Cult of Chucky (2017) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Cult of Chucky (2017) – A ’31 Films Of Halloween’ Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Cult of Chucky is a fun 7th entry into the never ending Child’s Play/ Chucky series, working as a direct sequel to 2013’s Curse Of Chucky but revisiting characters from the original Childs Play all those years ago.   Set most in an asylum and focusing on Fiona Dourif’s Nica it’s pretty much more of the same with Chucky offing people one by one.  Tilly is fun, both Dourif’s are great and the gore, whilst not plentiful, does eventually come. Wont make new fans for sure BUT it’s one of the better entry’s.

Best Bit: Dourif once again

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Bride Of Chucky, Child’s Play, Child’s Play 3

 


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Child’s Play (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Child’s Play (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Child’s Play is saved from being a total disaster by one sequence near the end the film that takes place in a mall.  That one sequence is JUST about good enough to drag this from a 3 or 4/10 to a 5/10. It still doesn’t quite stick the landing and the sequel bate ending makes no sense…. but it could have been worse.   The thing is ANY horror film that cuts away from its gore more than it focuses on it is made for the wrong audience.  Chucky fans don’t want cuts away… we want head slices, chops and gore.  What Child’s Play 2019 feels like is a debate between a filmmaker who wants a NC-17 and a studio who wants a PG-13.  Nobody wins here.  And nobody did. (Note to Mark Hamill who does a nice job and the central AI idea kinda works.  Kinda).

Best Bit: The Mall

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Child’s Play, The Bride Of Chucky, Child’s Play 3

 


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Phil’s Top 5… Horror Movies Franchises

Phil’s Top 5… Horror Movies Franchises

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Horror Franchises

 

Close but no cigar: The Purge, Final Destination , Scream,  Saw

 

5 – Childs Play
Childs Play started well, went pretty rotten in the middle but managed to stick the landing with Bride, Child and most recently Cult Of Chucky.  Still got legs.

 

4 – Halloween
One great film, a few weak sequels, an excellent reboot and now a new new reboot means that Halloween is far from finished.

 

3 – A Nightmare On Elm Street
Elm Street is a mix of the good (the original, a New Nightmare, Dream Warriors), the bad (part 5) and the ugly (the remake) but s a horror icon few beat Freddie.  

2 – Evil Dead
Four movies and an incredible TV show, The Evil Dead franchise continues to endure well past it’s original roots as a down and very dirty low budget calling card for Sam Rami.

 

1 – Friday The 13th
Yup they haven’t aged that well and the franchise has stalled of late but growing up few films or horror icons scared me as much as the Friday films.  From the iconic (Part 4) to the Crazy bad but fun (Jason takes Manhattan)  I still love everyone of them.  Including the rather good remake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Phil’s Top 5… Chucky (Child’s Play) Films

Phil’s Top 5… Chucky (Child’s Play) Films

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out to celebrate the upcoming Cult Of Chucky… my top 5 Child’s Play/ Chucky films!

 

Close but no cigar: Seed Of Chucky, Child’s Play 3

 

5 – Curse Of Chucky
After the disappointing Seed of Chucky, Curse reset the franchise one again, stripped away some of the baggage and took the franchise back to it’s more simple origins.  Great fun.

4 – Cult of Chucky
The latest entry into the Child’s Play/Chucky series follows the story threads set out in Curse Of Chucky but moves the horror to an asylum whilst bringing original hero Andy back into the fold.

 

3 – Child’s Play 2
Child’s Play 2 upped the gore, allowed Dourif to cut loose and dropped far more bodies that ever before.  Many consider this to be one of the best entries.


2 – Child’s Play
The original and still one of the strongest entry, it’s a primal fear of your prized and lovinmg doll coming to life and brutally murdering people.  Kinda.


1 – Bride Of Chucky
Bride Of Chucky was a marked change of pace for what had become a bit of a tired franchise.  More horror comedy than straight slasher, Bride introduced Tiffany, through out a load of previous continuity and upped the camp. It works and it relaunched the franchise into the era Chucky rather than Child’s Play.

 

 

Cult of Chucky – A Quick Capsule Review

Cult of Chucky – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Cult of Chucky is a fun 7th entry into the never ending Child’s Play/ Chucky series, working as a direct sequel to 2013’s Curse Of Chucky but revisiting characters from the original Childs Play all those years ago.   Set most in an asylum and focusing on Fiona Dourif’s Nica it’s pretty much more of the same with Chucky offing people one by one.  Tilly is fun, both Dourif’s are great and the gore, whilst not plentiful, does eventually come. Wont make new fans for sure BUT it’s one of the better entry’s.

Best Bit: Dourif once again

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Bride Of Chucky, Child’s Play, Child’s Play 3

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Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Top 5… Slasher Film Villains!

