As the adage goes “Don’t fuck with the Chuck”, and the rule still applies. The frantic doll is up to no good (for a change) in Don Mancini’s Cult of Chucky full movie, a series relived from what’s left of the Child’s Play series and showing no signs of stepping down.
Screenwriter Don Mancini first crafted Chucky, the child-sized doll possessed by a serial killer’s soul, for Tom Holland’s efficient horror film Child’s Play (1988). Mancini, who has given a hand in writing all the entries, took over the franchise as director with Seed of Chucky (2004). Since then, the tone of the saga has shifted with with sequels seeming to arrive in matched pairs. Child’s Play 2 (1990) and Child’s Play 3 (1991) are mainstream studio horror franchise efforts, while Bride of Chucky (1998) and Seed of Chucky (2004) offer post-modern jokiness.
This latest installment picks up in story and mood from Mancini’s Curse Of Chucky (2013), with back to basics craziness along with the cruel quips, and plays to diehard fans by bringing back characters from earlier movies while keeping up with plotlines carried over from earlier entries. It brings us up to date on what’s going on with Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), the now-grown-up kid Chucky was trying to possess in the first three movies, and Jennifer Tilly (Jennifer Tilly), the actress got taken over by Chucky’s evil girlfriend Tiffany a few movies ago.
Following straight on from what was left off in Cult Of Chucky full movie, Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) has been sent to the asylum, after the flame-haired psychopath (voiced by Brad Dourif) set her up as a serial killer. Once there, for certain, the demonic doll has more up its sleeves for the paraplegic heroine.
The film opens, however, with paraplegic Nica (Fiona Dourif) who, after being framed for murders committed by Cult Of Chucky full movie at the end of the previous film, is now confined to an institution with a bunch of eccentric patients and as worried by those who believe her story as those who think she’s a delusional mass murderer.
Elsewhere, Andy – who still can’t get a date because of his childhood claims about his monsterous doll – keeps the severed head of the original Chucky in a wall-safe and passes his evening torturing the chatty relic (still voiced by Brad Dourif) with a blowtorch. Thanks to the Tiffany-possessed Tilly, yet, the concepts of the first voodoo ritual have been reformed and now dead mass killer Charles Lee Ray can now take on any Chucky doll – although that model has become a collector’s item on the antique toys market.
When an unwise doctor (Michael Therriault) thinks that Nica’s delusions will be shattered if he brings dolls into group therapy, soon the asylum has three of the little monsters scurrying around in various states of disrepair. They have vicious little conclaves between the serious business of killing off as many people as possible, all the while making Nica look even more guilty than she did before.
Cult Of Chucky full movie is by and large a bloody cry, with Jennifer Tilly stealing every scene she appears in. Topped with James Whale-style camp, Brian De Palma’s baroque aesthetic and expressionist production design evoking William Cameron Menzies’ use of extravagant sets in Invaders from Mars, Don Mancini’s new Chucky movie delivers everything a Chuckyfan could possibly dream of: corny one-liners, the carrot-haired monster being terrible to everybody, Jennifer Tilly acting up a demented femme fatale and plenty of violence.