Horror movie villains never really die, and such is the case with Chucky, the red-haired Good Guy doll with a taste for murder, who is the star of the Child's Play films. It may only be a straight-to-DVD release, but plenty of fans are looking forward to Curse of Chucky, the new addition to the franchise that promises to return to the roots of the Child's Play films.
Some new images for Curse of Chucky were released last week, showing the doll in his dormant form. The film was written and directed by Don Mancini, who has written all of the Child's Play films so far, and also directed Seed of Chucky. (On a side note: It's quite gratifying to see a character still in the hands of his original creator, even after 25 years.)
The first trailer for Curse of Chucky has been released over at Mashable, and it establishes the doom-laden basics of the plot. Protagonist Nica (Fiona Dourif) is wheelchair-bound and lives in a creepy old house, isolated from neighbours by a thick surrounding of trees. When Nica's mother dies in mysterious circumstances, her family comes to stay at the house and a strange package arrives on her doorstep, containing one of the Good Guy dolls that were so fashionable in the '80s. (By the way: Who is it that keeps sending people random dolls in the post? This was the exact set-up for James Wan's creepy doll film, Dead Silence.)
Nica's niece takes an immediate liking to Chucky and decides that he is her new best friend. Things only go downhill from there, however, as Chucky gets back into his old murderous ways - and drops some serious acid as well, judging by a clip in which his pupils dilate suddenly and dramatically - forcing Nica to defend herself against the psychotic doll. Brad Dourif returns once again as the voice of Chucky, and at one point in the trailer you can hear him giving one of his classic screams.
Some Child's Play purists might be disgruntled by the fact that Curse of Chucky uses a mix of puppet animation and CGI, but the effects are blended together impressively well. The only thing about Chucky's appearance that is slightly distracting is the change to the shape of his face. At one point he even randomly gains an eyeshadow effect that makes him resemble Scar in The Lion King. It has, however, been over twenty years since we last saw Chucky in his pre-Frankenstein-face days, so recreating the exact doll from the original three films was probably quite a challenge.
Tonally, the trailer reflects a shift back to a scare-focused narrative rather than the more humorous direction that the franchise took in the two most recent films. It's unclear exactly where on the Child's Play timeline this new installment exists. Logically, you'd assume that it's a simple sequel to Seed of Chucky (in which Chucky and his bride Tiffany were resurrected by their genderfluid child Glen/Glenda and went on a killing spree through Hollywood), but it's also been suggested that Curse of Chucky is a partial reboot that takes place after Child's Play 3 and retcons away the events of the last two films.
Do you approve of the series returning to its slightly scarier roots, or did you enjoy the more humorous approach to the character in Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky? Tell us what you think of this trailer in the comments.
Curse of Chucky is out on Blu-ray and DVD from October 8, 2013.
Chucky: The Complete Collection Limited Edition, a box set of all six movies, will also be out exclusively in the US on October 8, 2013.