Movie Review: Cult Of Chucky

In 1988 "Child's Play" was released and became an instant hit, this led to a sequel in 1990 which proved to be successful that Universal fast-tracked "Child's Play 3" for 1991. After the film suffered some negative reviews the series went on a hiatus until 1998 with "Bride of Chucky", this film featured Chucky in his iconic scars and the first as a horror comedy rather than a straightforward horror film. The film's success led to "Seed of Chucky" in 2004 which was panned by critics, this caused the future of the series to be reworked as a roboot, but it was reworked as a sequel that would be horror rather than horror comedy, the was released direct-to-video in 2013: "Curse of Chucky", it revitalized the series leading to it's second direct-to-video sequel this year: "Cult of Chucky".

"Cult of Chucky" stars Fiona Dourif, Michael Therruault, Adam Hurtig, Alex Vincent, and Jennifer Tilly with Brad Dourif as the voice of Chucky. "Cult of Chucky" takes place 4 years after the events of "Curse of Chucky" and deals with Nice Pierce in a mental asylum for the murders committed by Chucky in the last film. This film is good, not a great film by any means, but it's a fun Halloween movie to watch. The best thing this film has is Brad Dourif as the voice of Chucky, he brings so much charisma and life to the character it's hard to imagine anyone else in the role. Alex Vincent returning as Andy Barclay after his brief cameo in Curse it's fun seeing that he's still attached to the franchise after all these years. Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany is always a joy to see onscreen because it's a role she's made her own in the past three films. Fiona Dourif as Nice Pierce is great probably because she's the daughter of Brad Dourif, she's not your typical final girl like any other horror film's female lead.

As for the negatives, aside from the four previously mentioned actors, the other actors are pretty bad, some of the acting is cringe-worthy to watch. Also the doll animatronics for the doll at times doesn't match up with what he's saying and the dolls facial expressions are a bit off. The film's title "Cult" is kind of a plot hole. I can't explain because of spoilers but it makes you wonder why this wasn't used before. It completely makes the mythology of the series weird because it makes you wonder which character is which, but kudos for doing something new and keeping the series fresh after all these years.

In the end, "Cult of Chucky" is an enjoyable film, it's nowhere near as good as the original film, but for the Halloween season it's definitely worth watching especially if you're a fan of the series. It features returning characters which outta be nostalgic, but it trys something new and keeps it fresh while also setting up another sequel.

Grade: B-