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CULT OF CHUCKY
2017 / Horror
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Directed by Don Mancini
Written by Don Mancini
Starring Fiona Dourif, Brad Dourif, Alex Vincent and Jennifer Tilly

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.

The following tags are associated with this movie: dolls, sequel, slasher
Cult Of Chucky (2017)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

8 / 10
I don't know if I am recalling this tidbit correctly, but I believe Brad Dourif only spent a couple of hours one morning or afternoon to record his lines for this movie. This guy, I don't know how he does it, it's getting to the point where it's just too easy for him. 30 years later, and you wouldn't notice really any difference in his voice or his enthusiasm for voicing the character. While there are occasionally questionable dialogue written for Chucky in multiple movies from the franchise, Brad Dourif always seems to deliver it all with pure consistency and perfection.

I guess the main question mark here is for where the story is taking us. Cult Of Chucky may be the most intricate movie in the series, and it's hard to tell at this point if it's for the better. I definitely have reservations about how this movie ends and it may even take yet another movie to come along before I know if this movie has made a mistake or not with its plot turn.

Don Mancini continues to evolve as a director, with some really daring shots that a Chucky movie has never been accustomed to. Such as the split screen effect similar to that of what Brian De Palma used in Carrie, though they may perhaps be too ambitious for what a Chucky film requires. There are also some iffy uses of CGI, especially in one particular scene, though it is a dream sequence so perhaps you can excuse it somewhat for that sole reason.

I am a little conflicted as to what rating I should give this movie, and I probably need to watch it a few more times before I realise where it belongs. I did enjoy it, but I find it easy to enjoy anything with the Chuckster in it. The one thing that I do know is that it's better than Seed Of Chucky (the worst movie in the franchise to date), but at this point I'm not sure if I can say that it is definitely better than any other movie in the franchise at this time.
Cult Of Chucky (2017)
Review by Michael Mahoney

7 / 10
Having just finished this, it's a somewhat hard one to rate.

It certainly feels much more ambitious than any of the previous films, and follows Curse quite nicely. But as for the story itself, I think it got a bit away from itself.

The setting of a mental institution is quite fun, and especially as the film begins having a dreamier atmosphere a bit through the movie, the bright white surroundings work well. Actually, I really liked the dreamy feel this movie had, and parts even reminded me of (I know, it's crazy) A Cure for Wellness. Hell, even the cinematography was of very high production.

Curse of Chucky was a step toward trying new techniques, but this one, with slow motion, and occasionally dreamy scenes, and split screens, thrown in with a somewhat befuddling story, really makes this one stand out. For the most part, that's a positive thing. Even though there were a few atrocious CGI scenes (one of the death scenes, for instance), most of what was tried here works still.

Gore was pretty solid throughout, with multiple stabbings, stompings, and, of course, disembowelments. All in good fun. Like I said, the only death that wasn't that great was due to CGI, unfortunately.

Despite a plethora of these positive factors, the story is a bit of a mess toward the end. It's not as though it was without some solid tension, and it was definitely better than the abortion that was Seed of Chucky, but really, the story seemed to go all over the place, and with the route they took, I'm sort of getting the feeling that future films won't really be as solid as Curse was able to be. I can't say much more without spoilers, but it was worth mentioning, as it's about the sole reason this isn't being rated as well as Curse.

There are plenty of good things about Cult of Chucky, but it's no doubt that Curse was a more cohesive, enjoyable, and better movie. The direction that this takes the series seems iffy, but time will tell. If you're a fan of the series, this is certainly worth seeing, but as it's entirely different than all of the other movies, I can't guarantee you'll love it. 6.5/10 (rounded up to 7/10 to fit site's format).
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