Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica (Fiona Dourif) is wrongly convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new group therapy tool a "Good Guy" doll a string of grisly deaths plague the asylum and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn't crazy after all. Andy (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.
In the film, CULT OF CHUCKY, Nica has been in a mental facility for five years since the brutal massacre of her family. Nica has been named the key suspect f the 5 family members, however, it is murderous "Good Guy" doll, "Chucky" who was truly behind the heinous acts. Nica has spent most of her days at a facility called Lochmoor. However, her therapist, Dr. Foley, soon has her transfered to Harrogate, a place that is medium security. He feels that it would give Nica more privacy. Initially, things at Harrogate are slow and easy going, as word travels when it comes to Nica's story. However, it is when Foley introduces to his therapy group, a "Good Guy" doll , who just so happens to be named "Chucky". This startles Ncca. But Foley goes on to explain that among all of the "Good Guy doll made n the 80s, there were 50 names, with 2% of them having the name "Chucky" Nica chalks this up as a mere coincidence. That is until she receives a visit from a lady claiming to be Nica's niece, Alice's guardian(she was the only survivor of the bloody rampage). The lady introduces herself as "Mrs. Valentine". She says that Alice has died(she assumes of broken heart, she says.) and that she wanted Nica to have but one thing, her "Good Guy" doll. With the arrival of another one, along with the one already there at the facility, there is no shortage of "Good Guy" dolls. So what does this all mean for the people at Harrogate? It means danger. That's because somehow the spirit of serial killer Charles Lee Ray lives on - only this time, in multiples. Yes, Chucky has found a voodoo spell, which allows him to transfer his soul into multiple dolls, as Chucky literally forms himself a cult of little like-minded terrorizers, as they slash, and slice and their way through Harrogate's patients and staff alike, in many different ways. Meanwhile, a person from Chucky's past, Andy Barclay, races to Nica's aid as he knows what is really going on. Will he be able to put an end to Chucky, and his newly found cult of lookalikes, or will Andy unfortunately, just be a little too late?
So, it has been months since I last reviewed anything for Terror Hook. That is because I have taken a main gig as an adult film critic, and also as a staff writer for hotmovies.com. However, with that said, I still love, not just horror movies, but movies in general. So, here I am reviewing the latest film in the CHILD'S PLAY franchise, CULT OF CHUCKY. Which just so happens to be the seventh entry in the series.
While we did have the offshoots, BRIDE OF CHUCKY and SEED OF CHUCKY, the film that followed, CURSE OF CHUCKY seemed to put everything back on track. It even went as far as connecting itself to the original film, ignoring the others. With CURSE OF CHUCKY, I felt really good about that film. It was like a fresh start, whsile feeling as if Don Mancini, the series creator, was going back to the roots. Now on to this film, CULT OF CHUCKY. CULT OF CHUCKY, is a direct follow up to the previous film, as everything continues years later. However, the interesting part of all of this is that CULT OF CHUCKY, also connects itself to the first three films by not only having Andy Barclay present, but also referencing the military Academy which he attended in the third installment. The weird thing about Andy appearing here, is that, locked away, he possesses the severed head of what we assume is of the original "Chucky". This Chucky has half of his head, missing, due to a shotgun blast to the face. So if Andy is in possession of the head of Chucky, then how is he out there still killing? It takes us a while to find out. Going into this film called CULT OF CHUCKY, I figured it would be about some kind of hippie cult, who worshiped the doll or something. So, imagine how I felt when I realized that all that it meant was that Chucky has found a way to replicate himself. So, yes, you may have three Chuckys all working at once. I see this movie, and rather, the idea of it, a very bold move by Don Mancini. Personally, if I'm being honest, I really don't like this idea at all, and feel that it kind of ruins the first three films. It's alright to have imagination when makng a film, but to me, having Chucky make Xerox copies of himself is just going off the deep end. And we said that BRIDE OF CHUCKY, and SEED OF CHUCKY were a stretch. The replication idea is just plain stupid, and gimmicky. If you are to make more Chucky movies in the future, where do you go from here? Everything is a disaster, especially the story, which is now a complete mess.
Yes Fiona Dourif does great reprising her role as Nica, the paraplegic accused of murdering her family, and yes, it is great to see Alex Vincent return as "Andy Barclay". This, in addition to Brad Dourif's voice shinning again, as the iconic voice of the villain, Chucky. However, it's just too bad that what they had to work with was just a flat out, silly idea One that could be a franchise killer. That is, unless the long rumored reboot is in order.
IMPRESSION OF THE FILM
Going into CULT OF CHUCKY, I really wanted to like this film, seeing as I saw CURSE OF CHUCKY, as being a fresh new start for the series. I had high hoes for this one, hoping that it would stay on the right path. However, "Parent Trapping" Chucky, is just not how you do it, in my opinion. I know that most people who enjoyed CURSE OF CHUCKY are likely to be let down by this film, just as I am. However, there may be some of you out there, who actually enjoy this idea. But when it comes to me, I just think that it is just plain silly, and in the end, leaves the series with no other options.
Special Features include
- Digital Copy of Cult of Chucky (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director/Writer/Executive Producer Don Mancini
- Inside the Insanity of Cult of Chucky
- Good Guy Gone Bad: The Incarnations of Chucky
- The Dollhouse
- Feature Commentary with Director/Writer/Executive Producer Don Mancini and Head Puppeteer/Associate Producer Tony Gardner