Chucky lovers, the spooky season is about to become a whole lot scarier as Showmax has revealed that they have just unboxed the first three episodes of the new Chucky series, just in time for Halloween.
Just like the classic Chucky films, this new series aims to evoke many feelings in its viewers, mainly fear, hysterical laughter and, for some, grim flashbacks to sleepless nights when the horror franchise debuted its first film, Child’s Play.
“Long-standing fans will find plenty of what they’ve come to love, but new fans are going to find a surprisingly rich story with complex characters, to the degree that you really can’t do in any single 90-minute movie. The eight-hour serialised format allows us to delve into these characters and relationships in a way we’ve never been able to do before,” said Don Mancini, writer-director, showrunner and franchise mastermind.
The storyline of the series is essentially the same. It begins when a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a suburban yard sale, throwing an idyllic American town into chaos as a series of horrifying murders begin to expose the town’s hypocrisies and secrets.
The series will pick up from where the last movie in the franchise, Cult of Chucky, ended off, and stars Zackary Arthur as Jake Wheeler, the quiet gay kid who buys the classic “Good Guy” doll at the yard sale.
The cast of the series also includes Devon Sawa, Teo Briones, Alyvia Alyn Lind and newcomer Bjorgvin Arnarson.
“I wanted to bring the series back to its Child’s Play roots and involve teenagers. They have more complicated issues that they’re dealing with, like bullying. In a way, Chucky is the perfect bully, because he comes, as he always has, in the guise of being your best friend,” said Mancini.
Fans of the Chucky franchise will be pleased to see their favourite familiar faces as the cast will also feature Brad Dourif who plays the serial killer Charles Lee Ray – and Chucky himself, Jennifer Tilly who plays Tiffany, Alex Vincent, Chucky’s original Child’s Play arch-nemesis, Andy Barclay, and Christine Elise, who played Andy’s foster sister, Kyle, as well as Brad’s daughter, Fiona Dourif as Nica.
Watch the trailer below:
Compiled by Lerato Maimela