Move over Jason, Freddy, and even Michael, I’m happy as long as I get a new Child’s Play sequel every few years.
Chucky, a doll inhabited by the soul of serial killer Charles Lee Ray, has been murdering since 1988. Over the course of nearly 30 years, Chucky has been revived time and time again, setting up one of the most unique and bizarre franchises in horror history.
Next up is the seventh film, Cult of Chucky, which is a direct continuation of 2013’s Curse of Chucky.
Monsterpalooza, which is currently ongoing in Pasadena, CA, hosted the cast and crew of Cult of Chucky, welcoming writer/director/franchise creator Don Mancini, along with stars Jennifer Tilly and Fiona Dourif, and effects legend Tony Gardner. While their lips were sealed on what kind of twists and turns we could see, they did offer up some extended plot details.
Curse of Chucky ended with Nica, played by Fiona, being accused of murdering her entire family. Mancini explains how Chucky is inserted back into the game of musical chairs:
“[‘Cult of Chucky’] picks up the story of Nica after the bloodbath that happens in the last movie, and Nica has taken the wrap for all of Chucky’s murders,” Mancini told the Monsterpalooza audience. “She was sent to a mental institution, and after four years of shock therapy and drugs, doctors have convinced her that Chucky was just a delusion and that she had actually murdered her entire family.
“It’s a cool prescription for suspense, right?” Mancini Asked the audience before continuing: “Then her doctor complicates matters by introducing into her group therapy sessions…a Chucky doll.”
While Curse of Chucky was a return to the traditional horror roots of the first film, Mancini explains that Cult will be more like Chucky meets Inception:
“Chucky is such a versatile character that you can plug him into different sub genres,” says Mancini, who calls the new film surreal. “This one is the mind fuck, Chucky meets ‘Inception’ because you’re dealing with a bunch of characters whose perception reality is altered by their madness, the drugs that their on, and by hypnosis.”
Mancini assures the audience that he’s listened to fans – those wrongfully critical of Chucky’s look in Curse – and made a conscious effort to bring back the classic look of Chucky. While Tilly says Chucky “looks amazing in this movie,” Mancini explains that they “really finessed it.”
But the biggest reveal of all was that Cult of Chucky will be the goriest (and most disturbing) of all seven Child’s Play films.
“The gore effects in this movie….this is definitly the goriest of all of the movies,” Mancini stated while assuring the audience that he wasn’t pandering to them. “[This] wasn’t something [we] set out to do, it just sort of turned out that way.”
Brad Dourif is confirmed to once again provide Chucky’s voice, while his daughter, Fiona, will be reprising her Curse role. Also returning are Summer H. Howell (Curse of Chucky), Jennifer Tilly (who became the popular female doll, Tiffany, in Bride of Chucky before transferred her soul into the body of actress Jennifer Tilly in Seed 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.
Here’s the official synopsis that came with the initial announcement trailer.
“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.”
Cult of Chucky is expected to release this coming October through Universal Home Entertainment.