July 26, 2017 at 10:40 AM EDT

Cult of Chucky writer-director Don Mancini has described his horror sequel as “Chucky on drugs.” The seventh film in the possessed doll horror franchise, which is being released Oct. 3, stars Fiona Dourif as the character Nica who, following the ghastly events of 2013’s Curse of Chucky, is confined to an asylum for the criminally insane. Franchise veterans Alex Vincent and Jennifer Tilly reprise their roles of, respectively, Andy Barclay and Tiffany while Brad Dourif once again voices the titular killer toy.

“This is Chucky as a mindf— movie,” Mancini said on the most recent episode of the Adam Green- and Joe Lynch-hosted Movie Crypt podcast. “It’s Chucky on drugs. Nightmare on Elm Sreet 3 was an influence but so was Inception, honestly. These are movies where, deliberately — and we had not done this before with a Chucky movie — you question reality. Because it’s a mental hospital, you’re dealing with a bunch of characters whose own perceptions of reality are altered by their own madness, by the drugs that they’re on, by the dreams that they’re having, by the therapy that they’re having. So, that was a fun new genre prism though which to look at this character. It was a new kind of story to tell with Chucky, while continuing the thread of Chucky, and Nica, and Andy Barclay, and Tiffany. It was also just a challenge, and really fun, to take these disparate characters from disparate parts of the franchise, and put them on a collision course, and see what happens when Tiffany collides with Nica or when Tiffany collides with Andy Barclay. I mean, these are the sorts of things that…you muse over it in the middle of the night, It’s like, ‘What would that be like?'”

Cult of Chucky will also be released on unrated Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on Oct. 3. Watch a trailer for the film above.

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