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Blu-Ray Review: Cult Of Chucky
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Cult Of Chucky Grace Lynn Kung with Chucky

Cult Of Chucky
DVD | Blu-ray | Digital
Written and Directed by Don Mancini
Starring Fiona Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif, Michael Therriault
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date: October 3, 2017

I remember being a plucky young 6-year old when I first saw commercials for Child’s Play. Don Mancini’s original story created a new horror icon, Charles Lee Ray, aka Chucky. A serial killer with a knowledge of voodoo, Chucky (Brad Dourif) was shot and near death in a toy factory when he transplanted his soul into a “Good Guy Doll.” For nearly 30 years, Chucky has found a place next to Freddy, Jason, and Michael as one of horror’s most prolific killers and sequel machines. With October upon us, Mancini brings us yet another foray into the world of plastic psycho monsters with Cult of Chucky, a movie so laughably ridiculous it actually borders on being legitimately good.

This seventh installment is a direct sequel to 2013’s Curse of Chucky, which in all fairness I must admit did not see, but is available on Netflix. Cult starts with Nica (Fiona Dourif) being locked in a mental hospital due to the events in Curse. Her creepy doctor (Michael Therriault) introduces a Chucky doll as part of her therapy, and soon a second doll shows up thanks to Chucky’s longtime girlfriend Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly). Nica is convinced Chucky is alive, much to chagrin of the other patients. While she struggles to stop the killer doll (or dolls), Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), the original hero from the original films, returns to help.

I have to say, within 5 minutes I was ready to write this movie off, but then something amazing happened. I really started to enjoy this film. Mancini’s script balances between meta-humor, full-blown parody, and loving homage to the film’s origins. There’s just something cool about a One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest plot setup starring Brad Dourif, Oscar nominated for THAT film back in 1975. Chucky even refers to the institution as “a f*ckin’ cuckoo’s nest.” There is something really special about watching Fiona Dourif flourish in a world her dad helped create, and watching her carry on conversations with Chucky (voiced by her father) on screen. One scene that had me rolling was when a schizophrenic encounters Chucky and he tries to convince her he’s real by saying, “I’m a vintage mass marketed toy from the 80’s.” And the gore… well, horror fans rejoice, because there is plenty of blood for all to enjoy!

Blu-ray Special Features:

The special edition combo pack comes with both the unrated and rated versions of the film in 1080p HD widescreen. The set contains feature commentary with Don Mancini and head puppeteer Tony Gardner, as well as deleted scenes featuring more Mancini commentary. Also included are:

Inside the Insanity of Cult of Chucky – In this 10-minute featurette, the entire cast and crew come together to discuss the making of the film and the appeal of Chucky. One thing that sets him apart and I feel earned him a huge fanbase is his sense of humor, and Dourif’s cackling laugh has become iconic. Head puppeteer Tony Gardner discusses the complexities of using multiple Chucky puppets in the same scene. The filmmakers divulge their favorite kills, explore the unique setting, practical effects, and give insight to the possibilities of an 8th installment in the franchise.

Good Guy Gone Bad: The Incarnations of Chucky – An insanely complex look at making Chucky move explained by Tony Gardner. It’s a 7-person job with four people just doing his face. While short, this was an utterly fascinating look at how practical effects work in modern movies and really makes you appreciate them more.

The Dollhouse – Kyra Gardner directs this short documentary, an exploration into the true familial aspect to these films, as producer David Kirschner, writer/director Don Mancini, her dad and puppeteer Tony Gardner, and Brad Dourif have been apart of this world since 1988. This was shockingly heartfelt, really exploring what making films does to families, both pulling them apart and bringing them together.

Fans of this series and of Chucky will be pleasantly surprised by Cult of Chucky. It blends horror and comedy, homage and parody, and creates a unique viewing experience. The bonus stuff is also really cool, with focuses on the practical effects and the cast and crew who have made Chucky their life work. Cult of Chucky is available on Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack and Digital HD today.

Trailer

Cult Of Chucky – Green Band Trailer


Fans of the world’s most demonic doll are in for another blood-spattered treat as Chucky continues his reign of terror behind the locked doors of an insane asylum in Cult of Chucky…

Cult Of Chucky Blu-ray box art

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