Fan service is the name of the game in the Chucky franchise.
The most remarkable thing about both Curse of Chucky and now Cult of Chucky is that writer/director Don Mancini, who also created the franchise, managed to inject new life into the series both times while also continuing storylines and character arcs from all the previous films.
You probably remember that Mancini tied the events of Curse directly to the original Child’s Play, revisiting those original events and adding new layers to Charles Lee Ray’s origin story. Brad Dourif even reprised the role of Charles Lee Ray (in his human form) for Curse, which was a huge treat for longtime fans of the series.
So, does Charles Lee Ray appear in Cult of Chucky? Well, he actually does!
At one point in the film, Nica Pierce (played by Fiona Dourif) has a nightmare sequence wherein she imagines a MASSIVE version of Chucky standing over her, wielding an equally massive knife. What you may not have noticed is that a familiar face is reflected in Chucky’s super-sized blade: the face of Fiona’s father, Brad Dourif!
Mancini cleverly inserted a shot from the opening scene of Child’s Play, wherein Charles Lee Ray is gunned down, onto the blade as a fun callback to where it all began!
Thanks to Kim Faul for spotting this little Easter egg.
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