What Child's Play movies should you watch ahead of the 2019 remake? Here's what we recommend you watch in preparation for director Lars Klevberg's take on the '80s slasher classic. The new Child's Play shares some of the same elements as the original but it takes the concept of Chucky in an entirely different direction.
Since Chucky was introduced in 1988, he has risen towards the top of the horror ranks alongside other icons such as Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, and Freddy Krueger. Despite being the size of a doll, Chucky has continuously proven that he could be one of the deadliest killers in horror. Unlike some of his fellow slashers, Chucky always brought along a sense of humor. His wise-cracking, and often foul-mouthed, demeanor made the Child's Play film series stand out well into the 2000s, so it's no surprise the infamous doll found his way back to the big screen.
There are seven previous films in the Child's Play movie franchise, spanning the last three decades. Most of the installments didn't win over the critics but many have since acquired a cult following. While Child's Play 2019 is technically the eighth Chucky film, it serves as a total reboot of the original movie. As such, viewers don't necessarily need to watch any prior Child's Play movies to enjoy the 2019 version.
In the original Child's Play, a serial killer transferred his soul into a "Good Guys" doll with voodoo for another chance at life. A mother then got her hands on the doll and gave it to her young son for his birthday. The upcoming Child's Play is similar in that a single mother named Karen (Aubrey Plaza) gives her son, Andy (Gabriel Bateman), a "Buddi" doll without knowing that it has murderous tendencies. But this time around, Chucky (voiced by Mark Hamill) is a robot doll that rejects his programming and gains self-awareness. With a different origin story for Chucky, audiences won't be missing any key information by starting with this new Child's Play movie.
However, that doesn't mean the films aren't worth checking out. We'd recommend seeing the 1988 movie to compare the two versions; watching the original and the remake gives viewers an opportunity to see how much the horror genre has shifted over the years, especially with the prevalence of technology and how it could go so wrong.
To get a better grasp at the Child's Play franchise as a whole, we'd highly recommend watching 1998's Bride of Chucky. Again, it's not a requirement in terms of understanding the new film but it more closely resembles the type of dark comedy used in the reboot. Bride of Chucky featured a comedic shift in the franchise, something that the remake succeeds at emulating.
- Child's Play (2019) release date: Jun 21, 2019