SYFY’s ‘Chucky’ Series Shifts Subtext to Text

The wild world of Child’s Play (1988) has gone in some truly fascinating directions over the decades. Depending on the entry, most of the franchise has been either created in partnership with or under the helm of writer, producer, and director Don Mancini. 

Originally intended as a scathing indictment of the consumer culture of the ‘80s, the first film ended up being an extra gory send-off of the campy “evil doll” trope. 

Sequels followed much the same format until Bride of Chucky (1998) reimagined the premise as a pop culture savvy horror-comedy classic.

Keeping a surprising level of continuity with the prior films (but disregarding the Child’s Play (2019) reboot), the new SYFY series serves as a direct sequel for Cult of Chucky (2017).

Playing very much within the world set forward back in 1988 and full of callbacks to prior films, the eight-episode TV series succeeds by introducing a new set of characters – and a surprisingly empowering queer love story at its center.

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