6 Retro Horror Film Franchises Still Making Sequels

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1. Child’s Play

Chucky the killer doll made his theatrical debut in 1988 with the classic horror film Child’s Play. The movie focused on a young boy named Andy receiving the “Good Guy” doll he wanted more than anything, only to find that it’s been possessed by a murderer named Charles Lee Ray. Going by “Chucky”, the sinister doll would soon become one of horror’s most popular characters.

As the Child’s Play sequels chugged along, they got considerably worse with each entry. By the time Seed of Chucky, the fifth film in the series, had rolled around in 2004, Chucky had become a mere shadow of his former self. It seemed to be for the best to just end the film series at that point.

However, while Chucky did go away for a while, he would once again return in 2013’s Curse of Chucky. In stark contrast to the previous couple of films in the series, Curse of Chucky was surprisingly good as it returned the series to its horror roots. It even linked itself to the original Child’s Play perfectly by featuring Alex Vincent— who played Andy in the original— reprising his role as an adult, coming face to face once again with Chucky in a post-credits scene.

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Before Curse of Chucky got the greenlight, Child’s Play actually was planned to be rebooted, with Brad Dourif still returning to voice the killer doll. For whatever reason, Universal chose to go with a sequel instead. And following its critical success (at least compared to Bride and Seed), there are tentative plans as of this writing to do another sequel with Don Mancini directing.