…God, Muscle Chucky is freaky looking. That is all. Onto the recap & review.
We pick back up with Muscle Chucky going at Scout Chucky (now self-identified as Good Chucky). I know I made jokes about Mortal Kombat last time, but they start having it out in an honest to god wuxia fight where the titular doll-on-doll action happens. It’s reminiscent of the kung fu from Seed, replete with flying fists and throwing knife attacks that nearly hit Devon and Jake through the door. It is just as goofy as it sounds, and I love it.
Good Chucky prevails in the fight, but Devon is still suspicious of him (justifiably, on account of him crucifying Muscle Chucky with throwing blades in a particularly messed up fashion). Jake and Devon get into a brutal argument where he tells Jake that Gary isn’t coming back, no matter how he attempts to redeem himself. The two part ways, and while Jake is confronted with Chucky’s disconcerting and ominous belief that he’s finally found what he’s built for (justifiably, murder), Devon is caught red-handed by Father Bryce retrieving a mutilated Muscle Chucky from his office after hours.
Father Bryce calls an all-hands-on-deck meeting with Doctor Mitchell (who is totally acting normal and not suspect at all), Sister Ruth (at her usual level of weird), and Sister Catherine, who butts heads with the priest over letting the children express themselves. Ruth’s fixation on the Chucky doll-as-messiah delusion she has resumes, and she takes the Muscle Chucky to the trash at Father Bryce’s command. That Chucky, of course, gets up in front of her, officially cementing her crazy theory in her mind and netting the kids one more antagonist as she pledges fealty to Muscle Chucky.
Nadine uses some air freshener on that Trevor corpse while Lexy continues her painful withdrawal. Nadine confides in Lexy that her mother died at the whims of her own addiction and warns her that the only thing that will result from Lexy’s drugs is the same painful fate. It’s a great monologue by Higginbotham, who again proves why she’s a fan favorite. Lexy disposes of the last of her pills, but the temporary reversal of fortunes for the two teens changes with the disappearance of Trevor’s body.
Devon has an outburst aimed at Good Chucky during the crew’s next regroup, blaming him for everything and revealing to the brainwashed good apple that he was once a bad seed. Jake consoles Chucky and explains his origins to him. He and Nadine have a baptism for Good Chucky to absolve him of his evil, and…if you told me this series would take this direction when I was writing the recaps a year ago, I probably would have called you a complete idiot, but I apologize to the hypothetical you.
Back at Chez Tilly, Glen dreams of murders from Seed (let’s go reused footage!) and blames Glenda for it, before trying to deal with their mother’s addiction to carnage in another intervention alongside Aunt Meg. Tiffany retreats to meet up with a Tiffany Doll inside the house, who is (hold onto your seats) the original Tiffany doll from Seed of Chucky, inhabited by the real actual Jennifer Tilly! In a giant aviary bird cage and everything! It turns out she’s been down here doing all the boring chores of the rich and famous and being paid in chocolates. Tiffany tries to milk the real Jennifer Tilly for information but gets a dud out of the doll with a Wikipedia summary of The Blues Brothers in place of actual memories, which tips off Meg.
Glen and Meg then discover the existence of Doll Jennifer…Tiffany-Jennifer doll…Jen-Tiff? God, James was right; this is getting impossible to keep track of. Anyways, Tiffany kills Meg in front of Glen with her signature nailfile and belts out what is probably going to be her best line delivery of the season as she tells Glen that she is their real mother, and that their whole life is a lie.
Tiffany explains the cryptic dreams and who the twins’ father really is in a moment of tenderness, and you can almost feel pity for Tiffany with how weepy she gets over the prestige falling apart and her kids losing love for her. Tiffany gifts Glen their original doll body as an act of goodwill to try and provide her child with closure, which is surprisingly accepted. The two (accompanied by Doll Jennifer) embark on finding Glenda, Nica, and Kyle after burning down Chez Tilly to some badass synth music.
Devon and Lexy decide that Jakes lost touch with reality following the ceremony for Good Chucky and that they’ll have to strike out on their own to find the truth. The duo finds pictures on the phone confiscated from Good Chucky, indicating he’s been leaving a breadcrumb trail of body parts for himself to navigate back to his leader, the colonel.
The episode ends with Devon and Lexy following the trail of body parts to a cabin in the woods. The Colonel is revealed to be a Chucky named “Charlie”…a bald Colonel Kurtz look alike, under the control of Doc Mitchell and torturing a still alive Andy.
VISUAL HIGHLIGHTS: The set design on this episode was strikingly good in its final moments as Devon and Lexy approach the cabin, walking through a dire doll graveyard bedecked in dismembered plastic people and Good Guy heads on pikes; it’s as if Wrong Turn met the Chucky franchise, and I’m here for it. I will be sorely disappointed if this isn’t incorporated into the Chucky haunted house for Halloween Horror Nights 2023.
