As a collector of Halloween costume and prop, I recently purchased a Chucky doll, at the same time, AMC was having a Chucky marathon. Except it only played Child’s Play 2 to Seed of Chucky, which is outrageous, but it’s all about rights.
Anywho, it got me thinking about the old doll face. You know, Chucky is the only slasher film series where the original creator, Don Mancini, was onboard for all of them. Most creators want to get away from the franchise they defined, but he wrote all of them, and directed the last two.
Chucky was an interesting character to me, well 1-3 and Curse anyway. Grissom from CSI said it best, “Freud’s theory of the Uncanny raises the point that as children we want the doll to come to life, but as adults, we are terrified by the idea. Doll could represent the uncanny that is feared – the Sandman.” What little kid doesn’t want his toy to come to life and play with him. The idea of Chucky is that he is every child’s dream becoming a nightmare.
Which is why I wasn’t a fan of Bride and Seed, what was Mancini thinking? Bride and Seed got away from the horror and child oriented storyline it started as. Bride had an okay idea but still diverted away from the horror genre. The only thing I liked about Seed was that Chucky decides he wants to remain a doll. That’s why Curse is one of my favorites cause it brought the series back to it’s roots and washed the taint of Bride and Seed out of my mouth. The stinger (post-credits scene) was awesome, you know what I’m talking about.
I hear Mancini is planning another film sometime. I hope if he does do one, he should stay away from the comedy and make it straight up horror. Chucky is comedic sometimes, but he is better scary.
So Chucky is better making us scream, instead of laugh.