Combustible Celluloid
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With: Fiona Dourif, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif, Michael Therriault, Adam Hurtig, Elisabeth Rosen, Grace Lynn Kung, Martina Stephenson Kerr, Zak Santiago, Ali Tataryn, Jennifer Tilly, Summer H. Howell, Christine Elise
Written by: Don Mancini
Directed by: Don Mancini
MPAA Rating: R for strong horror violence, grisly images, language, brief sexuality and drug use
Running Time: 91
Date: 06/13/2019

Cult of Chucky (2017)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Loopy Doll

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Child's Play creator Don Mancini continues taking back his creation, the murdering doll Chucky, with this follow-up to his surprisingly good Curse of Chucky (2013). The new Cult of Chucky (2017) picks up where that one left off, with the wheelchair-bound Nica (Fiona Dourif) diagnosed as a schizophrenic and blamed for Chucky's killings. As she is recently relocated to a minimum-security facility, Chucky makes it known that he is free to "visit" her again, but first begins killing the other residents to cast further blame on her. Of course, Nica's denials and warnings fall on deaf ears, given that she's "crazy." This time, however, there may be more than one Chucky. Mancini has great fun with the inner workings of the Chucky universe, as well as making freakishly good use of the sterile white halls of the hospital (and one literal glass ceiling). Brad Dourif once again provides Chucky's voice, and grown-up Alex Vincent returns as Andy Barclay, the kid from the 1988 original.

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