A lot of us around the DAILY GRINDHOUSE virtual offices are excited about CULT OF CHUCKY, the upcoming seventh film (!) in the franchise that got its start way back in 1988 from director Tom Holland and co-writer Don Mancini. Mancini has since been around as a writer on every Chucky outing and directed the last two installments. He is back in the director’s chair for CULT, which—if the red band trailer that premiered yesterday is any indication—is a good sign that the steering away from camp that began with 2013’s CURSE OF CHUCKY is continuing with the latest entry.
Back from CURSE is Nica (Fiona Dourif) and from the first three CHILD’S PLAY films, Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent, continuing the role he originated as a child and continued with a post-credits cameo in CURSE) returning to face down his childhood foe. It looks like CULT centers the action on a therapy group in a mental institution. Not surprisingly, considering Nica is a member of the group, the patients start getting picked off by the still creepy, titular doll.
Also returning are Brad Dourif and his signature maniacal laugh as the voice of Chucky and Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany (Or is she playing “Jennifer Tilly” possessed by Tiffany? I’ve lost track, but really, does it matter?). Is it just me or is the continuity of this franchise getting as convoluted as a daytime soap opera?
CULT OF CHUCKY hits Blu-ray, DVD, and digital platforms on October 20th, 2017. I, for one, cannot wait.