Cult of Chucky (2017)

Cult of Chucky
Director: Don Mancini
Writer: Don Mancini
Sequel to: Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky
Cast: Allison Dawn DoironAlex VincentBrad DourifFiona DourifJennifer TillyMichael TherriaultSummer H. HowellGrace Lynn KungAdam HurtigElisabeth Rosen
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 25.9.2017

Plot (with Spoilers for Curse of Chucky):
Nica (Fiona Dourif) was arrested for the death of her family – who were actually killed by Chucky (Brad Dourif), or so she believes. Now she’s in psychiatric care and working with a therapist, Dr. Foley (Michael Terriault) to accept the fact that she was the murderer after all. But when Nica is confronted with a Good Guy doll, things take a turn.
At the same Andy (Alex Vincent), too, tries to finally leave his past behind. But that is much easier said than done, especially when he has a very lively reminder in his home.

Cult of Chucky was unfortunately one of the weaker Chucky movies, despite the fact that it was really nice to see pretty much all important characters from all Child’s Play movies so far again.

Cult of Chucky did have a few excellent one-liners and building on previously established characters was a good move, although featuring that many well-known characters who each get their bit of time meant that Jennifer Tilly got very little time on-screen and that’s definitely a pity.

Unfortunately despite all those good things, the last third of the film moved at an almost glacial pace and felt way too long. I was very happy when the film was finally over, despite the fact that the ending is very open and obviously made for yet another sequel.

I could have also done very much without the creepy doctor (although Chucky’s quip “I don’t know whether to kill you or to take notes” was one of the best moments). If you want to do abusive doctor-patient relationships, especially in a psychiatric context, there are many ways and reasons to do that – but in a thoughtful way and not an exploitative way like here. It’s too sensitive a topic for that.

After sitting through a very flat portrayal of mental illness (to say the least), the film ends with the ultimate ableims when [SPOILER] Nica, possessed by Chucky, just gets up out of her wheelchair and walks away [/SPOILER]. It makes no sense and it’s offensive miracle-cure stuff.

Altogether the film really didn’t blow me away. I don’t know if I’ll see the sequel that’s sure to come.

Summarizing: meh.

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