When you think of horror movie icons, legends like Frankenstein or the Wolfman may come to mind. If you consider the 1980s slasher genre, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees also belong on that list.
One of the most recognizable horror icons is actually a large stuffed doll by the name of Chucky. Ever since 1988, Chucky has graced the big screen in five different films, including the infamous Child’s Play trilogy.
As Toy Story 3 brings smiles to children’s faces, the Chucky doll brings out the fear. Whether you are just getting introduced to the Child’s Play franchise or are huge fans looking to reminisce, follow this guide to every Chucky movie made.
Child’s Play – The wise-mouthed doll started his killing spree as human serial killer Charles Lee Ray that transferred his soul into a Good-Guy doll to hide from the cops.
Poor sap Andy thought he was getting a great birthday present when he opened his Chucky doll, but after his babysitter got pushed out the window, he knew this doll was about to become a nightmare.
Chucky plans to transfer his soul into Andy’s body, but not before he commits a few more graphic deaths in-between his wise-cracking jokes. While the puppet animations were not as smooth as future movies, the film showed the potential that Child’s Play has.
Child’s Play 2 – Two years later, the manufactures of the Chucky doll put him back together to cover up the crimes of the first film. After escaping the factory, Chucky tracks Andy down once again and along with kills, Chucky’s wise-cracking ways increase in this film.
Both Child’s Play and Child’s Play 2 are easy to mix up because of similar circumstances, but they are great films to watch in a marathon. The young actor playing Andy does an excellent job and actually has good on-screen chemistry with the killing doll. Plus, it never gets old watching Chucky flip people off with his tiny plastic hands.
Child’s Play 3– The final Child’s Play dubbed movie ends the saga with Chucky and Andy once and for all. In this installment, Andy is a teenager that attends a military school.
Once Chucky catches up to him, the killings begin around the military base. While the continuation of Andy’s story was well written, this movie lacks the originality and creativeness that came with the first two Child Play movies.
Bride of Chucky – If you thought one killer doll was scary, imagine when Chucky would find himself a wife and fellow doll. Instead of transferring himself into a human, Chucky transforms his girlfriend Tiffany into a female doll.
Bride of Chucky increases the comedy ten-fold, but still features the scares and kills that come standard with the Child’s Play movies.
Bride of Chucky features one of the best endings throughout all the series. As Tiffany lays burned and apparently dead, a child doll bursts out from her stomach, a perfect set up for the final Chucky movie in the series, Seed of Chucky.
Seed of Chucky – Chucky and Tiffany have a child, but it lives with a family other than his own. Throughout the film, Chucky’s child doesn’t know whether it is a boy or girl and struggles with its own impulses to kill.
The plot gets even crazier as the movie becomes a movie within a movie and Jennifer Tilly ( the voice of Tiffany) appears as herself.
Another great ending is featured in this film that could set up a sequel. The sequel seems to be scrapped as the Child’s Play series heads towards a complete remake to focus on the scary aspects rather than the comedy.