"It's time to play." So says the long-dormant killer doll voiced by the inimitable Brad Dourif, who's back for another pint-sized spree of murder and mayhem after a nine-year hiatus in "Curse of Chucky."
Yes, it's the sixth (!) "Chucky" installment, as this year marks the 25th anniversary of the entire series, which began with "Childs Play" in 1988. And this time Chucky is not all puppet — he's partly computer generated.
The upcoming "Curse of Chucky" is extra special because it features Dourif's real-life daughter Fiona as Nica, a wheelchair-bound young woman who's reunited with her sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti), brother-in-law Ian (Brennan Elliott) and 5-year-old niece Alice (Summer H. Howell) upon the death of her mother.
The family reunion takes place at a creepy-looking old house (presumably Mom's), where Nica receives a package containing a certain Good Guy doll — and to which young Alice soon becomes attached, 'cause good guys are your friend 'til the end. Hidey-ho, ha-ha-ha!
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From there, the trailer showcases one of our favorite horror icons doing what he does best — wreaking havoc and demonically cackling as only Brad Dourif can. "Curse of Chucky" takes place after the events of "Child's Play 3" (1991), which means it's something of a prequel before the series went full camp with the much-beloved fourth entry, "Bride of Chucky" (1998), and the last installment, "Seed of Chucky" (2004). Chucky definitely goes back to his roots with this new adventure, bringing a sense of creepy menace and actual horror back to the franchise.
For those uninitiated, we were first introduced to Charles Lee Ray, aka "the Lakeshore Strangler," a Chicago serial killer, way back in the first "Child's Play" (1988). A practitioner of dark magic, Ray was able to transfer his soul to a Good Guy doll after being shot by Detective Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon).
In the first three installments, "Chucky" was stalking Andy Barclay, the young boy to whom he first revealed his true nature and therefore, according to the film's mumbo-jumbo mythology, the only possible new host for his consciousness.
Chucky never got out of that doll's body, though he got a lady friend in the form of Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly, who managed to upstage even Dourif) in "Bride of Chucky," the first film to feature a doll-on-doll sex scene. Baby made three in "Seed of Chucky" with the introduction of Glen/Glenda (ha!), a gender-confused doll voiced by "The Lord of the Rings" alum Billy Boyd.
Don Mancini, who's been writing the "Chucky" movies since the beginning and directed "Seed of Chucky," performs writer and director duties on "Curse of Chucky" as well — So you know the film will at least be, well, true to itself.
"Curse" also features the first-ever CG-enhanced Chucky, and judging from the trailer, the old doll looks like he just came out of the box.
So, yeah, you know you're going to see this ... and shout at the screen at least once, imploring one of the characters to check the batteries.
"Curse of Chucky" will be released directly to Blu-ray and DVD on September 24.