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

 

 

Advertisements

Liar Liar (1997)

liarDirector: Tom Shadyac

Writer: Paul Guay, Stephen Mazur (Screenplay)

Starring: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Justin Cooper, Cary Elwes, Anne Haney, Jennifer Tilly, Amanda Donohoe

 

Plot: A fast-track lawyer can’t lie for 24 hours due to his son’s birthday wish after he turns his son down for the last time.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Laugh a Minute Comedy

 

Story: Liar, Liar starts as we meet Fletcher Reede (Carrey) a high-flying lawyer who has gone through a smooth divorce with Audrey (Tierney) to keep life happy for their son Max (Cooper). With Audrey moving on with her life with new boyfriend Jerry (Elwes), Fletcher is focusing on his career where he has an ever-growing reputation of being able to lie his way through any case.

When Fletcher’s lying effects his relationship with his son and Fletcher misses Max’s birthday, Max makes the wish that his dad can’t lie for one whole day. We follow how Fletcher must get through the day without being able to tell a lie in what could be the biggest case of his career.

 

Thoughts on Liar, Liar

 

StoryThe story here shows us many different problems when it comes to overworking parents, lawyers lying and being a good parent. We get to see how the fantasy element of this film comes through to show how the new vision to life Fletcher must go through, I will say the film has a similar message to Mrs Doubtfire about a father finally need to become responsible about the parenting. I think this is a very good story that allows Carrey to perform his comedy to the strongest levels he can.

Comedy/FantasyJim Carrey single handily carries all the comedy within this film, with his joke a minute routine going on that will find a joke that works for anyone at some point in the film. The fantasy side of the story comes from the change that Fletcher must go through when the wish comes true.

Characters/PerformancesFletcher away from the comedy is your typical overworking lying father and lawyer who has put his career before his personal life. The rest of the characters are the always struggling wife which can make her look like the bad guy, the son that is always getting disappointed, the new love that wants to impress the son and the lawyer community. When you look at the performance Jim Carrey carries this film on every single level not giving enough time for the rest of the characters to truly develop in the end.

SettingsThe settings are never designed to be the most important for the story but are important for the lawyer side of the office which shows that the true opinion of the characters can be seen through the eyes of the truth.

Final ThoughtsCarrey shines, the story shines the rest will soon become something people would forget.

 

Overall: This is a hugely enjoyable comedy that shows Carrey at the top of his game.

Ratingcard

 

 

Franchise Weekend – Seed of Chucky (2004)

seedDirector: Don Mancini

Writer: Don Mancini (Screenplay)

Starring: Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Billy Boyd, Redman, Hannah Spearritt, John Waters, Jason Flemyng

 

Plot: Chucky and Tiffany are resurrected by their innocent son, Glen, and hit Hollywood, where a movie depicting the killer dolls’ murder spree is underway.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Addition

 

Story: Seed of Chucky starts as we meet Glen (Voiced by Boyd) the son of Chucky and Tiffany who has been having nightmares about killing people but he knows nothing about his parent’s past as he is just used in a ventriloquist competition.

Elsewhere in the world, there is a new Chucky movie being made following Chucky and Tiffany with Jennifer Tilly returning to the franchise. When Glen sees a feature about the making of the film he sets out to find what he believes to be his parents all the way in Hollywood.

When Glen brings Chucky and Tiffany back to life the killing spree begins once again but this time in Hollywood. With the dolls looking for new bodies Chucky and Tiffany battle with what sex Glen or Glenda is as he learns how his parents are killers and they need to teach him their ways.

 

Thoughts on Seed of Chucky

 

StoryWhen you look at the Chucky film franchise it went in a new direction with Bride of Chucky and this story continues that idea with the family dynamic, this story as well before it’s time by tackling the transgender character in Glen/Glenda as well as having the parental reaction one supporting the other against. Putting the film within the settings of the real world of making a film does borrows heavily from New Nightmare and the Scream franchise which works adding a new dimension to the comedy but in the end this became the of the franchise direction.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy in this film comes from the references being used within the film to other films as we see how the dolls try to cover up their kills from their child. The horror is a slasher and comes off very effective for the genre with all blood, gore and unique kills.

Characters/PerformanceThe returning characters are al fun throughout the additions all work well with Glen/Glenda adding to the laughs and Jennifer Tilly not being afraid to poke fun at herself. The performances all fit the film well without being one of the most iconic of the franchise.

SettingsBring the action to Hollywood makes this film have a lot more fun with itself where it gets to bring the characters into the real world of being the stars of the films they are being made for.

Special EffectsWhen you look at the special effects, you can see how it has started to date over time which does take away from some of the kills.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun addition to the franchise not being the best or the worst just another addition to it.

 

Overall: Enjoy the crazy adventures of Chucky and his family.

Ratingcard

 

 

Franchise Weekend – Bride of Chucky (1998)

brideDirector: Ronny Yu

Writer: Don Mancini (Screenplay)

Starring: Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, Katherine Heigl, Nick Stabile, Alexis Arquette, Gordon Michael Woolvett, John Ritter

 

Plot: Chucky, the doll possessed by a serial killer, discovers the perfect mate to kill and revive into the body of another doll.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Funniest of the Franchise

 

Story: Bride of Chucky starts as Tiffany (Tilly) bribes a police officer to bring her the body of her former lover Chucky who is still stuck inside the good guy doll. We move onto meet our teenagers Jade (Heigl) her boyfriend Jesse (Stabile) and their good friend David (Woolvett) who are sneaking off to prom with, her Uncle Chief Warren (Ritter) wanting to stop Jade being with the wrong guy.

With Tiffany using her voodoo to bring Chucky back to life it isn’t long until he gets his first victim, but things are not as smooth as Tiffany remembers as the two fall out and soon she becomes a doll too. Wanting to come back to life in a human bodies Tiffany recruits Jesse into driving them to Chucky’s body, this gives Jesse a chance to run away with Jade and start a new life.

This becomes the road trip from hell for the young couple but a bonding experience for Tiffany and Chucky as they set out to one up each other on the killing side.

 

Thoughts on Bride of Chucky

 

StoryThis is the return of the Chucky doll after nearly 10 years away from us and this time we build on the Chucky pre-doll character as we learn about the relationship he had before he was killed. I like how this show added another dimension to the horror comedy where we have the dolls almost commentating on what is going on through the film as they see the younger versions of themselves in the young couple. The story does feel fresh to the slasher genre of horror and works on all the right levels.

Horror/ComedyWhen it comes to the horror side of this story I feel this one does fall slightly short of anything scary but on the comedy side of the story this could easily be the funniest of the franchise to date.

Characters/PerformanceChucky is easily one of the most entertaining serial killers in film franchise history and teaming him up with Tiffany only works to improve him to the next level, both the voice work from Dourif and Tilly is excellent throughout. When it comes to the human characters they all feel very basic and don’t get the full development Chucky and Tiffany receive.

SettingsTaking Chucky on a road trip for the kills gives us plenty of comedy to go with the body count but in the end this just makes us want to see what happens on the road next.

Special EffectsThe special effects all work perfectly for the style of film going on through the film adding comedy to the kills throughout.

Final ThoughtsThis takes the films into a different direction as we get to see Chucky in a new light building on the family of doll serial killers which helps enjoy the franchise which could have gotten drowned in the sequels like others have in the past.

 

Overall: Enjoyable sequel that can live long in the memory.

Rating

 card