Child’s Play creator Don Mancini has revitalized horror television with his TV show version of Chucky. It’s got all the horror and violent deaths that we want, plus tons of comedy, and enough heart to make the most blood-thirsty killer happy.
We couldn’t get enough of the campy and queer first season, and now Syfy has announced that the show, and the doll we all love, will be returning for a second season this October 5, perfect for the spooky Halloween season.
Don’t worry, the comedy and camp of the Child’s Play movies is on full blast here in the Chucky TV show. Don Mancini has found the perfect balance between horror and humor, camp and carnage, and laughs and screams. Chucky is not only a great horror show, but a great comedy as well.
One of our favorite parts of the show is the new main character, Jake. Jake is a 14-year-old gay boy who doesn’t really fit in at his school and faces bullying about his sexuality. Then he befriends a boy named Devon, and by the end of the first season, they share a kiss. It’s a wonderful queer love story in the midst of all the camp and horror that is Chucky.
We recently learned that nonbinary actor Lachlan Watson will be joining the cast of the show for Season 2 as Chucky and Tiffany’s genderqueer child Glen/Glenda. Fans have loved the character for years, and now we’ll get to see them brought to life by a nonbinary actor.
Of course, Brad Dourif and Jennifer Tilly are perfect as Chucky and Tiffany, but the young stars of the show are terrific as well. Fiona Dourif turns in an Emmy-worthy performance as both Nica, a woman possessed by Chucky, and in drag as young Charles Lee Ray in the 1980s. Her performance alone is worth a watch.
The central love story between Jake and Devon isn’t the only queer thing happening in the show. Thanks to Fiona Dourif’s perfect performance as a woman possessed by the spirit of serial killer Charles Lee Ray (voiced by her own father, Brad), we get to see a fun and wild queer relationship between Tiffany and Nica Pierce, the woman possessed by Chucky.