Don’t let that headline fool ya, I liked the new Child’s Play movie! It’s a pretty fun spin on the 1988 classic, even if it’s completely apparent which aspects of the story belong to Don Mancini, who wasn’t involved in the remake. Without the Charles Lee Ray storyline or a reasonable knockoff, this isn’t a traditional Chucky movie, but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining or worth watching.
What we get with this one is a tight 90 or so minutes of sinister, murderous Buddi horrors, and what more does one really need out of a Child’s Play movie? Mark Hamill doesn’t bring the same gleeful cruelty to the role as Brad Dourif, but I enjoyed his take on a slightly more modern, smart-home-enabled Chucky that just wants to be best buddies forever with Andy Barclay.
I recently watched all 7 Chucky movies in a row, so this is the 8th one I’ve seen in 2019. Amazingly, I’m not sick of this little monster yet. With that in mind, now is the perfect time to formally present the ranking I tweeted out immediately after shotgun blasting the entire series into my tired old face.
7. Seed of Chucky (2004)
This one is hard to watch now, it’s very bad and the design for Glen is awful.
6. Bride of Chucky (1998)
I used to think Ronny Yu’s movie was good and funny, but it turns out they made the second worst Chucky movie 10 years after the original.
5. Child’s Play 3 (1991)
This one concludes the marathon OG trilogy; it’s simply the worst of the three, which isn’t even that much of a knock. They don’t take great advantage of the military setting, and it doesn’t have the same energy established in the second movie.
4. Cult of Chucky (2017)
If I hadn’t seen it for myself, I never would have imagined just how well Don Mancini would right the ship after Bride and Seed. This isn’t as strong as Curse, in my opinion, but I love what it sets up near the end.
3. Curse of Chucky (2013)
This is the real return to form here. A straightforward, mean Chucky movie that gets back to the spirit of it all. Fiona Dourif is great in both this and Cult.
Child’s Play 2 (1990)
This one got dangerously close to taking the top spot. It’s even meaner than the original, and the glee Chucky gets from his kills is at its absolute peak. One of the best slashers of the ’80s/’90s.
Child’s Play (1988)
You could argue with this, but you shouldn’t. The way Chucky manipulates Andy in silence for the first half is brilliant, and when it’s time for Dourif to really explode in anger and show the world what Chucky has to offer to the genre, it remains hair-raising to this day. An absolute classic.
How’s that for a little Halloween treat!