Don Mancini, I am so glad that you haven’t given up on your creation. Yes, we may not be able to see your latest movies: Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky in theatres, but at least you keep making them and we get the gratuitous pleasure of watching them. (stands up and applauses)
Chucky is back in the 7th installment in the popular franchise about a serial killer’s soul in the body of a Good Guy Doll to seek revenge on those who have wronged him and kill as many people as he can along the way. This latest horror flick picks up where it left off in Curse of Chucky. Nica, played by Fiona Dourif, is sent to a mental hospital for the murders committed to her home and blaming Chucky the Doll as the killer. Through group therapy it seems that the psychiatrist decides to use a Good Guy Doll in their sessions to help Nica come to the conclusion that the doll isn’t alive. Shortly after, bodies start piling up and it’s up to Nica to prove to everyone that Chucky is back before it’s too late.
If you enjoyed Curse of Chucky like I did then you will love this sequel just like I did. This movie is amazing. First off, what I really liked about Curse of Chucky is that while it was still campy and not a 100% horror movie in the frightening sense, the movie provided some great kills, interesting characters, and a story to connect and expand the franchise. It also helped that Alex Vincent and Jennifer Tilly, who plays OG owner of Chucky the doll Andy, and long-time girlfriend of Chucky, Tiffany respectively. Both of them there brings in the nostalgia and continuity of the franchise which I think was needed to keep this series going. Yes, the doll looks different in these last two installments but there has been plenty of different variations of our iconic killers in the past and we have all eventually gotten okay with it. Well maybe not Freddy Krueger but that’s a different conversation.
What makes this one probably the cleverest of them all is the fact that a new element has been brought to the table. The title of the movie has always been on my mind since they announced it would be called Cult of Chucky. After watching this movie, I completely understand. When you understand, you will either be in one of two categories: Those who HATE this concept or those who will embrace this idea and just bask in its fun and creativity. I can’t tell you how many times I had to replay certain scenes and go “wait, did I just see what I think I saw?”. The movie was almost a mystery more than a horror movie and that’s just talking about the plot. The writing in this film is not what you expect given the previous installments. Mancini put a lot of thought into this story and he did a wonderful job putting together a story that definitely opens up the franchise in a whole new way.
I love that they are keeping it in the family as well keeping Fiona Dourif, daughter of Brad Dourif, who voices the maniac doll, in the front seat. After watching her superb performance in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, playing a deranged mental case who thinks she is destined to kill, she is well needed for this franchise and does a great job in this latest feature as well.
The kills were great, I don’t think I saw one lick of CGI in this sequel. If I missed it, they did a good job because I didn’t notice it. The body count was at par I think for this movie. Mancini, who wrote the film, is really concentrating on creating a story for this character and not just popping out a sequel just to make sure no one forgets who Chucky is. There are a couple of jump scares but with this kind of fun laid back tone to the film, you may not fall for them.
I don’t want to say too much, its best to just watch without knowing much about it. A few things that would have made this movie perfect:
There wasn’t an epic showdown between hero and villain. The final standoff battle of wits and brawn to see who will come out on top. Read into it what you will but it just seemed a little anti climatic from a horror perspective. In the end, it doesn’t take away how much fun this movie is but it would have been just as better with a big showdown.
Also, the plot of the movie, if you read a full synopsis suggested that Andy is off to help Nica at the hospital but he would have to go through Tiffany first. Well, the two characters don’t even have a physical scene together, just a conversation on the phone. I expected them to go head to head in a scene but it didn’t happen. Andy still played a good part and have a triumph moment as well.
This movie is highly recommended to those who have been following this franchise since the original. If you enjoyed watching Curse of Chucky, you will not be disappointed with this one. Definitely get your hands on the unrated version of the movie as the movie that is on Netflix unfortunately is rated according to the article featured on bloodydisgusting.com so make sure that you watch it VOD or buy the Blu-Ray. You also won’t get to see the amazing post-credit scene that will make your jaw drop to the floor. Excellent installment. This movie is one you want in your collection.