Chucky’s back and scary again (hopefully)!
Remember how scary the original Child’s Play was? The movie begins with the serial killer Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) being gunned down in a toy store and then transferring his soul into a Good Guys Doll. The same Good Guys Doll that 6 year-old Andy Barclay wants for his birthday but can’t get because his single mother can’t afford. Well, that is until she gets one from a homeless street peddler. And as fate would have it, the one she bought was the one Ray possessed. And while everything seems alright at first, Chucky eventually makes his presence known and all hell breaks loose. Remember that? Child’s Play was a damn scary movie. At least it was to me at the time.
After the release of writer Don Mancini’s 1988 classic, the sequel train came rolling in as it did with every horror movie in that decade. Child’s Play 2, while not as good as the original, was still a decent film and had some good moments. Then Child’s Play 3 was released and viewers knew that it was time to stop it already with the wise-cracking killer doll. But the film studio didn’t get that memo and out came Bride of Chucky in 1998, 7 years after the third sequel. This movie introduced Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly), Chucky’s former human lover that became his doll lover. And just when you thought that it couldn’t possibly get any worse, the two dolls had some unprotected sex and out came Seed of Chucky in 2004. Man, there have been some bombs as far as horror movies go, but this was sinking to a whole new low. A sexually-confused son of two dolls? I watch a lot of crappy movies but even I had to just shake my head and give up hope.
The franchise seemed dead after Seed of Chucky and maybe that was best. But, after getting on IMDB last night, I ran across the trailer for Curse of Chucky, the 6th installment that will be released on DVD and Blu Ray on October 8, 2013. Hope for Chucky had been restored for me. And if you want to see it for yourself, check out the official trailer at http://youtu.be/Z79e-y1XVro
Even though Curse of Chucky is the 6th film in the franchise, it will be 4th in chronological order and be a prequel to Bride of Chucky. With this film, the creator’s wanted to bring the series back to its horror roots and away from the stand-up comic Chucky had become. And from viewing the trailer, Don Mancini and company look like they did just that. And to make it even better, Brad Dourif returned to reprise the role of Chucky. Without Dourif lending his voice to the killer doll, it just wouldn’t be the same. He is to Chucky what Robert England is to the man from Elm St.
So, if you enjoy a good scary movie, check out the trailer. It is a straight-to-video release so you won’t have to wait long to get it in October. I hope you like what you see as much as I did. I can’t wait.