Don Mancini‘s Child’s Play series has become an iconic part of the horror genre, with the murderous little Chucky striking fear into the hearts of young and old alike and robbing baby dolls of their adorable and harmless reputation. Over the six movies released so far, Chucky has embraced all of horror’s different tropes and styles. His original story was that of a serial killer who transferred his soul to the body of the doll using voodoo magic when he died. Throughout the years, Chucky has been comedic, self-referential and even married, though fell somewhat out of fashion when Seed of Chucky flopped in 1995.
But it wasn’t enough to kill the series, which was revived in 2013 with Curse of Chucky, that movie took the series back to its dark roots. It showed the evil doll in a more savage light than ever before, with Chucky taking revenge on Sarah, the woman who called the police on him when he was alive. The doll slaughtered her family in so brutal a bloodbath that it brought the series back into favour.
An announcement trailer was recently released introducing to the world the newest installment in the series, Cult of Chucky.
An official synopsis of the new movie was offered alongside, exploring how it will show Chucky’s impact on Sarah’s traumatised sister, Nica:
“Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic “tool” to facilitate his patients’ group sessions — an all-too-familiar “Good Guy” doll with an innocently smiling face — a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum, and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), Chucky’s now-grown-up nemesis from the original Child’s Play, races to Nica’s aid. But to save her he’ll have to get past Tiffany (Oscar-nominee Jennifer Tilly), Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll.”
With the new movie following on in the same manner that gave the series a second chance and a commitment to retaining many aspects that made the original so great, a lot of fans are eager to see how it will continue.