Next week, Child’s Play arrives in cinemas, ushering in (potentially) a new run of movies featuring Chucky. The series about a killer doll is getting the reboot treatment, with a new cast, a reworked premise, and a new direction for the horror icon.

But what about the Chucky / Child’s Play series as a whole? What is the best order to watch the Chucky / Child’s Play movies?

Well, it’s actually pretty simple, but before I run through the list of movies, I need to explain why the films are sometimes referred to as Child’s Play and sometimes Chucky.

The original movie in the series is called Child’s Play and introduces the character of Charles Lee Ray, aka Chucky. The Child’s Play name remained with the series for three films, before it was rebranded to incorporate Chucky’s name in the title.

So, the Child’s Play name and the Chucky name are all part of the same series.

Clear?

Good.

Right, let’s talk about the movies and the order to watch them in.

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The Mancini order

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First up, is the Mancini order. This order includes seven movies, all written by Don Mancini.

This order covers all of the entries in the original run of films, from the introduction of Chucky in Child’s Play, through to the arrival of Tiffany (Chucky’s girlfriend/wife) in Bride of Chucky.

  • Child’s Play (1988)
  • Child’s Play 2 (1990)
  • Child’s Play 3 (1991)
  • Bride of Chucky (1998)
  • Seed of Chucky (2004)
  • Curse of Chucky (2013)
  • Cult of Chucky (2017)

The first three entries in this series focus on a storyline between Chucky and Andy Barclay – a young boy who crosses paths with the killer doll.

The next two entries (Bride/Seed) switch the focus onto Chucky’s girlfriend, as well as his offspring.

The final two entries (Curse/Cult) introduce a new protagonist in Nica – a young woman with a connection to Chucky. These films also dovetail back into the original storyline with Andy Barclay.

Over the course of the seven films the tone changes considerably, from stalk ‘n’ slash horror in the initial three films, to comedy, slapstick, suspense and by the end of the series, mind-bending thriller. The result is an interesting combination of horror movies which has a cult following – and rightfully so.

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The reboot order

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Well this couldn’t be simpler, as there is only one movie in this viewing order.

  • Child’s Play (2019)

This film ignores the seven previous entries and resets the franchise for a new generation. The movie is a remake of 1988’s Child’s Play.

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Production order

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Once again, this is pretty simple. If you want to watch all eight films under the Child’s Play/Chucky banner, then you should watch the movies in production order – the Mancini films, followed by the reboot.

  • Child’s Play (1988)
  • Child’s Play 2 (1990)
  • Child’s Play 3 (1991)
  • Bride of Chucky (1998)
  • Seed of Chucky (2004)
  • Curse of Chucky (2013)
  • Cult of Chucky (2017)
  • Child’s Play (2019)

And that’s it.

If you want to check out any of the Child’s Play/Chucky movies, Universal has released The Chucky Complete 7-Movie Blu-ray collection which is available from Amazon in the UK. The same collection is available in the US too.

This collection includes the seven original movies (aka The Mancini Order), beginning with Child’s Play ’88 and running through to Cult of Chucky. The reboot is not included, but will shortly be available as a separate release.

Speaking of which – since publishing this post, I’ve now added a review of Child’s Play 2019 to It’s A Stampede!, so please take a moment to check it out. And feel free to tell me your thoughts on the Child’s Play/Chucky franchise – what you like and what you dislike.

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