Cult of Chucky – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

Chucky returns to terrorize his human victim, Nica. Meanwhile, the killer doll has some scores to settle with his old enemies, with the help of his former wife. – (Source)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 100% (Critics) / 60% (Audience)
Directed By: Don Mancini
Written By: Don Mancini
Starring: Fiona Dourif, Alex Vincent, Michael Therriault, Brad Dourif and Jennifer Tilly
Studio: Universal 1440 Entertainment

The Good:
I like how Don Martin has woven original CHILD’S PLAY protagonist, Andy Barclay (played by the same actor, Alex Vincent) back into the film universe and made him Chucky’s arch-nemesis. And I still enjoy the heck out of Brad Dourif’s voice work as Chucky. And his daughter, Fiona has become a really stellar Final Girl as CURSE OF CHUCKY survivor Nica Pierce. Plus its a hoot how much fun Jennifer Tilly is having playing batshit crazy Chucky paramour Tiffany Valentine.
I have to also give Martin credit for making some pretty darn good looking movies in this one and the previous film, CURSE OF CHUCKY. Its like he makes Brian DePalma style homages to Hitchcock on a tiny budget…that is the best description I can think of to describe how the two films have looked.
There is one kill in this film that is totally preposterous but looks pretty damn spectacular where a slo-mo shot of jagged glass rains down on a poor restrained victim. As bad as the set-up to the kill is, the end result is great.

The Bad:
Speaking on the kills int his movie, and I know I am beating a dead horse here, but I still am astounded at the utterly stupefying shenanigans that have to occur to get Chucky’s victims in place to be killed. I guess that is the downside of having a slasher movie villain that is a 3 foot tall children’s doll.
More Jennifer Tilly would be a plus; she has way too few scenes in this film.
The new super-power that Chucky has where he can basically take over anyone is kinda lame. Now if he could just operate in multiple dolls that would be cool but him being able to hop into any human being’s body he wants is giving him too much power.

The Ugly:
This movie features possibly the worst mental health professional to ever appear in a horror movie and that is quite an achievement since terrible psychiatrists are pretty common in this genre of film. Dr. Foley is the worst doctor ever and for a while I thought it was because he was working with Chucky but nope he was just awful all on his own (some of the funniest parts of the movie are Chucky commenting on Foley’s awfulness) and its amazing no one noticed and reported him to an ethics review board. He brings in Chucky dolls to a mental hospital that immediately starts maikng his patients act out and he not only ignores what is happening he exacerbates things by allowing more Chucky dolls to come into the facility. And let’s not even get started on his abysmal treatment of poor Nica. From shock therapy to sexual assault, this guy was a total monster towards Nica.

Final Verdict: As this franchise continues on with new energy on a mission to create an extended universe full of characters from prior films popping up here and there (keep watching till the credits end to get a final scene with the return of a familiar face to fans of this film series), it has embraced a cheeky, bordering on campy, style that serves it well. That being said I enjoyed CULT more than CURSE but these movies still are only really entertaining to hardcore fans of the Chucky films already.

Grade: C+

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