Over the weekend, Don Mancini, Jennifer Tilly, Fiona Dourif, and FX artist Tony Gardner appeared at Monsterpalooza to promote Cult of Chucky. Mancini and company provided some exciting news about the latest installment in the franchise and even suggested that Cult of Chucky will be the bloodiest installment in the series to date.
Mancini explained to the audience that the film “picks up the story of Nica after the bloodbath that happens in the last movie, and Nica has taken the wrap for all of Chucky’s murders. She was sent to a mental institution, and after four years of shock therapy and drugs, doctors have convinced her that Chucky was just a delusion and that she had actually murdered her entire family.” Mancini continued: “It’s a cool prescription for suspense, right? Then her doctor complicates matters by introducing into her group therapy sessions…a Chucky doll.”
Mancini went on to describe the tone and style of the film by saying: “Chucky is such a versatile character that you can plug him into different sub genres. This one is the mind fuck, Chucky meets Inception because you’re dealing with a bunch of characters whose perception [of] reality is altered by their madness, the drugs that they’re on, and by hypnosis.”
As for the gore FX, the director revealed that they will be unlike anything we’ve seen before in a Child’s Play film. “The gore effects in this movie….this is definitely the goriest of all of the movies. [This] wasn’t something [we] set out to do, it just sort of turned out that way.”
Cameras began rolling several months ago in Winnipeg. The project is now in post-production. The film is expected to see a home video release in October via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
The official synopsis for Cult of Chucky reads: “Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic “tool” to facilitate his patients’ group sessions — an all-too-familiar “Good Guy” doll with an innocently smiling face — a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum, and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), Chucky’s now-grown-up nemesis from the original Child’s Play, races to Nica’s aid. But to save her he’ll have to get past Tiffany (Oscar®-nominee Jennifer Tilly), Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll.” Grace Lynn Kung (Cube 2 and TV’s The Strain) also stars.
Don Mancini is once again both writing and directing. Stay tuned to the site in the coming months for the latest horror news as well as more about this project as we learn it!