Movie Review: Cult of Chucky (2017)

Synopsis: After spending years in a mental institution and now believing it was her, and not the doll, Chucky, who murdered her family, Nica is transferred to a minimum-security facility. However, when she arrives, she is once again terrorized by Chucky. Only, this time, there is more than one of him.

Who's in it? The movie stars Fiona Dourif, Brad Dourif, Michael Therriault, Alex Vincent and Zak Santiago.

Review: Even though I still, admittedly, had some doubts about this film, I liked Curse of Chucky enough to give it a try. And, my wife and I ended up watching it this week, finishing it last night. Unfortunately, while Curse of Chucky gave me some hope for the future of the Child's Play franchise, I found myself extremely disappointed by this film.

The one thing I did like about this movie (and Curse of Chucky) is the way it at least attempted to stick to the franchise's horror roots. Humor and sex were kept to a minimum with the focus being on Chucky (and his helpers) murdering people. However, while I did like that part of the film, the overall execution did leave a lot to be desired.

I think my biggest problem with this film is, when watching it, I felt as though there was supposed to have been a movie in between Curse of Chucky and this one. This was especially true of Chucky's (Brad Dourif) spirit manifesting itself in multiple dolls but I also felt as though there were several loose ends from Curse of Chucky that received no closure or were only briefly mentioned. This included what happened to Nica's (Fiona Dourif) niece, Alice (Summer H. Howell). All we know is she died. We aren't really told how she died or if it had anything to do with Chucky's new found power to multiply himself.

The other thing I found I didn't like about this film is Chucky's victims weren't overly likable. Since the movie takes place in a mental institution, the majority of characters (patients) had quirks that made it easy to dislike them or, at very least, be annoyed by them. And, the hospital staff weren't much better. If you don't like a character, it's hard to care if they live or die. In fact, in all honesty, I found myself feeling the same way about Nica toward the very end and she was the main protagonist.

Even the return of Chucky's first nemesis, Andy Barclay (Vincent) had limited impact on the movie. He doesn't do much until the very end of the movie and, even then, his role is kept to a minimum. Perhaps they are setting him up to have a bigger part in the next installment. But, based on this movie, I'm not sure if another installment is really that great of an idea.

Final Opinion: On the plus side, I didn't need to sit through 91 minutes of bad jokes and gratuitous sex scenes. But, while there was an attempt to keep an element of horror in this movie, I honestly had a hard time finding anything about it that was interesting.

My Grade: D


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