In the first film we have a serial killer, a toy, a son and a loving Mom - perfecto - it's got uber creepo Brad Douriff, black magic, great special effects and A KILLER DOLL!!!
The first one is a blast, and did pretty well so...
Number two has Andy return, but no Catherine Hicks. Now I bought this more than the switcheroo in Poltergeist 3(which undermined the film before it even started) with the story telling us that Andy's Mom went crazy after the events of Part One - sure it's an excuse, but it's logical.
I always enjoy Chucky's resurrections too, some clever some hokey - always fun..
But I digress - two is a good sequel and three is decent though it featured a new actor in the role. Surprisingly, the story of the third is referenced in the last, and overall it's not bad with Andy older and attending a military school, finding romance ..and oh yeah - dispatching Chucky again.
With the next chapter things get really strange with this goofy franchise.
#4 is Bride of Chucky and it's different. For starters, these films kept getting theatrical releases, which is pretty wild into a fourth and fifth installment, but they keep doing well. Bride is funnier than scary, but still a good watch, and again - Jennifer Tilly - big celebrity crush - she's bloody great, and so obviously having a blast - really fun performance both as human and as the Bride to be. Then came Seed of Chucky - one bloody weird movie. More like Glen or Glenda or Freaks, it has it's following for sure, though I didn't love it. You should watch it - you'll find it hard to believe it not only played theatrically but did okay ..SUCH a bizarre experience.
The SIXTH and final film(I believe) finally became a "straight-to-video" with Curse of Chucky just last year(2013) and though the film is not much of one, it still boasts Chucky/Brad Douriff and that crazy "good guy" doll who can't stop killing. Weird to see an older BD in the flashback scenes, but somebody obviously cared about this particular franchise's fate far more than I'd have guessed would/could happen.
It's the ending.
I sat in the dark as the credits rolled, and smiled to myself realizing I've been watching that stupid character since I was 18 years old, and I turned 44 yesterday.
This was also the END of EIGHTIES HORROR FRANCHISES. Jason - Freddie - everything else is dead or rebooted, but this series lasted 25 years solid. Very impressive for the only slasher franchise that doesn't have a lead human, so to speak.
So it's finally over - Rest in Peace, CHUCKY - that was quite the run, ya fu*%ing little bastard.