MGM’s Orion Pictures, producers of the upcoming Child’s Play reboot, are getting into the holiday spirit with their film’s new motion poster — and it really drives home the point that the new Buddi doll would make for one horrifying Christmas gift.
The motion poster, which comes to us via the official Child’s Play Movie Twitter account, features an idyllic Christmas Eve setting. The decorated tree twinkles above a pile of presents as Christmas music softly plays in the background. But something is amiss. The music is distorted, almost other-wordly. One of the gifts has been torn open — possibly from the inside — revealing the empty box of a Buddi doll. And what was that? Footsteps? A shadow? Did someone just grab a knife? Check out the poster below, and have yourself a creepy little Christmas.
— Child’s Play Movie (@ChildsPlayMovie) December 20, 2018
Orion has really gone all in with the Christmas marketing for the film, including a viral marketing website from the fictional Kaslan Corporation called BestBuddi.com featuring their new, high-tech Buddi doll. The site includes holiday cards featuring the doll, as well as the tease that it will go on sale June 21, 2019 — a date that just so happens to be the Child’s Play release date. Also included in the doll’s description is that Buddi can communicate with your smart home devices, offering a terrifying glimpse of where this reboot may be headed with its reimagined Chucky. Here’s what Orion recently said in a press release about the doll’s new incarnation:
MastersFX has brought the new Chucky doll to life on screen like never before in a mixture of practical on-set puppet work and digital FX enhancements. Todd Masters, founder of MastersFX, and his team took six weeks to prepare and assemble seven practical animatronic puppets, each with interchangeable arms and heads that perform a variety of required actions on set. The FX team, led by ace puppeteer Keith Arbuthnot, along with Mike Fields, Jason Ward and Josh Raymond each controlled a different part of the doll.
We’re definitely happy to learn that animatronics will be so involved in bringing the new Chucky to life, and we’ve even gotten our first look at one of the puppets as it was being built:
— Child’s Play Movie (@ChildsPlayMovie) December 19, 2018
The new Chucky is set to arrive in theaters on July 21, 2019 — assuming he doesn’t show up under your Christmas tree before then.