Cult of Chucky arrives on Netflix streaming next month. That’s the very same month that the new slasher sequel arrives on DVD and Blu-ray, so those who opted not to pre-order the physical disc will still get a chance to check out Chucky’s latest adventure in short order. Netflix doesn’t often get access to new films that fast, so it’s a pretty cool treat for fans who’ve been not so patiently waiting for Cult to debut.
Cult of Chucky is the seventh film in the Chucky/Child’s Play horror franchise, and while most would likely assume that most franchises would have run out of ideas by film seven, that’s actually not the case for a surprising number of horror series. A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s seventh film was Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, an experimental precursor to Craven’s later Scream. Friday the 13th Part VII introduced the cool twist of Jason fighting a Carrie-like psychic girl. 1998’s Halloween H20 revived its franchise by bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis, and ignoring the increasingly convoluted sequels that came before.
For its part, Cult of Chucky is set to introduce an intriguing new setting to the Child’s Play series, that being an asylum for the criminally insane. Said asylum is where heroine Nica (Fiona Dourif) was sent after being framed for the murders that Chucky committed in 2013’s Curse of Chucky. Naturally, Chucky soon infiltrates the asylum, seeking to both settle his score with Nica once and for all, and kill lots of new people just for fun. According to IGN, Cult of Chucky will begin streaming on Netflix on October 3, day and date with the home video release.
In a fun added subplot targeted at longtime fans of Chucky’s murderous rampages, original Child’s Play hero Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) is set to return for his first major role in the series since Child’s Play 2. Andy’s comeback was teased in a small cameo scene near the end of Curse, and now Chucky’s former friend to the end seeks to clear Nica’s name and prove something he never could as a kid: Chucky is alive and extremely dangerous.
Standing in Andy’s way of disrupting Chucky’s plans for Nica is Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly), Chucky’s bride, whose soul now resides in the body of Jennifer Tilly, thanks to 2004’s Seed of Chucky deciding to get really meta about things. It’ll be interesting to see if Andy manages to survive this installment, or if Chucky’s original prime target finally meets his maker.
Cult of Chucky slashes into DVD, Blu-ray, and Netflix on October 3.
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