Could Cult of Chucky be the greatest horror flick of all time? Not likely, but it might be worth a few chuckles

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      Just heard through the horror grapevine that there's a new Child's Play movie in the works. Apparently the seventh film in the franchise will begin shooting this Monday in Winnipeg, of all places.

      Cult of Chucky will be directed by Don Mancini, who cowrote the 1988 original, which I thought was a hoot. (Actually, that was one of the first horror flicks I ever reviewed as a freelancer for the Georgia Straight, and nearly 30 years later they still let me to do it every once in a while.)

      None of the five sequels to date have matched Tom Holland's Child's Play, although Hong Kong director Ronny Yu (The Bride With White Hair) made a valiant effort with 1998's exhilirating and ultra-twisted Bride of Chucky.

      The franchise's last offering, 2013's Curse of Chucky, was the first in the series to go direct to video. It's the only one I haven't seen, 'cause I only want to see possessed psycho-killer dolls in denim dungarees killing folks on the big screen.

      Here’s Universal Studios' official synopsis of the new one:

      “Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, 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.”