Cast - 50%
Story - 50%
Music Score - 40%
Effects/Quality - 40%
Originality - 60%
I have lost count of the number of Child’s Play or Chucky movies over the past 30 years but it has been one of those select horror franchises with a cult following, excuse the pun. Very few similar franchises have captured the demonic doll themed story, Annabelle comes close but does not have the personality of Chucky.
The tone of the movies have changed over the decades when it comes to Chucky, it’s like they have tried every angle to reinvigorate. I can never really forget Chucky it’s one of the Horror hall of fame characters, I mean I still see odd minibus taxis in Durban branded with massive vinyl stickers of Chucky. I suppose what made it memorable is that the franchise never took it self seriously but also never held back on the gruesome gory violence as well.
In Cult of Chucky the newest addition to the long series of movies in which Chucky returns to terrorize Nica with an interesting bunch of supporting characters in her therapy group they try to reconcile their past while confined to an asylum for the criminally insane. When their psychiatrist introduces a doll as a new group therapy tool a string of grisly deaths plague the facility.
This film is for the fans following the storyline as I was a bit lost at first when watching the flashbacks but caught up quickly. With another 2 movies planned fans will never have to worry about the Child’s Play franchise losing steam. It was surprising that the movie’s tone has remained consistent over the past 3 decades, it didn’t feel like they were trying to modernize it or appeal to a new audience, they stuck to the roots which is an interesting watch if you started watching the original in the 80s or 90s.
Great to see the formulae is working as it managed to receive a good critical response proving that remakes of movies from the 80s or 90s is not the answer but that the secret is to maintain the essence of its success showing audiences have an appetite for a classic without the need to reinvent the taste.
Reviewed on: DVD
Available on: DVD, Digital
Age Rating: 18
Estimated RRP: R100+
Release Date: 20 October 2017