Horror Club: Cult of Chucky
It's been four years since the last installment of the Chucky/Child's Play franchise, and the most diabolical children's play thing is back and as brutal as ever. Cult of Chucky is the follow-up to 2013's Curse of Chucky, and it has four former cast members returning to the screen this time around and of course, Brad Dourif returning as the voice of the infamous red-haired Chucky. The movie was released October 3rd on Netflix, Blu-ray, and DVD.
To recap the film, Andy Barclay is a grown man now, and keeps the nearly destroyed head of Chucky locked away in a safe, hidden in a wall. The Good Guy is still alive, and still manages to taunt and harass Andy, even though all he is is a dead on a pole. Nica Pierce has been locked away in a mental institution, and has been brain-washed into believing that she actually committed the murders that occurred in Curse of Chucky, and that the personification of Chucky was all in her head. She gets moved into a new mental institution, where she has more freedoms and the ability to interact with other patients and even group therapy sessions. Long story short, the lovely Tiffany Valentine shows up to the mental institution and visits with Nica, claiming that she was the caretaker of Nica's niece who died, and who left behind a Good Guy doll to be given to Nica. Turns out, however, that it wasn't just any old Good Guy doll - it was the perfect way to sneak the mischievous Chucky into the institution so that he could continue wrecking havoc on Nica from the inside. As more and more Chucky dolls begin arriving at the institution, they suddenly all begin coming to life and leaving death in their wake - all at once! It seems as though through the power of the Internet, Chucky managed to learn the magic of voodoo and learned how to breathe life into other Chucky dolls, essentially beginning a cult of Good Guy dolls who are out for blood. After several brutal murders occur inside of the facility, news breaks out and Andy begins to formulate a plan to get inside the facility and put an end to Chucky's reign of terror.
The Child's Play movies have become one of the most notorious franchises in the horror genre. To be honest, to me at least, the movies were never about the story as much as they were about the brutal slayings that Chucky manages to carry out to his victims. As the films continued to be released, the stories always felt like they fell short of being anything that really captivated or broke new ground in horror. That being said, the movies always delivered on the violence and gore fronts. Each Child's Play movie has been fun to watch simply because of how entertaining it is to see the freaky doll kick some serious ass and cause some serious trouble. He's always been a great character and villain, and the case is no different in Cult of Chucky. He manages to be suspicious, deceitful, creative, and straight up brutal in his slayings, and if that's what you're into, this movie won't disappoint! But if you're looking for an engaging and roller coaster of a story, look elsewhere - this film is strictly a fun film for what it is. It's worth the watch if you're into fun, cheesy horror that doesn't try to take its self too serious. You will no doubt enjoy Chucky (and of course Tiffany's) sadistic sense of humor and their personalities continue to make them the perfect pair sent from Hell! If you're looking for a light-hearted, fun horror film this Halloween, Cult of Chucky should most definitely be added to your list!