Criticism of Chucky 1×01 “Death by Misadventure”, the reunion with the diabolical doll

Chucky promised to be our friend to the end! And here we have it, back in a SyFy series premiered in the United States on October 12 and whose first episode we have seen in Sitges.

The Sitges Film Festival 2021 It has brought us great joys in the field of fantasy and horror cinema but also the occasional serial surprise thanks to the premiere of series such as Stories to not sleep, The frozen blood or the one that concerns us right now: Chucky.

The series, which has Don Mancini in charge of the script and in the role of showrunner, it was presented as part of the festival by the overwhelming and hilarious actress Fiona Dourif, whose character will be introduced into fiction from the fourth episode and that will give it an interesting twist.

She is also the daughter of Brad Dourif, the one in charge of lending his voice to the diabolical doll since its inception in 88.

In addition to praising Mancini, he expressed his admiration for his creative ability by reinventing the character over and over again and refusing to repeat formulas, however successful they may have been. We can verify that this is the case given that in the discourse of this Chucky quite groundbreaking elements not previously treated are introduced such as the childhood of Charles Lee Ray.

“Each new episode ends with a cliffhanger and contains an unexpected twist,” said the actress who did not hesitate to describe the series as the best product of the series to date and as entertainment “insanely fun.”


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In United States SyFy It has already broadcast the first two episodes of the series, while in Spain we will have to wait until January 2022 for it to see the light on the same channel. In any case, and with a view to opening our mouths before Halloween We cannot resist giving you some first impressions of the start of Chucky.

And is that the devil doll is a horror classic: it debuted in 1988 with Child’s Play, It was followed by two direct sequels in 1990 and 1991 and then a string of films in which the quality of the narration was variable: Bride of chucky in 1998, Chucky’s son in 2004, Chucky’s curse in 2013 and Cult of Chucky already in 2021, the seventh and last installment.

Go ahead that We are not facing a continuation of any of the preceding films as such but rather a reinvention of the saga updating the temporal coordinates: the toxic relationship of young people with social networks, bullying, LGTBIphobia or the economic inequalities of our society are sneaked into fiction.

But the new coexists with the old: yes, there are smartphones, podcasts and all kinds of advances that have changed the landscape, but the doll moves thanks to animatronics and, although CGI is sometimes used for specific moments, they are the less.

Chucky It begins by showing us the life of Jake Wheeler, a young man who is bullied in high school for being fond of creating lurid sculptures out of pieces of dolls. One fine day he finds a doll on a rake that catches his eye and that he wants to use in his next work.

However, he has no idea how life will change … Shortly after his appearance, a series of chilling murders begin to uncover the darkest secrets of his relatives and neighbors.

Although at first Jake is tempted to get rid of him, things will get complicated and he will have no choice but to adjust to the new situation.

At the same time, some allies and enemies of Chucky will enter the scene threatening to reveal the secret origins of the murderer doll and developing the story of a normal child who ended up becoming an unscrupulous monster.

Although at first the plot of the adolescent characters may seem very topical: abusive popular girl, jealous cousin and loser on duty trying to survive high school, the sly appearance of a playful Chucky subverts all the codes to make us laugh out loud.

We already know these angelic little blue eyes and Good Guy’s red hair, but we are also on notice that he has broken a few dishes …

So from the moment we know of the presence of the happy pecosete doll, without batteries! the fun starts (with nods to the original movie included, of course). Here the protagonist is a fan of real crimes and has investigated something to know the history of the possession of the toy. There is even a certain sneer at what a similar doll costs like the fan phenomenon.

In short, without being perfect, Chucky It has a lot of ingredients to persuade the audience: a different story, an investigation into the origins and a twist to the teenage genre with a very funny macabre vibe. Do you want to play?

Assessment

The devilish doll returns wanting to play! The series updates the story and gives it a couple of turns of the screw to deal with current issues while having fun showing Chucky in his sauce.

The best

Gruesome deaths, of course! Also that the doll is moved in the old way and that Ray’s past is explored. Great final twist.

Worst

Maybe a little less adolescent would have done him good. It aims to grow episode by episode.

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