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‘Cult of Chucky’ “Sets Up World of Infinite Possibilities” for Franchise’s Future

What’s next for Chucky, after Cult?

While out promoting Cult of Chucky, headed to home video in just over a month, Don Mancini and stars Jennifer Tilly and Fiona Dourif took part in a Facebook Live chat today, where they answered questions submitted by fans.

During the chat, Mancini teased the future of the Child’s Play franchise.

I think that the end of this movie, hopefully, sets up a world of infinite possibilities. That was the intention,” Mancini noted. “David Kirschner and I – he’s been the producer on all of the [Child’s Play] movies – are talking about a new iteration for the franchise. I know that sounds very vague. But that’s all I can say at this point.”

Well then. Sounds like things are about to get real interesting!

Cult of Chucky arrives October 3 on unrated Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital.

Brad Dourif once again provides Chucky’s voice, while his daughter, Fiona, will be reprising her Curse role. Also returning are Summer H. Howell (Curse of Chucky), Jennifer Tilly (Bride of ChuckySeed of Chucky and Curse of Chucky) and Alex Vincent, star of the first two Child’s Play films who returned in a shocking post-credits sequence in Curse. The film ended as if Mancini planned to tie the previous three films – Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky and Curse of Chucky – together in this seventh film.

In the film, “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 (Alex 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 Jennifer Tilly), Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll.

The Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital releases include two featurettes: a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, called Inside the Insanity of Chucky, and a peek into Alterian, the studio behind Chucky’s puppeteering, called Good Guy Gone Bad: The Incarnations of Chucky. The movie also comes with a commentary featuring writer-director Mancini and head puppeteer Tony Gardner.

In addition to the individual release, Cult of Chucky will be part of the Chucky: Complete 7-Movie Collection, also releasing Oct. 3.



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42 Comments
  • Mr. Screamer

    So I guess they’re planning to make at least two more sequels from what is being said? I’d love to see the series wrap up with Part 9, three trilogies would be an amazing feat.
    Excited for Cult! 🙂

    • Blake Good

      Bride and Seed were a duology and CP1-3 was a trilogy. Curse was the start of a new trilogy.

      So I’d say one more final film, then a crossover with Annabelle, before a reboot is necessary.

      • Mr. Screamer

        Ohh, ok then!
        I wonder who would voice Chucky in a reboot though.

        • Blake Good

          I could see one more Chucky film, then a crossover with Annabelle; then, finally a reboot. Kinda like what they did with both Friday The 13th and A Nighmare on Elm Street.

  • Tiger Quinn

    I’m guessing at the end that ALL of the Good Guys dolls, or some large number, come to life.

    • Christopher Nickerson

      I always wondered about this. That was a Large vat of plastic Chucky’s blood got into at the beginning of 3 and I have always found it odd that only one killer doll came from that batch

  • MrX13

    Looking forward to watching this new Chucky movie! I’ve enjoyed all of them and nice to see Alex all grown up going after Chucky

  • J Jett

    this is kind of sort of off topic but has anyone watched Fiona Dourif on DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY (as psycho Bart Curlish)? she’s fucking amazing and so hilarious in it. her character is also a badass! season 2 starts in October and i can’t wait! i’m not really a big fan of the Chucky films but i liked Fiona in the last film and i will definitely check out this new Chucky film thanx mainly to Fiona’s being in it.

    • Bla Blah

      No. Shut up, J.

      • J Jett

        Nope. fuck off Bla Blah.

    • She was great in Dirk Gently, I still need to finish that series! Fiona is awesome.

      • J Jett

        Kirkio, definitely! 🙂

  • Bla Blah

    I’m telling you guys.
    THERE IS MORE THAN ONE CHUCK. People learned how he transferred his soul and now you have copycat killers. Copycat killer dolls

    • J Jett

      got your panties in a bunch did ya?

      • Bla Blah

        No. Shut up, J.

    • That was my first thought on seeing this.

  • Necro

    Love Chucky! If they are planning on making/doing more films, PLEASE, PLEASE! NOTHING IN OUTER SPACE!!

