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Cult of Chucky

Movie banner22196323_10203791860635041_8806182420006603974_nI have a very casual relationship with the Chucky films – I didn’t even see the first one until perhaps five years ago. It’s probably got everything to do with the conceit that I don’t find the whole scary doll thing intimidating. I think I watch two and skipped three, or perhaps it was the other way around… Either way those sequels didn’t make much of an impression on me… I thought Seed was just too weird, really liked Bride. I think that’s the whole ambivalence towards the scary doll thing talking again… The tonal shift really appealed to me as the films became a little more self-aware around then. Not quite an all out comedy, but very much a comic book type of film – and the addition of Jennifer Tilly to the series was actually a boost.

When Curse of Chucky was announced a couple of years ago, I found myself interested in the soft reboot. I wasn’t sure how this would work, going back to a more serious tone but all of the early reviews came in very positive. Once I finally caught it, I enjoyed the modern style and more serious tone. They played it straight without taking the material to seriously – it was a perfect balance, and they still acknowledged the continuity! This is something that has always impressed me about the Chucky franchise, particularly now that we are into some much later sequelsspread across the decades. They have never abandoned the continuity or gone for a complete revamp. In this day of remakes and relaunchs, that’s a brave and impressive and remarkable feat.
Cult of Chucky manages to be both a direct sequel to Curse, while still retaining its place as a general sequel to the childs play series. Again, no mean feat –  particuarly since it manages to come up with a reasonably interesting take on the material. It immediately draws you in and gets you on board with the film.  There was a little bit of jumping early on, but they managed to get you invested very quickly. Not only is Fiona Doruff back, but also returning is Alex Vincent – the actor from the very first Chucky movie, and with him is a scarred, mutilated Chucky head – still talking it little lips off.

Vincent is actually woefully underused in this film, his appearance comprising at best a “B”storyline that doesn’t quite pay off in the end… But that’s really where the problem lies. This movie is very much the second entry in a trilogy, and while I’m thoroughly entertained by 90% of it, that last 10% left me hanging and unfulfilled.  That’s the real disappointment here, there is ways to do a middle entry where it still resolves enough at the end to leave you satisfied – Empire Strikes Back did it. Heck, even Star Trek 3 managed it. With this movie, I’m left hanging without the knowledge of whether or not they’ll be a sequel – and there’s the rub.

Cult of Chucky leaked online about a week and a half early, which is going to affect the performance numbers. This in particular annoys me because the film was literally coming to Netflix a week or two later. I’m not above a little bit of piracy when something is not readily available – not in stores, not on any streaming service, out of print and therefore prohibitively expensive, or is only showing for three nights in one theatre in Albuquerque… That wasn’t the case here.  It wasn’t even going to the theatre, not some limited release, it was coming to fricking Netflix (and others!)! This is available to all. Come on guys! You’re ruining it for us all!

Quite frankly, I find myself wishing they had filmed this and the next entry back to back – done in such a way where they can tag a trailer at the end of the film (like Lord of the Rings or Back to the Future part two) to build up anticipation. As it is I find myself sitting here hoping that piracy hasn’t sunk this franchise just as it was getting back on its feet. I don’t want to wait another 14 years for the closing chapter of the story arc, much the way I had to with the Phantasm series.

Still, if you can get past the dangling threads of the ending, this is a fun film – It’s been compared a lot to Nightmare three, a comparison that is well earned in a lot of ways, but don’t expect more than homage from it. Fire up Netflix and give this one a shot – and while you’re at it, if you’re interested in knowing what I thought of the movie as I was watching it, you can keep this transcript handy – where I was jotting my thoughts down as the film rolled!
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Matthew Skelly Oh please let his date be the first one to get it!

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Holy crap. You can’t be keeping the real one in that safe….

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Okay, you know what? I’m sold.

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Hmmmm. Shocking.

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Who exactly is that supposed to be? Surely not the babysitter… Time to hit IMDb

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly I thought she was supposed to be dead from the waist down

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Oh you have got to be kidding me. As far as bad idea to go, on a scale of 1 to 10 this is about a 3000

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Is Michael Phelps really retired?

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Hello, legs.

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Squeeeee! Jennifer Tilly!

 Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly How many of those things are out there anyhow?

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Nooooooooo! What is this, psycho?

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Wow. That’s an impressive thread work. I would have bet dream sequence

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Okay now hes just being obnoxious

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Cool, it wasn’t just a cameo!

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly So we’ve acknowledged the rest of the sequels is Canon.

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Oh, he’s going to fry your tuchas for that doc.

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly You thought we were away past this, so you thrust the object of her obsession in her face? What kind of an idiot are you?

Manage

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Dude, we’re so far past “bad idea ” that I can’t even see it in the rearview mirror anymore

Matthew SkellyMatthew Skelly Don’t tell me they’re both cursed.
Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly WHAT DID YOU JUST DO??????

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Wait, is he in on it? Or possessed in some way? I think we may be playing with A whole new rule book here…

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Peekaboo!

Matthew Skelly Please let him take off like a rocket… No… Wow!
Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly And now the only person in this film that had any senses dead…

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly How many safes does this guy have, and why is he keeping that in there?

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Okay, that’s two things aren’t mutually exclusive.

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly So how long is this been going on?
Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly But I guess they’re not in cahoots…

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Our man, did we all of a sudden just go all Rob zombies Halloween 2 here?

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Man, the drawing is scarier than the doll

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Well, I think we can all guess where that pencil is going.

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Um I didn’t know they were equipped for that…

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly I’m pretty sure I already know what the word disembowel means.

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly There’s going to be a burp here isn’t there?

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly OMG, it IS Psycho!

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Yeah, that doll is not big on forgiveness….

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Arrived just in time for the third act!

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Half an hour left, I really like more information on how the whole cult thing works

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly What do you think she’s going to do? Hang herself with the dolls shoelaces? – That nurse better be the next one to get it!

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Now, aren’t you glad you took the dolls shoe away, instead of doing something useful like – putting a camera in there or something?

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly He’s never going to get that thing back you know…

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Okay, I understand you’re crippled, but how did Chuckie manage the straitjacket?

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Didn’t we just do this 20 minutes ago?

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Bookmarking voodoo for dummies.com

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Not as much of an explanation as I’d hoped for – but way to earn that hard r rating guys!

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly I so love Jennifer Tilly!

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly This is going to be messy isn’t it? Those shoes are red for a reason I bet…

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Wait, that’s not how this end is it?

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Holy crap, I was right! Back at the graveside, I was right!

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Well, mostly right… These schizophrenics are throwing me off

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly And now back to the “B “storyline

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly So what you’re saying is, it wasn’t possessed one arrived – we watched it happen.

Matthew Skelly
Matthew Skelly Grrrrrr, I’m not sold on the ending – this is obviously the middle chapter of something
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