Curse of Chucky, the sixth film in the Child’s Play series, has dropped its first image of its namesake killer doll. The image was Instagrammed by Fiona Dourif, one of the film’s stars, on Sunday, and regretfully, we’re just now getting to it.
But you can’t really blame us either. It’s not as if this latest installment of the horror series will be playing theaters. No, writer-director Don Mancini is going straight-to-DVD with this effort, which now has a tentative October 2013 release date, just in time for that most glorious of all holidays for us horror fans.
Mancini has written or co-written every film in the Child’s Play series starting with the original in 1988. He followed that up with Child’s Play 2 and 3 as well as Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, and now this latest installment.
Amazingly enough, he only directed Seed and now Curse of Chucky. The original’s helmsman was Tom Holland, who also gave us the 1985 classic Fright Night and the solid Stephen King adaptation Thinner.
It was hard for Chucky to hold viewer interest after the original (as evidenced in the failed Kickstarter campaign for the Chucky video game) and truthfully, the first movie was better in concept than execution. Nevertheless, it’s exciting to see the little guy up to his killer ways again, and even though he looks different than he has in previous films, he’s still got Fiona’s acting-horror movie vet dad Brad Dourif providing vocals.
(The more things change, the more they stay the same.)
Here’s the trailer for the one that started it all:
Curse of Chucky appears to be a sequel and a reboot of sorts. The official synopsis states that the film will center on Nica (Fiona Dourif), who 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 … 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.”
(Hat tip to Bleeding Cool for that synopsis.)
Do you wanna play with this latest installment in the Child’s Play series? Will you be watching Curse of Chucky on home video this October?
[Image via Instagram]