You may have read that Chucky, the diminutive demon of the Child’s Play franchise, is based on Robert the Doll, but the real story of his creation is much more nuanced and intriguing. Don Mancini, who is currently helming Cult of Chucky, the 6th Child’s Play sequel, originally envisioned his killer doll in a screenplay called Blood Buddies.
Mancini first imagined Chucky as a manifestation of the child protagonist’s Id, a supernatural entity that lashed out against those who crossed him. The doll was to have permeable latex skin that would bleed when broken, so the main character performed a traditional “blood brothers” ritual by cutting their palms and shaking hands. That was how the mayhem was to begin.
Of course, everything changed when Tom Holland was attached to direct.
Check out Mancini and Holland talking about the birth of Chucky in the video below, which also includes interviews with Child’s Play producer David Kirschner, contributor John Lafia, and others. It’s essential viewing for anyone interested in the history of this enduring franchise, filled with rare behind the scenes gems.
And check out the synopsis, teaser, and poster for Cult of Chucky below.
Official Synopsis: Official Synopsis: Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic “tool” to facilitate his patients’ group sessions — an all-too-familiar “Good Guy” doll with an innocently smiling face — a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum, and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), Chucky’s now-grown-up nemesis from the original Child’s Play, races to Nica’s aid. But to save her he’ll have to get past Tiffany (Oscar-nominee Jennifer Tilly), Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll.