Tried and convicted of murdering her family, Nica (Fiona Dourif) now lives in a mental institution after using the insanity plea. Having been transferred to a minimum security facility, Nica is now able to have visitors, her first being Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) who brings along an old friend.
With several Good Guy dolls scattered throughout the facility, it is hard to keep track of which one is the murderous Chucky and which is simply a doll, if any of them are simply a doll. When the bodies start to pile up, Nica struggles to get anyone to believe the doll is the cause and that these are not the acts of a mentally disturbed woman.
Cult of Chucky is a fun addition to the Child’s Play franchise. I won’t sit here and say that it’s a great film, because it’s not. The movie doesn’t make a whole lot of sense and the end is rushed, leaving you unsatisfied and, overall, confused, but that isn’t to say that it wasn’t a fun film to watch. Cult of Chucky is exactly what one could expect from a seventh film in a franchise. The deaths are bloody, there are some funny jokes and the return of Andy is a nice nostalgic touch. Speaking of nostalgia, stick around after the credits to see a familiar face from an earlier film in the series.
The acting is good until it isn’t. I understand reading that, without seeing the film, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but to explain it would mean spoiling the film. I genuinely believe you will understand what I mean once you sit through the movie.
Some of the deaths are pretty gnarly. I would say some of them are even a bit violent for Chucky, but who complains about gore in a Child’s Play film? No one, that’s who. My personal favorite: the death of the doctor. Again, I won’t spoil it, but you’ll never look at red high heels the same way.
The special features are hit and miss. The deleted scenes were thankfully deleted as they really made no sense in the film. That being said, it is interesting to see what they originally thought worked for the film before realizing it didn’t fit. The featurettes, Inside the Insanity of Cult of Chucky, Good Guy Gone Bad: The Incarnations of Chucky and The Dollhouse are interesting watches. You get to see a bit behind the scenes of the film and how much actually goes into the creating of Chucky on screen and you get to know a bit more about the people behind the camera. They are short bonus features, but worth the twenty or so extra minutes of your time.
Overall, Cult of Chucky isn’t amazing. It’s no Bride of Chucky, but one could argue that it’s better than Seed of Chucky, depending on your feelings of the latter. It’s a fun watch for the Halloween season and really not a bad addition to the series. Give yourself a little holiday treat and sit down with Cult of Chucky for a bloody cheesefest of entertainment.
Cult of Chucky is available of Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment on October 3.
You can also win a copy, courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and The Popbreak by entering HERE.