Last Friday, the new remake of the 1988 classic Child’s Play premiered in theaters. For those of you who don’t know, Child’s Play is about a killer doll named Chucky and his bloody rampage.
Since the original, there have been six sequels, all created by Don Mancini. As the original tale goes, serial killer Charles Lee “Chucky” Ray is mortally wounded inside a toy store. He uses some voodoo magic to transfer his soul into that of a “good guy” doll, which was the most popular toy during the time. The doll ended up in the hands of a young boy named Andy Barclay, A.K.A. the biggest Good Guy fan of all time. Chucky revealed his identity to Andy, and due to the rules of voodoo, had to transfer his soul into Andy’s if he didn’t want to spend the rest of his life as a doll.
Because we all like happy endings…Chucky was unsuccessful and he spent the next two movies trying to get into Andy. By the time we got to Bride of Chucky (1998), the rules had changed. Turns out Chucky doesn’t need Andy anymore, apparently. He puts his old flame, Tiffany into a doll. They go on some murderous rampages and even have a kid. Finally, almost thirty years later, Chucky transfers his soul into a human in Cult of Chucky (2017).
The newest addition in the series is a reboot of the classic 1988 film. Child’s Play (2019) is a complete retelling of the story. There’s no voodoo magic, and no soul transfering. It’s instead…well another “robots develop sentience and start rebelling against and killing humans” story. Chucky is a rogue A.I. Buddi doll whose programming has been tampered with and becomes self aware.
Chucky has trouble distinguishing meaning of words, taking everything he hears as literal. He’s ‘imprinted’ on Andy Barclay, and just wants to be his best friend. Honestly, you kind of feel for Chucky. He just wants to be Andy’s best friend, and is trying to make him happy…although his methods are rather grotesque.
But also, the movie wasn’t really a horror movie, which is what you expect of a reboot of a cult classic. It was more of a satire of people’s increasing reliance on digital media and artificial intelligence programs such as Alexa. It’s more funny than scary.
The suggestion of a sequel to this reboot is scary, though. I’d rather see a sequel to the original line of films. Thankfully, Mancini revealed in an interview with Bloody Disgusting that plans for a crossover film with Nightmare on Elm Street is already on the table.