Rating the Chucky films from best to worst
With the recent news that the 6th film in the Childs Play/Chucky series had been released I thought it best to reacquaint myself with the previous five films to fully enjoy the latest adventures of Charles Lee Ray, or Chucky as he prefers to be called. Over the course of six nights I watched the films in chronological order and it struck me how different they all are and how I enjoyed some considerably more than others.
The good thing about the series is that all films are written by Don Mancini (he even directs the last two) with David Kirschner producing each one as well, bringing a level of consistency to the whole franchise, meaning that past films aren’t forgotten or ignored and that the legacy and legend of Chucky feels complete. So, before you can chant “Ade due Damballa, give me the power I beg of you” here are the six Chucky movies rated (in my opinion) from worst to best.
6. Childs Play 3
The whole military school aspect of this film isn’t really used to its full potential and the character Tyler leaves you practically begging for him to get killed off. This film came out less than a year after the 2nd film and feels a bit disjointed, like it was rushed. Although 3 did introduce the notion that Andy doesn’t need to be the one that Chucky transports into, this concept never gets fully utilised again in the series. There’s also too many characters introduced in this film and it feels cluttered. This is the film I remember the most from watching the series as a youngster, yet it’s the one that holds up the least.
5. Bride of Chucky
Apart from the introduction of Jennifer Tilly, the rest of this film just feels a bit ‘meh’. Despite this, it’s not completely without merit, as the cop bringing Tilly the doll and the graveyard scene at the end are definitely worth a watch. However, the rest feels very of its time, with the nu-metal soundtrack and the introduction of the new Gothic Tiffany doll.
It’s also very baggy in the middle and feels like it’s treading water and racking up kills for the sake of it. It also drifts from the original set up as there is no children in it, thus squashing the child and doll relationship that was the hallmark of the series up until this point. There’s a lack of commitment on what this film wants to be, as it can’t decide whether to be a campy fun horror or an actual scary horror, so it skirts the edges of both. In the end being neither funny nor scary.
4. Childs Play 2
This is how you do a sequel. It’s more of the same, with a little bit extra thrown in. We find out more about the story behind killer Charles Lee Ray and the film bounds along feeling like an extension of the first film. It’s not as understated as the first film or as fresh, and Chucky also starts getting more vocal in this installment, which is why it still pales to the first film in my opinion. It also feels more dated than the first film with the introduction of the “cool” teenager character and some of the fashions of the times. It still holds up though and is a great film in its own right.