RKS 2023 Films: “Living with Chucky”

I have lived all my years without Chucky. I am uncertain what thrill there is in these slasher films. Ooops sorry wrong horror genre! Slash and hacker doll genre? Sounding like a preacher and a geezer but how depraved to watch the murder of human beings and get a thrill out of it. Sorry I will admit I have yet to attend a Comicon. Now of course not including slashers and doll murderers in my viewing slate I must attend a global inclusion re-education camp along with those anti-vaxxers!

Despite my moralistic streak “Living with Chucky” is a fascinating dive into the Chucky franchise that started in 1988 with “Child’s Play” and followed with “Child’s Play 2”, “Child’s Play 3”, “Pride of Chucky”, “Seed of Chucky”, “Curse of Chuckie” et al. Nine puppeteers to get Chucky on his feet!

I suppose why not end it all with “Demise of Chucky”. Chucky may have filled in the boredom vacuum caused by an excess of classic slasher movies in the 1980’s but after 30 years of Chucky the doll still lumbers on without the use of digital animation!

You’ll get the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Chucky team ranging from creators, writers, producers, puppeteers, actors and fans. Chucky and his team are very close knit many of whom were children when Chucky appeared in 1988 and really did grow up with the cute “serial killer”.

So diss me for insulting a killer doll but David Kirschner a producer for Chucky films notes Chucky is based on Charles Manson, Lee Harvey Oswald and James Earl Ray. Chucky’s real name is Charles Lee Ray. So I see all those proud fans dressing up their children to look like Chucky it ranks even worse than drag kids.

Chucky fans once you stop throwing rotten tomatoes at me you’ll enjoy this documentary. And somewhat guiltily like Eve I’ll reach for “Child’s Play” and end up eating my shirt.

The living with the Chucky family and the personal sacrifices made by the Chucky family along with the sappy music at the conclusion of the documentary seem maudlin.

The documentary opens up in the United States and Canada on 4April on VOD platforms.

You can watch the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KHG68Mn4io

RKS Film Rating 86/100.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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