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MOVIE REVIEW: Cult of Chucky (2017)

WELCOME TO THE CULT

Cult of Chucky - on set / Fair use doctrine.1988 was a very awesome year when it came to films, not just horror films, but films in general. Think about it. We were given Beetlejuice, Die Hard, Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Big, The Naked Gun, The Great Outdoors, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 - The Dream Master, Friday The 13th part 7 - The New Blood and, my personal favorite, Halloween 4 - The Return of Michael Myers. 1988 was also the beginning of a new franchise, a new serial killer, and a new beginning to what would be highly welcomed to the circle of favorite slashers. To this day, he is still one of the most notorious, diabolical, 18 inches of serious business to ever hit the silver screen, and his name is Chucky.
Cult of Chucky - Chucky up close / Fair use doctrine.Child's Play may not have been very original when it was first released, but it sure did create some sort of disturbance in the air - especially when Hasbro released the My Buddy doll, which very much resembled the Good Guy doll. The films have been highly enjoyable, some more than others, but that is typical of a franchise that spits out sequels every other year. Don Mancini, the man who created the franchise and has been there for its entirety, brought Chucky back to his original roots with Curse of Chucky in 2013, and it was most definitely one of the better films in the franchise. Curse of Chucky had not only surprises throughout, but it also was a darker throw back to the franchise after that horrible bad taste in the mouth that Mancini threw up with Seed of Chucky. A year after the release of Curse, Mancini tweeted #chucky7 and that was the teaser that surfaced the net stating that he is working on a follow-up to Curse. Well, it's been four years since the last film, and was it worth the wait? Find out below.

Cult of Chucky - The Review

Cult of Chucky ad / Fair use doctrine.It's been four years since Chucky, the notorious killer doll, came back to life in front of our eyes and on our TV screens. and we have all been waiting to see if the sequel would be as good as if not better.
Cult of Chucky - Chucky did it / Fair use doctrine.Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) has been living in a maximum security facility after being charged with the murders inside her home four years prior. Still believing that she is not crazy and that Chucky did in fact murder her entire family. Dr. Foley (Michael Therriault), who has been treating Nica since she arrived, decides it's time for a fresh start and relocates Nica to a better facility with much more freedom than what she is used to. Moments after her arrival, we are introduced to Michael (Adam Hurtig), Madeleine (Elisabeth Rosen), Claire (Grace Lynn Kung), and Angela (Marina Stephenson Kerr), who tells Nica that Chucky is coming back for her during one of their sessions. Seconds later Dr. Foley introduces a Chucky doll to the circle and shortly thereafter things take a wrong turn, and everyone's favorite foul-mouthed killer doll voiced by (Brad Dourif) again returns and the murders begin in extremely gory ways.
Cult of Chucky - Chucky armed / Fair use doctrine.What makes this film really amazing to watch is that the whole time you're not sure if this is really happening or you're going crazy simply because you're surrounded by padded walls and inmates. Even when the blood flows, and believe me, the blood flows hard, you're still not really sure whether or not you're going crazy or these people are really meeting their horrible demises.
Cult of Chucky - Chucky injured / Fair use doctrine.One of the other high points in this film is the cinematography. It's a gorgeous film from start to finish with amazing camera angles and creative lighting. The whole inside of the institute is pure white, as is the outside, and snow covers the landscapes. Cult of Chucky is one of the best-looking films in the entire franchise. Don Mancini also manages to ante up the surprises, and trust me, there are more than enough to please any die-hard fan of the franchise. Chucky even raises the level of voodoo in a whole new way, and it's not only fun but wild to watch and take in all at the same time.
The film also welcomes back Chucky's very best friend Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), who has a much bigger role this time around, and let me tell you, it's a warm welcome back. Alex is amazing and also ruthless as hell. Without giving anything away, he has a few tricks up his sleeve, and every time he is seen on screen, it's a treat. The franchise also welcomes back Jennifer Tilly, who is still a piece of violent eye candy with that same voice of a dark angel. Cult of Chucky is fun and a real joy to watch. I can't wait to see where they are going take the franchise next, but I'm sure Mr. Mancini has something great in mind. Congrats to the cult, you've outdone yourself once again!!!
Cult of Chucky arrives on DVD, Blu-ray, and Netflix on October 3, 2017.

Posted by Jonathan Hughes

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