The Curse of Chucky – Direct-to-DVD?

The 1988 horror film Child’s Play told the story of a psychotic serial killer named Charles Lee Ray getting his soul trapped inside a red-headed Good Guys doll that was known simply as Chucky. Twenty-four years later, Curse of Chucky sees the killer getting banished to somewhere even worse than inside the body of a doll: straight to video.

A fifth sequel to Child’s Play has been rumored for a while now, but today Moviehole brings us solid information on when the film will come together, and what it will be about. This latest sequel – which is set to start filming in September – is planned to skip theaters and get released straight to DVD. That has to be seen as sad news for Chucky enthusiasts, but fans of the freckled one shouldn’t fret. Once you get passed the disappointment of hearing that your favorite psychotic in overalls is getting pushed out of the wide release game, there’s plenty of good news here to help that medicine go down smooth.

First off, Curse of Chucky will be written and directed by Don Mancini, who created the character and has been a creative force throughout the franchise’s history. Brad Dourif will still be doing the voice of Chucky. And, perhaps more important than that, Mancini plans to take the franchise away from the self-aware, dark comedy direction it’s taken with its last two entries, Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky. This new film is set to take Chucky back to his roots, when he was dead serious about perpetrating gory violence on anybody who got in the way of him sticking his soul in the body of that little asshole Andy. Laughs are being traded for chills – and hopefully lots of bloody butcher knives.

According to the report, the plot of the new film is going to go something like this: Nica is a girl that has a lot going on in her life. She’s been in a wheelchair since birth, someone has sent her a mysterious doll in the mail, and now she has her overbearing sister and her sister’s family (including their smoking hot nanny) in town to attend their newly-deceased mother’s funeral. As people start turning up dead over the course of the weekend, Nica starts to suspect that maybe the creepy doll has something to do with it.