The villainous, killer doll, Chucky is back once again in a brand new movie. While it's straight to blu-ray, it signals new promise for the franchise and is one of the best entries in recent memory. Come inside to check out my full review!
Horror movies such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Halloween (1978), Friday the 13th (1980), and Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) gave us a pretty steady group of weapon-wielding, almost unstoppable, killers to go watch as they sliced and diced their way through anyone who happened to be within 1 square mile of them. The few movies named here are the few that had spawned numerous sequels, one-offs, and reboots. However, there were so many Slashers flicks out there it was almost impossible to keep up with them all. Theatrical releases of these movies started to disappear with companies opting to go directly to home video sales/rentals of their movies. By 1985 the slasher genre started its decline and only the diehard fans stood by their movies of some insanely strong lunatic chopping up young adults just for the heck of it as entertainment. I was one of those fans.
On November 9th, 1988 a new killer entered the slasher flick scene. A serial killer by the name of Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif). Wounded and on the run from the police, he transferred his soul into the body of a Good Guys doll, this doll would be known as Chucky and would give birth to the Child’s Play franchise. The Chucky doll is purchased and given to Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) and Chucky spends the entire movie terrorizing little Andy and killing off anyone who crosses him. Chucky soon learns that the longer he stays in the doll's body the more human he becomes, not wanting to be stuck in that body he decides he’s just going to put his soul in Andy’s body. As normal for movies of this type Chucky is defeated. Andy’s soul and body are safe and all is well until Chucky returns in Child’s Play 2 that is.
In Child’s Play 2 (1990) Chucky returns to put his soul into Andy’s body, he fails. In Child’s Play 3 (1991) he finds a new kid to put his soul into Ronald Tyler, but that darn Andy Barclay, now 16, finds a way to stop him. This is also the last movie to be called Child’s Play. Next up, Bride of Chucky, we’re introduced to Charles Lee Ray’s girlfriend, Tiffany who brings Chucky back and eventually ends up in a doll body herself, thanks to Chucky. The 5th movie of the series we get Seed of Chucky, which had to be the most ridiculous and, as far as I’m concerned, the worst movie of the series. The 6th movie Curse of Chucky takes place 25 years after Child’s Play and gives us a return to old-school horror flicks. They didn’t try to do as much humor or jokes from Chucky in this one. Were introduced to Nica Pierce (played by Brad’s daughter, Fiona Dourif) we learn that the reason why Charles was on the run in the very first movie was because of Nica’s mother, Sarah. Charles returns to this house purely for revenge until other family members show up and he sees an opportunity to possess a new body.
In Cult of Chucky we see that Nica has spent the past 4 years in an asylum for the criminally insane, blamed for the murder of her family, she starts to believe that Chucky was just a psychotic manifestation of her personality and that she committed the murders. After so many years of treatments her doctor, Dr. Foley has her moved to a minimum-security building where she meets a number of other patients. Angela, who believes she’s dead and haunting the asylum. Claire, an arsonist. Madeline, who smothered her child. Multiple Malcolm, who I’m sure you can guess by the name has multiple personalities. Along with their watchers Dr. Foley (mentioned above) an unscrupulous psychiatrist with a dark secret, and Nurses Carlos and Ashley.
Things are going just fine until Dr. Foley purchases a Good Guy doll for group therapy.Madeline thinks that the doll is her child and Nica just keeps her distance from it. If that’s not enough Tiffany shows up and delivers another Chucky doll to the asylum for Nica. Soon the murders begin again and Nica becomes the prime suspect for these new killings. Multiple Chucky dolls, a morally corrupt doctor, uncaring nurses, & a handful of inmates are all a recipe for disaster. A glorious murderous bloody disaster.
I thank the movie gods they didn’t continue the series the way they were headed (Bride of Chucky, which eventually leads to Seed of Chucky). This new darker, less comedic version of Chucky is honestly what we’ve been waiting for. And where so many other old school slashers have failed, Don Mancini has managed to revitalize a very old series and make it great again. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long for another Chucky film.
As a fan I really enjoyed everything about this movie, and as I said they didn’t go overboard with the comedy like what was done in films 4 and 5. Chucky does deliver a few humorous one-liners before a kill. Jennifer Tilly and Alex Vincent reprise their roles as Tiffany and Andy, and there’s another surprise cameo, but you’re going to have to watch the movie to find out who shows up. Whether you’re new to the Chucky series or a long time fan this movie is a must see.
Cult of Chucky on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital include exclusive bonus features that delve deeper into Chucky’s twisted universe and reveal how the filmmakers made the demented toy even more deranged. Additionally, Chucky: Complete 7-Movie Collection is also available on Blu-ray and DVD on October 3, 2017 in the United States only. For the first time ever, Chucky fans can experience all seven movies in one must-own set, including Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky and the all-new movie Cult of Chucky.
EXCLUSIVE BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL BONUS FEATURES:
• Inside the Insanity of Cult of Chucky — Viewers will discover what it was like to film inside an insane asylum and the challenges production faced on set. They’ll also hear from the cast and filmmakers as they discuss why they were attracted to this story and how the filmmakers’ vision brought this fun-filled horror film together.
• Good Guy Gone Bad: The Incarnations of Chucky — This featurette offers a peek into Alterian’s workshop, the studio behind Chucky’s puppeteering, to see how the magic is created and focuses on how the look of Chucky has evolved over the years.
• Feature Commentary with Director and Writer Don Mancini, and Head Puppeteer Tony Gardner.