucky    review by Bobby Blakey

Ever since Chucky slashed his way onto the big screen in 1988s Child’s Play he has become a horror icon. The film spawned six sequels throughout the years including the last installment Curse of Chucky that took things back to a darker tone as opposed to the bloody laughs it had shifted to. Now Chucky is back for another installment with Cult of Chucky, but does it offer up more greatness from the Good Guy doll or will it fail to live up to a best friend?

​Cult of Chucky follows Nica Pierce, now confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, who 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, 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, Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll. This new chapter of terror features returning cast Fiona Dourif from Curse of Chucky, Alex Vincent reprising his role from the original film as Andy, Jennifer Tilly back as Tiffany and of course Brad Dourif back to provide his unnerving voice for Chucky himself. You know from the first time you see Andy this time around that this is going to be an interesting direction for the franchise and they do not disappoint.

 

While I think all the Chucky films are fun it was great to see the return to a more horror direction with Curse of Chucky and this one looked to keep that same tone while still infusing some new elements that haven’t been done in the franchise to date. Some might not like this aspect, but I loved it and think it opens up all kinds of new fun to be had. The story is simple and to the point and offers up a ton of great new kills setting the tone quickly and never letting up until the end. Sure there are some areas that could have been trimmed down or taken away but they still work for the story they are telling. Dourif never misses a beat with Chucky and he is getting to play even more this time around and it was great fun to see as always.

 

This is yet another fun new chapter in this popular franchise that I loved on almost every level. I can see it frustrating or irritating some people in its direction, but I like that they stepped things up and the ending offers up a whole new idea of a follow up film should it happen. This release not only includes the film but also bonus content including commentary, deleted scenes and featurettes taking you further behind bringing everyone’s favorite good guy doll to life. Join in on the gory fun and grab your copy of Cult of Chucky when it hits Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on October 3rd from Universal Home Entertainment.

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