The Child’s Play franchise that started back in 1988 will see the release of the seventh film featuring the ol’ Chuckster in Cult of Chucky this October.
This latest installment in the ongoing saga of Charles Lee Ray, a serial killer that transferred his soul into the body of a ‘Good Guy’ doll and has since spent nearly 30 years refusing to die, is slated to drop on Blu-ray and VOD later this year. In it, we’ll see the return of grown-up Andy Barclay, played by Alex Vincent, who owned the role in the first two films and appeared again at the end of Curse of Chucky, which presumably set up this story.
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Taking it back to its roots and reinvolving Andy is a smart move, as horror fans almost always appreciate the involvement of legacy characters. And this affords us – with Fiona Dourif’s ‘Nica’ from the last movie – multiple characters who are as caught up as the audience and won’t need to be convinced of the danger they are in.
Today the first real trailer dropped, which is the most we’ve seen since that teaser back in January. We’ve included both the standard and red-band versions. The red-band adds in about 7 more seconds of gore and awesomeness.
Creator Don Mancini has previously expressed making Chucky scarier after a few of the more comedic outings, which he started to do in the last film. The psychiatric hospital setting we see in the trailers is one of the more plausible and frightening locations you can have in the genre because there is an inherent reason to mistrust present between those in power and those being victimized. Add the extra struggle to obtain help and the inability to simply run away, and you’ve added a whole new layer to the story.
After a couple real strong years in 2015 and 2016 for original, indie horror flicks, 2017 seems to mark the return of many modern horror icons. Perhaps not wanting to be outdone by the likes of Don’t Breathe, Green Room, and Hush, we’re now likely to see not only Chucky, but Michael Myers, Pinhead, Leatherface, and Jigsaw all return in time for Halloween.
The Cult of Chucky will see not only Alex Vincent and Fiona Dourif return, but also Jennifer Tilly (who has appeared in every chapter since Bride of Chucky) and of course Brad Dourif – the one and only voice of Chucky.
The movie is slated for release on October 3, 2017.
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