Cult of Chucky

Cult of Chucky ★★

I'm mostly fascinated that this franchise is still going on with an advancing plot after almost 30 years. While other more popular horror mainstays like Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween have burnt out and undergone remakes, Chucky is still going, somehow.

This time the tone is probably closest to Bride of Chucky, where it's a slasher-comedy. It's definitely leaning more in the direction of slasher but has some enjoyably cheesy aspects to itself. Chucky's got his typical one liners and there's three of him this time around. There's also a few gory slasher kills that are fairly inventive and over the top to keep things interesting.

Problem with this film is that the plot is overly contrived, as an attempt to make up for the lack of set-pieces is tried by making the plot pointlessly overwrought. Plotlines messily overlap with each other and it's taking itself a bit too seriously for a franchise that's reached such nonsensical highs and lows at this point. They could really do with a bigger budget to really let loose and cut out the boring plot that just keeps running in circles. Whenever Chucky's on the loose this is fun, but it's too far and few between.

There's something admirable about how Don Mancini is keeping this franchise alive, but in its current state it really feels lacking. I need it to go back to being as crazy as Bride of Chucky or even Seed of Chucky, since the horror approach really feels tired at this point.

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