How to watch all Child’s Play ‘Chucky’ in Chronological Order

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Child’s Play, or Chucky, as it’s known popularly, is perhaps one of the most iconic franchises in the horror slasher subgenre.

Created by Don Mancini, Child’s Play has spawned a total of eight films, a TV series, several shorts, comics, video games, and a lot of merchandise.

With the hit TV series still on the air at the time of writing, you probably want to know what you need to watch the whole franchise in chronological order.

Well, here I am to help you with this task.

Keep scrolling down and reading to discover how to watch everything related to the Child’s Play franchise in order.

Feature Films

There are a total of eight feature films in the Child’s Play series. Seven of them are part of the main series, and the eighth one is a reboot with some differences about Chucky’s origin.

In the following list, the movies are in release order.

1. Child’s Play (1988)

Horror, Suspense – 87 min.

As kids we always wish for the trendiest toy as a birthday present, and Andy wasn’t an exception. Little did he know that getting a Good Guy doll will mean doom for the rest of his life.

Sadly, the doll Andy gets as a present is not average but is cursed with the soul of a serial killer.

After running away from the police, serial killer Charles Lee Ray hides in a toy store, and before dying from a detective’s shot, he uses voodoo magic to transfer his soul into a Good Guy talking doll.

As a slasher horror film, you may expect it to be gore, but with a PG-13 rating, the film relies more on suspense.

However, among many other horror icons from the 80s and 90s, Child’s Play has become a classic.

Directed by Tom Holland (not Spider-Man, the American director), Child’s Play stars Catherine Hicks as Karen Barclay (Andy’s mom), Chris Sarandon as Detective Mike Norris, and Alex Vincent as Andy Barclay.

The film was a success at the box office and got positive reviews from critics.

The late Roger Ebert gave the film 3 stars out of 4 and said: “Child’s Play is better than the average False Alarm movie because it is well made, contains effective performances, and has succeeded in creating a truly malevolent doll. Chucky is one mean SOB.”

2. Child’s Play 2 (1990)

Horror, Suspense – 84 min.

Two years after Child’s Play, a sequel was released.

The story is also set two years after the events of the first movie. Andy Barclay is now eight years old and lives in foster care since the murders of the first film because his mother ended up in a mental institution.

Chucky has revived thanks to an accident in the Good Guy factory, and now he’s hunting for Andy, so he can transfer his soul into the kid’s body.

One of the main differences with the previous film is the rating. Child’s Play 2 is rated R due to violence and gore.

Although this sequel is the fan’s favourite film from the franchise, the critics gave it mixed reviews.

Richard Harrington from The Washington Post said “Child’s Play 2 is an inevitable sequel that’s not as good as its progenitor, but better than most movies with the numbers 2 through 8 in their titles. Thin plot-wise, it caters to an audience apparently amused on the first go-round by the antics of a foul-mouthed doll named Chucky, unlikely home to the soul of a psychopathic killer whose occult powers have allowed him to remove the batteries permanently.”

3. Child’s Play 3 (1991)

Horror, Suspense – 90 min.

The film was released 9 months after Child’s Play 2, and it’s set 8 years after the events of it. Andy Barclay, now played by Justin Whalin, is now a 16-year-old teenager who is attending a military academy after failing in different foster care homes.

Play Pals, the company that manufactures Good Guy dolls, resumes the making of the doll by reopening the abandoned factory. Chucky is brought to life again in a new body after a splash of blood of him mixes with the molten plastic used to make the dolls.

With a new body, Chucky is back on his hunt for Andy and trying to transfer his soul to a body of his convenience.

This is the last film in the franchise to be named “Child’s Play”. The subsequent sequels include Chucky in their titles.

This also happens to be the movie with the lowest ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, making it the least likeable film in the franchise. After its release, it received mostly negative reviews.

An article on ScreenRant summarises the reasons why it is considered the worst entry in the film series.

4. Bride of Chucky (1998)

Comedy, Horror, Suspense – 89 min.

This is my favourite entry in the Chucky franchise. Maybe because it’s the only one I saw at the movies, or the dark humour, or Jennifer Tilly, but without a doubt if you name Chucky, this is the first movie that comes to my mind.

After a hiatus of seven years, Don Mancini wrote another Chucky film. This is the first movie that’s not named Child’s Play and departs from the plot around Andy Barclay, focusing on Chucky and his past.

Although the previous films have some humour, Bride of Chucky is basically a black comedy horror film with humour that ends up being a parody of the franchise.

