Cult of Chucky
|Cult of Chucky|
Home video cover
|Directed by||Don Mancini|
|Written by||Don Mancini|
The characters created|
by Don Mancini
|Music by||Joseph LoDuca|
|Edited by||Randy Bricker|
Universal 1440 Entertainment
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures Home Entertainment|
|Box office||$1.9 million|
Cult of Chucky is a 2017 American slasher film written and directed by Don Mancini. The seventh installment of the franchise, following the 2013 film Curse of Chucky, it stars Brad Dourif as Chucky, with a supporting cast of Fiona Dourif, Alex Vincent, Jennifer Tilly and Summer H. Howell – all of whom are returning cast members from the previous six installments.
The film began production in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in January 2017. The film premiered at the London FrightFest Film Festival on August 24, 2017, and was released with rated and unrated versions distributed by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment via Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on October 3, 2017. As of October 2017, the film has grossed $1.9 million from DVD and Blu-ray sales.
Four years after the events of Curse of Chucky, an adult Andy Barclay still has the original Chucky's head, which is conscious and deformed after being repeatedly tortured by Andy in retribution for his crimes. Meanwhile, Nica Pierce has spent the past four years in a mental institution after being framed by Chucky for the murders of her family. After therapy, she now believes she was responsible for the murders and that Chucky was a manifestation of her psychosis. Her doctor, Dr. Foley, has her transferred to the medium-security Harrogate Psychiatric Hospital.
In group therapy, Nica meets Malcolm, a man with multiple-identity disorder; Angela, an old woman who believes she is dead; Claire, a woman who burned her house down; and Madeleine, a patient who smothered her infant son to death. Dr. Foley introduces a technique involving a Good Guy doll. Most of the patients are unsettled by the doll except for Madeleine, who treats it as her baby.
Nica, visited by Tiffany Valentine, legal guardian of her niece Alice, is devastated when Tiffany informs her Alice has died. Tiffany leaves Nica a Good Guy doll, which she claims was a gift from Alice. That night, Chucky awakens and discovers Nica has attempted suicide. The next morning, Nica finds that her wrists have been stitched up, with a message stating "not so fast". She discovers Angela has died, leaving the message "Chucky did it." After realizing that Valentine was the last name of Charles Lee Ray's girlfriend, Nica begins to believe Chucky is real. Fearing Madeleine is in danger, Nica has Malcolm try to warn her. However, Madeline throws both the doll and Malcolm into an empty grave. The orderlies rescue Malcolm. Chucky kills Claire next. Andy learns about the murders online and realizes Chucky has somehow managed to transfer his soul into multiple bodies at once.
In a private session with Foley, Nica agrees to be hypnotized in order to access any repressed memories about her involvement in the murders. Foley, who has been sexually abusing Nica, is hit from behind by Chucky. Foley believes Nica is the one who assaulted him but is willing to keep quiet in order to blackmail her for sexual favors. Madeleine smothers her Good Guy doll with a pillow, forcing her to confront the repercussions of her real child's death. Orderlies bury the doll in order to placate Madeleine.
Andy, planning to end the carnage and save Nica, gets committed to the institution by assaulting one of the security guards. Foley receives a package from Carlos: another Good Guy doll. Madeleine is visited by her own doll, which has risen from the grave, and she allows the doll to kill her so she can finally be with her baby. Foley attempts to assault Nica but is knocked out by one of the Chucky dolls. The Chucky doll awakens the doll Andy had sent. The three Chuckys reveal that the original Chucky found a voodoo spell on the Internet, which allowed him to separate his soul into multiple host bodies. Alice was one host, but she was killed. All the dolls then kill Carlos in front of Nica.
Tiffany returns, killing a security guard. One of the Chuckys transfers his soul into Nica, giving her body the ability to walk again. He then stomps on Foley, killing him and stumbles upon Malcolm, who is killed by Madeleine's Chucky. A short-haired Chucky attacks Andy, but Andy reaches into the doll’s chest and pulls out a gun he had planted there. He shoots the doll before stomping its head, killing him. He then shoots at Nica Chucky only to discover that he has no ammo left. The institution is sent into lockdown, resulting in Andy being locked inside his cell, Madeleine's Chucky going into hiding, and Nica Chucky escaping. Nica Chucky reunites with Tiffany before driving off together with the Tiffany doll, which is revealed to be alive as well.
