How to Watch All Chucky Movies in Chronological Order?

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Since a red-headed, foul-mouthed toy first appeared on our screens in the late 1980s in the horror film Child’s Play, Chucky has emerged as one of the genre’s most well-known — and, let’s face it, most horrifying — figures.

This murderous doll, which is controlled by the spirit of serial killer Charles Lee Ray, was created by screenwriter Don Mancini and was most famously voiced by Brad Dourif. It has sparked a number of successful sequels, as well as a spin-off TV series (which airs on US network Syfy), and it was given the reboot treatment in 2019 with a new cast and a plot that reflects more contemporary anxieties.

The films have also influenced the genre as a whole. Following Child’s Play, a tonne of successful horror films—including the Annabelle movies—used the haunted toy motif to provide consistent frights, and others imitated the franchise’s trademark mix of humor and jump scares.

Prior to the latest remake of Child’s Play, which reset the timeline and featured new iterations of well-known characters, the Chucky franchise was pretty simple to get through, unlike, say, the Halloween flicks, with the films playing out chronologically.

Here’s how to watch the series in chronological and release sequence, whether you’re a seasoned viewer who wants to revisit the world of Chucky, Tiffany, his equally horrific love interest, and his victim Andy Barclay, or a newcomer looking to catch up on horror film history. You might never be able to view a doll the same way again, so heed this warning.

Chucky Movies in Release Date Order

  1. Child’s Play (1988)
  2. Child’s Play 2 (1990)
  3. Child’s Play 3 (1991)
  4. Bride of Chucky (1998)
  5. Seed of Chucky (2004)
  6. Curse of Chucky (2013)
  7. Cult of Chucky (2017)
  8. Child’s Play (2019 reboot)

Chucky Movies in Chronological Order

1. Child’s Play (1988)

When Child’s Play was released in 1988, the first film became a surprise box office success, giving birth to a horror icon replete with a creepy, high-pitched cackle.

Andy (Alex Vincent) is six years old and desperately wants a talking Good Guy doll, but his mother is unable to afford to purchase him one. Until she discovers a homeless man selling a doll on the street and is able to buy it at a discount.

There is, however, a catch—and a fairly significant one at that: Chucky, the Good Guy doll that Charles Lee Ray used to execute a voodoo ceremony on before he was shot by police as he was being chased into a toy store at the beginning of the film.

Andy now proudly owns a doll that is imprisoned in the spirit of a heinous murderer. Despite the fact that Chucky (Brad Dourif) terrorizes the family and continues his murderous rampage, killing everyone from his former criminal partner to Andy’s babysitter, it comes as no surprise that no one wants to accept that a spooky toy is to blame for the string of fatalities.

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2. Child’s Play 2 (1990)

Child’s Play 2 opens with the Good Guy corporation attempting to put the original Chucky back together in an effort to show that there was actually nothing wrong with the doll, two years after the events of the first movie. Naturally, these efforts fail because an electrical issue in the assembly line gives the terrifying toy the strength it needs to reanimate, and soon Chucky is back to his old murderous antics.

Finding Andy, the cursed doll’s previous owner who has been placed in foster care (after his mother was committed to a mental institution for standing by her kid and speaking the truth about Chucky’s murdering spree), is the doll’s top priority.

The murder toll rises after Chucky successfully gains entry into Andy’s new house by destroying the family’s harmless Good Guy toy. The doll won’t stop until he has carried out another voodoo ritual that will transfer his soul to Andy’s body, enabling him to fully possess the eight-year-old.

3. Child’s Play 3 (1991)

Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results is said to be the definition of insanity, yet as the third Child’s Play film opens, the makers of the Good Guy dolls are up to their old tricks, reopening their long-abandoned factory to produce a fresh batch of their toys.

What possibly could go wrong? It turns out that quite a bit, as the ghost of Charles Lee Ray, takes possession of yet another doll after a drop of Chucky’s blood contaminates the plastic being used to mold the Good Guys.

The third installment of Child’s Play comes eight years after the events of Child’s Play 2, despite the fact that it was released less than a year later. Sixteen-year-old Andy (played by Justin Whalin) is now a cadet at a military college. Chucky quickly finds a way inside the school, but when he meets Tyler, Andy’s new friend, he decides to possess the younger lad instead.

