The continuous creative control is in the hand of writer Don Mancini, who makes his comeback to helm this latest outing, is also key to their steady-but-low-key triumph. Cult Of Chucky full movie is a relatively straightforward continuation of the last movie’s story, but Mancini makes the next entry look more assured than we intially had in mind.
It might sound like a very silly thing to say, but the Child’s Play series has always stayed quite grounded. In spite of the ludicrous central conceit – mass murderer Charles Lee Ray has performed a voodoo ritual to transfer his soul into a mass-marketed child’s doll; slashing ensues – Chucky hasn’t ever been to space. You know? We’ve never had a Chucky In The Hood nor Chucky versus Annabelle in the plan (that I’m aware of). The killer doll may be utterly demented, but even during his weirder adventures he’s always stuck to doing what he loves best: terrorizing unfortunate people who have unwittingly crossed his path. It’s one of the reasons why the Child’s Play movies still work.
The ostensible Dream Warriors of the series, Cult Of Chucky movie features our returning heroine Nica (Fiona Dourif) a little further down the road from where we left her off at the end of the last sequel, Curse Of Chucky, as she’s locked up in a new psychiatric-hospital-slash-asylum run by the eerily Victor Garber-esque Dr. Foley (Michael Therriault).
Nica’s been convinced that the murderous killer doll who ruined her life is simply a figment of her imagination, and that she’s the real bad one who committed all that slicing and dicing. As she tries to make herself at home in this medium-security facility, meeting various other patients with serious issues (Adam Hurtig among them, who returns in a much juicier new role after a brief appearance in Curse) and wheeling herself through the corridors, encountering one vision of Chucky full movie having his gory fun with the residents and employees after another, Nica starts to question whether she’s actually become the killer everyone thinks she is.
The hospital itself is almost blindingly light and clinical, and as the snow falls outside, the entire setting benefits visually from the well-worn stylistic trick of using blood red against pure white – a trusty effect in other horror gems like Silent Night, Deadly Night, Dead Snow and Let The Right One In, to name but a few. Mancini’s turn on Bryan Fuller’s beloved NBC series Hannibal also seems to have stuck with him, and we get a nice touch of that vibe weaving through the piece.
Without spoiling any of the film’s surprises and new spins on the mythology, it’s a terrifically fun watch, but whether those who aren’t keen on the Chucky movies will warm to this one especially, it’s hard to say. There are certainly more than enough references to the first 6 movies to make someone completely new to the party feel a little lost.
For fans of the films, though, it’s likely to be a good ride. Where Curse Of Chucky may have trudged a little bit, Cult Of Chucky full movie carries on at a refreshing pace, never losing any aspects of the story it requires to keep you engaged, and it provides some of the wacky tone from Bride and Seed together with the rather more serious nature of the first three entries in such a way that you can truly lay back and appreciate Mancini as a moviemaker that has finally hit his stride.
Will there be an eighth film? Who can say, but Cult Of Chucky full movie delivers a smooth, neat and gleeful charm, so maybe the series hasn’t run out of juice just yet.