Cult of Chucky

Cult of Chucky

Cult of Chucky

2017.  Directed by Don Mancini.  

By Brian Wallinger 

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In the seventh entry of the wildly popular supernatural slasher series Child's Play (which began in 1988), writer/director Don Mancini brings back effective campy suspense that captures the spirit of the entire series. This is accomplished not only by embracing the total cheesiness of it; Mancini's latest offering also confidently and intelligently mocks its status in the real world. Never thought I'd say that the seventh film of any franchise was actually just as good as the original (aside from New Nightmare having a lot of merit), but Cult Of Chucky zeroes in on what made the original so much fun.  

The film takes place directly after the events of the previous installment, with the soul survivor of the sixth entry placed into a mental institution as a result of having been blamed for the murders of her friends and family. Chucky is once again played by academy nominated actor Brad Dourif. Jennifer Tilly also reprises her role, while Alex Vincent, from the first two entries, returns as Andy.  

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Mancini uses very traditional filming techniques and a minuscule budget that effectively creates a B level film that operates on an A level status, bringing forth both the humor of the latter films and recapturing the suspenseful tone of the first few entries.

The plot does feel a little thin and the final act revelations may be a little ridiculous, but for the most part it is a unique entry that looks sharp and is well put together despite its flaws. Not only is it a faithful film that is bent on creating a sense closure to the original story, it also rewrites itself allowing for all manner of wicked possibilities.  

☆☆ 1/2

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