Movie Review: CULT OF CHUCKY (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

CULT OF CHUCKY was written and directed by Don Mancini and brings back original Child’s Play cast member Alex Vincent as Andy Barclay along with Jennifer Tilly as Chucky’s bloodthirsty bride, Tiffany and Fiona Dourif as Nica with Brad Dourif returning as the voice of Chucky, the homicidal plaything inhabited by the spirit of notorious serial killer Charles Lee Ray. David Kirschner returns as producer.

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. Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica (Dourif) is wrongly convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new group-therapy tool — a “Good Guy” doll — a string of grisly deaths plague the asylum and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. Andy (Vincent), Chucky’s now-grownup nemesis from the original Child’s Play, races to Nica’s aid. But to save her he’ll have to get past Tiffany (Tilly), Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll.

Cult of Chucky takes place four years after the tragic events of Curse of Chucky and follows Nica who has now been committed to an insane asylum. This also opens up a whole new group of potential victims when Chucky once again returns and this time he has some new tricks up his sleeve. You’ll just have to see how he comes back this time! Anyway, Andy is back and plays an important part to the story as well as Tiffany who shows up to help her main squeeze get some sweet ass revenge on a few people. It’s crazy how all of this works out because you can’t be in two places at the same time. Can you? You’ll know what I mean when you watch it.

It doesn’t take long for Chucky to begin his latest killing spree inside the asylum and he’s still able to come up with creative new ways to slaughter his victims and have fun while he’s doing it. Once the bloody craziness begins, Nica is on to what’s happening around her but her doctor thinks she might be losing it again and doubts her at first. One by one, Chucky takes out the nurses, patients and anyone else who gets in his way until plus he finally makes a believer out of the good doctor when they meet. Nica’s dire situation allows Chucky to not only get the revenge he’s been looking for but it also comes with the biggest twist this long running horror franchise has ever had to offer.

I’ve been a huge Child’s Play fan since I was a kid and I’ve pretty much enjoyed every entry into the franchise over the years – some more than others. Cult of Chucky serves as a direct sequel to Curse of Chucky and shows the aftermath of the tragic events that took place four years earlier. Just about all of Nica’s family were slaughtered by Chucky in the last movie. This time around all of the carnage and mayhem takes place in a secluded insane asylum in the middle of winter. Yeah, it’s the perfect setting for another massacre and it’s executed to near perfection, especially for a direct to home video release. Can somebody tell my why this one didn’t get a theatrical release because it deserved one! Curse of Chucky did too for that matter. Anyway, I really liked the clean minimalist look of this insane asylum that definitely offered up a new kind of playground for the killer doll to have fun in. It gave me kind of a Hitchcok vibe at times.

Don Mancini has come up with a really exciting story for this seventh installment and did a great job bringing it to life on screen. There’s also some impressive cinematography to compliment Mancini’s camera work. Alex Vincent returns as Andy Barclay who is now an adult and seems to have Chucky’s number after all these years. Or does he? There’s also Jennifer Tilly who makes her return as Tiffany Valentine who also has a thirst for blood as well as a sick and twisted imagination, just like her old man. Fiona Dourif makes her sophomore appearance as Nica who has sort of become the new protagonist of the series (with a twist) and to be honest she fits right in with the veteran characters. From the cool prologue, to the fun cast of characters, to all those crazy kills (and to that after credits shocker), this movie was an absolute thrill ride from beginning to end. All in all, this movie was so much fun and one of the best out of the series.

The packaging comes with an awesome looking lenticular slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see up top (the picture up top doesn’t do it justice) and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded – the DVD is red and the Blu-ray is blue – and only features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had a blast watching Cult of Chucky that was just as sick and twisted as any of the previous Child’s Play sequels – maybe even more. This is a horror movie with a dark sense of humor. It’s amazing how this horror franchise is nearly 30 years old and Don Mancini and company are still able to crank out fresh new ideas for this iconic pint-sized movie monster. The story was a lot of fun and I freaking loved the idea of putting Chucky’s latest blood bath inside the walls of this insane asylum. It’s also the craziest twist that this long running franchise has offered up so far. Moving on, I always like seeing fan favorite characters return and Cult of Chucky is loaded with familiar faces as well as that iconic voice of Brad Dourif. There’s also some impressive animatronics used to bring the doll to life as well as a few visual effects to go along with it. Don’t worry because there’s lots of practical effects, too. You can’t have a Chucky movie without blood and gore and there’s plenty of it to go around in this seventh installment. You get both the rated and urated versions of the movie when Cult of Chucky arrives on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack on October 3rd and I hope you have as much fun with it as I did because it’s some crazy cool fun. Don’t forget to watch all the way through the end credits!

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: Rated R Version – 90 Minutes / Unrated Version – 91 Minutes

Rated: R and Unrated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French and Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1 / DVS 2.0

DVD Video: Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / DVS 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include two behind-the-scenes featurettes, three deleted scenes, some audio commentary and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Inside the Insanity of Cult of Chucky — Viewers will discover what it was like to film inside an insane asylum and the challenges production faced on set. They’ll also hear from the cast and filmmakers as they discuss why they were attracted to this story and how the filmmakers’ vision brought this fun-filled horror film together. (06:43)
  • Good Guy Gone Bad: The Incarnations of Chucky — This featurette offers a peek into Alterian’s workshop, the studio behind Chucky’s puppeteering, to see how the magic is created and focuses on how the look of Chucky has evolved over the years. (05:03)
  • Feature Commentary with Director and Writer Don Mancini, and Head Puppeteer Tony Gardner.
  • Deleted Scenes
  1. Nurse Carlos sells photos of Nica (02:34)
  2. Madeleine’s Prescription (01:28)
  3. Nurse Carlos makes amends (01:31)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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