Man, remember when rumors of a new Chucky movie started to surface? Remember how stoked you were when you learned that instead of a remake or reboot, we were getting a new sequel that was part of the original canon? And that Don Mancini was STILL in the director’s chair! A lot of people were also excited by the promise that the new installment would return to Chucky’s more serious roots (although a killer My Buddy movie can only have but so serious of roots); however, I am a huge fan of Bride and Seed and prefer them to the original Child’s Play trilogy. Still stoked, though!
Well, fortunately, I feel that Mancini actually gives us something that fits a little in between the (more) serious tone of the first three and the straight up camp of the Tiffany saga. The end result is a really fun Chucky movie with less direct winks from the Chuck-man himself, but with plenty of nods and self-references from the creator.
Plot: Wheelchair-bound Nica (played by Fiona Dourif—you know, Brad “Chucky” Dourif’s daughter) lives with her overbearing mother. She receives an unexpected box in the mail. Of course that box contains Chucky, a Good Guy doll that was all the rage back in the day (“The 80s were awesome” is a direct quote from the film). Chucky kills the mother. Nica’s sister and brother-in-law, with daughter, nanny and a priest in tow, arrive. Chucky gets knife happy.
There’s inter-family drama and some soap opera-ish stuff that unfolds, plus some fun back story involving scenes you probably know by heart. And again, lots of nice nods, big and small, for the fans. Some of the Chucky CGI is a little goofy at times, but there’s still animatronics involved and, of course, people in Chucky suits running around when need be. Despite the CGI, the movie is fun as hell. If you liked Chucky in the past, either as Child’s Play or as ____ of Chucky, you’re probably going to have a bit of fun with this. And giving us an honest to goodness sequel in this day and age, instead of a reboot, remake or re-imagining…well, hell, that alone makes it worth supporting in my book.
Just make sure to keep watching after the credits.