- Brad Dourif as Chucky
- Fiona Dourif as Nica Pierce
- Michael Therriault as Dr. Foley
- Alex Vincent as Andy Barclay
- Adam Hurtig as "Multiple" Malcolm / Michael
- Elisabeth Rosen as Madeleine
- Grace Lynn Kung as Claire
- Martina Stephenson Kerr as Angela
- Zak Santiago as Nurse Carlos
- Ali Tataryn as Nurse Ashley
- Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany Valentine
- Summer H. Howell as Alice Pierce
- Christine Elise as Kyle
In December 2013, following the release of Curse of Chucky, Don Mancini confirmed that he was planning on developing a seventh installment in the Chucky franchise. By February 2015, Mancini was in the process of writing the script for the film. A year later, Mancini, Jennifer Tilly and Fiona Dourif confirmed that shooting would soon begin for the film. In December 2016, the production office for the film was opened in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. On January 5, 2017, the premise, cast, production schedule and distribution details for Cult of Chucky were revealed, with shooting set to commence four days later.
In an October 2013 interview, Mancini revealed that since Child's Play 3, he had always wanted to introduce the concept of "Multiple Chucky's" but was unable to achieve this due to budget constrains. He eventually used this concept in Cult of Chucky, 26 years later.
On January 5, 2017, the principal cast for Cult of Chucky was announced, featuring the talent of Brad Dourif as Chucky, Fiona Dourif as Nica Pierce, Alex Vincent as Andy Barclay, Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany and Summer H. Howell as Alice. Each of the first announced members were featured in previous films, with Brad Dourif and Vincent from Child's Play (1988), Tilly from Bride of Chucky (1998), and Fiona Dourif and Howell from Curse of Chucky (2013). Cult of Chucky marks Vincent's first principal role in the franchise since he was a child actor in Child's Play 2, twenty-seven years prior. Although Andy was in Child's Play 3, he was played by a different actor, Justin Whalin due to the events taking place 8 years after the second film, which came out less than a year earlier. Andy also appeared in Curse of Chucky, during a post-credits scene.
Principal photography for Cult of Chucky began in Winnipeg on January 9, 2017, with the cinematographer from Curse of Chucky, Michael Marshall, returning in the same capacity. Tony Gardner returned to create and perform the Chucky character as he had done previously for Seed of Chucky and Curse of Chucky. Filming ended on February 18, 2017.
Cult of Chucky was released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Netflix on October 3, 2017. Unlike the Blu-ray and DVD versions of the film, the Netflix version was not unrated. The rated version is about a minute shorter than the unrated cut, and does not have a post-credits scene.
An early review posted on Bloody Disgusting, was very favorable of the film. Benedict Seal stated: "Seventh films have no right to be this good or break this much new ground. Cult of Chucky takes this wild story in a whole host of new directions that franchise fans are sure to get a kick out of. There are so many batshit delights, especially as things escalate towards the finale, but to spoil them would be to ruin Mancini and co.’s grand carnival. Without a doubt, Child's Play is a horror franchise worth treasuring." Stephen Dalton of The Hollywood Reporter also had mostly positive things to say about it, stating that "the bratty quips and cheerfully nasty murders come thick and fast, with drillings and decapitations, high heels and compressed air canisters all part of their repertoire. Mancini’s low-key shooting style also shifts up a gear with slow-motion split-screen action and deranged psycho-lesbian clinches, like Brian de Palma on an indie-movie budget. A lean 91 minutes long, Cult of Chucky is part self-spoofing slasher, part lowbrow bloodbath and all guilty pleasure." Scott Mendelson of Forbes said "Cult of Chucky is either the Final Chapter or a New Beginning. Either way, this most tenacious of horror franchises can walk on with its head held high." William Bibbiani writing for IGN gave the film 7.4 out of 10 stated "Too many horror sequels feel like cheap and soulless cash ins. Cult of Chucky has big ideas, strong performances and some moments that rank among the best in the series. The other classic slasher franchises may be failing, but lately, Chucky is making entertaining horror sequels look like child’s play."
In October 2017, Don Mancini expressed an interest in having Glen/Glenda from Seed of Chucky return in a future film, and that most references to that character had been cut from Cult of Chucky. In February 2018, it was announced that a Child's Play television series is the works with involvement from series creator Don Mancini and producer David Kirschner, and will be a continuation of the film's story arc. Mancini also stated that as well as the series, feature films will still continue in the future.
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