No movie monster has bounced back more heartily than Chucky. The string of outlandish sequels released since 1988’s “Child’s Play
” have found a half-dozen ways for the possessed doll to return for more evil pursuits. The new “Child’s Play
” reboot finds one more, with a bigger budget and more audacious satire, but rarely has a movie begged to shed the baggage of its past more than this one. Rather than paying tribute to the original concept, director Lars Klevberg
and screenwriter Tyler Burton Smith
scribble over Don Mancini
’s franchise by turning Chucky into a robot menace — think Hal 9000 with a knife — which raises the question of why they needed to mess with a series that has maintained its own zany rhythms for 30 years.
Say what you will about the “Chucky” movies, but as recently as 2017’s “Cult of Chucky
,” Mancini maintained a consistent B-movie inspiration that kept