Cult of Chucky (2017) Review: A Twisted Beginning

“Friends till the end, remember?”

Synopsis: Chucky returns to terrorize his human victim, Nica. Meanwhile, the killer doll has some scores to settle with his old enemies, with the help of his former wife.

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Like its immediate predecessor, Cult of Chucky is focused more on trying to be “real” horror again. It has a little more success in that regard than Curse of Chucky does, mainly due to its setting. The Chucky series is heavy on consequences, and this entry is no different – Nica (Fiona Dourif) is once again our protagonist, and she spends the movie in wards for the criminally disturbed. When Chucky (Brad Dourif) returns, she finds she can neither trust herself nor those around her, providing an utterly hopeless backdrop for the seventh film in the series.

In the ward, Nica is joined by a cast of disturbed characters, including her psychiatrist (Michael Therriault) and a number of patients (Adam Hurtig, Grace Lynn Kung, Elisabeth Rosen). We also pick up two old characters from the vignettes at the end of Curse: Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) and Andy (Alex Vincent) are back. (There’s one additional surprise character return at the end of this movie as well.) Tiffany is still acting as Chucky’s accomplice, helping him drive the knife home metaphorically, while Andy picks up the scent of his old nemesis and tries to save Nica, whom he believes is innocent.

Despite doing better with tone and cinematography, the main item to note here is that the movie feels like a 2-hour TV show premiere. In some ways, it is – creator Don Mancini has made it clear that he has a TV show as well as possible spinoffs and crossovers on his mind. More to the point, though, is that our increased cast of characters may be able to band together, but the threat now may be too big to handle. Chucky’s newfound power (once again gleefully attributed to Voodoo for Dummies) now means that he’s more dangerous than ever, and may be impossible to stop.

I rather liked Cult, but it feels very unsatisfying. As I’m writing this in 2018, it’s the latest of the Chucky movies, and it practically begs for Mancini’s planned follow-up. By itself, you’re left wanting more and ultimately let down. Hopefully, we’ll get to see more of Chucky soon, but for now, be forewarned that this decent entry into the series has a more unresolved finish than the other flicks.

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The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.