Has anyone else found dolls creepy ever since they watched the film ‘Child’s Play’? In the film, which celebrated its 30th birthday this year, a single mum buys her son a popular doll for his birthday, only to discover that (rather unfortunately) it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer called ‘Chucky’.
The film was extremely popular and spawned six sequels, as well as venturing into other areas of entertainment such as comic books. The second and fourth films in the series also performed well at the box office, earning a total of over $182 million worldwide, rising to $250 million when you take into consideration VHS and DVD sales as well as merchandising.
Childs Play started out as being traditional horror films, but as the series films progressed they added touches of comedy, as well as ‘gothic’ elements in 1998’s ‘Bride of Chucky’ and 2004’s ‘Seed of Chucky’. The most recent film in the franchise was ‘Cult of Chucky’, which was released in October 2017.
The films have not been without controversy over the years, with a number of crimes having been associated with them, including the abduction and murder of toddler James Bulger, whos killers were said to have been influenced by Child’s Play 3.
Chucky, voiced by Brad Dourif, would soon become a household name alongside other horror film ‘greats’ such as Jason from ‘Friday the 13th’, Michael from ‘Halloween’, Freddy from ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’, Pinhead from ‘Hellraiser’, and ‘Leatherface’ from ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’. And fans of Chucky will be delighted to learn that the little doll looks set to return to our TV screens in a brand new show…
Don Mancini, who wrote the original film and has either produced or directed a number of other films in the series, confirmed that he and franchise producer David Kirschner are currently developing a ‘Child’s Play’ TV series. They have also confirmed that Brad Dourif will be returning as the voice of Chucky…
“I don’t think there’s a relationship that lasted this long,” Kirschner says of his partnership with Mancini. “I’m incredibly excited about the series and to explore a world in which we’ve never done before. Don has taken the franchise in a wonderfully frightening direction, he seems to outdo himself every time.”
The new show will have eight hour long episodes, will be a continuation of the film series rather than a reboot, and it is set to explore the darker roots of the character of Chucky. There is currently no confirmation as to who will host the series or when it will be be released.
What is your reaction to this news? Are you a fan of this series of films or would you rather they be left in the past, especially considering the controversy surrounding them? Please do let us know with a comment.