Cult of Chucky (2017)
Director: Don Mancini
Main Stars: Allison Dawn Doiron, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif, Michael Therriault, Jennifer Tilly
Storyline: Nica is placed in a hospital where past Chucky victims rest. With the help of Tiffany, Chuck comes to the hospital to pay some respect.
Review (Spoils): Nica (Fiona Dourif) is accused of murdering her family, as nobody believes her that the doll did the killing. The patients in the hospital she is located are all past victims (including Andy from the first films) and they are believed to be illusions of the mind. While this is going on the staff at the hospital are actually starting a cult dedicated to the devilish doll but Tiffany has other plans to help Chucky out.
This film starts almost right after the last one but it does start a bit confusing. Nica’s part make’s sense but dragging Andy (Alex Vincent) in from the beginning makes the film confusing. That is a fault of the film it is kind of jammed together without real thought. The gore and blood is there but limited. Do not get me wrong it was nice to re-introduce Andy but it was done wrong and should have been brought in near the end as a surprise. Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif and Jennifer Tilly did a great job returning as their characters but the story itself was all over the place. The Cult part was misleading and was not really explained.
We have knives, drills, burnt dolls, many jumbled dream sequences, some blood and a nasty head smash. Other than that just a lot of dialogue and character introduction without any real detail.
Rating: Personally had hope for this series as the last film was not bad and I enjoy the Nica character. However, this story is fucked and to be honest the whole Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly )character seems fake in this film but I did enjoy the twist ending. Holding still hope that this series will get back to the horror and drop the comedy.
Curse of Chucky (2013)
Director: Don Mancini
Main Stars: Chantal Quesnelle, Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti, Maitland McConnell, Summer H. Howell, Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly
Storyline: The Chucky doll re-appears back into the family of the serial killer Charles Lee Ray.
Review (Spoils): A young woman named Nica (Fiona Dourif) has been in a wheelchair since birth and under the watchful eye of her paranoid mother (Chantal Quesnelle). The Chucky doll appears at the house and her mother id found dead. The family re-unites with Nica’s older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti), her husband her daughter Alice (Summer H. Howell) and the nanny Jill (Maitland McConnell). As they, all stay at the house with the doll, one by one, they all start to die and the story unfolds with the Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) connection.
Right after the Seed of Chucky crazy storyline the series tries to get back to its roots. The story starts on a tale of the charming Nica and her mother. They get the Chucky doll in the mail and think of it as a sick joke. Time passes and the doll comes to life and her mother is killed. Everything is played as suicide (with scissors?) any ways that is when the rest of the family comes home and as we have family, secrets and conflict Chucky starts to hack them up. We have a beautiful cast of women Chantal Quesnelle, Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti and Maitland McConnell. We have lesbian affairs, scissors, very nasty axes gausses, some bad CGI blood, lost of eyeballs flying and hanging, a hot pink bra and panty laptop chat (because that’s what people do in the real world), knives, peeling skin and very cool beheading. The gore is there if you wait for it.
Rating: I am going to be honest this film at the very beginning I was worried about it. Not being a huge fan of the series this film actual surprised me and got me on board. It dropped some of the cheesy humor of the past films and dove right into a good horror tale. I love the story line that intertwines with the past of the serial killer Charles Lee Ray and his nutty lover Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly). This film actual made me a fan of the series now.
Halloween 2 (2009)
Director: Rob Zombie
Main Stars: Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane, Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie, Brad Dourif, Tyler Mane
Storyline: Laurie Strode tries to deal with the nightmares of her killer brother as Michael returns home again.
Review (Spoils): Once again Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) has returned and he wants to finish off his family and Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) is the target again. Except this time Laurie is a spoil brat (I guess the actions in the last film drove her with an ego) who just can’t get off her high horse and we have the bearded Michael walking around killing everything in his path. Unlike the first remake film from Rob Zombie this one has nothing to do with the original Halloween 2 and this just a mixed bag of shit and dream sequences. We get it she has nightmares of the past film….we do not need to wasted on this after the first time or the second. But it does not stop there did I mention in the psyche of Michaels mind is his childhood, a white horse (yes a horse!) and his mother who is portrayed by Sherri Moon Zombie?
Other than the beautiful Sherri Moon Zombie to look at (yes Rob we know she is good looking and she is in every film you ever did) this film is a total mess and might possible be his worse to date. Between dreamscapes, the wanna be mom from Friday the 13th demanding to kill, all over the place plot gaps and the powerhouse Michael Myers being able to take a hit from anything and keep going, this film is a total loss.
Rating: Skip this film if you actual enjoy the Halloween series. Even for remakes this one missed the mark by a very large throw. You can have as much gore and blood that anyone can take but when you mix it with this much crap then it just isn’t that great. This film was a bloody mess in a bad way.
Chain Letter (2009)
Director: Deon Taylor
Main Stars: Nikki Reed, Keith David, Brad Dourif, Michael Bailey Smith, Cherilyn Wilson, Cody Kasch, Betsy Russell, Madison Bauer
Storyline: An email chain letter if deleted causes a murderous madman with chains to come and kill you.
