Cult of Chucky Blu-ray Review
Written by Steve Pattee
Blu-ray released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Written and directed by Don Mancini
2017, 90 minutes, Unrated
Blu-ray released on October 3rd, 2017
Fiona Dourif as Nica Pierece
Michael Therriault as Dr. Foley
Adam Hurtig as Michael
Alex Vincent as Andy Barclay
Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany Valentine
Brad Dourif as the voice of Chucky
Before I even begin this review, I want to say to those that put Cult of Chucky on the torrents before it was even released, you suck. And to those that downloaded it, you suck just as much. Horror fans piss and moan that the genre is treated like a bastard stepchild, but when you do stuff like this, it doesn't help.
With that out of my system, I was a little excited to see this latest addition to the Child's Play franchise because I really dig Curse of Chucky, the film prior to Cult -- which I highly recommend you watch before this if you can. It's not necessary, but Cult is a continuation of the story of Curse, not unlike Halloween and Halloween 2.
The film takes place in an insane asylum, where Nica (Fiona Dourif reprising her role from Curse) is incarcerated for the slaughter of her family. Through a (shockingly natural) series of events, Chucky (once again voiced by the amazing Brad Dourif) manages to get into the hospital to tie up some loose ends (namely Nica). Fortunately for her, she has some backup; of which I won't spoil.
The first thing I noticed about Cult of Chucky is how gorgeous it is, from the use of color to the camera work. The majority of the movie is shot in the asylum, which is almost blindingly white at times; white walls, white uniforms the staff wears, white clothes the inmates wear. Hell, even the furniture is white. So when Chucky arrives with his red hair, blue overalls, and multi-colored shirt, the contrast is striking. And when the blood flows, it's quite beautiful. This is day to the gothic-like Curse of Chucky's night and it complements its predecessor quite nicely.
Cult of Chucky is aptly titled, too. Without going too deep into why, as to let you discover for yourself, writer/director Don Mancini has mixed it up here to give the franchise a new, much needed spin on how Chucky can get to his victims.
Acting-wise, the movie fires on all cylinders. Fiona Dourif's performance is as enjoyable as it is in Curse, but her character is stronger this time around because of the battles she's fought. Her delivery of lines, especially those dripping with sarcasm, is on point, with a few laugh-out-loud moments. And while the rest of the cast is admirable, Marina Stephenson Kerr as Angela is an absolute scene stealer. Her interaction with Chucky is one of my favorite parts of the entire film. I should also give a nod to Jennifer Tilly as…Jennifer Tilly, or Tiffany…you decide. She is the perfect femme fatale.
Speaking of Chucky, Brad Dourif (as usual) is terrific. His disdain and annoyance for his victims (and most people in general) has always brought me joy, and here it seems like he is beyond fed up with humanity. Like I said, his scene with Angela is downright hilarious, but his choice words about Dr. Foley (Michael Therriault) are telling, considering the source.
Curse of Chucky is a nice recovery from the garbage that is Seed of Chucky, and Cult of Chucky continues that progression. Cult isn't quite as good as its predecessor, but the acting is solid, the kills delightful, and the one-liners humorous, so it is definitely worth checking out. The best part is, for folks like me, it's left wide open for a sequel. Also, stay through the credits on the Blu-ray for a special treat. You won't see it on Netflix, so if you are a fan of the series, you're going to want to pick this up.
Video and Audio:
The 1.78:1 1080p presentation is fantastic. There is a lot of fine detail to be had, and the colors pop wonderfully throughout the film. There's no reason why this should be less than gorgeous, and it succeeds on all levels.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 is equally impressive, giving the surrounds and sub a heavy workout.
- Deleted Scenes with commentary by Director/Writer/Executive Producer Don Mancini
- Inside the Insanity of Cult of Chucky
- Good Guy Gone Bad: The Incarnations of Chucky
- The Dollhouse
- Feature Commentary with Director/Writer/Executive Producer Don Mancini and Head Puppeteer/Associate Producer Tony Gardner
There are three deleted scenes (5:36) (with available commentary) on the disc. As usual in these situations, they are best left cut as they really don't add much. However, one of them (where the nurse Carlos is caught selling photos of Nica) has a great shot that was used in the promos but never made the final film. At least we get to see it here, though.
Inside the Insanity of Cult of Chucky (6:43) is a brief behind-the-scenes on the filming of the movie. Like most featurettes of this type, it would have benefitted of a longer running time.
Effects fans will get a kick out of Good Guy Gone Bad: The Incarnations of Chucky (5:03), which focuses on how the doll is made and what goes into the operation of it. Again, though, the piece suffers from its too-short running time.
My favorite featurette on the disc is The Dollhouse (7:37). Unlike the other featurettes on the disc, its running time is perfect as the long-time members of the cast and crew discuss working on the franchise. The best parts here are when the children talk about the effects their parent's involvement in the films had on them. It's a really sweet piece you should not pass on.
Don Mancini and Tony Gardner's excitement for the movie in the commentary is infectious. The two had a lot of fun working on Cult of Chucky and it shows. There's rarely a pause in the discussion, and they offer a lot of insight in the filming of the movie.