One of the many exciting bits of gossip coming out of this year’s Monsterpalooza came from the Cult of Chucky panel, which featured director and creator of the Child’s Play franchise Don Mancini, as well as stars Jennifer Tilly and Fiona Dourif and SFX guru Tony Gardner.
After describing the plot of the film – the seventh entry in the almost 30 year-spanning franchise – as “Chucky meets Inception,” Mancini said something that we’re all happy to hear. “The gore effects in this movie… this is definitely the goriest of all of the movies,” the director said. “[It] wasn’t something [we] set out to do; it just sort of turned out that way.”
Good news, then. Bring it on.
Cult of Chucky features a host of returning franchise stars including Brad Dourif (as the voice of Chucky) and his daughter Fiona, Summer H. Howell, Jennifer Tilly and Alex Vincent, as well as Being Erica’s Grace Lynn Kung. Mancini directed the film from his own script. As hinted at at the end of 2013’s Curse of Chucky, the new film looks to be tying together the previous three instalments and, with the return of original star Vincent, bringing the whole series full-circle in an epic story arc.
Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic “tool” to facilitate his patients’ group sessions — an all-too-familiar “Good Guy” doll with an innocently smiling face — a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum, and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. Andy Barclay (Vincent), Chucky’s now-grown-up nemesis from the original Child’s Play, races to Nica’s aid. But to save her he’ll have to get past Tiffany (Oscar-nominee Tilly), Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll.
Cult of Chucky is set for a release on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD this autumn, just in time for Halloween.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)