Tiffany Valentine (Jennifer Tilly) is Chucky’s former lover and accomplice.

In 1998, she bribes a police officer to give her the remains of Chucky’s body from the evidence locker. After killing the officer and running away with the doll, Tiffany performs a voodoo ritual to revive Chucky. Though she thinks the ritual goes wrong, Chucky is alive again.

After a series of events, Chucky finds Tiffany and kills her to transfer her soul into a doll and have the perfect partner.

The film received mixed reviews with a median of 5 points on platforms such as RottenTomatoes and IMDb.

Virginia Pittman from AIPTComics said in her review that “the overall tone is very tongue-in-cheek, and unlike the Chucky films that came before it, this one is darkly comedic in nature. The problem isn’t that they chose to go with this kind of tone – the problem is that the execution of it is subpar.”

5. Seed of Chucky (2004)

Comedy, Horror, Suspense – 87 min.

This black comedy slasher horror film is the fifth instalment in the franchise and a direct sequel to Bride of Chucky. Besides writing the script, Don Mancini, the creator of the series, also directed the film, marking his debut as director.

Set six years after Bride of Chucky, Glen is the benevolent living doll son of Chucky and Tiffany. He lives as a dummy for Psychs, an abusive ventriloquist in England.

One day Glen watches a TV spot of Jennifer Tilly’s new horror film, Chucky Goes Psycho, in which Chucky and Tiffany’s rebuilt bodies appear. There, Glen realises that he is their son.

After escaping Psychs and tracking Chucky and Tiffany to a prop room, he reunites with his parents. Of course, this is only the beginning.

The film continues with the black humour of Bride of Chucky, and it becomes meta by Jennifer Tilly playing herself as part of the Chucky franchise.

The film received negative reviews, being one of the lowest-rated films in the franchise, along with Child’s Play 3.

Roger Ebert gave the film 2 stars out of 4 and said: “If you’re thinking of “Seed of Chucky” as a horror movie, you can forget about it. It’s not scary. If you do not by now find Chucky and the other killer dolls tiresome, I do (this is their fifth movie).”

6. Curse of Chucky (2013)

Horror, Suspense – 97 min.

Leaving behind the absurdity of the two previous films, Curse of Chucky comes back to the roots of horror slasher with this second film directed by Don Mancini with a script also written by him.

This film is the first one in the franchise that was released direct-to-video, with an initial release on VOD on September 24, 2013, followed by a DVD and Blu-ray Disc release on October 8, 2013.

Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) is a paraplegic woman living in an isolated house with her mother. One day, they mysteriously receive a Good Guy doll called Chucky in the mailbox, and that same night, Nica’s mother is found dead with a stab wound that’s considered suicide.

After this event, Nica is visited by her extended family: her sister Barb, her husband Ian, their daughter Alice, live-in nanny Jill, and priest Father Frank. Alice finds Chucky and adopts the doll. From there on, deaths happen at the house. Violent and bloody deaths.

The film received positive reviews, earning a good rating on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb.

Michael Gingold said in his review for Fangoria “While Curse of Chucky doesn’t break any particularly new ground for the franchise, it is likely to please those fans who might feel the little guy got too far from his frightening roots in Bride and Seed of Chucky (entertaining as those films were).”

7. Cult of Chucky (2017)

Horror, Suspense – 91 min.

This sequel to Curse of Chucky is the seventh instalment in the Chucky franchise. This film also was released directly on DVD and Blu-ray.

The film reunites characters from all the previous episodes. Andy Barclay, now an adult, has been torturing the disembodied head of Chucky for four years.

Nica Pierce is in a mental institution accused of having murdered her whole family. She’s convinced she perperted the crimes and Chucky is a creation of her mind.

One day, Nica is visited by Tiffany Valentine, who is the legal guardian of her niece Alice. Tiffany tells Nica that Alice has died and gives the Good Guy doll that belongs to the girl. Now, mysterious murders happen at the institution.

Alex Barclay finds out about the murders and discovers that Chucky has found a way to transfer his soul to multiple bodies at the same time.

In general terms, the film received positive reviews with an average rating on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb.

Scott Mendelson from Forbes said, “Like Fast and Furious, this long-running franchise uses its continuity to its advantage to lend it pathos and/or emotional oomph beyond the mere visceral onscreen tension and empathetic fear.”

Cult of Chucky prepares the ground for the Chucky TV series, which is a direct sequel.

