You can’t keep a bad toy down, apparently, as Universal Pictures resurrects the killer doll franchise with a new installment, serving as a reunion of sorts, of the series’ original creators.
The press release announcing that filming has started and lays out some of the details of the story involving the familiar doll arriving on a family’s doorstep with carnage immediately following. Series regular Brad Dourif is back as the voice of serial killer Charles Lee Ray-turned voodoo-reborn murderous toy Chucky in Curse of Chucky. And it’s a family affair with Dourif’s daughter Fiona joining the cast along with A Martinez, Danielle Bisutti, and Brennan Elliott.
Also returning is Don Mancini, who wrote and directed the first film, and co-wrote all of the subsequent installments, including the increasingly campy last two films, Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Nica (Fiona Dourif) is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother when her domineering older sister Barb (Danielle Bisutti) arrives with her young family in tow to help settle their mother’s affairs. As the sisters butt heads over Nica’s plans for the future, Barb’s young daughter comforts herself with a grinning, red-haired talking doll named Chucky (voiced again by Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail. But as a string of brutal murders begins to terrorize the household, Nica suspects the doll may hold the key to the bloodshed. What she doesn’t know is that Chucky has a personal score to settle. He’s determined to finish a job he started more than 20 years earlier, and this time he’s going to see it through to the bloody and shocking end.
I’m happy the series isn’t going the reboot route, although one has been in development since at least last year with Mancini writing the script. I’m guessing that Universal is going direct-to-DVD with Curse of Chucky so as not to muddy/bloody the waters with the remake on the way.
Since we’ve already been to the outer edges of satire and comedy with the series, here’s hoping that this will be more of a straight horror take on Chucky. The devil doll has always been one of my favorite horror visuals and Dourif’s at his best when he’s able to go completely unhinged with the role (the last few scenes in the first movie where he’s practically screaming most of his lines are still intense to this day).