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Cult of Chucky: Trailer

By

Frank Ford

The trailer for Cult of Chucky dropped online today. Have you seen it? If not, you need to stop reading right now and click on the video below!

Cult of Chucky picks up after the events of Curse of Chucky, finding Nina (Fiona Dourif) now in a mental hospital trying to come to terms with Chucky’s murderous rampage. But no one, including her psychologist, believes that Chucky (Brad Dourif – Fiona real-life father) was the one who committed the murders, thinking that Nina committed them instead.
But Chucky is very much alive and he’s ready to settle not only the score with Nina, but a face from his past…Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent from Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2). But this time Chucky’s not alone and getting some extra help from his girlfriend Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly – Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky) who is now in the body of actress Jennifer Tilly.

Much like Curse of Chucky, Cult of Chucky seems to go back to its horror roots and for this, I’m very thankful.

After Child’s Play 3 (which was released in the 1991) the series seemed to be dead until it was revived with Ronny Yu’s Bride of Chucky. Bride of Chucky was more of a tongue planted firmly in cheek moment in the series, and played the dark comedy angle up more than any of the previous sequels had to that date. It was very self-aware movie, (a horror product of its time, post Scream),while adding something new with the addition of Tiffinay into the mix – Chucky’s homicidal girlfriend.

Seed of Chucky was to follow in 2005, and would take this angle of Chucky’s growing family one step further with the introduction of Glen/Glenda, Chucky’s confused kid.
I enjoyed Bride of Chucky a lot when I saw it in the theater in 1998; I thought it was fresh and fun; the shot in the arm that the Child’s Play series needed at that time. As for Seed of Chucky, I was not (and still am not) a huge fan of that movie. It has its moments that I enjoy – the opening good done all in Glen/Glenda’s POV. My biggest complaint with Seed is that it’s just boring, and the silliness and tongue and cheek quality that Bride of Chucky seemed to pull off effortlessly, had already outstayed its welcome in the series.

I wanted the Chucky I grew up with back…the scary Chucky that stalked my hallways and haunted my dreams.

Thankfully Don Mancini understood this and in Curse of Chucky, Mancini returned Chucky to his roots. Did I think that was possible? No. After five movies, I did not expect to be so scared watching another Chucky movie. But I was! I REALLY WAS SCARED!

Mancini had built the wait up for Chucky to strike so well that I nearly came out of my skin with anticipation. And the scene at the dinner table was amazingly done, with tension so thick one could hardly breath – who did Chucky poison? I also really liked that Mancini was able to tie all the movies together in one little line and didn’t bog the film down with exposition.

Will Cult of Chucky follow in the path of Curse of Chucky and be scary as hell? Once can only hope. But from the trailer, it looks like we are going to be in for another scary, wild ride with our favorite Good Guy Doll.

‘Friends to the end. Hi-de-ho, hahaha!’

Cult of Chucky hits Blu-Ray and DVD October 3rd 2017.

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Annabelle 2: Creation (Trailer Review)

By

Westley Smith

 

The trailer for Annabelle 2: Creation, the next chapter in what is now being called “The Conjuring Universe” premiered this weekend. And to say that it was a little underwhelming would be an understatement.

Watching the trailer, I’m undecided whether this movie is going to be good or not, especially after the first Annabelle film – which was just okay; there were parts of that movie that were well done, and scary, but as a whole the film came off slow and boring.

While watching the trailer, I couldn’t help but wonder what was going on? Is this new movie ignoring the events laid out in the first Annabelle movie – a kind of reimagining? It sure looks that way. In the first film, the Annabelle doll is possessed by a demon. Now it seems the doll it is once again being possessed by another demon, claiming to be the daughter of two parents who run a school for children, around the time the doll was created.

Head scratching at the moment trying to figure out the continuity of this film.

Annabelle 2 is directed by David F. Sandberg the director of Lights Out – a movie that started as a short and became an internet sensation and then turned into a feature length movie, produced by James Wan. Lights Out, like Annabelle, had its moments of creepiness but overall was forgettable as there wasn’t enough substance there to make it stand out, other than its titular character.

I fear the same thing is happening with the Annabelle films.

But the bigger thing here about the Annabelle films is this: what made Annabelle in The Conjuring so scary was that we didn’t know anything about the dolls past. It is not knowing the history of the doll that makes it creepy. Stripping the mystery away robs us, the viewers, of something that remains creepy in our minds.

Do we really need or want another Annabelle movie? Is expanding the backstory of the doll the right way to go, or is this just another way to capitalize on a franchise and milk it to death?

What are your thoughts on the new film? Let us know below in the comments.

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IT (Trailer Review)

By

Westley Smith

The trailer for the updated version of Stephen King’s IT dropped online today. Have you seen it (pun intended)? If not, you should check it out below.
Stephen King published IT in 1983 and a made for television film was produced in 1990, directed by Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween 3: Season of the Witch) and starred Tim Curry as Pennywise.

Like most people, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this new movie. Growing up with the original on VHS and Tim Curry’s iconic performance as Pennywise scared the hell out of me as a kid; it’s hard to believe that anyone could step into his clown-shoes and do the role justice.
But as good (and scary) as the film adaptation is, the 1990 film loses a lot of the darker subject matter from the King novel, as well as a few key subplots that enrich the story.  As a made for TV movie, some of those darker subjects from the book would never have made it on to television screens in the 1990s, and might not even make it on television screens in this day and age. Yeah, the book is that dark at times.

Don’t worry, if you haven’t read the book, I won’t spoil anything and suggest you read it for yourself to know what I’m talking about.

The “updated” version of IT is directed by Andrés Muschietti (Mamma) and was scripted by Gary Dauberman (Annabel, and the upcoming The Nun), Chase Palmer, and Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective).

Both the book and the TV mini-series took place in the 1950s in King’s fictional town of Derry, Maine. The new film takes place in the 1980s in Derry, Maine to give the movie more of an updated feel, and allow the second part of IT to be set in modern times – yes, it’s already been confirmed that we are getting a second part to this movie.

There is a notable difference with the new film and its source material, as well as the TV adaptation, and that it looks like this film is going to focus solely on the kids in the 1980s and not go back and forth between the characters as adults (in present day) reminiscing about what happened to them in the 1980s. They are leaving that part for the second IT movie – which could be a very good idea. This allows us, as viewers, to get to know these characters as children before being introduced to them as adults. By the second movie, we will already know their backstory, and now we will see how their past has affected them.

Bill Skarsgård takes over the roll as Pennywise in the new film. And after seeing the trailer, it is apparent that Pennywise in this film is going to be a much different character than what we get in the book or the mini-series. This is also a good, refreshing thing, I think and it will allow this film to be both faithful to the source material and the film that came before it, but allow this film to be its own movie.

Almost all bad remakes suffer from two thing: staying too close to the movie that preceded it (A Nightmare on Elm St, The Fog), or straying so far off the subject that it’s no longer what we were expecting (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, comes to mind). There are a few remakes that are very well done, (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), The Hills Have Eyes (2007), and Maniac (2012) all of these films stayed true to their source material but updated them very well for modern audiences.

Let’s just hope IT will do the same.

IT crawls its way under your skin in theaters September 8 2017

What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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