Chucky's back to creep you out 25 years after Child's Play
Dolls are just plain creepy. And filmmakers have learned how to cash in on that creepiness, whether via the conniving ventriloquist's dummy that messed with Anthony Hopkins in 1978's Magic or the maniacal Zuni fetish doll that menaced the late Karen Black's ankles three years earlier in TV's Trilogy of Terror.
Then there's Chucky, the murderous little scamp from the Child's Play franchise. He makes his latest appearance in Curse of Chucky, which is out on Blu-ray today.
I haven't seen it yet. But I've seen all the others.
Tom Holland's original Child's Play of 1988 was a hoot, thanks in no small part to perennial weirdo Brad Dourif's sinister voicing of the plastic psycho. The movie opened at No. 1 and went on to gross more than $44 million before spawning Child's Play 2 (1990) and Child's Play 3 (1991), which were both pretty lame—especially the latter, which saw Chucky running amuck at an American military school.
Things picked up in 1998 with The Bride With White Hair director Ronnie Yu's blackly comic gorefest Bride of Chucky, but then got crappy again with 2004's Seed of Chucky, which was helmed by Chucky creator Don Mancini.
"Although it does a bang-up job of showcasing Tilly's breasts and some over-the-top gore sequences," one perceptive critic noted of Seed, "this ultracampy entry fails to produce much in the way of chills, thrills, or chuckles."
But who can argue with a franchise that has brought in more than $250 million from sales of videos, DVDs, VOD, and merchandise?
And maybe the new one is awesome. I mean, the trailer looks pretty good.
Then again, it was directed by Mancini. And it did go direct-to-video.