In this episode of The Child’s Play Rewatch, Cory and Nathan find that a true classic never goes out of style as they discuss “Cult of Chucky.”
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In December 2013, following the release of Curse of Chucky, Don Mancini confirmed that he was planning on developing a seventh installment in the Chucky franchise. By February 2015, Mancini was in the process of writing the script for the film. A year later, Mancini, Jennifer Tilly and Fiona Dourif confirmed that shooting would soon begin for the film. In December 2016, the production office for the film was opened in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. On January 5, 2017, the premise, cast, production schedule and distribution details for Cult of Chucky were revealed, with shooting set to commence four days later.
Cult of Chucky marks Vincent’s first principal role in the franchise since he was a child actor, in Child’s Play 2, twenty-seven years prior. Although Andy appeared in Child’s Play 3, he was played by a different actor, Justin Whalin, due to the events taking place eight years after the second film, which came out less than a year earlier. Andy also appeared during a post-credits scene in Curse of Chucky.
While on the date at the beginning of the film, Andy mentions the murder of his babysitter, his teacher and his caseworker, deaths which occurred in Child’s Play (1988) and Child’s Play 2 (1990). He does not directly mention any of the deaths in Child’s Play 3 (1991) – perhaps because Child’s Play 3 is the one film where Andy Barclay was not portrayed by Alex Vincent.
Don Mancini claims that Andy is well-off financially because of the insurance money he received from the murders he was involved in as a child. Don Mancini revealed that Andy now suffers from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
Jennifer Tilly shot her scenes in just six days during the last two weeks of filming on February 6 – 11, 2017.
When Nica first meets Malcolm at the mental hospital she trades him a stick of Juicy Fruit chewing gum for a cigarette. When he begins to chew he says, “Mmm, Juicy Fruit.” This is an obvious reference to the scene in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) when Murphy gives a stick of Juicy Fruit to Chief and he says the same line.
After talking to one of the patients, Chucky calls the asylum a “cuckoo’s nest”. Brad Dourif, the voice of Chucky, made his film debut as Billy Bibbit in the film adaption of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).
Chucky compares one of the other Chucky dolls to Hannibal Lecter, adding “Can’t believe they cancelled that show.” Writer/director Don Mancini wrote two episodes of Hannibal (2013) during its third (and unexpectedly final) season.
Tiffany says Chucky once told her that “a true classic never goes out of style.” This is a reference to the death of Chief Kincaid from Bride of Chucky (1998).
On the commentary, Don Mancini reveals that giving all three Chuckys a subtle difference was a studio executive decision to help differentiate them in the film. During production, the Chuckys were nicknamed “Buzzcut,” “Ragamuffin,” “Edwardian,” and “Evil Dead.”
Multiple cast members from Curse of Chucky (2013) reappear in different roles. Adam Hurtig, who plays Michael, played Officer Stanton. Ali Tataryn, who plays Nurse Ashley, was a US EX employee who delivers Chucky to Andy in the post-credits tag. Finally, Darren Wall, who plays a security guard at the asylum, previously appeared as a highway cop.
Chucky says he found a way to transfer his soul into multiple people or dolls in a website called Voodoo for Dummies a reference to Bride of Chucky (1998) when Tiffany reads a book with the same name.
The world premiere was held on August 24th, 2017, at Fright Fest in London.
Two weeks before the film was officially released, the film was leaked in its entirety to Twitter and YouTube. In response to the leak, Don Mancini Tweeted: “To the geniuses who leaked Cult of Chucky and tweeted about it, congrats, not only are you terrible people, now Universal lawyers know who you are.” Alex Vincent stated that he didn’t understand the logic, since the movie would be available to watch on Netflix.
In February 2018, it was announced that a “Child’s Play” television series is the works with involvement from series creator Don Mancini and producer David Kirschner, and will be a continuation of the story from the films. Mancini also stated that as well as the series, feature films will still continue in the future.
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Next week we’ll be discussing “Child’s Play” (2019).
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