8. Child’s Play (2019)

Drama, Horror, Science Fiction – 90 min.

Once again a remake no one asked for, but Hollywood did it anyway.

This remake also works as an attempt to reboot the franchise by appealing to new audiences with Chucky being a smart doll instead of being possessed by a serial killer’s soul. Honestly, they could have used the same concept with a new name, like the recent M3GAN.

This is the first film in which Don Mancini is not involved. He and the rest of the recurrent actors in the franchise didn’t show any interest in this reboot.

For this remake, all the characters’ names from the original film were kept. This time, Andy Barclay is a 12-year-old lonely teen who suffers bullying at school.

His mother, Karen Barclay, a widowed retail clerk, tries to make her son happy by getting him a Buddi, a high-tech doll capable of learning from their surroundings and acting accordingly via artificial intelligence to be a companion for their owners.

Once Andy gets Buddi, the doll says his name is Chucky, and both become close to each other. Although Chucky helps Andy to make new friends, he also displays violent behaviour every time Andy seems to be in danger.

Things get worse, of course, leading the doll to a killing spree.

In general terms, the film received positive reviews from the critics, but the fans of the franchise weren’t so happy with this retelling.

Even when the update from serial killer soul trapped in a doll to a doll with AI becoming a killing machine makes more sense, as I previously said, this idea would have been perfect for a new story. Some classics are better left untouched.

For a time, there were talks about a sequel, but it was quickly aborted due to Mancini’s lack of interest and the launching of the TV series, which is a direct sequel to the original films.

TV Series

Chucky (2021)

Horror, Suspense – 3 seasons – 17 episodes – 42 min

The production for a Chucky TV series began at the same time the reboot film was released. The big difference is the TV show has Don Mancini, the creator of the franchise, as the showrunner.

However, being the creator didn’t spare Mancini from the concern about the impact the reboot could have on the TV series. Thankfully, the remake wasn’t a success, aborting any project for a sequel.

The series was developed for Syfy and USA Network, and it’s a direct sequel to Cult of Chucky. When the series begins, the action is set two weeks after the events of the film, following Jake Wheeler, a 14-year-old boy who lives in the city of Hackensack, New Jersey and buys a Good Guy doll at a garage sale.

Jake’s plan is to use it for his art project during the Halloween season. Once he gets home, Jake discovers the doll is alive and possessed by the soul of serial killer Charles Lee Ray.

Strange events start to happen in the city, making Jake the prime suspect of them. Later, two of Jake’s classmates join the party, while at the same time, flashbacks of Charles’s life as a young boy are shown to the audience.

The series follows the format of coming of age with a group of teenagers in the starring roles, in a similar fashion to Stranger Things, It, or Stand by Me.

Also, the series endorses LGBT issues as Jake is dealing with coming out of the closet as gay and not being accepted by his father.

Chucky has received positive reviews and high ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, making it the best-rated instalment from the franchise, along with the original film. It has been nominated and gained several accolades.

TV critic from The Guardian, Lucy Mangan said in her review “The series is solid work. All the traditional beats are here. The swivelling eyes. A missing knife here, twitching rubbery fingers there. The unseen movement from chair to floor. The insane urge to check that he’s not behind me RIGHT NOW. The jump-scares. The real scares. The battery reveal.”

What she said is important because this TV series is back to the roots of Chucky, getting to the core of what made the first film of Child’s Play an instant horror classic. Also, although the series is a sequel to the films, newcomers can enjoy it as a standalone work.

Short films

1. Chucky’s Vacation Slides

As part of the extras in the DVD and Blu-ray editions of Seed of Chucky, this short is set right after the shooting of the film with Chucky, Tiffany, and Glen back from their family vacation.

They’re seeing pictures of their trip in a slide projector when Tiffany notices a lot of corpses in several photographs. She realises that Chucky has been killing people again.

2. Chucky Invades

When Curse of Chucky was going to be released on DVD, a series of shorts were released as well. The clips show Chucky interrupting the events of famous horror films such as Psycho, The Purge, Mama, and Drag Me to Hell.

How to watch all Child’s Play in chronological order

Child’s Play’s chronology is mostly straight forward but it includes the feature films, shorts, and the TV series. I’m leaving out the 2019 reboot film from this list because it’s not part of the main saga.

