A new poster for the rebooted Child's Play features everyone's favorite killer doll Chucky doing away with Woody from Toy Story 4. Released in 1988, the original Child's Play introduced the world to Chucky, a kid's doll possessed by the soul of an executed serial killer. Chucky would return in a run of sequels of varying degrees of quality, ending with 2017's Cult of Chucky.
With the original incarnation of Chucky having run his course in movies (though that Chucky is set to return in a TV series, with Brad Dourif returning to voice the character), the character is getting a reboot in 2019's Child's Play. The new take on Chucky features a revamped origin story, where instead of a demonic doll he's a high-tech robot toy that's gone evil. Mark Hamill has come aboard to voice the new Chucky, with Aubrey Plaza and David Tyree Henry also heading up the cast. Lars Klevberg directed the film, working from a script by Tyler Burton Smith.
Thus far, the marketing for Child's Play has played up the film's expected R-rated tone (the film has not yet received an official rating) while also leaning into the dark humor one naturally associates with the films. In a new poster for the upcoming reboot, things take a turn for the grimly hilarious as Chucky takes out one of his fellow movie dolls, the beloved Toy Story wooden cowboy Woody. Child's Play and Toy Story 4 both hit theaters on June 21, so they'll square off at the box office this summer. See the image below (via Child's Play Movie):
The new poster comes on the heels of a recent holiday tie-in image that saw Chucky murdering the Easter Bunny. Clearly, Chucky has no time for these innocent characters who only wish to spread joy and happiness. But of course fans would expect no less from the most murderous doll in movie history.
Naturally, there will be skepticism among some old school Child's Play fans that the new movie can truly do justice to the legacy of Chucky. Given the poor performance of recent horror reboots like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, there's perhaps reason for fans to be worried. Then again, other horror reboots like last year's Halloween and this year's Pet Sematary have largely succeeded in pleasing hardcore fans while also bringing in new viewers, so perhaps there's room for hope too. Thus far, the marketing for the new Child's Play suggests that the humor of the original Chucky will at least be preserved. But of course, it's impossible to know if the movie truly captures the spirit of the original Chucky until it arrives in theaters.
Source: Child's Play Movie
- Child's Play (2019) release date: Jun 21, 2019