You’ve really got to hand it to the Child’s Play franchise. It’s persistent. After 2013’s Curse Of Chucky our favorite killer doll is back with his seventh film, and it’s not a reboot or a re-imagining, it’s just a straight up continuation of the story… and it’s actually pretty good.
Think about this, has any other horror franchise lasted this long (pumping out relatively good product) without having to start over? The Halloween movies are probably the best example, the original was released in 1978 with sequels being released until Halloween: Resurrection in 2002. That’s 24 years. The original Child’s Play was released in 1989 and a new sequel has just been released in 2017. That’s 28 years. That’s a lot of pint sized mayhem.
To be fair, the franchise may have never been rebooted but it has reinvented itself time and time again. It started as supernatural slasher, it evolved (or devolved, according to who you ask) into a horror-comedy spectacle with 1998’s Bride Of Chucky and returned to its scary roots for 2013’s Curse. Cult Of Chucky is hodgepodge of the best elements (and some of the worse) that the series has to offer.
Helmed by series creator Don Mancini, the film picks up with our previous protagonist Nica (played by Fiona Dourif) now in an insane asylum. She is now under the belief that she killed her family, and not Chucky. One day, her therapist brings in a Good Guy doll as a tool to help her cope but it, of course, has the opposite effect. Chucky is back with a vengeance and starts picking off everyone at the crazy house. Oh, and, SPOILER ALERT, Chucky can now posses multiple dolls at once. At one point we literally have three dolls team up to take down some poor male nurse.
Aside from Nica, we have some other familiar faces. Andy Barclay (played by Alex Vincent) from the original three films make an appearance. We have Chucky’s ride-or-die chick Tiffany (played by Jennifer Tilly) and we even have Kyle from Child’s Play 2 (played by Christine Elise) making a surprise appearance. It’s nostalgia overload.
On a side-note: one piece of the nostalgic puzzle that is missing is Chucky/Tiffany’s love child from Seed Of Chucky, Whatever happened to Glen/Glenda?
Anywho, let’s get back on topic and get into some of the film’s specifics. What should you expect from this movie? Well, as alluded to earlier this movie is a mix of all the previous entries of the series. It has its brutal kills (a special shout-out to when Chucky orally fists a girl to death), some suspense and Chucky is funny again (but not too comical). It’s what one might come to expect and yet it has enough twists to keep you engaged.
If this makes it easier, look at it like this: if we were to rank the Child’s Play movies this is probably what it would look like.
1. Child’s Play 2
2. Child’s Play
3. Bride Of Chucky
4. Curse Of Chucky
5. Cult Of Chucky
6. Child’s Play 3
7. Seed Of Chucky
All in all, it’s a lot better than many other franchises that made it to a seventh entry – Retro Puppet Master (1999), Children of the Corn: Revelation (2001), Hellraiser: Deader (2005), etc, Though, Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) is actually pretty great, to be honest.
Anyway, whether your a hardcore Chucky fan or a casual horror enthusiast, you should give Cult Of Chucky a once-over.