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    • Darkknight2149

      Stop it.

  • Darkknight2149

    Now that the franchise is legit again (after Bride and Seed nearly killed it), wouldn’t it be amazing if the series gained enough momentum to become theatrical again? Probably not going to happen, but a guy can dream.

    Having said that, I have been hearing from certain circles that this may happen with Hellraiser: Judgment. Don’t quote me on this, but apparently it was a lot better than Dimension Films was expecting and they’re trying to decide whether or not to give it a theatrical release (limited or otherwise).

    • JDelwynn

      How Bride nearly killed it when it was the one that revitalized the franchise?

      • Jay Brezzy

        Because casual fans loved it…in droves they flocked to see it. They also left the franchise in droves directly afterwards. Just because something pumped $$ back in studio’s pockets and made them want to put more money in the future of the films, doesn’t mean it was some child’s play saviour. Real fans of Chucky stuck with him regardless….not because the films were or were not a smash hit.

        Just my opinion of course…

        • Totally agree. Most people I know that are fans of Chucky only knew about the franchise because of Bride. I remembered seeing the VHS covers in the video shop as a kid of the originals, but Bride was my first real experience of Chucky. It wasn’t until I got older and decided to check out the original movies that I actually became a fan of the franchise.

          • Mr. Screamer

            Same thing! The first Child’s Play I watched was Bride, when I was 6. It wasn’t until years later that I actually checked out the whole series, and it’s now my second favorite behind the Scream franchise. Bride really sort of brought the original movies into the mainstream.

        • Luca Vasto

          i ADORE Chucky, he is one of my favourite villains ever and i LOVE Bride, im not a casual fan, im adore all six chucky movies and i can’t wait for cult ;-).

          PS I hate universal pictures, i really hope in a new distributor (New line, lionsgate or sony) for future chucky movies

    • Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan Wick (The

      Bride was decent, but yes, it ALMOST killed it with too much dark humour. However the original plot was what kept it alive. It was a whole new direction from what the public was used to. And that was welcomed. As for Seed… that’s just a parody, but I’m obliged to consider it part of the franchise because Curse of Chucky references it. Bummer. Since Don did it right [in that sense] to 5 out of 6 movies, I’ll give him a shot to take a new direction again.

      • Darkknight2149

        I have to disagree with Seed of Chucky being a parody, as the studio, Don Mancini, ETC, all treat it as an official canon installment to the series. And yeah, Seed was the film that dealt the biggest blow to franchise. Until Curse of Chucky brought legitimacy back to the series, the entire public, the studios, and horror community basically treated it as a joke to the point that it nearly crossed over with Leprechaun (if you sink any lower than that, you’re in Gingerdead Man territory).

        There’s a reason why the Chucky movies are now going straight-to-video, and there is a 9-year gap between the releases of Seed and Curse.

        • Beige Allen

          I have to disagree with both of you stating Bride and Seed were somehow less legit than other CP films. CP 3 was the one that almost killed the franchise and it took a lot of dark humor to get a new audience for it.

          • CP3 was still fundamentally a Child’s Play movie though. Chucky is revived, goes on a killing spree, tries to take over a child, gets killed at the end in a big showdown. It did add a lot of humour and the settings were a bit OTT at times but it was still the same formula at the other 2.

            Bride added the whole relationship angle and added too much context to Chucky. He wasn’t a long killer anymore, he was a husband in a bickering comedy relationship. Seed just took it further adding a kid with a split personality, Jennifer Tilly and Redman playing themselves. It was so far from the Child’s Play formula, that’s why I’ll always prefer the first 3 movies.

          • Darkknight2149

            “Killed” in terms of public perception and status. There’s a reason that it took nine years for another film to get off the ground, the films are currently direct-to-video, and they nearly crossed over with Leprechaun. If you disliked CP3 more, I respect you’re opinion but it was Bride and Seed (especially Seed that made everyone view the name Chucky with utter scorn.

            I do agree, though, that CP3 wasn’t good. The original, CP2, and Curse of Chucky are easily the best.

