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Fans React To The New Chucky In The Child’s Play Reboot, And They Hate Him


Last week we got our first look at Chucky from the reboot of Child’s Play and it hasn’t gone down well amongst horror fans.

First of all, there’s the obvious heresy of Chucky not being voiced by Brad Dourif, while there’s also the fact that co-creator Don Mancini isn’t involved and last but not least, there’s already an ongoing Child’s Play saga still in development that follows a long (and awesome) continuity. But that was all theoretical until MGM released the first image of their new hi-tech Chucky for the reboot, and I’m going to agree with the vast majority of fans that it looks pretty damn dumb.

Leading the chorus of ‘nopes’ was Mancini himself, who posted the following:

Horror fans began to weigh in on this new Chucky as well, asking what the point of the reboot is, demanding Brad Dourif do the voice, claiming he looks like Pinocchio and sharing all manner of reaction gifs you’ve come to expect from Twitter.

Faced with this cavalcade of negativity, Lars Klevberg, director of the remake, talked about his passion for the franchise with EW, saying:

“Child’s Play was, and is, one of my all-time horror movies and it was one of my introductions to horror. I got the script [for the remake] and it was really really good, and I knew it was from the producers from IT, and I jumped in immediately.”

When asked about the fact that the film had already been disowned by Chucky’s creator, he said:

“Everyone is a huge fan of Don Mancini. [If] he was making this movie with us it would be really amazing, but we understand he has his reasons. We are extremely grateful to him and will always be. He’s someone I look up to.”

And on the controversial new Chucky:

“Our Chucky will be our Chucky and he will be presented when the movie comes out. We haven’t cast that role yet.”

I don’t want to be a negative Nellie, but I’m far from convinced that there’s any point to this reboot of Child’s Play. Worst of all, it might put the brakes on Child’s Play on Elm Street, a long-rumored crossover film in which Freddy Krueger and Chucky have a contest to see who can kill the most teenagers before the sun comes up. With Robert Englund recently stepping back into the role for a cameo on The Goldbergs, it’s possible we could’ve seen him take up the part once more on the big screen.

Oh well, at least Chucky’s awesome cameo in Ready Player One did him justice.

David James
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