Brad Dourif

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Recently my son received a gift from his grandmother, a giant talking Elmo doll. This toy is popular because it gives hugs and says a whole ton of phrases and sings a few songs and snores when it’s bedtime. When it moves there is a robotic motion and sound that keeps it from seeming too real, but it’s often still very creepy in how lifelike the thing seems. Especially when you forget to turn it off and it speaks to you out of the blue when you’re otherwise alone in the house. For all I know, it has said things not in its program of recorded speeches. For all I know, it’s watching me right now. At least I remember putting the batteries in. I think… Since the toy came into our house, I’ve been wanting to revisit Child’s Play. Because why wouldn’t I want to exacerbate the feeling that this Elmo is possessed? Today is actually the 25th anniversary of the horror movie, which introduced us to a redheaded doll who’d join the ranks of the most famous modern scary movie monsters. Chucky has been around now long enough and through so many sequels that he’s a bit watered down in terms of his effect, but this year I’ve reaccepted the evil Good Guy as a figure of terror, and it’s not because his latest installment, Curse of Chucky, returns the franchise to more of a horror tone. It’s because I’m a parent, and for the first time in […]

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Curse-of-Chucky

Let’s cut to the chase here. A trailer for a new Chucky movie has been released, so your daily to-do list just got shredded and your number one priority is now to drop everything else and watch it. All you need to know: the film is called Curse of Chucky, it’s acting as a reboot of the Child’s Play franchise that strips away all of the Meta humor that creeped into the last few films in order to go for real scares again, and it’s got Brad Dourif back as the voice of the ginger-haired Good Guy doll. Click through to watch an oblivious little girl and her doomed aunt experiencing all of the torturous murder and mayhem that comes from letting a creepy little plastic man with a blank-faced grin and disturbing little overalls into their home.

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The 1988 horror film Child’s Play told the story of a psychotic serial killer named Charles Lee Ray getting his soul trapped inside a red-headed Good Guys doll that was known simply as Chucky. Twenty-four years later, Curse of Chucky sees the killer getting banished to somewhere even worse than inside the body of a doll: straight to video. A fifth sequel to Child’s Play has been rumored for a while now, but today Moviehole brings us solid information on when the film will come together, and what it will be about. This latest sequel – which is set to start filming in September – is planned to skip theaters and get released straight to DVD. That has to be seen as sad news for Chucky enthusiasts, but fans of the freckled one shouldn’t fret. Once you get passed the disappointment of hearing that your favorite psychotic in overalls is getting pushed out of the wide release game, there’s plenty of good news here to help that medicine go down smooth.

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