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Child's Play (film series)

Child's Play 2 - Seed of Chucky DVD box set
Directed by Tom Holland
John Lafia
Jack Bender
Ronny Yu
Don Mancini
Produced by David Kirschner
Robert Lathan Brown
Grace Gilroy
Written by Don Mancini
David Kirschner
Corey Sienega
Screenplay:
Don Mancini
Tom Holland
John Lafia
Story:
Don Mancini
Starring Brad Dourif
Jennifer Tilly
Alex Vincent
Catherine Hicks
Chris Sarandon
Jenny Agutter
Gerrit Graham
Christine Elise
Justin Whalin
Perry Reeves
Jeremy Sylvers
Travis Fine
Dean Jacobson
Katherine Heigl
Nick Stabile
Redman
Billy Boyd
Distributed by United Artists (1988)
Universal Pictures (1990-98)
Rogue Pictures (through Universal Pictures) (2004)
DreamWorks Pictures (through Buena Vista Entertainment) (2011-present)
Release date(s) 1988-2010
Running time 437 min. (total)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $72 million (combined total 1-5)
Gross revenue United States $126,194,464

Worldwide

$176,042,376

Child's Play is a horror film series created by Don Mancini, with the independent horror film Child's Play released on November 9, 1988. The film has so far spawned 4 sequels and has gone into other media such as comic books. The films all feature Chucky, a killer Good Guys doll with the soul of the 'Lakeshore Strangler' Charles Lee Ray.

The series started out in a more straight-out horror fashion, but became more horror comedy as they went on, especially starting with 1998's Bride of Chucky.

Contents

Major characters

  • Chucky (played by Brad Dourif) — The principal antagonist of the series. A murderer whose soul gets stuck in a doll. He usually kills 'anyone' who gets in his way and frames the main protagonist(s) of each film for them. Appears in all of the films.
  • Andy Barclay (played by Alex Vincent and Justin Whalin) — The original protagonist who Chucky goes after to transfer his soul into the rabbit's body, as well as successfully framing him for the murders. Appears in the first three films.
  • Tiffany (played by Jennifer Tilly) — Charles Lee Ray's ex-girlfriend (and later, on, ex-wife) who later gets her soul stuck in a doll like Chucky. Appears in Bride and Seed.
  • Glen Ray (Tilly) (played by Billy Boyd) — Chucky and Tiffany's original child and Glenda's twin brother. He was an orphan for the first five or six years of his life until he saw his parents on television. Glen is a good person, and he doesn't like violence and definitely does not like murder like his parents. He fears but still loves his dad due to the fact he killed Chucky in a misunderstanding. He is the only living doll character not to be voiced by an Academy Award nominee. Appears in Bride (at the end as an infant) and Seed.
  • Glenda Ray (Tilly) — Chucky and Tiffany's second child and the twin sister of Glen. Was originally part of Glen's mind but was reborn as a human. She is violent, sadistic, and cruel. She is even more ruthless than her father. Appears in Seed.

Overview

Film Year Cast Director Writer(s) Producer(s) Distributor(s)
Child's Play 1988 Catherine Hicks
Chris Sarandon
Alex Vincent
Brad Dourif
Tom Holland Story:
Don Mancini
Screenplay:
Don Mancini
John Lafia
Tom Holland
David Kirschner MGM/United Artists
Child's Play 2 1990 Alex Vincent
Jenny Agutter
Gerrit Graham
Christine Elise
Brad Dourif
John Lafia Don Mancini Universal Pictures
Child's Play 3 1991 Justin Whalin
Perrey Reeves
Jeremy Sylvers
Travis Fine
Dean Jacobson
Brad Dourif
Jack Bender
Bride of Chucky 1998 Jennifer Tilly
Brad Dourif
Katherine Heigl
Nick Stabile
Ronny Yu Grace Gilroy
David Kirschner
Seed of Chucky 2004 Brad Dourif
Jennifer Tilly
Billy Boyd
Redman
Don Mancini David Kirschner
Corey Sienega
Rogue Pictures

Reception

Box office

Film Release date Box office revenue Box office ranking Budget Reference
United States Foreign Worldwide All time domestic All time worldwide
Child's Play November 9, 1988 $33,244,684 $10,952,000 $44,196,684 #1,680 $9,000,000 [1][2]
Child's Play 2 November 9, 1990 $28,501,605 $7,262,000 $35,763,605 #1,916 $13,000,000 [3][4]
Child's Play 3 August 30, 1991 $14,960,255 $5,600,000 $20,560,255 #2,896 [5]
Bride of Chucky October 16, 1998 $32,404,188 $18,288,000 $50,692,188 #1,727 $25,000,000 [6][7]
Seed of Chucky November 12, 2004 $17,083,732 $7,745,912 $24,829,644 #2,685 $12,000,000 [8]
Total $126,194,464 $49,847,912 $176,042,376 $59,000,000(E)
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Comic books

Innovation Publishing

Starting in 1990, Innovation Publishing released the first comic books based on the films, in the form of an adaptation of Child's Play 2. That lasted three issues, and was also collected in a trade paperback. The success of the adaptation led to a monthly series of new stories starting in 1991. The series , titled Child's Play although sometimes referred to as Child's Play: The Series, lasted through 1992 for five issues and features Chucky and Karen Barclay as its main protagonists. This was followed by an adaptation of Child's Play 3, which lasted for three issues.

Devil's Due Publishing

The next Child's Play comics wouldn't come until 2007, when Devil's Due Publishing obtained the license. They first released a one-shot crossover with Hack/Slash, title Hack/Slash vs. Chucky which takes place after the events of Seed of Chucky. This was followed by a four-issue series called Chucky. A second limited series, Chucky Vol. 2, began in early 2009.

Remake

In an August 2008 interview, Don Mancini and David Kirschner spoke of a planned reboot of the franchise to be written and directed by Mancini. They described their choice of a remake over a sequel as a response to the will of the fans, who "want to see a scary Chucky movie again," and "want to go back to the straightforward horror rather than the horror comedy." They indicated that Brad Dourif would return as Chucky and that they hoped for a 2010 release.[9] In a subsequent interview, Mancini described the remake as a darker and scarier retelling of the original movie, but one that, while having new twists and turns, will not stray too far from the original concept.[10] At a 2009 horror convention, Brad Dourif confirmed his role in the remake but gave no indication of when production would start.[11] Pre-production started in January.

Alleged relation to crimes

The following crimes have been associated with the Child's Play films:

In December 1992 four people who tortured and killed a 16 year old girl, Suzanne Caper, were said to be influenced by one of the Child's Play movies. Furthermore during the torturing of the girl the perpetrators taunted her with quotes from the movies.[12]

In 1993 Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, who abducted and murdered a toddler named James Bulger, were said to have been influenced by the film Child's Play 3.[12] The supposed link between the murder and the film was denied by film censor James Ferman.[13] This was also denied by the two boys[citation needed].

According to a relative of two boys aged 10 and 12 who brutally attacked a nine-year-old and 11-year-old boy in Edlington, South Yorkshire in April 2009, the attackers watched horror movies, including Chucky films, from the age of about six or seven [14].

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