The horror of a Chucky TV series

ABOVE: Jake Wheeler takes Chucky to school. Why? I don't know.
ABOVE: Jake Wheeler takes Chucky to school. Why? I don't know.


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Remember all those calls from the public about how someone really needed to turn the Child's Play slasher franchise into a TV series?

You actually don't, because there were no such calls. And yet, to respond to something literally no-one was asking for, someone has created an eight-part TV series.

If you're blessedly unfamiliar with the Child's Play franchise, it centres around a red-headed doll named Chucky.

Now, by the power of voodoo, that doll has been possessed by the spirit of a serial killer. Sounds thoroughly ridiculous, already, right?

And then this knee-high toy goes around killing people, through no fewer than eight films.

He's back again, this time thanks to 14-year-old weirdo Jake Wheeler, who buys Chucky at a yard sale.

And Jake is weird - he's making some really, really odd sculpture out of toy dolls (hence his reason for buying Chucky). Later, for reasons that are never really explained, he takes Chucky to school and cradles the doll in his arms.

You know, rather than putting him in a garbage bag and carrying him in that way.

The biggest problem that befalls Chucky is that it feels like a movie plot stretched out to cover eight one-hour episodes.

That means everything goes so slowly and there is a wealth of padding inserted into the script. That includes a stack of flashbacks showing the life of the serial killer who became Chucky.

Who cares about any of that?

This is really only watchable for the most hardest core of the hardcore Child's Play fans.

Anyone else will likely find themselves turning off after one episode.

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