– (2019) – A babysitter in the house of demonic relic collectors inadvertently unleashes the evil intentions of a possessed doll. Does what it can to establish credible characters, and they are likable, but the horror inflicted upon them is rather routine. Gets busy toward the end, but also feels unfocused. The best of the three so far, but still underwhelming.
– (2019) – A doll that can control electronic devices isn’t programmed for safety features and, as a result, goes insane. Lacks the simplistic evil of the original film, and is more akin to the later (and bonkers) sequels. Makes absolutely no sense at times, but when all horror cylinders are fired this is a goofy, bloody blast.
– (1985) – Shipwreck survivors happen upon an island where they’re attacked by doll-like creatures. Follows a droll pattern of watching characters wander before they’re assaulted, but a few dumb events and dumber lines of dialog help maintain attention. Repetitive, to say the least, but does amuse in spots of foolishness.
– (2017) – Extortionists invade the manor of dysfunctional inhabitants amid spooky occurrences. While what happens is unpredictable, the end results aren’t exactly memorable. Too convoluted for its own good, and has too many despicable characters whose outcomes aren’t worth worrying about.
– (2017) – A toy elf terrorizes an extremely small family to finish some sort of mischievous cycle. Despite showing signs of life toward the end, getting there is a total drag mainly because no actor seems eager to be working on this project. A drab experience with horror inclusions that could easily be avoided.
– (2018) – People added to a naughty list are picked off by those possessed by a toy elf. Begins with a scene featuring the worst child actors ever put to film, and somehow gets worse from there. An incoherent mess with unfocused advancements, pitiful murders, and irritating smirks that rip off Truth or Dare. Absolutely miserable.
– (2018) – Anthology of four stories (with an elongated wraparound) that focus on slave toys, a necromancer, vamps, and racial politics. While some of what occurs is drop dead dumb, there’s enough humor and positive social messages throughout to keep enjoyment rolling. Not as stark as the original, but certainly amusing.
– (2018) – Patrons who gather for an auction at the estate of a doll maker are picked off by his dolls. There’s not much of a plot, and none of the characters have depth, but the gore quotient is highly impressive. Not as dull as many other entries, as there is much needed momentum, but excitement comes in fits and starts.
– (2017) – Chucky seeks out the previous film’s survivor in a mental institution, with the ability to replicate himself. Has a cleverness that sets it apart from other entries, and Chucky’s a hoot when he actually appears. The main problem rests with the human characters who are either too bland or fail to do anything progressive. Somewhat fresh for a seventh entry, but the series has gotten stale.