• Name: Cult of Chucky
• Year: 2017
• Country: USA
• Director: Don Mancini
• Main cast: Fiona Dourif, Allison Dawn Doiron, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly
• Runtime: 91 minutes
• Production company: Universal 1440 Entertainment
Chucky, the devil doll, is back again, like pies. But this time everything is different, something has changed, in this new entry, the seventh of the saga, sloppiness takes over the movie from the beginning until the end.
The film, under the suggestive title of Cult of Chucky, has been executed in a clumsy, erratic and predictable way. Poor settings that convey all the emptiness of the movie, actors on the edge of ridicule, and special effects that cross those limits.
The story itself elapses in a center for mentally ill patients (where all the cliches of psychic pathologies that you can imagine concur), and where the shadow of Chucky returns in an as unearthly as tiresome way; they manufactured a good bunch of those dolls where the spirit of Charles Lee Ray has lived on. Wrong! Apparently now there are a few Chucky’s wandering around. To sum it up, Nica Pierce is convinced that she murdered her whole family and not Chucky. Her doctor, a real dummy, manages to get her a Good Guy doll to overcome her trauma. And, as you can imagine, in that doll resides part of the curse of Chucky, breaking loose a series of disastrous murderings, completely lacking imagination and with lamely executed. And if that wasn’t enough, the Chucky’s chuckles are more sharp and unbearable every time, only to wish that the victim survives and put an end to the doll’s blunder. Is this the worst problem that a slasher film can foul? Probably yes…
However. A symphony of bad taste that proves, once again, that long sagas should renew their directors and scriptwriters if they pretend to keep on some coherence and, overall, quality. Some of them already took that step, with more (Halloween or Friday the 13th) or less (Nightmare on Elm Street) fortune, but at least they brought some fresh air in this world of horror. Mister Don Mancini has nothing interesting to tell, his ideas are stuck in the past and the saga is rushing into an abyss where it would be a horror to get out -no pun intended-; the one that devours dignity and credibility equally. Let’s just hope that in the future new names bloom out that bring passion and excitement, not only to that little doll but to the majority of horror icons that don’t deserve to be mistreated by celluloid caciques. The ones that think franchises are their playground, losing the sight what they were originally created for: to please the fans, the real owners of the hall of fame of monsters.
IMDB URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3280262
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