  • Child’s Play (1988)
  • Child’s Play 2 (1990)
  • Child’s Play 3(1991)
  • The Bride of Chucky (1998)
  • Seed of Chucky (2004)
  • Chucky’s Vacation Slides (short)
  • Chucky Invades (shorts)
  • Curse of Chucky (2013)
  • Cult of Chucky (2017)
  • Chucky TV series (2021)

Who plays who in Chucky

Let’s take a look at the actors portraying the main characters in the franchise.

Brad Dourif as Chucky

Brad Dourif

Brad Dourif has provided his voice to the evil doll in all the instances of the franchise, except the reboot film from 2019. He also appears physically as Charles Lee Ray in some flashbacks in Child’s Play and Curse of Chucky.

Dourif made his debut in 1975 in the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He’s also known for portraying Gríma Wormtongue in The Lord of the Rings series.

Alex Vincent as Andy Barclay

Alex Vincent has been portraying Andy Barclay since he was a kid. He was in Child’s Play and Child’s Play 2. Then, he came back with the character in Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky.

Currently, he’s playing Andy in the Chucky TV series.

Besides playing Andy in the Child’s Play franchise, he hasn’t had other significant acting roles. However, he’s been working as a writer and sound engineer.

Justin Whalin as Andy Barclay (Child’s Play 3)

Justin Whalin

Since Child’s Play 3 was released nine months after the previous film, Alex Vincent couldn’t portray a 16-year-old Andy. This is the reason Justin Whalin took the place.

Whalin is widely known for portraying Jimmy Olsen in the 90s TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

Catherine Hicks as Karen Barclay

Catherine Hicks

Karen Barclay is Andy’s mom who ends up in a mental institution after the events of Child’s Play.

Catherine Hicks is currently a retired actress who had her golden years during the 70s and 80s.

Besides her role in Child’s Play, for which she received the Saturn Award as Best Actress, she worked in the long-running television series 7th Heaven, the soap opera Ryan’s Hope, and played Marilyn Monroe in Marilyn: The Untold Story.

Chris Sarandon as Detective Mike Norris

Chris Sarandon

Besides his role as Detective Mike Norris, Sarandon has played some iconic characters.

These include Leon Shermer in Dog Day Afternoon, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, Jerry Dandridge in Fright Night, Prince Humperdinck in The Princess Bride, and he provided his voice to Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Christine Elise as Kyle

Christine Elise

Kyle’s first appearance in the franchise was in Child’s Play 2, where she’s a teenager living in the foster home where Andy Barclay is sent after the events of the first film.

Elise reprised her role in Cult of Chucky and in the Chucky TV series.

Christine Elise is known for her role as Emily Valentine in Beverly Hills, 90210.

Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany Valentine

Jennifer Tilly has been playing Tiffany Valentine and a twisted version of herself since Bride of Chucky. She’s currently making appearances in the Chucky TV show.

By the time she made her debut in the Child’s Play franchise, she was already known for the thriller Bound directed by the Wachowskis, and she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Olive Neal in Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway.

Since 1999, Tilly has been voicing Bonnie Swanson in the animated sitcom Family Guy.

Fiona Dourif as Nica Pierce

Fiona Dourif

Fiona Dourif joined the Child’s Play franchise playing Nica Pierce in Curse of Chucky, reprising her role in Cult of Chucky. She’s currently having a recurring role in the Chucky TV show.

Fiona is known for her role as Bart Curlish in BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and as the young Diane Jones in Dustin Lance Black’s When We Rise. She also has a recurrent role in The Blacklist and The Purge TV series.

Zachary Arthur as Jack Wheeler

Jack Wheeler is the main character in the Chucky TV series. Zachary Arthur was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Network or Cable Television Series for this role.

His other notable works include Sammy Sullivan in The 5th Wave and had a recurring role as a young Jeff Piccirillo on the Showtime series Kidding.

Björgvin Arnarson as Devon Evans

Devon Evans is one of the main characters in the Chucky TV series. He’s one of Jack Wheeler’s classmates. He’s also Jack’s crush.

Alyvia Alyn Lind as Lexy Cross

Lexy is another of Jack’s classmates who is a bully at the beginning and then becomes an ally after being attacked by Chucky.

Lind is a young actress whose career started at a very young age.

Among her works are Faith Newman in The Young and the Restless, Charlotte in See Dad Run, Grace in Transparent, and the TV films Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors and Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.

Where to watch Child’s Play films and Chucky TV series

Depending on where you live, you’ll find the films and the TV series in different streaming services.

Child’s Play is available on Max in the US and Prime Video in Australia.

