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There have been a lot of great movies and television shows I have seen through my youth and the rest of my teenage life. There are many different genres I enjoy, but for some reason, I mostly enjoy the recent seventh horror Child’s Play movie in straight to DVD film, The Cult of Chucky.
The reason why The Cult of Chucky stood out to me is how it’s completely different it is from the rest of the movie. I love how it changes its visual perspective. It uses split screen, slow-motion shots, gory kills shots, and how smart, funny, and horrifying it can be. I enjoy how the actors play their characters and how the movie stands out as a sequel and a standalone film.
Brad Dourif comes back playing as Chucky, but in this movie, something about Chucky changes from the rest of the movie. Yeah, he still does the same thing in the all of the Chucky films, but this character shows much smarter, much funnier, and creates some suspense moments where he is ready to strike against the human characters.
Fiona Dourif reprises her role as latest Chucky victim, Nica Pierce, who is taken to a mental hospital and is haunted from the last movie, Curse of Chucky. This character is mostly hurt and in pain by suffering insane treatment and tried to commit suicide when she discovers that her niece also commits suicide due to what has happened to her family. This character is also brilliant clever and smart to attempt to stop Chucky from killing people while he gets closer and closer to her to finish what he started.
The story is generic as any horror story. The last survivor, Nica, is sent to the mind where she is being treated and is being made to believe the incidents from Curse of Chucky was just in her imagination and she was the murder. The person she mostly interacts has some interesting backstory and character traits. One example is Michael, played by Adam Hurtig, who has multiple personalities, and he helps Nica to stop Chucky, but then he starts to act like Chucky due to his personality disorder. Another interesting character is Madeline, played by Elisabeth Rosen, who plays as a character who treats Chucky as her child, whom she murdered. Close to the ending by her grief, she allows Chucky to kill her from the guilt of her crime. This creates a sense of mistrusting towards each patient in the mental hospital and makes sure that the viewer to understand each one and the disorder they suffer.
Even though it still follows the old and usual horror movie tropes, but the way it’s being portrayed and shown in the movie, it’s different. It keeps you guess where Chucky is, it makes you wonder who is going to be killed next, and it really helps connect all the films to this one movie. Old characters from the original films come back to add more to the movie and it really adds more story to the film and to future movies coming next.
In the visual, the movie uses different shots and camera angles. For the slow-motion shots, it displays the moment where Chucky strikes and where the victims are killed or when the victim's realism when they are going to be attacked by the murderous doll. The many split shots the film uses shows what is going on between two different time period, which creates speculation and surprises when the film goings on. As for the kills, it’s really upgraded from the other films. It’s gory, it’s chaotic, and it’s disturbing that will make any view wanting to barf in a barf bag. Overall, the movie really displays good visual that would make anyone want to watch the movie in awe.
The coloring is mostly reflecting on how to bring and white the mental hospital, where it locates in a snowy arena and isolated from the rest of society. By day is white by night it’s dark white and blue to reflect the daytime and nighttime. It makes the location look cold and gives a winter season view. This gives more brightness and stands out towards the color red when the victims are being killed. Not only that, but it shows how the hospital is trying to represent a safe haven for the patients and Nica to being taken care from their illness, but Chucky makes it difficult for both patients and staff to feel safe from it. Not only that but it creates more distrust and paranoia between those characters.
Now for the old characters coming back from the original films to contribute to this movie, it helps connect the movie from the rest. Alex Vincent reprises his well-known role as Andy in the original first three Child’s Play films, which he goes to the mental hospital and tries to stop Chucky once and for all. Jennifer Tilly also respires her role as Tiffany, who assists Chucky from completing his mission to murder people. This helps the movie continue to add more to the Child’s Play franchise, and it gives the hardcore fans a great fan service of references and cameos, which is great to appeal to me too.
So, The Cult of Chucky released in 2017 straight to DVD. It really brings some amazing visual and some interesting story elements. Even though it’s not the outstanding horror film of all time in the history of films, it gives appealing cinematography for a beginning film observer and a straightforward story but interesting characters. It adds a bit of suspense and mystery and gives addition storyline to the franchise. In conclusion, this is my analysis of the film, The Cult of Chucky, and I see it as the artistic film of the Child's Play franchise.