Apparently, you just can’t keep an evil killer doll down.

Nine years after Seed of Chucky, the title character – who first appeared in 1988’s Child’s Play – is back for a sixth installment with next year’s Curse of Chucky. Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) reprises his role as Chucky’s voice, and series creator Don Mancini – who has remained involved in the creation of all the films – writes and directs this straight-to-home-video feature.

Here’s the film’s synopsis:

Nica (Fiona Dourif) is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother when her domineering older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) arrives with her young family in tow to help settle their mother’s affairs. As the sisters butt heads over Nica’s plans for the future, Barb’s young daughter comforts herself with a grinning, red-haired talking doll named Chucky (voiced again by Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail. But as a string of brutal murders begins to terrorize the household, Nica suspects the doll may hold the key to the bloodshed. What she doesn’t know is that Chucky has a personal score to settle. He’s determined to finish a job he started more than 20 years earlier, and this time he’s going to see it through to the bloody and shocking end.

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Notably, Jennifer Tilly and Billy Boyd (also of Lord of the Rings fame) are absent from the cast list, as they appeared in previous films as Chucky’s wife Tiffany and son Glen, respectively. It’s unconfirmed, then, how exactly this latest entry will tie into the previous films – let alone the original Child’s Play – as it appears Chucky is the only returning character.

However, considering that Fiona Dourif is the real-life daughter of Brad Dourif, the film’s plot could conceivably – and this is all speculation at this point – be a case of art imitating life. Chucky is, after all, possessed by the spirit of infamous serial killer Charles Lee Ray. It’s entirely plausible then that Ray conceived a child before his soul passed into the Chucky doll. Just a theory.

Are you interested to find out what Chucky’s mysterious mission is? Or is this one horror franchise that needs to die itself?

Curse of Chucky is currently filming and is planned for a direct-to-video release in 2013.

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