One of the biggest creep-out factors of the Child’s Play series lies in the antagonist’s size and ability to stay hidden.
Sure, a doll isn’t a hulking creature like a Frankenstein monster, nor is it an agile beast like a werewolf. However, the small stature of Chucky has always worked to the character’s advantage.
It’s made it easy for him to sneak around throughout the course of seven movies. The eighth will mark a break away from the original continuity, envisioning the killer doll in a different way with new people working on the classic horror tale.
However, they kept one thing intact – the smart decision to hide the doll’s face for most of the buildup. Fans of the series who watched the trailer saw bits and pieces of the doll, including shots from the back and a silhouette.
The image has finally been released, showing the reimagined Chucky in all his modern glory. He doesn’t look too different from the original doll – original, in this case, meaning before he was ripped apart and stitched back up. We’re betting those red eyes aren’t a standard feature of the non-killer variety. So, aside from a neater hairstyle, our old pal Chucky looks roughly the same.
The vision of the character will be anything but similar, however. In the original series, Chucky was possessed by the soul of serial killer Charles Lee Ray, a man who was played by the doll’s voice actor Brad Douriff. The voice acting will now be done by Mark Hamill.
In addition, Chucky is no longer possessed by a human – instead, he’ll be an example of rogue AI in the most horrifying form possible. It’s a risky direction to take the series in, and an experiment many fans are unsure about.
The mastermind behind the classic Chucky, Don Mancini, may not be happy about the new direction either. Luckily, he has something to aid his grief – an episodic series on Sci-Fi featuring the original Chucky including his classic voice actor.
Horror reimagining efforts can be hit-or-miss, depending on how they’re done. The 2018 sequel to Halloween effectively ignored multiple separate sequel arcs (and disappointing movies within) to make a direct follow-up to the classic. This was well received, largely because of the return of the star heroine Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode.
The 2019 adaptation of Pet Sematary switched a lot of elements from the book and the original movie, including which child met a gruesome fate. While the film has been a box office success, the decision to mix things up wasn’t universally beloved.
Admittedly, as far as movies go, there weren’t a lot of places left to take Chucky. The killer doll has died, been resurrected (multiple times), took a doll wife, started a doll family, and even got revenge on some old acquaintances – effectively revealing more of his backstory.
This means the TV series will have to be a little more inventive, and the movie’s decision to mix things up could be their only means of keeping things fresh.