When I was growing up, I loved the idea of horror. However, as the younger of two kids by four years, and as a girl, I wasn’t allowed to join in the spooky spectacular. Well, let’s correct that – I was only allowed to watch certain things.
I saw The Changeling at about 7 years old, snuck glances at Quint being devoured by Bruce at about the same age, and remembered hearing my brother scream as Carrie’s hand broke through her sealed grave. I recoiled in disgust and fear at the sight of a water-logged body in Ghost Story, and watched Rebecca with my mom. Because it was wholesome and spooky and classy and there was no blood. But certain things didn’t come to me until my teens, and Chucky was one such thing.
His impact was great, and the scars he left still linger. I think that’s part of why I’ve never fully gotten into the Child’s Play/Chucky franchise; that little fucker scared the shit out of me!
But now the red-headed menace from hell is back with a new twist and a new lease on ending life. Directed by Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) and written by Tyler Burton Smith, the film stars Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, and Gabriel Bateman. In this iteration, the teensy terror isn’t possessed by the spirit of deceased serial killer Charles “Chucky” Lee Ray (voiced by the singular entity that is Brad Dourif) but is instead hyper-intelligent AI gone wrong. Skynet’s diversifying, folks. Time to up our game.
We still have no idea who’s going to be voicing Chucky, and despite the pint-sized villain, there are some mighty shoes to fill. Who could compare to the power of Dourif’s voice work? I may have loathed the little fucker because of how desperately he freaked me out, but it’s Dourif’s work is undeniable. It’s for this reason that I reserve all judgement of this film until I finally see it.
The new trailer is solid, and is giving me serious Black Christmas remake vibes. It feels right, it looks right, and Aubrey Plaza is playing a mom so I’m basically in the throws of an early mid-life crisis but that’s really more of a me problem. All together, it’s a lot of fun. But can it carry the weight of its own legacy? We’ll have to wait and see.
Child’s Play is set for release on June 21st, 2019. Hopefully we find our Chucky before then. But maybe we’ll be pleasantly surprised…