Cult of Chucky (2017)

Director: Don Mancini

Writer: Don Mancini (Screenplay)

Starring: Allison Dawn Doiron, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Adam Hurtig, Elisabeth Rosen, Tony Gardner

 

Plot: Chucky returns to terrorize his human victim, Nica. Meanwhile, the killer doll has some scores to settle with his old enemies, with the help of his former wife.


Tagline – Friends till the end, remember?

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Addition

 

Story: Cult of Chucky starts as we see how Andy (Vincent) is keeping Chucky as a torture subject, to stop him getting free again. Meanwhile Nica (F. Dourif) is in a mental home after being accused of killing the victims in the last movie, but not she is going into a lighter security facility where we get to meet other patients including Michael (Hurtig) and under the care of Dr Foley (Therriault) who wants to use a Good Guy doll to aid the therapy.

Tiffany (Tilly) visits Nica in the home claiming Alice her niece has died leaving her another Good Guy Doll. With two Good Guy Dolls around and Andy having a third, bodies start to pile up from inside the asylum, as he is looking to finish off unfinished business.

 

Thoughts on Cult of Chucky

 

Characters – Chucky is the Good Guy Doll possessed by the serial Charles Lee Ray. He is back this time but now he has started to multiply becoming deadlier than ever, hitting the one liners when he has killed someone. Andy has returned after his brief post credits scene in Curse of Chucky, he is now grown up but still working on getting over the idea of Chucky tormenting him as a child, but now he is on top of it all, keep what he thinks in the only version of Chucky, but now he knows he must continue the fight. Nica is the victim and survivor from the last film, she is blamed for murders which has left her in asylums but now in a softer security one she must face her nightmare again. Tiffany is the girlfriend of Charles, that has been bringing the Chucky dolls to the asylum as she builds her own army of Chucky dolls. We also have the doctor that is pushing things too far, Michael or Malcolm or whoever he is today as one of the patience.

PerformancesBrad Dourif while only the voice of Chucky is still one of the biggest draws and he continues to give the same quality level of performance here. Fiona Dourif, daughter of Brad is very good in the leading role, she is the best performer in the whole film. Alex Vincent returning to the franchise is great to see, and he is good in supporting role of the film. Jennifer Tilly might have a small role but she does enjoy what she gets to work with while poking fun at certain parts of the previous films. The rest of the performances are all good for the franchise.

StoryThe story continues on from Curse of Chucky, we might be a couple of years later but we know Andy has a doll which he is keeping under control, while Nica is facing the consequences of what happened in the previous film. We get Chucky unleashes looking for revenge on the people that have stopped him in the past which works too. This goes into a new direction that continues to build the franchise to be enjoyable with the story and is left waiting for the next chapter.

HorrorThe horror continues to be moments of tongue in cheek when it comes to the kills, we do have bloody filled kills but we do lack the suspense the previous have.

SettingsThe film is set in the asylum which I think works, it keeps the film into one location making it hard to escape and believe the Chucky is real for everyone around.

Special EffectsThe effects for the most part are good but you can see a couple of moments that seem to come off strange.


Scene of the Movie –
Sometimes I scare myself’.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The Carlos death scene seems strange when it comes to the effects.

Final ThoughtsIf you are a fan of the Chucky films, you will enjoy this one, I don’t think it is the best in the franchise but I do think it is a welcome addition to the whole series.

 

Overall: Enjoyable and welcome addition to the franchise.

Rating

 

 

Fear Clinic (2014)

logoDirector: Robert Hall

Writer: Aaron Drane, Robert Hall (Screenplay)

Starring: Thomas Dekker, Robert Englund, Cleopatra Coleman, Kevin Gage, Felisha Terrell, Fiona Dourif, Brandon Beemer, Corey Taylor

 

Plot: A doctor works to cure patients suffering from crippling phobias by placing them inside his invention which induces and controls hallucinations.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: What’s Your Fear

 

Story: Fear Clinic starts by Dr Andover (Englund) talking about fears and how he has come up with a cure to people’s fears. We learn that after he got endless praise for his work we hear that something went wrong with his ideas. Move to a diner where a lone gun man bursts in on a killing spree which is just part of the experiment that the girl gets lost in.

Moving forward a whole year we meet Sara (Dourif) who is student that during a blackout has her own nightmare about the gun man. Sara goes to the fear clinic in search for answers or a treatment for her fears from Dr Andover. With Andover not the same man it appears certain patients are having relapses and one of the patients died. Andover is full of regret for what happened to Paige and is very reluctant to let anyone use the chamber again. This doesn’t stop Osborn (Terrell) going behind his back to set up the chamber to try and save another sick patient.

Andover learns that what he had been working on has bought something back and created a substance that pushes people to reach newer more intense levels of fear. The third patient Blake (Dekker) gets bought in we learn that his fear is to do a real incident. Andover finally gives the machine another chance and the first patient is Blake, while things don’t go bad they don’t get any real answers. Each member of the study was all part of a restaurant shooting and each member is trying to get over the fear that has been created from the situation. A force is trying to get through to the real world by using the fears created by these people and the chamber Andover created.