4. Bride of Chucky (1998)

When Chucky made his comeback after a seven-year absence, this film signaled a change in the franchise’s course by putting Andy’s story behind it and adopting a darker tone. It also debuted a brand-new killer doll that was really unsettling.

Charles Lee Ray’s old girlfriend Tiffany Valentine (Jennifer Tilly) works with him to put Chucky back together and performs a voodoo ritual to re-trap his soul inside the evil doll. Soon after she is murdered, her spirit becomes imprisoned in an equally bizarre plastic body that is decked out in bridal regalia.

The ghastly pair are soon collaborating in an effort to take back human form, and they are looking for new host bodies in the guise of teenage Jesse and Jade (played by Nick Stabile and Katherine Heigl). The dolls devise a plan to entice the humans to Ray’s grave, where they would acquire a mystical amulet that will enable them to permanently control the humans.

5. Seed of Chucky (2004)

The fifth film, which is set six years after the fourth, centers on the baby doll that Tiffany gives birth to in the last moments of Bride of Chucky. You’d think that little Glen (played by Billy Boyd) would be an absolute horror with parents like Chucky and Tiffany, yet their kind-hearted son seems to have managed to defy his genes.

When Glen sees an advertisement for a new movie starring Tiffany’s voice actress Jennifer Tilly and replicas of the Chucky and Tiffany dolls, he is in England working as a ventriloquist’s dummy. Glen realizes the duo must be his parents, so he leaves for Hollywood and attempts to revive them.

However, when he finds out his parents are skilled murderers, he is horrified (Chucky is less than pleased that his son doesn’t seem to have inherited his homicidal streak). When Tilly discovers she is expecting a child, things only grow stranger.

Redman, a rapper, also appears in the movie as himself in a storyline that casts him as an aspiring director, so Tilly is not the only celebrity to play a version of themselves. Hannah Spearritt, a former S Club star, also appears as Tilly’s agent.

6. Curse of Chucky (2013)

With this 2013 movie, the franchise returned to its horror roots after a few installments that upped the dark comedy and embraced self-parody. This time, there was more gore and fewer jokes. The new protagonist Nica, whose world is flipped upside down when a Chucky doll arrives in the mail, is played this time by Fiona Dourif, the daughter of Brad, the voice actor who provides Chucky with his distinctive cackle.

When Chucky reverts to his old tricks and starts eliminating her loved ones one by one, she will come to regret letting her young niece retain the toy. Why is Chucky so vengeful against Nica’s family? You guessed it—the life and times of serial killer Ray—are the root of it all.

The tone of Curse of Chucky is similar to the earlier Child’s Play movies, and Vincent makes a surprise appearance in a post-credits sequence, briefly revisiting his role as Chucky’s adversary.

7. Cult of Chucky (2017)

Following this cameo, the seventh movie brings Nica and Andy’s tales together. Andy has been abusing Chucky’s disembodied head as retaliation for murdering the doll in the post-credits sequence. After the events of Curse of Chucky, Nica was sent to a mental hospital; she now feels that she murdered her family and that Chucky is a manifestation of her mental condition.

When a psychiatrist decides to adopt a therapeutic technique employing a Good Guy doll, things start to get a little scary. Things only get worse when a woman named Tiffany Valentine shows up at the hospital carrying a toy for Nica.

A group of Good Guys soon infiltrates the hospital while being controlled by a piece of Chucky’s soul. In addition to giving Andy a second chance, the movie also showcases Christine Elise’s brief appearance as Kyle, his foster sister from Child’s Play 2.

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8. Standalone: Child’s Play (2019)

This 2019 movie doesn’t fit within the timeline of the series because it is a remake of the first installment. The only movie in the series to not have been created by the series creator Don Mancini or to not have Brad Dourif as Chucky’s voice actor is this one, Star Wars icon Mark Hamill.

Also planned out is the Charles Lee Ray plot. In the remake, Chucky is a high-tech “Buddi” doll that has gone horribly wrong. Buddies are designed to be intelligent toys that can respond to their environment and serve as lifelong friends for their owners, but a disgruntled employee sabotages one model by removing all the safety precautions before it is sent off to be sold.

When widowed mother Karen (Aubrey Plaza) purchases a birthday present for her little son Andy, the doll in issue ends up in the Barclay home (Gabriel Bateman). Things immediately go awry as the doll, who goes by the name of Chucky, develops an unsettling fixation on his master and begins eliminating anything that might go in his way of Andy.

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