Cult Of Chucky Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Cult Of Chucky by Joseph LoDuca.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 83.3
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 14.3
Album Excellence: 22.1%
Cult Of Chucky is a 2017 American supernatural slasher film directed by Don Mancini and starring Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif & Fiona Dourif. This is the seventh insallment of the fanchise and a sequel to the 2013 film Curse Of Chucky. Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce 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. Meanwhile, Andy Barclay, Chucky’s now all-grown-up nemesis from the first three Child’s Plays, races to Nica’s aid. But to save her he’ll have to get past Tiffany, Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved evil devilish doll. The score is composed by Joseph LoDuca.
You got to hand to Chucky and the creators of Chucky. It might not always be the best in horror, but they do keep it consistent with writers, directors and actors. They do change composers though. It started with Joe Renzetti and LoDuca has scored the last couple of films including this one. Now personally I don’t think I’ve seen any Chucky movies since Child’s Play 3 back in the day, but it pleases me that he’s still alive and killing. The score opens with ‘Andy’s Cabin’ and it’s draped with sadness and despair but it also has a bit of mysterious playfulness about it. I fear we might break out in lullaby mode soon. Fear is maybe the wrong word. I would welcome it. A bit of a teaser to start with, a little bit scary, but also not so scary. I hope it improves.
Love the main theme though. ‘Cult Of Chucky Main Title’ has a classic Herrmann-esque opening with string jabs and some lovely orchestral strings and clock work. It’s all here and it’s pretty great. Is it me or does it sound a bit retro? Even the orchestral music sounds like it could be part of something from the 80s and then there’s the synth music like in ‘Hard Truths’. Surely that’s something from another age. Whatever it is, I love that. It’s things like this, or rather details like this which sets some scores apart and this one is a keeper. Granted, it does slow down quite a bit in the second half of the score, but there’s something about this, a feeling I have perhaps. I think this is an unusual score for 2017 and that increases it’s appeal for me.
2. Cult Of Chucky Main Title
4. Hard Truths
8. Spoken For
21. The Three Chuckies