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Cult Of Chucky Blu-ray Review


“Cult Of Chucky” is a low point in the franchise.

Even though “Curse of Chucky” went back to its horror roots, it turned out to be a rather underwhelming sequel. The end scene with Andy, however, opened up a world of possibilities for a future sequel. The promise of that scene spills over into the opening of “Cult of Chucky” when we see a lonely and damaged Andy having a bad date, going home, and pulling out a severely mutilated talking Chucky head. It’s a fantastic opening scene to be sure, but unfortunately, this scene does not set-up where the movie is really going, but it should have.

After that opener, the story jumps to Nica (the main character from ‘Curse’) who is now being transferred to a medium security mental institution. While there she meets other patients and a seriously warped Doctor. Trouble begins brewing when not one but two Chucky dolls show up in the institution. To no surprise bodies begin piling up but where the story goes next isn’t what you’d expect. Eventually, Andy and Tiffany come back into play too, but I won’t reveal how.

Writer/director Don Mancini’s “Cult of Chucky” is one of those movies I would like to discuss in full, but, in order to do so, I would have to bring up a ton of spoilers which I simply won’t do. Basically, I applaud “Cult of Chucky” for trying something different here. It takes the story and characters in a new direction, but ultimately it doesn’t work. Logically, the movie makes little sense. Why didn’t the insitution beef up security? Why does no one seem concerned people are dying at an alarming rate? Why is the “Chucky situation” as I will call it feel so lazy and convenient? Where is Glen? There are a lot of questions raised here but none of them are good. Add in the fact that the movie is rather mean spirited, strangely brutally violent (moreso than any of the previous films), and a bit off putting in the fact that mentally ill people are being preyed on and you might be left with a sour taste in your mouth. Then again, there might be Chucky and horror fans out there who are in awe of all of this. That’s great if that’s the case.

Now, I did want to add that I am actually a fan of this franchise. I like how it has evolved over the years. It may not always be consistent, but there’s entertainment value in all of the films including this one. Again, I can’t say too much, but I will simply say Brad Dourif certainly gets to have the most fun here as he is able to flex his acting muscles. Moreover, anything with Andy’s character is pretty much gold. The movie should have been about him and his journey. He shouldn’t have been the side story that is once again prolonged for a possible sequel down the line.

Note: Viewers have the option of playing the rated and unrated cuts of “Cult of Chucky.”


Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The film is visually rather dark looking but the hi-def transfer handles it pretty well. It’s nothing to ride home about to be sure, but it’s adequate.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The 5.1 track is effective. That’s really all you can ask of a horror movie.

Extras: * DVD copy and Digital copy. * Universal trailers. * 3 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Don Mancini. * “Inside The Insanity Of Cult Of Chucky”- This featurette contains film clips, interviews, discussions about the franchise and “Cult of Chucky,” behind-the-scenes footge, puppet conversations, and more. * “Good Guy Gone Bad: The Incarnations Of Chucky”- This bonus feature covers Chucky’s look over all of the films and, more specifically, “Cult of Chucky.” * “The Dollhouse”- A look at the tight creative and film production team. * A laid back and informative commentary by Don Mancini and Tony Gardner.

“Cult of Chucky” is available on Blu-ray and DVD October 3, 2017

September 26, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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