Before the new remake of Child’s Play comes out I decided to watch all 7 of the previous films to rank and review them. This is one of my favorite horror franchises, however there are definitely some lackluster movies in this group.
It is also worth noting that Don Mancini has written every movie in this franchise.
7. Seed of Chucky
Release Date: November 12, 2004
Director: Don Mancini
Notable Cast Members: Brad Dourif (Chucky), Jennifer Tilly (Tiffany), Billy Boyd (Glen)
Synopsis: To me, this movie is basically summed up by a quote from Michael Scott from The Office, ” NOO GOD! NO. GOD. PLEASE. NO. NO!!! NO!!! NOOOOOO!!!”. I was not entertained at all by this movie and honestly I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. I give Seed of Chucky a 2 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness. One point for having chucky, and another point because I managed to make it through the whole movie.
6. Child’s Play 3
Release Date: August 30, 1991
Director: Jack Bender
Notable Cast Members: Brad Dourif (Chucky), Justin Whalin (Andy), Perrey Reeves (De Silva), Jeremy Sylvers (Tyler)
Synopsis: I mean… it’s really an okay movie. There aren’t a ton of problems with it, however it is basically just repetition of the first two movies. It also came out less than a year after Child’s Play 2 so it was obviously very rushed. It’s pretty boring for the most part until the third act in the amusement park. I give Child’s Play 3 a 5 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness as it really isn’t a bad movie, I just think that the rest of the movies on the list are better.
5. Child’s Play 2
Release Date: November 9, 1990
Director: John Lafia
Notable Cast Members: Brad Dourif (Chucky), Alex Vincent (Andy), Christine Elise (Kyle)
Synopsis: This film is very similar to the first one except now Chucky is trying to find Andy so he can take control of his body. I didn’t think that it was very exciting until they got to the toy factory. That was a very cool sequence seeing them running around the factory while dolls were being made. I give Child’s Play 2 a 6 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness as it isn’t an amazing piece of cinema, but it is still worth a watch.
4. Curse of Chucky
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Director: Don Mancini
Notable Cast Members: Brad Dourif (Chucky), Fiona Dourif (Nica), Danielle Bissuti (Barb), Summer Howell (Alice)
Synopsis: This movie was refreshing since the previous two films made before this were more comedy based. This film took a more spooky and horror approach which I definitely liked. At parts I thought that Chucky looked a little weird, however that wasn’t that big of a deal. The story really just took place inside of a house, and I think that they made a really scary and good movie out of that. I give Curse of Chucky a 7 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness. They listened to what kind of movie the fans wanted and I think that they delivered very well.
Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky are very close in the rankings for me. Some days they would be switched, however after watching I feel like I favor Cult of Chucky a little bit more.
3. Cult of Chucky
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Director: Don Mancini
Notable Cast Members: Brad Dourif (Chucky), Alex Vincent (Andy), Fiona Dourif (Nica), Jennifer Tilly (Tiffany)
Synopsis: This movie definitely has mixed opinions. People complain because it breaks the rules that were laid out or that it simply doesn’t make sense. However, we are watching a movie about a doll that goes on killing rampages. Therefore, I don’t think there needs to be complaining about what makes sense. All we should really be asking for is a fun movie that goes all out in what it is trying to accomplish. That is what Cult of Chucky gave us so I don’t think there should be many complaints about it. I give Cult of Chucky a 7.5 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness as it is a fun movie that I think is just barely… barely… better than Curse of Chucky.
2. Bride of Chucky
Release Date: October 16, 1998
Director: Ronny Yu
Notable Cast Members: Brad Dourif (Chucky), Jennifer Tilly (Tiffany), Katherine Heigl (Jade), Nick Stabile (Jesse)
Synopsis: This was the movie that started to turn Chucky into a funnier character. They added a lot more comedy into this movie than there was in the first three. We see that Chucky now has a love interest and that adds a lot to the plot of this movie. I liked the direction that they went with this movie as it was something different and not as repetitive as the first three were. This is the Chucky movie that I find myself watching the most as it is just insanely funny, yet there are still a lot of good kills along the way. I give Bride of Chucky an 8.5 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness as it is just a fun time and even a non-horror fan could like it.
1. Child’s Play
Release Date: November 9, 1988
Director: Tom Holland
Notable Cast Members: Brad Dourif (Charles Lee Ray/Chucky), Alex Vincent (Andy), Catherine Hicks (Karen), Chris Sarandon (Mike)
Synopsis: Well… this is the first movie so of course it is number one! Even after 6 more films this one is still my favorite because none of the others can match the charm that this one has. It is new, it is fresh, and it is one heck of a ride. This is the first time us as an audience get to see Chucky coming to life and it is just priceless cinema. The reaction is never the same in any of the other movies because this is the first time. Therefore, I am slightly biased, however I feel most others would agree with this being the best Chucky movie too. It has a great plot with Andy, and it is interesting to see how everyone thinks that he is crazy even though he is actually telling the truth. I give Child’s Play a 9 out of 10 on the scale of awesomeness because it set the foundation for this great franchise while also still giving us a great movie.
Be sure to look out for my review of the new Child’s Play after it comes out on June 21!
Thank you for reading my ranking and reviews of the Child’s Play/Chucky films. Feel free to comment your own ranking or opinions on the movies. You may also suggest any other movies or TV shows you would like to see reviewed or ranked. Cinema lovers unite!