You can find Child’s Play 2 on Netflix and Star+ in Latin America. Child’s Play 3 is on Star+ in Latin America.

Bride of Chucky is only available on Prime Video in Spain. Seed of Chucky can be found on Netflix in Latin America, Australia, and Star+ in Latin America.

Curse of Chucky is only available in Star+ in Latin America. You can find Cult of Chucky on Star+ in Latin America, Netflix in Australia and the UK.

Child’s Play 2019 can be found on Foxtel Now and Stan in Australia and Netflix in Canada.

The Chucky TV series is available on Star+ in Latin America and Peacock TV in the US.

Curious facts in the Child’s Play franchise

Mark Hamill voiced Chucky in the 2019 film

Although in early ideas about the reboot, Dourif was going to voice Chucky, once the production staff was established all the characters were recast.

Mark Hamill replaced Dourif as the voice of the evil doll for which he received positive reviews and praises.

Fiona Dourif is Brad Dourif’s daughter

Fiona Dourif, who plays Nica Pierce in Curse of Chucky, Cult of Chucky and Chucky TV series, is Brad Dourif’s daughter in real life.

In the Chucky TV series, she even plays a young version of Charles Lee Ray in flashbacks, with the interesting fact that she’s dubbed by his father.

The Good Guy dolls are inspired by real toys

When the first Child’s Play film was released, Don Mancini said that he was inspired by the Cabbage Patch dolls that were a fever in the 80s.

He wanted to show how manipulative the marketing toy campaign was aimed at young children.

However, decades later, Mancini admitted that the Good Guy design was inspired by Hasbro’s My Buddy doll line created in the mid-80s aimed at young boys.

Chucky animatronic required 11 people to control it

The first Child’s Play films were made in the age when CGI wasn’t a thing yet. So Chucky was an animatronic that required 11 puppeteers to control it.

The team was divided to be in charge of different parts of the doll’s body: the mouth by radio control, and then the face, head, and limbs. In certain scenes, Chucky was played by actors with dwarfism, like the stunt double Ed Gale, or Alex Vincent’s little sister.

Jessica Walter was considered to voice Chucky

When the Child’s Play film began production, Brad Dourif wasn’t available to record Chucky’s voice, so Tom Holland, the film director, considered Jessica Walter for the role.

She even recorded all the dialogue, and the first test screen was with her voice. But due to negative reviews, Holland decided that Jessica’s voice didn’t fit the character.

Chucky’s human name is a mash-up of the names of three famous killers

The human soul trapped in Chucky’s body belongs to a serial killer named Charles Lee Ray.

But this name is not casual, when Mancini created the character, he thought about three famous killers: Charles Manson, the cult leader who killed nine people in 1969, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate; Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who killed U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1963; and James Earl Ray, the man who assassinated civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

Glen/Glenda from gender-fluid character to nonbinary twins

Glen/Glenda is Chucky and Tiffany’s doll son.

Since they can’t decide which gender is their child, they called it both ways, with Chucky calling them Glen, and Tiffany calling them Glenda. The doll ends up switching between identifying as Glen and Glenda by changing their pronouns and presentation in agreement.

By this, Glen/Glenda can be considered a gender-fluid character.

However, we are talking about a horror comedy from the 90s where certain tropes have a negative connotation in today’s mindset. So, in the TV series, Mancini fixed this by making Glen and Glenda non-binary twins played by non-binary actor Lachlan Watson.

Jack Wheeler’s issues with his sexuality are based on Don Mancini’s personal experience

In the Chucky TV show, Jack Wheeler is a teenager dealing with the awakening of his sexuality and coming out of the closet as gay in a very conservative town.

Jack also has romantic feelings for Devon Evans, his classmate, who later becomes one of his closest friends.

Don Mancini, who has always been openly gay, explained that Jack is based on his teen years and how he must have endured accepting his sexual orientation in a hostile environment.

Summary

Chucky has been scaring us through the screen for 35 years. Along with Freddy Krueger, Jason, and Michael Myers, the evil doll is part of a pantheon of nightmarish characters conceived in the 80s.

Currently, Chucky is having a great moment with the TV Series airing on Syfy and USA Network in the US, which recently has been renewed for a third season.

The series, whose main target is the fans of the franchise, has collected new adepts who probably are curious to know more about this character.

In this article, you can have a glimpse at this macabre universe of films, shorts, and TV series, and find out how to watch everything in chronological order to fully understand Chucky’s existence.

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