On the day of November 9th, 1988, director Tom Holland and writer Don Mancini gave us our first dose of everyone’s favorite good guy. Now, 6 sequels and 26 years later, the franchise is as strong as ever with another sequel on the way to follow up The Curse of Chucky.
Today we are going to look at some interesting morsels of Chucky trivia, Some of these facts may be known amongst horror film addicts and others may be new to you. Either way, we are saluting you Chucky as our favorite killer doll franchise.
1. Chucky’s name
We all know Chuckys’ full name is Charles Lee Ray. The name derives from three notorious murderers: Charles Manson, Lee Harvey Oswald and James Earl Ray. In the 1960s, Manson orchestrated a series of murders carried out by his “followers”. Lee Harvey Oswald is the sniper who assassinated President John F. Kennedy. A jury found James Earl Ray guilty in the shooting death of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mancini thought it was important for a celebrity to play himself and his dream was Quentin Tarantino. Mancini wrote him a letter that promised him hours on end of making out with Jennifer Tilly and an awesome death at the hands of Chucky. He, of course turned the role down. In which case, enter Redman. I gotta be honest.. That would’ve been badass to see Quentin in that role.
3. In the original screenplay for Childs Play, Chucky was the manifestation of Andy’s Rage.
In the original version of the film, Chucky would do Andy‘s subconscious bidding. The original idea was to have Good Guy dolls that had latex skin and blood. If the kids ripped the latex skin, they could go out and buy Official Good Guy bandages. Being the lonely kid that he was, Andy would make a blood pact with the doll, and then comes to life whenever he goes to sleep. Chucky would take out anyone Andy saw as an enemy or a threat.
4.Brad Dourif preparing for his voice role.
Before recording his lines, Dourif ran frantically through the studio, hurling himself against walls and shrieking in a frenzy. The intensity he summoned while delivering his lines was so great that he fainted afterward on more than one occasion. That’s some commitment there Brad. We salute you.
5. Instead of one Chucky, there could have been an army of Good Guys.
After Chucky is killed in Child’s Play 2, we see his blood drip into a vat of plastic that would ultimately recreate the Good Guy doll possessed by Charles Lee Ray. Well, Mancini thought it make sense that all of the Good Guy dolls made from the contaminated plastic would be killer Chucky dolls. His intention was to have an army of Chucky dolls on a rampage. Financial restraints and studio interference prevented this from happening.
Fans and myself are awaiting to see what Mancini has in store for us next in the upcoming sequel! In the meantime check out this video on how Chucky was brought to life on set. Stay tuned to Ihorror for any breaking news on Curse of Chucky 2!
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