A behind the scenes look into the Child’s Play franchise

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Horror fans who crave a tasteful combination of chilling, slasher suspense and comedy absolutely adore everything about the Child’s Play franchise. This particular horror series takes a very original approach to the motives behind a stereotypical, creepy living dead doll. While the Good Guy Chucky Doll — a toy that’s possessed by the notorious serial killer Charles Lee Ray — looks innocent, he is indeed obsessed with cursing, sexual desires and figuring out how to transfer his soul into a living human body. It’s safe to say that this authentic storyline has fanatics constantly wondering what might happen next. Needless to say, while you’re already familiar with the voodoo-practicing, menacing murders and a whole lot of blood, there are still a lot of intriguing facts about the franchise that you probably didn’t know.

Chucky’s real name was inspired by serial killers

While we’re most familiar with the provocative, knife-wielding character, Chucky’s threatening persona as a doll is actually based on his psychopathic tendencies in his original human form. Charles Lee Ray, also known in the Child’s Play franchise as the Lakeshore Strangler is a fictional killer disciplined in the ancient art of voodoo rituals. Although the character is fictitious, his name was inspired by three infamous murders throughout history — Charles Manson, American cult leader, Lee Harvey Oswald, the sniper who shot John F. Kennedy and James Earl Ray, the man who assassinated Martin Luther King.

Chucky loses a hand in many of the films

SPOILER ALERT! Before Chucky “dies” in Child’s Play, Andy’s mother shoots his right hand off with a gun. During the second film, Child’s Play 2, Chucky is forced to rip his own hand off while escaping, later replacing it with a knife. How classic? And finally, during the third installment of the original Child’s Play franchise, Andy gets his chance to chop off Chucky’s hand. The best part is, this hand-chopping tradition is continued on in the sequel films.  

Bride of Chucky pays homage to classic horror films

If you look closely during the opening scene of Bride of Chucky, some horror Easter eggs have been left behind for the slasher film fans. Freddy Krueger’s razor-tipped glove, Michael Myers’ killer disguise, Jason Voorhees’ hockey-mask and Leatherface’s chainsaw is locked away in the police evidence depository.

A Child’s Play reboot and TV series are in the works

Production is currently underway on a Child’s Play reboot that aims to breathe a fresh take on the infamous horror franchise. While this contemporary reimagining is changing up the persona of the 1988 classic, it will still possess the same seat-jumping, horrifying blood bath that the original franchise is known for. The best part is that this modern-day film will be jam-packed with technological upgrades in order to entice a new generation.

Not to be confused with the upcoming Child’s Play TV series, which is keeping the classic undertones of the original horror franchise. Said to be honoring the storyline of Chucky’s menacing adventures, this creation has room to expand his character, explore the bloodthirsty playground and tell a little bit more of the backstory.

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