Against the odds, direct-to-Netflix sequel "Cult of Chucky" might just represent the crowning achievement of the "Child's Play" movies. Writer/director Don Mancini creates a genuine mythology out of the franchise's tangled snarl of continuity, and draws a terrific performance from leading lady Fiona Dourif (who deserves A-list work). If this is indeed Chucky's final entry, the series is going out on a high note.
7th entry in the long running series sports a few laughs, some inspired kills and a nice setup for future entries. Fiona Dourif is quite good here and director/writer Mancini continues to tie all the previous entries together. Best would be the skylight/operating room kill...gruesome.
I don't know i'm feeling around a 2.5 ish rating (just because of the outlandish shit & the humor at times/tongue in cheek jokes can be amusing). This is only worth one watch for horror fans out of sheer boredom (so don't expect anything really worthwhile) and then just go ahead and forget about it afterwards. At the vary least i can say that this film is better than Bride, Seed, Curse & Childs Play Part 3 easily.
What was already refreshed with previous installment is taken to a whole new level. Gorefest and comedy are enriched with complex story structure, visual solutions and drama that evoke art film. This is both strength and weakness since it's too ambitious for what it actually is. The tone jumps from "Let the Right One In" to usual "Child's Play" but it's a welcome evolution of what could end up as a great mid-trilogy.
After the insultingly dreadful "Curse of Chucky," this film does a lot to get the series back on track. Yes, the plot can get convoluted and the self-aware humor and heavy-handed scares can be mood-killers. But, its more psychological approach makes it a unique entry in the franchise, and produces a number of unexpected moments. I also liked the character arcs, as well as Fiona Dourif's strong performance.
I had to give 'C.U.C' 3* (I might even be tempted to go 3.5*) just for the sheer downright bonkers direction Mancini has taken his franchise in. What ever else the series maybe lacking (and it is an easy target for its detractors) you cannot deny it is going in a dark-humourous, occasionally really inventive, sadistic trajectory! I also challenge anyone to admit that all those 'Chuckys' in one room is not brilliant!
I can't think of another horror franchise quite like the Chucky films. Where other slasher icons like Jason or Leatherface have always been afraid of continuity and have undergone several reboots Chucky has done the opposite. Don Mancini has slowly, but surely breathed new life into the Chucky franchise, but he has never let the series forget it's history. This is a fun film that is an absolute delight for the fans!