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Quickie: Cult of Chucky (2017)

Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic “tool” to facilitate his patients’ group sessions — an all-too-familiar “Good Guy” doll with an innocently smiling face — a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum, and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. Meanwhile, Andy Barclay, Chucky’s now all-grown-up nemesis from the first three Child’s Plays, races to Nica’s aid. But to save her he’ll have to get past Tiffany, Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved evil devilish doll.”Letterboxd

With a plot like that, Cult of Chucky candidly sounded like a blast on paper. It’s a shame that it ended up being too spontaneous, too convoluted, and too excessive for its own good. It starts off with a promising sense of vigorousness but dramatically declines in caliber as the film tippy-toes along. The return of Andy’s character is completely wasted and his person is additionally turned into the biggest moron this franchise has hatched yet, and the movie’s sole purpose seems to be set on evolving up even more movies to come than simply single-handling standing on its own little “good-guy” shoes.

Despite Cult of Chucky having some of Chucky’s finest moments—especially considering there’s like four of them in this flick and the headless fella who might be a new favorite—it never seems to live up to its premise’s god-like vow. It’s structure, unfortunately, appears to be just as schizophrenic as it’s puzzling characters. 

Movie Critic Verdict: C-

Chucky Fan Verdict: C+

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“Cult of Chucky” is now available to rent and buy on YouTube, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vudu, and Netflix.

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