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The seventh film in the Child's Play series, and the second to be released direct to video. It also seems to be the final installment of the original continuity.

Four years after the events of the previous film, Nica is residing in a mental institution, convinced that it was her who killed her family and not Chucky. Unfortunately for her, the killer doll returns to terrorize her, as well as the rest of the patients and staff, while also having a score to settle with his old enemy, Andy Barclay, with the help of his lover Tiffany.


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This film provides examples of:

  • And I Must Scream:
    • At the end, Nica is possessed by Chucky, who promises to make sure she "stays asleep".
    • The state of the stitched up Chucky doll in Andy's house, being gagged in a safe and brought out for torture. And in the post-credits scene, Kyle wants in on the action.
  • And This Is for...: Right before killing Dr. Foley, Nica!Chucky says, “This is for Nica”.
  • Asshole Victim: Dr. Foley. Subverted with Claire, as initially her general attitude and hostility towards Nica seemingly set her up to typically be one, but during her final moments after realizing Chucky is really alive, she attempts to warn Dr. Foley and Carlos who are restraining and sedating her in an operating room about the danger Chucky poses to them and the hospital. Just before she died, she was shedding Tears of Fear in her vulnerable and helpless state, which was enough to feel sorry for her in her last moments.
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  • The Bad Guy Wins: Chucky and Tiffany both literally and figuratively get away with murder at the end of the picture. Just see Downer Ending below for more on that.
  • Bi the Way: Tiffany makes out with Nica!Chucky, and when Chucky points out that he’s in a woman’s body now, Tiff responds with “Works for me.”
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Dr. Foley, if being a Smug Snake Psycho Psychologist who rapes Nica during their sessions gives anything away, even the actual Big Bad Chucky is disgusted but at the same time impressed with his vileness.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Don Mancini was quoted on saying that this would be the goriest Chucky movie yet. He wasn't lying.
  • Bury Your Gays: Nurse Carlos.
  • The Bus Came Back: Like Andy returning during The Stinger of the previous film, his old foster sister, Kyle, makes her first appearance since the second movie after the credits.
  • Call-Back: Andy makes one to his original Pre-Mortem One-Liner in the first film after ripping a hidden gun out of Chucky's stomach.
    Andy: This is the end, fucker!
  • Coitus Ensues: Malcom bangs Nica shortly after meeting her. The scene comes completely out of nowhere with next to zero buildup and has nothing to do with the narrative as a whole.
  • Death of a Child: Played straight. It is established that Nica's niece Alice was killed between the events of this film and the previous one, while Madeline is committed to the asylum for killing her infant son. Both of these are mentioned rather than shown, but still.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Chucky murders Angela just because she thought she may have been hallucinating him.
  • Demoted to Extra: While he still appears in a decent number of scenes, Andy Barclay goes from the lead character of the first three films to a supporting role in a story that is definitely still Nica's.
  • Downer Ending: You thought Curse of Chucky or even Child's Play 3 ended bleakly? This is the darkest and unhappiest any Child's Play film has ever ended or probably will end. Chucky has successfully possessed Nica and killed the other patients and staff; Andy's killed one of the Chuckies but is locked in the asylum cell (where it is implied that he would be blame for the murders again); and Nica!Chucky, Tiffany, and Madeleine's Chucky are all still alive, and while the latter is likely to stick with being a doll and using it to his advantage to kill whoever encounters him, Tiffany and Nica!Chucky drive off into the night maniacally laughing with a Tiffany doll in the backseat. The only positive aspect is the stinger showing that Kyle is out there as well, and she'll either continue on the crusade against Chucky where he left off or be able to break him out of the asylum.
  • Driven to Suicide: Subverted with Nica. The guilt from learning about the death of her niece Alice was too much for her to take, so she attempted suicide by slitting her wrist with one of the spokes from her wheelchair. Unfortunately for her, Chucky wasn’t going to let her take the easy way out.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: This film, like a typical horror film, may not have a happy ending but after decades of waiting Chucky at last got what he had always wanted: to possess another human being,in this case Nica.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Downplayed. Chucky is disgusted with Dr. Foley’s sexual harassment of Nica, although he expressed admiration for his methods.
    Chucky: And they call me “sick”?
  • Face Death with Dignity: Madeline readily accepts being killed by Chucky to reunite with her dead infant son and to atone for smothering him.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam:
    • After being a nasty character who thought Nica killed her friend Angela, Claire spends her final moments realizing Chucky is alive as well as him being Angela's real killer and tries to warn the asylum about his existence to rescue others before he kills her.