Fear Clinic takes us into a world where we see the characters already taken over by their fears but for now controlling them. We get to see how one event could change lives forever and how the affects will scar them for life. We also end up having to see how messing with science could lead people into trouble especially where no one thinks about side effects. The story follows the characters with all of these mixing together as they must learn to control the fear rather than run from it because we see fear take control and become real. The films uses psychological horror to get the most part over and though the jumps are easy you will be thinking about what happens for a while. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Thomas Dekker: Blake a gunshot victim who was part of the clinic but this time he has started to improve after going into the chamber. Thomas does a solid job but spends half his screen time not in a working state but his character does hold some secrets. (6/10)

 

Robert Englund: Dr Andover genius scientist who at one time was at once the leading name in scientific research but after his tests go wrong things take a turn for the worse, but this is his chance to redeem himself by saving these people. Robert does a solid job in a role that was going to gather the horror fans. (7/10)

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Fiona Dourif: Sara our heroine who is trying to get answers and seems to be the connection between everyone while she is trying to cure her own fear. Fiona continues to look like she might be a star of bigger and better things with this performance. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: Fear Clinic has a supporting cast that includes patients, doctors and nurses who all help the story continue as most of them are who get affects most by whatever it is that is after them.

 

Director Review: Robert Hall – Robert does a solid job creating a horror that makes you think. (7/10)

 

Horror: Fear Clinic uses psychological horror making you think about what is happening with a couple of attempted jump scares. (7/10)

Settings: Fear Clinic uses the setting of the clinic well putting our characters trapped and isolated. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Fear Clinic uses solid special effects especially with the twisted creature creation. (7/10)

Suggestion: Fear Clinic is one for the horror fans to give a go to I think they will enjoy the way this film unfolds. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The chamber secrets.

Worst Part: I think a few too many things to ask about.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $1 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Trivia: Corey Taylor’s first film role

 

Overall: Fear Clinic isn’t the scariest of horror films out there but it will make you think so if you like that idea for horror you will like this.

Rating 65

Curse Of Chucky (2013)

logoDirector: Don Mancini

Writer: Don Mancini (Screenplay)

Starring: Brad Dourif, Chantal Quesnelle, Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti, Maitland McConnell, Brennan Elliott, Summer H. Howell

 

Story: Nica (Fiona Dourif) is wheelchair bound due to complication with her birth lives with her mother Sarah (Quesnelle) in a lonely mansion. After they receive a strange package, A Chucky doll things start to happen around the house before Sarah suicide. After her mother’s death Nica sister’s family come to help with things around the house. Barb (Bisutti) husband Ian (Elliott) daughter Alice (Howell) and the nanny Jill (McConnell). Chucky has a few tricks up his sleeve how much trouble can the little doll cause to the family?

 

Package of Chucky

Package of Chucky

Verdict: Chucky is back and back to his best after the disappointing outing last time.

Story: When you trap people in a house in the middle of nowhere with a killer doll you have yourself a good story. You have a few twists that connect happenings in previous films along with a string of creative death scenes and fights. (8/10)

 

Actor Review: Fiona Dourif – enters the franchise and creates a tough counterpart to Chucky along with a different opponent to than Chucky is used to fighting. Daughter of the voice of Chucky Brad Dourif comes in and takes control of the scenes she is in. Star Performance Award (9/10)

 

Nica

Nica

Actor Review: Brennan Elliot – Husband who has plans for himself to leave the family fast becomes the human villain in the film but only very generic. Brennan does a good job but never really shines in the role. (7/10)

 

Actor Review: Summer H. Howell – Daughter of the family and key to what Chucky wants, does a good job trying to elude Chucky while Nica protects her. Good performance from the young actress in her debut film role. (8/10)

 

Actor Review: Brad Dourif – The voice of Chucky and as always creates a devilish character that will make you never want a talking doll again. Favourite Character Award (9/10)

 

Chucky Having a good time

Chucky Having a good time

Actor Review:  Danielle Bisutti – Loving wife on the outside but not on the inside, she also shows little sympathy to Nica showing how cold her character is. Danielle does a good job showing two sides to her personality. Least Favourite Character Award (8/10)

 

Director Review: Don Mancini – This guy lives and breathes Chucky having been involved in writing all of the Chucky films before taking over Directing for The Seed Of Chucky. He does a good job keep the story related to the classics by adding twists and turns to keep you wanting to see what will be left to offer in the next outing. (9/10)

 

Horror: Some good scares throughout, never taking itself to serious in the process. (8/10)

Settings: Isolation is always a good setting for a horror film and the mansion gives that in this one, along with adding the clichéd loss of phone, electricity and no signal. (10/10)

House in The Middle Of Nowhere

House in The Middle Of Nowhere

Suggestion: Horror fans will loves this as it isn’t one that takes itself too serious but still pays enough attention to what has been created in the Child’s Play films. If you’re not into tongue in cheek horror this will not be for you and if you are expecting gore this one will also let you down. In the end it is all fun with Chucky again enjoy. (Wanna Play, Enjoy, Give It A Try)

 

Best Part: Twist at the end.

Worst Part: Could have a bit more suspense.

Favourite Quote: Chucky ‘It’s Time To Play’

Similar Too: Child’ Play Series

 

Overall: Chucky is back, run before it’s your time to play

Rating 80%