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SyFy's 'Chucky' Takes Over The White House: Part 1 of Season 3 Review

Pictured: (l-r) Chucky, Callum Vinson as Henry Collins, Jackson Kelly as Grant Collins -- (Photo by: Shane Mahood/SYFY)

By Jaimz Dillman

There's a special place in my heart for 3 feet of terror answering to the name Chucky. The pint-sized reincarnated serial killer, trapped in the body of a Good Guy doll, has managed to survive the attempts to take him out thus far, and this time he's landed at the top.

The third season of the horror series CHUCKY, created by Don Mancini, is set to premiere on October 4, 2023, and will consist of 8 episodes. Based on the Child's Play film franchise, the series serves as a sequel to Cult of Chucky, and stars Brad Dourif reprising his role as the titular character, alongside Zackary Arthur, Alyvia Alyn Lind, and Björgvin Arnarson in the ensemble cast.

(l-r) Björgvin Arnarson as Devon Evans, Zackary Arthur as Jake Wheeler, Alyvia Alyn Lind as Lexy Cross -- (Photo by: SYFY)

Despite the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike, filming began in Toronto on April 27 of that year. It was expected to continue through August; however, in mid-July, production was interrupted due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike. The season will be split into two parts, with the first half airing in October 2023 and the other half airing in 2024. Some of the names of the episodes are the names of popular horror films.

Not quite sure how, but this time he's clutched in the arms of Henry Collins (Callum Vinson), the youngest son of the POTUS. Yep. Chucky is in the White House. Why he's there has yet to be determined, but we're led to believe he's the only GG doll left. After last season's antics, and the disappearance of Lexie's little sister, Jake (Zackary Arthur), Devon (Björgvin Arnarson), and Lexy (Alyvia Alyn Lind) are on a mission to find Caroline (Carina Battrick) and kill Chucky. Again.

(l-r) Carina Battrick as Caroline Cross, Chucky, Kenan Thompson as Cab Driver -- (Photo by: SYFY)

The show doesn't pull any punches getting right into Chucky's trademark sarcasm and violence. Brad Dourif continues as the voice behind the plastic face of terror, delivering promises to knock off those who oppose him one by one. What his end goal is, we don't know just yet, but it does seem like we may see Tiffany again, too.

I love this series because it delivers the shock value we loved from the original movies while seamlessly blending in modern updated touches like the dangers of social media and representation of the LGBTQ community. Major props to the makeup and effects departments, too, for not shying away from the horror and gore. I mean, that's what we're here for, right?

(l-r) Callum Vinson as Henry Collins, Chucky -- (Photo by: Shane Mahood/SYFY)

Amid all the happenings in October aimed to scare and startle, CHUCKY delivers along with a touch of comedy to keep viewers coming back for more. Again.


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