    • Mr. Screamer

      Speaking of Dimension Films, did you know the new Amityville was actually released theatrically outside of the US?

      • Darkknight2149

        I didn’t realise that. I just researched some of the ratings from Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB, Google, ETC. On the surface, it doesn’t seem to be the trainwreck we were expecting with all the delays. Makes me wonder… What gives?

        • Mr. Screamer

          One of my friends bothered to go see it, and said it was very predictable and a disappointment, haha.

    • Justin McGill

      Interesting rumor. I’ve been wondering what’s going on with a judgment. They’ve been pretty quiet on it for a while now. I had expected them to dunno it dtv by now or to at least announce a date.

      • Darkknight2149

        Yeah, the film was intended for DTV release this year, but now it’s up in the air. Nothing is concrete, but what I’ve been hearing does line up with Gary Tunnicliffe and Paul T. Taylor’s statements about the studio loving it (though even they have stated that they have no idea what’s going on with the release).

        http://comicbook.com/popculturenow/2017/04/13/first-look-at-pinhead-from-hellraiser-judgement/

        The only thing we know for sure is that this is the first time in a long time the filmmaker of a Hellraiser film has actually cared. Tunnicliffe seemed to have a distinct vision, and this enthusiasm was nowhere to be seen with the last four movies or so.

        Of course, this is all just hearsay and we just need to wait and see. It’s all up in the air, so we should take all of these rumours with a massive grain-of-salt, and not be shocked if the worse is to come.

    • Necro

      I’m not quoting you and this may be ignorantly premature on my part, but I always had a hunch ‘Hellraiser: Judgement’ was in good hands with Tunnecliffe. And that this particular film was going to be better all around than the last couple. That’s obviously my personal opinion and if indeed the film turns out to be shit I’ll be the first to admit that I’m wrong! I said this very same comment way back and got ripped apart on here, regardless of a theatrical release (limited or otherwise) you really got me going with that. I know take it with a huge grain of salt, but like I said I have this feeling!

  • It sounds to me like they’re thinking about a TV show.

  • Luca Vasto

    First of all, for next chucky movies,
    one thing has to be done: Universal Picturs MUST lose the right of the
    franchise, it’s a shame how universal treats this franchise, this movie
    and curse in only one theater in fright fest??? SHAME ON UNIVERSAL, i
    hope for next movies , the rights go to another distributor, so finally
    Chucky will have the right recognition

  • Jonathan Larsson

    I do like the idea that the Chucky franchise seems to be aiming for a bigger story, that in turn will widen the possibilities of it’s storytelling in later installments.

    Considering that Childs Play is one of the few horror franchises that is still going without having a remake, and even rarer, has the original director and main star still attached, I’d say there’s a lot of possibilities that haven’t yet been explored. We had straight up slasher horror in the three first installments, we had a horror comedy/satire approach with Bride and Seed, Curse was more of a horror drama and with Cult we seem to diving into psychological horror.

    There’s surprisingly a lot of genres and side-genres in horror that can be mixed with the formula of a possessed, serial killing doll. That kind of makes Chucky more of a unique horror icon as opposed to Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger, cause they more or less stayed in the same setting across the sequels.

    • Kudos to your comment! Chucky naysayers need simply to refrain from watching! CHILD’S PLAY movies have evolved from simple but fun attempted horror to a lighter, darker, funnier, gorier feast that is a bit deeper than most horror franchises but also not Academy Award bait. Best thing about it is that it KNOWS what it is and it goes along with it instead of taking itself too seriously. Keep em coming (for now lol)…

    • Daniel Rogers

      I agree with you mostly but ft13th was serious then in X and fvj they went comedic more so in fvj so it did span 2 genres where as nightmare has indeed been comedy horror all along. Cannot wait for this though was hoping for a special edition with a Chucky doll lol

  • Christopher Nickerson

    If you read reviews of the premiere at Fright Fest, avoid the review by Screen Daily. They label their review as spoiler free then put a major spoiler in the 3rd paragraph

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