SYFY and USA Network’s upcoming Chucky TV show has released a creepy new poster. First introduced in Don Mancini’s 1988 Child’s Play, the toy doll killer, Chucky, has gone on to terrify and humor audiences for over three decades. Possessed by the soul of a deceased serial killer, Chucky is a brutal and foul-mouthed murderer who ranks amongst the annals of horror movie monsters and psychopaths.
Mancini’s Chucky franchise consists of eight films, with 2019’s remake of Child’s Play the most recent adaptation. While the first three films in Mancini’s series balanced the ridiculous concept of a killer doll with classic horror tropes, the later movies shifted their focus. The sequels became more satirical and campy with every release, even briefly becoming a horror comedy in 1998’s Bride of Chucky and 2004’s Seed of Chucky. Many fans were displeased by the supposed “hijacking” of their beloved series, which ultimately resulted in straight-to-video releases that largely failed to elicit fear of the character from audiences. Now, Chucky is back, and it seems he may be leaving many of the comedic elements behind.
IGN posted a new exclusive poster to Twitter for the upcoming Chucky TV series, and it is disturbing. The poster, which features the tag line “A classic coming of rage story,” shows a group of teens with a butcher knife eerily reflecting the face of Chucky in front of the lead actor, Zackary Arthur. Arthur’s character, Jake, will be at the center of the series as the doll’s latest owner. View the entire poster below:
The new poster coupled with the Chucky teaser trailer released back in August hint that the series is drawing inspiration from the original films. This is evidenced by the teaser’s use of the original voodoo chant used in Child’s Play that imbued the doll with the soul of a killer. Given the tag line above and what we already know about the series, it seems the story may revolve around the origins of Chucky’s possession. Additionally, the poster above shows the series’ shift towards a younger audience, having a group of teens lead the battle against Chucky’s terror. This shift is a stylistic choice that opens the show up to more real-world issues than just focusing on a killer doll.
All in all, while the later films in the franchise moved farther away from horror, it seems the new Chucky TV show is heading back to its roots. Though it won’t completely ignore the comedic elements of a talking, killer doll, it seems the series may try to ground the ridiculousness in more relatable issues, such as bullying and teenage day-to-day life. Diving into these real-world issues will make it more accessible to a new set of audiences, ensuring the horror of Chucky will live on for future generations.