Chucky: Season One

Chucky: Season one – wild, entertaining and proudly queer

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Chucky: Season One is streaming now on SKY and Now TV.


Anyone following the career of Don Mancini, David Kirschner, Brad Dourif and their four-foot psycho doll, Chucky, will know that queer identity and diversity have thread through the seven movie series. However, many of us wondered where the pint-sized killer could take us next after Curse and Cult of Chucky. After all, this was a franchise that had started in slasher horror before moving into dark comedy and then merging the two. Additionally, it was a franchise that had pushed the boundaries of queer representation in horror while creating a family of ongoing characters that earned a place in our hearts.

Therefore, when Chucky the TV series was announced, I was filled with excitement and trepidation. Would Mancini and co honour the stories that had come before it or opt for something radically different? Thankfully they picked the former, and we get a direct continuation of the stories built up over seven glorious movies. In many ways, Chucky: Season One feels like the Child’s Play 3 that should have been, as it centres on teen life and the feelings of ostracisation adolescence brings. Here Chucky focuses on discrimination, difference and bullying while finally embracing not one but two gay leads. In many ways, Chucky is the second fiddle to the horrors of adolescence as he attempts to manipulate those around them using their difference and alienation against them.


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This time around, Chucky enters the show as a yard sale piece of junk in Hackensack. There he is purchased by Jake Wheeler (Zackary Arthur) for use in an art project. Jake lives with an alcoholic father (Devon Sawa), whose volatile outbursts include an unwillingness to accept his son’s sexuality. But Jake is unwilling to let his dad control his art or his desires; however, he has yet to build up the confidence to approach his school crush, true crime podcaster Devon (Björgvin Arnarson).

Of course, Chucky is not about to be dismembered for any art project and soon worms his way into Jake’s life, using the boy’s experiences of bullying, homophobia and alienation to further his murderous agenda – leading us all to question whether Jake will follow him or discard him before it’s too late. Meanwhile, just across town, his dad’s twin brother, Lucas (Sawa), is unaware that it’s his son Junior (Teo Briones) and his girlfriend Lexy (Alyvia Alyn Lind) who torment Jake at every opportunity.


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The show’s discussions on sexual orientation, difference and inclusion excel in creating a TV horror that combines classic coming-of-age themes with Chucky lore built over thirty years. Here Chucky: Season One sits between teen melodrama, sequel and slasher horror with Mancini and Co, again reinventing the character and the story while playing to the series’ strengths. Chucky is a wild, entertaining and proudly queer slice of TV horror that will appeal to older fans and bring on board a host of new ones.

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Summary

The show’s discussions on sexual orientation, difference and inclusion excel in creating a TV horror that combines classic coming-of-age themes with the lore of Chucky built over thirty years. Here Chucky sits between teen melodrama, sequel and slasher horror with Mancini and Co, again reinventing the character and the story while playing to the series’ strengths.

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