I have to be honest, I wasn’t even aware a new Chucky movie was on the way. Yeah, I know, how dare I. Blame could be placed on the fact that this wasn’t released into theaters. So a few days into October I am visiting my favorite local bar and the bartender cheerfully asks “ooooh Eric Kelly! Have you seen the new Chucky movie yet?”. Imagine my surprise. Credit goes to Alexis for keeping me up-to-date on things.
Full disclosure: I watched this on Netflix, on a laptop, with captioning on – and I may have been a bit distracted here and there. It’s the Queen of Halloween’s fault. There won’t be any spoilers below that aren’t found on the film’s main IMDb page.
The bottom line is that I am giving this a positive review. It’s not an Academy Award winning movie of course, but Chucky has been around since 1988 and this is one of the best.
The first thing I noticed is that Brad Dourif is once again the voice of Charles Lee Ray – that’s a lot of bonus points right there. The whole film is packed with throwbacks to the previous Chucky movies that I, for one, appreciated. Plus, we get a lot of returning actors – starting with Alex Vincent as Brad Barclay. Alex has been Brad since the original Child’s Play. We get Fiona Dourif back as Nica and Jennifer Tilly yet again as herself (haha, well – ya know – sort of).
Cult of Chucky is appropriately brutal for modern times, not just the silly blood slasher stuff that was prevalent when this franchise began. There is a particularly awesome gag with a power drill that you have to look for and quite a bit of skull stomping. You’ll find some beautiful cinematography which honestly surprised me. Yes, that’s right… gorgeous framing, light and composition in a Chucky movie. One of the things Alexis told me about is that this movie is funny. The Chucky series has always been tongue-in-cheek, but there is some very amusing dialogue in this one. It takes a lot to make me actually LOL.
I personally didn’t find this movie scary and I could see every plot point a mile away, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This movie is entertaining and a lot of films forget to do that. If you’re looking for a good OctoberTime flick or are a fan of the series, you should watch Cult of Chucky.
Cult of Chucky (R)- October 3, 2017 – Horror/Thriller