At what point do we have to admit that this franchise has gone off the rails? Introducing Chucky’s son Glen in what can almost be considered a parody of the series should’ve been the first sign. Or maybe the seventh sign. 2013’s Curse of Chucky promised to revitalize the franchise, bringing it back to its horror roots in a gruesome, twisted new installment that left the comedy behind. It wasn’t fantastic. I didn’t love it, but even then, the future of the franchise looked hopeful. This was Chucky as he was born to be, except Seed of Chucky’s infamous shadow still weavers, and it’s holding this franchise back from once again being truly exceptional.
Cult of Chucky is your typical Chucky fan-fare, now more gruesome and sadistic than ever. Even a flashback to the original movie receives an added extension, purely to amp up the violence present in that original film. The asylum’s walls are a bright white, damping down the overall colour pallet into a numbingly bland design, but an effective one at that. Every hallway looks the same. It’s a twisted, eerie and uncomfortable situation, which creates a great parallel to the vicious violent acts that befall our central characters. The blood and guts stand out. The colour red is only ever seen when it’s gushing from character’s severed limbs or fatal stab wounds. It’s a necessarily jarring sight that really adds to the shock value.
As a matter of fact, the entirety of the plot just feels excruciatingly unnecessary. Without spoiling what’s really going on, as it does remain a mystery for a majority of the runtime, Chucky and his beloved Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) have hatched up a secret plan. It leads to a wild and often unpredictable conclusion that follows through with the promised cult aspects of the title. Yet it’s so ridiculously stupid that it drags the already mediocre movie down a notch. Cult of Chucky’s third act is awful. There’s one scene that had me in hysterics with its strange sense of humour, but a coherent plot, this is not. It renders the entire movie pointless. Chucky and Tiffany are after something, and it’s a something they didn’t really need Nica for, yet here she is. The film works better as an unintentional comedy than it does a horror film.
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