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
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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.

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Curse of Chucky (2013)

Curse 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
Cast: Fiona DourifDanielle BisuttiBrad DourifJennifer TillyA MartinezChantal QuesnelleMaitland McConnellBrennan ElliottSummer H. Howell
Seen on: 22.9.2017
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Plot:
After the death of her mother Sarah (Chantal Quesnelle), Nica (Fiona Dourif) moves in with her sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) and her family. Also moving is a doll that was sent to Sarah just before her death. Things quickly start to become very strange, and Nica begins suspecting there is more to that doll than she thought at first.

Curse of Chucky didn’t really blow me away but it was one of the better films of the series. Still there was potential for a better film in there.

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Seed of Chucky (2004)

Seed of Chucky
Director: Don Mancini
Writer: Don Mancini
Sequel to: Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3, Bride of Chucky
Cast: Brad DourifJennifer TillyBilly BoydRedmanHannah SpearrittJohn Waters
Seen on: 21.9.2017
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Plot:
Before Chucky (Brad Dourif) and Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) were vanquished, they had a son, Glen (Billy Boyd). Glen is everything his parents aren’t: gentle, kind and completely murder-free. He’s curious to meet his parents, and so he resurrects them, hoping for a family reunion. The reunion does happen, but takes on a very different form of what Glen expected, as they first hit Hollywood where Chucky and Tiffany’s story is currently turned into a film starring Jennifer Tilly (Jennifer Tilly).

Seed of Chucky suddenly turns very meta and that’s a thing I always enjoy. Especially since it really proves that Jennifer Tilly is the best thing that has happened to the series. Despite some of the same issues as with the other films of the series, this is definitely my favorite part so far (together with the first).

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Bride of Chucky (1998)

Bride of Chucky
Director: Ronny Yu
Writer: Don Mancini
Sequel to: Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3
Cast: Jennifer TillyBrad DourifKatherine HeiglNick StabileAlexis ArquetteGordon Michael WoolvettJohn RitterLawrence Dane
Seen on: 19.9.2017
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Plot:
Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) has a plan: she will get her hands on the remains of the Good Guy doll that hosted Chucky’s (Brad Dourif) sould and she will get him back. He was her boyfriend before he became that doll after all. She actually succeeds, but their reunion isn’t quite as romantic as Tiffany wanted it to be. What’s more, Chucky changes her plans substantially when he decides that Tiffany should become a doll herself and makes it happen. Nevertheless, the two of them decide to go on a bloody holiday together.

I can understand if you think that the series lost it entirely with this installment, but for me, it was a step upwards again from the last films, although there was still more than enough that wasn’t really great about Bride of Chucky.

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Child’s Play 3 (1991)

Child’s Play 3
Director: Jack Bender
Writer: Don Mancini
Sequel to: Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2
Cast: Justin WhalinPerrey ReevesJeremy SylversTravis FineDean JacobsonBrad DourifPeter HaskellDakin Matthews
Seen on: 12.9.2017
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Plot:
Andy (Justin Whalin) has grown into a teenager, despite all attempts from Chucky (Brad Dourif). As Andy starts military school, it seems a new chapter in his life starts. But Chucky also starts a new chapter in his existence – and he wants to begin by getting rid of Andy once and for all. He befriends a young boy, Tyler (Jeremy Sylvers) who stays at the same school as Andy and starts plotting.

Child’s Play 3 quite literally lost the plot that was just way too riddled with holes and was therefore the weakest of the film series so far.

[SPOILERS, but rather vague ones]

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Child’s Play 2 (1990)

Child’s Play 2
Director: John Lafia
Writer: Don Mancini
Sequel to: Child’s Play
Cast: Alex VincentJenny AgutterGerrit GrahamChristine EliseBrad Dourif, Grace ZabriskiePeter HaskellBeth GrantGreg Germann
Seen on: 9.9.2017
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Plot:
After what happened, Andy (Alex Vincent) is separated from his mother – who is put in psychiatric care – and now lives with a foster family mother Joanne (Jenny Agutter), father Phil (Gerrit Graham) and their teenage daughter Kyle (Christine Elise). Things should be settling down, but Chucky (Brad Dourif) doesn’t just give up, and after he finds himself reconstructed by the toy company, he’s dead-set on claiming Andy’s body for his own.

I didn’t love the first Child’s Play, but it worked. But Child’s Play 2 was a case of “less would have been more” and I thought it was a step down from the first one.

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Child’s Play (1988)

Child’s Play
Director: Tom Holland
Writer: Don ManciniJohn Lafia, Tom Holland
Cast: Catherine HicksChris SarandonAlex VincentBrad DourifDinah ManoffTommy Swerdlow
Seen on: 3.9.2017
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Plot:
Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) is being chased by the police, particularly Detective Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon). He flees into a toystore where he’s shot. But Charles is versed in voodoo – and manages to transfer his soul into one of the Good Guy dolls on sale. Through some twists of fate, the doll ends up with Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks) who got the doll for her son Andy (Alex Vincent). Just because he lives in a doll, though, Charles hasn’t left behind his murderous ways – and he needs an actual human body soon, before he turns into the doll he possesses.

When it was announced that they would show the latest “Chucky” film at the /slash Filmfestival this year, I knew I had to get started on closing that particular gap in my horror movie knowledge. Child’s Play, then, wasn’t bad, though the reason for the cult status of the series didn’t become apparent to me.

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