As you may know, Child’s Play is a horror film franchise that went on to spawn four sequels from directors Tom Holland (Fright Night), John Lafia (The Blue Iguana), Jack Bender (Lost) and Ronny Yu (Freddy vs. Jason), as well as branching out into other forms of media. The first Child’s Play was released on November 9th, 1988 and featured the now-iconic Chucky, a killer “Goody Guys” doll who is possessed by the spirit of the “Lakeshore Strangler” Charles Lee Ray. The first three films (Child’s Play 1-3) started out as straight-up horror films, with the last two (Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky) veering into more of a horror/comedy niche. The sixth installment in the series, Curse of Chucky, is set to go Direct-To-DVD on September 24th, 2013, via Universal Home Entertainment. Diabolique has the first official still, so scroll down to check them out!
Curse of Chucky stars Fiona Dourif (True Blood), A. Martinez (Longmire), Danielle Bisutti (CSI: Miami) and Brennan Elliott (Flight 93) as well as franchise mainstay Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings), who once again returns to provide the voice of Chucky, the pint-sized killer doll. Seed of Chucky director Don Mancini, who also created the Child’s Play franchise, returns to direct the film. Long-time franchise producer David Kirschner is back, producing the script also by Mancini.
The film follows Nica (Fiona Dourif), who is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother when her domineering older sister Barb (Bisutti) arrives with her 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 (Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail. But as a string of brutal murders 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.
Curse of Chucky will mark the first entry in the history of the franchise to go direct-to-DVD, and will not host the return of Seed of Chucky star Billy Boyd. And although it was initially reported that Bride of Chucky / Seed of Chucky actress Jennifer Tilly would not be returning for this entry as well, rumors have been swirling that she will, in fact, cameo in the film as Chucky’s female counterpart, Tiffany, due to her involvement in the films viral marketing. Will the Child’s Play series keep cranking out DTV films to prevent a potential reboot? Or will Curse pull enough profit to bring the series back to the big screen? Or will Curse give definitive closure on the series by the hand of Mancini? Only time will tell, but keep your eye on DiaboliqueMagazine.com for more on our favorite terrifying toy!
– By Robert Vaughn
Robert Vaughn is a graduate of Montclair State University, NJ, with a B.F.A. in Filmmaking. Throughout his time in the program, he worked on various aspects of pre, pro and post-production. Writing has always been a favorite of his and he feels this “favoritism” shows in his work. Various professors, students, directors and actors have praised his writing ability. On top of writing for Diabolique, he has written for TV, written/co-written feature films for So Real? Entertainment and is currently working on a feature length dark comedy script of his own. Follow him on twitter: @rvaughn881