Phil’s Top 5… Slasher Film Villains!

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Slasher Film Villains!

So a few rules: They have to have been in more than one film. They have to be masked/somehow hide their identity.  And they must have killed.  A lot.

Close but no cigar: Chucky, Norman Bates, Ghostface

 

5 –  Pinhead
From Hell itself comes Doug Bradley’s chilling coenobite, a relentless pin faced monster that’s as unstoppable as any other on this list with his own unique calling card.  The infamous Lament Configuration.

Watch: Hellriaser 3: Hell On Earth (1992)
Avoid: Hellraiser Revelations (2011)

 

4 – Leatherface
His face caked in the skin of his victims, loves meat hooks, freezers and will chase you down relentlessly with his chainsaw.  Also very much a family man.  In short: a 6 and a half foot brainless killing machine.

Watch: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Avoid: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)

 

3 – Jason Voorhees
Not the original villain from Friday The 13th (That was his loving mother), but from it’s first sequel onwards Jason proved to be as relentless and unstoppable as any slasher movie icon.  Adopting his machete and hockey mask in Part 3 it was all over by Part 4’s final chapter.  Until lightning brought him back. And telekinesis.  And space. And a reboot.  His rein of terror continues to this day.

Watch: Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Avoid: Friday The 13th Part 7: The New Blood (1988)

2 – Michael Myers
Michael Myers in truth is why this list exists.  Without the William Shatner faced stalker of Jamie Lee Curtis NONE of these (with the exception of Leatherface) would exist.  A true icon of the genre, in what is by far the best slasher movie ever made.

Watch: Halloween (1978)
Avoid: Halloween 2 (2009)

 

1 – Freddy Krueger
Whilst most copied the relentless silent Killer model set up by Michael Myers, Freddy was something a little different.  A wise cracking burnt to a crisp child killer, Kruger haunted your dreams until brutally killing you with his razor fingers.  Wes Craven created what is the true Slasher film icon in Krueger, who would shine no matter how bad the film he was in.

Watch: A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
Avoid: A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)

 

 

Review: Curse Of Chucky (DVD/BR)

Review: Curse Of Chucky (DVD/BR)

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The Review (Contains Mild Spoiler):It’s been almost 10 years since the last Child’s Play film graced our screens and it’s fair to say a lot has changed since then.  Freddy, Leatherface & Jason have all returned, only to fall  foul of a fate much worse than their teenage prey- the box office Goliath’s of the Saw and Paranormal Activity franchises. In fact in this world of cheep scares and found footage jump shocks, Child’s Play seems very… 90’s.  So can the now 25 year old little demonic doll franchise compete with the shaky cam shocks of modern horror?  Well yes.  Just.

The Story: After her mother’s mysterious death, Nica begins to suspect that the talking, red-haired doll her visiting niece has been playing with may be the key to recent bloodshed and chaos.

Director Don Mancini has been responsible for all the Child’s Play films to date, from writing the 1988 original and the heavily publicised Child’s Play 3 directing the less well received Seed Of Chucky (2004)  so it’s only right that he should bring the devil doll back once again to cause chaos. For the most part he does a bang up job.  The film’s tense at times, and builds a good level of suspense working as both a sequel to the earlier Child’s Play films and a reboot to kick off a whole new franchise.

Okay so it does feel a little long and the kills are a little too long in arriving but for a second time director Mancini does a good job.  It’s also fun seeing (and hearing through the voice of the returning Brad Dourif) Chucky back in action, be it rat poison or the usual carving knife. The film is also expertly shot, with some glorious cinematography for what is a very modestly budgeted a DTV sequel. The story is simple but effective and throws in some nice curve balls near the end, which sets the franchise off in a promising new direction.

However for all the good and fun this film delivers, the biggest issue is the film just isn’t bloody enough.  You don’t expect more than a few cheap jump scares (which even those are few and when they do arrive signposted a mile off) but an early beheading sets a grisly tone that the film doesn’t quite pay off from, leaving it feeling like it needed a little something more.  The film just feels a little safe at times.

But just as you start to wonder if bringing Chucky back was a good idea, the knife comes out and the blood flows once more and you remember how much fun it is seeing a 3 foot high doll stalking adults to their inevitable and grisly death.

In conclusion: it’s good to see Chucky back in action but you cant help but ask the question, is this a film 10 years out of place? Is this an old school late 90’s early 00’s horror movie that doenst quite fit with the world how it is now?    But then you find yourself asking, what would I rather watch?  Someone throwing a camera around, inducing motion sickness for a half arsed jump scare 80 mins into a 90 min film OR a psychotic, possessed demon doll pushing a woman in a wheel chair off a landing or electrocuting a baby sitter?  And with that in mind… I can’t wait for the next one.

Reviewed By: Phil Hobden


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