A week ago, I posted an article speculating whether Detective Mike Norris (played by Chris Sarandon in the first 2 Child’s Play movies) would be returning in Cult of Chucky, which premieres at London’s FrightFest tomorrow. To recap:
With Cult of Chucky, the 7th chapter in the enduring Child’s Play franchise launched by Tom Holland and Don Mancini in 1988, arriving on VOD & Blu-ray/DVD this October, conjecture regarding what fans can expect is running high. We know that Jennifer Tilly is returning as Tiffany and Alex Vincent will be back, reprising the role of Andy Barclay almost 30 years after first playing the tormented lad. We’ve also been told that the character Glen/Glenda, the progeny of Chucky and Tiffany, will make an appearance in some capacity.
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Since it seems like a complete Child’s Play franchise reunion is in the works, I’m going out on a limb to predict that Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon) and Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks) will both return in Cult of Chucky. Here’s the crux of my theory.
The post credits scene from Curse of Chucky, released in 2012, features Andy Barclay (Vincent) coming face-to-face with Chucky as an adult. Before the confrontation, Andy receives a call from his mother Karen. Last we heard, Karen had been admitted to a mental institution following the events of Child’s Play. So we know she’s still alive, and we know that Curse of Chucky takes place in an asylum. Could Karen be one of the older patients? I’m thinking it’s quite likely!
On the phone call, however, it sounds like Karen is out of the hospital. Andy says he’ll see her tomorrow for a birthday celebration. Then he asks, “How’s Mike doing?” This simply must be a reference to Mike Norris; some fans who noted this statement have theorized that Mike and Karen are actually romantically involved—perhaps even married. Watch the scene for yourself below.
Turns out I’m not the only one who got the idea Norris’s return would be epic. Don Mancini recently appeared on Adam Green’s Movie Crypt podcast. When asked point blank about Sarandon’s return, the Chucky director & scribe was terse:
Mancini: “I can neither confirm or deny.” (Source)
While this is hardly a solid confirmation, anything short of a denial has to be viewed as positive. I mean, it’s not like excitement over Cult of Chucky isn’t already at a fever pitch; it’s not as though Mancini would have reason to through extra lighter fluid on what’s already a raging inferno if you catch my drift. What do you guys make of Mancini’s comments? Can we expect Norris to return or is Mancini yanking our collective chains?
We’ll know soon enough!
Check out the trailer and synopsis for Cult of Chucky below!
Official Synopsis: “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.”
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