    • Carlos, as the deleted scenes revealed that he was taking pictures of Nica and selling them on the internet through the Perez Hilton website, which is revealed to Andy Barclay that prompts him to race to the asylum to stop Chucky, to pay for his husband's surgery and trip to Alaska. Then Carlos redeems himself by giving Nica his phone that he used to take pictures of her, but now for her to take pictures of Chucky being sentient to gather proof. Despite this, it wasn't enough to save him.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Ashley is both extremely attractive and works as a nurse.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Andy is dangerously close to this. He now lives in the middle of nowhere and keeps Chucky's still-conscious severed head, occasionally torturing him with nails, knives, and a blowtorch. By the end of the movie, he punches a security guard outside the mental hospital in the face just to get himself committed so he can rescue Nica from Chucky. And the way he eviscerates and stomps the third Chucky to death is nothing short of savage.
  • Hollywood Healing: Somehow, Nica's legs are able to be fully healed after being paralyzed from birth once Chucky takes over her body. The only real excuse would be an application of his Hollywood Voodoo.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: "...you'd be tits up by now!"
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Claire is introduced as an unpleasant character who hates Nica's guts and is generally ill-tempered and confrontational, but she is friends with Angela and after realizing Chucky is really alive and Angela's real killer after accusing Nica for the crime, she tries to warn the asylum about the Killer Doll to prevent more deaths even though it leads her to be sedated by Dr. Foley and killed while she was vulnerable. Also, it can be implied that her confrontational and hostile nature is stemmed from her desire to protect the inhabitants of the mental hospital with minimum security from any threats that poses to them.
  • Karma Houdini: Both surviving Chuckies and Tiffany make it to the end of the picture without any consequences whatsoever. Though what's left of the original Chucky is still being tortured by Kyle.
  • Me's a Crowd: The titular "cult" of the film's title, overlapping with The Virus. Rather than merely body surfing into an unwilling victim, Chucky figured out how to copy his own soul. He spreads himself across at least three different Good Guy dolls (with Chucky!Prime in Andy's possession) and by the end of the film one of the dolls escapes by hijacking Nica's body. It is also revealed that he taught Tiffany how to do the same thing.
  • Offing the Offspring: It’s revealed later in the film that the reason why Madeline is in the mental hospital is because she smothered her infant son.
  • Off with Her Head!: Bye-bye, Claire.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Chucky enters Nica's room with the intent to kill her, only to find that she's already slit her own wrist. Instead of letting her die, he sews up the wound and leaves the message "NOT SO FAST" in her blood on the floor.
  • The Paranoiac: Claire, due to being generally confrontational and hostile towards Nica due to the latter's criminal record of first degree murder which is enough to pose as a danger to a mental institution with minimum security. It is also likely Claire burnt her house down that got her committed is also due to some sort of paranoia she had.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Congrats goes out to Dr.Foley for winning the asshole lottery. It's telling that you're become such a bastard to those in your care that you even have the immortal serial killer disgusted with you.
    Chucky: I just...can't with this guy! I don't know whether to kill him or take notes!
  • Self-Deprecation: The movie seems to pre-emptively address the idea that Chucky can now possess multiple dolls at once being viewed as an Ass Pull by stating that it was due to him looking up a spell on "Voodoofordummies.com"
  • Shout-Out:
    • Chucky laments the cancellation of Hannibal, a show which writer/director and Chucky creator Don Mancini worked on.
    • The buzzcut Chucky has a Walther PPK hidden inside his stomach that Andy pulls out towards the climax, the same kind of gun also hidden inside the stomach of James Woods' character Max Renn in Videodrome, which was also released by Universal much like this film and most of the Chucky films.
  • The Stinger: While the original Chucky's blown-off, severed head is sitting around at Andy's house with nothing to do, his former foster sister Kyle from Child's Play 2 shows up to continue torturing him on his behalf. Let's just say he's not exactly looking forward to playtime.
    Chucky: Kyle?
    Kyle: Andy sent me. (Holds up a pair of pliers) We’re gonna have some fun.
  • Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Played for Laughs. Chucky is so dumbfounded by the fact that, despite the fact that he is standing right in front of her talking to her, Angela is completely unconcerned about any of it and thinks he is one of her auditory and visual hallucinations, that he decides not to kill her yet, but to do so later, and walks off in a huff.
  • Trojan Horse: A short-haired Chucky ends up being possessed by Chucky, and the short-haired Chucky goes off to kill Andy, who mailed it to the asylum. Turns out the reason why there even was a short-haired Chucky was for Andy to smuggle in a pistol, which he uses to kill that Chucky.
  • Tongue Trauma: The death of Madeleine.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Carlos, who simply stood and witnessed three Chuckies in Dr. Foley's study when earlier there was some time to flee before Nica noticed him, leading him to be stabbed, drilled and disemboweled by the Killer Doll trio. The patients as well, justified as they were already mentally damaged that left them vulnerable and unable to tell if Chucky is real or part of their disorders.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After one of the Chuckies possesses Nica, that particular Chucky disappears. Even if it was a full spirit transfer instead of just copying himself onto her, what happened to the doll?
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