When the Child’s Play reboot reaches theaters in June, it will do so less than two years after the original series fizzled out with the extremely well-reviewed (but largely overlooked) Cult of Chucky. For the next incarnation of the iconic horror series, producers are dumping a three-decade-long storyline that was getting as bizarre as it was complicated in favor of taking Chucky back to his legit horror roots.
Initially, that decision seemed like a cause for concern. After all, we’re talking about a killer doll, here. How seriously can you take that? You can ramp up the blood and guts as much as you want, but there’s still something inherently silly about a toy that murders people.
Then, Orion Pictures dropped today’s first full trailer, and with one high tech twist, Chucky is officially scary again. This Chucky, you see, can connect to and control any smart device within a certain radius. He’s basically a murderous Google Home on two plastic legs. The possibilities lurking within that setup are super tantalizing, and it seems as though the script from Tyler Burton Smith is taking full advantage. The chaotic carnage of the first full trailer features menacing drones, skyrocketing home temperatures, and even a co-opted smart car.
Here is a Chucky with the entire Internet of Things at his sadistic, little fingertips. And that is scary as Hell.
Connectivity isn’t the only thing to get excited for with the next version of Child’s Play. Producers have enlisted Mark Hamill (yeah, that Mark Hamill) to take over for longtime voice of Chucky, Brad Dourif. Though series fans may have initially balked at the choice to exclude Dourif from the proceedings, replacing him with one of the best voice talents of his generation is a big step in the right direction.
At this point, Chucky’s next murder spree looks like a worthy successor to one of the most beloved horror franchises in history. We’ll find out when Chucky slashes his way into theaters on June 21.