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS: The MVP of the episode performance-wise has to be Lachlan Watson. Their take on Glen really got to shine this episode with them confronting Tiffany and getting a grip on the reality of things. Watson is phenomenal with distinguishing Glen from their more aggressive other half and knowing how much they contributed to the character from costuming to concept makes it better.
QUOTE OF THE EPISODE:
“SHUT UP WITH THE EXPOSITION JENNIFER!”
– Tiffany Valentine to Jennifer Tilly, on what to omit when recapping your hostage situation
RATING: 8 (Flashbacks to Series’ Most Polarizing Film)/10. While some characters like Devon and Sister Ruth have too little to do, and an abundance of lesser plot developments fill the runtime, it’s still the usual Childs Play fun. It spends its time wisely laying some solid character development groundwork and shifting the cast’s relationships, on top of having one very fun doll fight. Also, the Jennifer Tilly meta-humor is reaching critical mass; someone tell Don before it’s too late!
CREEPSHOW SEASON 4 is Coming—”The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have Being Scared” Is Back! [TRAILER]
Friday the 13th this year marks the return of a classic horror spectacle—and not that guy in the hockey mask. We’re talking about Creepshow!
We’re getting a fourth season of the Shudder fan favorite Creepshow, produced by Brian Witten and Greg Nicotero, the horror makeup legend who became a household name for his work on From Dusk Til Dawn and The Walking Dead. The anthology series is back with a new array of 6 frightening short stories of supernatural delight, and with Creepshow, we’re sure to get monsters both mundane and mystical, bringing terror to the small screen.
Just as the franchise began with George A. Romero’s 1982 film, the Creepshow series retains that classic feeling of being under the covers with a flashlight and an old EC horror comic. The first three seasons gave us campy, gory fun, which the trailer proves is still plentiful in this run of episodes. And you can watch that trailer right here!
Get ready for wild werewolves, vicious vampires, and rare rotoscope nightmares. Also, Tom Atkins is there! Neat.
It debuts on Shudder, AMC+, and the AMC channel. All 6 episodes will be available to stream on AMC+ and Shudder, while it releases on a weekly basis for cable viewers (at 10:00pm, EST and 9:00pm CST). So, remember to mark your calendars for this premiere: Friday, October 13th.
See you on the other side of the release date, reader, and stay tuned for more news here on Horror Press!
Help Make the Paranormal Queer Again!
A team of queer filmmakers is exploring the weirdest corners of the paranormal—and they’ve launched a Kickstarter to make their shows a reality.
A Fresh New Take on the Paranormal
What comes to mind when you think of paranormal television? A group of dudes yelling at ghosts? Hackneyed narratives about banishing demons and sending spirits “to the light”? Most mainstream paranormal shows have gone stale, falling back on profitable formulas that the networks prefer, even if that means leaving the weirdest parts of the story on the cutting room floor.
Two new queer paranormal TV shows, New Blood and Inhuman Beings, want to change that. Renowned occult expert Michelle Belanger (Paranormal State, Portals to Hell, Conjuring Kesha, Monsterquest, and more) and paranormal podcaster Fen Alankus (Follow the Woo) have teamed up with a crew of film professionals and paranormal investigators to take an honest, fresh look at the strange and unusual.
Encounter a Secret Society of Vampires
The documentary series New Blood follows a film crew that sets out to learn about a secret society of Vampires. When paranormal podcaster and witch Fen Alankus meets two modern-day Vampires, she follows a string of bizarre coincidences all the way down the rabbit hole. With the help of spellwork, she pulls together an investigative film crew and digs into the world of modern vampirism. What began as a look at the true nature of Vampires becomes an intense initiatory experience for the cast and crew.
Explore Haunted Locations
The paranormal investigation series Inhuman Beings explores a new location with a reputation for high strangeness in each episode. But this is no ordinary ghost-hunting show: the team tries new methods and is open to anything, looking at cryptids, the fae, aliens, ghosts, and more. Season one includes experiments using dream sigils to communicate with entities, crossing a remote river to traverse land ruled by the fae, and investigating a strange castle with a mysterious past.
A Kickstarter Badge of Approval
Slated for a Fall/Winter 2023 release, the first seasons of both shows are underway, with more than 100 hours of footage shot so far. In celebration of Pride Month, they’ve launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for the rest of the filming, editing, marketing, and distribution. Less than a week into their campaign, Kickstarter hand-picked New Blood TV as a “Project We Love,” which is Kickstarter’s way of highlighting standout projects that go the extra mile regarding quality, creative vision, and boosting underrepresented voices.
Rewards for Kickstarter backers include magically imbued Ouija planchettes, Bigfoot and Pride Demon T-shirts, subtle-body portrait readings, bonus and behind-the-scenes content, executive producer credit, guest spots on their shows, and more.
Spread the word and help make the paranormal queer again!