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Lars Klevberg’s “Child’s Play” deftly pivots the franchise to technophobia

Lars Klevberg’s “Child’s Play” deftly pivots the franchise to technophobia

Mark Hamill voices Chucky // Orion Pictures

Orion’s literal reboot of the 80’s cult favorite “Child’s Play” is such an enjoyable sharp turn.

Mark Hamill, who voices the infamous killer doll (device?), gives a fresh take on Chucky, from wryly humorous slasher to well-meaning mech with godlike transcendence. His voice cackles—“Hello, Andy,” he teases—tinged with the same mania as serial killer Chucky does, but here reinforced with the persistence of binary coding.

Robo-Chucky is programmed to serve a purpose (which is to keep Andy happy), come what may. And with his hard limiters switched off, it’s only going to take a short time before he takes matters into his own plastic hands, even if it means hijacking a self-driving car to mow an old lady over or hack self-flying drones that willfully splices shoppers’ heads off.

Mark Hamill as Chucky in "Child's Play" // Orion Pictures
Mark Hamill as Chucky in “Child’s Play” // Orion Pictures

This “Black Mirror”-esque take on “Of Mice and Men” is in many ways terrifying than the original, if you think about it.

Thanks are mostly thanks to Lars Klevberg, whose deft direction, pivots the franchise to technophobia. And he does so without ever losing its handle of the known sprightly wicked vibe these “Child’s Play” movies have and their ability to tackle serious themes of marginalization, single parenthood, consumerism, and plain ol’ cruelty, in spite of.

We discussed Klevberg’s “Child’s Play” in Episode 07 of the Pervision Podcast. You can listen to it here.