Review (Spoils): Okay so it took till 2009 for Hollywood to do a movie on an email chain letter leading to death. This is a typical teenage horror film where people are young, horny and addicted to their flip phones (yes flip phones…!). Someone receives a chain letter email and forwards it off to four people and if someone decides to delete it a big man comes with chains to kill you.
We have young teenagers that don’t give really a rats ass about each other (you will notice this once they start to drop off the face of the Earth), we have chains, we have lots of blood and gore, flip phones, some breasts, a crazed storyline that somehow involves a cult and Betsy Russell playing a horrible cop.
The acting from the young people was not bad and the gore and blood was actually not bad in this film. I really did enjoy the character Cody Kasch played. The main actress Nikki Reed was good looking and she were not bad but some of the storyline/writing kind of made it unreal.
Rating: This film was actually better than I thought it would be but at the same time it was not great. Typical teenage film with teenage topics and it tries to nail technology as evil and root of all evil along with an unexplained burnt face madman (Michael Bailey Smith) with chains.
But the gore was good!
Child’s Play 5: Seed of Chucky (2004)
Director: Don Mancini
Main Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, John Waters, Billy Boyd, Hannah Spearitt
Storyline: Chucky and Tiffany has a child named Glen and start a killing spree together.
Review (Spoils): So the orphan doll Glen (Billy Boyd), son of Chucky (Brad Dourif ) and Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) brings them back to reality yet again. During the same time Hollywood is in the works of making a film on the legendary killer dolls. Tiffany and Chucky start to murder people again and this brings horror to Glen.
This film is making more fun of itself then even the past ones. We have Tiffany who cannot believe that her favorite actress Jennifer Tilly is playing her in the movie role, Chucky is depressed that his son is a wimp and Glen is not sure if he is a boy or a girl and keeps peeing himself. The film is very lacking on the horror part as it gets so caught up in the comedy bit which ruins the film for the series. Sure there is some gore and blood but the stand up becomes a bit too overbearing for the film.
Rating: Not a bad film but to me the series is going into another direction I don’t like in horror… comedy. I don’t mind some but when the comedy overcomes the gore and scares then I’m kind of waiting on the sidelines. The whole idea of Glen/Glenda is too much and they had a great connection with just the murdering couple.
Director: Rob Zombie
Main Stars: Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Sherri Moon Zombie, Daeg Faerch, Clint Howard, Bill Mosele, Brad Dourif
Storyline: A retelling of the Michael Myers story but more focussed on his childhood.
Review (Spoils): Sigh…. remake time again with a review. We have the re-telling of the Michael Myer’s (Daeg Faerch ) story from the Halloween series. The young boy is messed up as he has been locked up since he was 10 after killed and start to learn what makes him tick. During this process his escapes and heads back home to Haddonfield where he stalks and tries to kill his younger sister Laurie. Anyone who gets in his way of this is killed in brutal ways.
We have a retelling tale of Mike Myers (Tyler Mane) and Doctor Loomis (Scout Taylor-Compton) but this time done with the script of Rob Zombie. Now we all know that Zombie is a horror fan and he wanted to tell his updated take of this tale. The beginning starts actually very interesting when he gets into the younger details of what is going on in the mind of the young boy. To me this was fresh and it held my attention and I was impressed. Then the story flipped to the remake part and it literality felt like it was word for word of a remake. To me this is just lazy and there was nothing new anymore to this tale. I loved the beginning but then it was just felt boring about mid way through the film. Sure we have a more graphic film then the classic from the 70s but this does not make it a good/or better film because of it.
Rating: I have a hard time wrapping around my head why you would want to do this remake. If you’re a fan of the film series you think you would not want to touch it and leave it as is. I would focus more on learning from the classic and creating something new on your own. But I guess that’s just me and Hollywood loves it cash in remakes. Not a horrible film but it is one of Rob Zombies better films.
The Graveyard Shift (1990)
Director: Ralph S. Singleton
Main Stars: David Andrews, Kelly Wolf, Stephen Macht, Brad Dourif, Ilona Margolis
Storyline: A textile mill is being reopened and filled with rats along with another strange monster that hides until night.
Review (Spoils): An old textile mill gets reopened and slowly being cleared out of rats after it was shut down after a horrible death of one its workers. A young man (David Andrews) who is an outsider (wow this is new for Stephen King) needs work so he takes on the job. Late a night a rougher crowd work the night shift at the mill along with a crazy exterminator (Brad Dourif ) who is hired to keep up on the rat issue. One by one they start to disappear as something strange lives in the basement of the mill.
We have some good blood and chewy meat in this one which surprised me. We have rats, people being chewed up in the machines, lots of people being dragged into the darkness and the odd glimpse of the beast.
We have the asshole boss, the love triangle and the loner. Nothing really stands out from this film from many of the other Stephen King stories. Too be honest the film might of been better if we didn’t have the silly bat beast in it.
Rating: We have the odd babe (Ilona Margolis, Kelly Wolf) and some character build but overall most of them were crazy or brain dead. I’m not sure how this place stayed in business as most of them were goofballs. This hurt the film as the only one with brains was the hot Ilona Margolis. They should of stuck with the rats in this film.