Profiles in Horror: Chucky, “Child’s Play”

Throughout the month of October, we will be profiling a character from our favorite horror movies.  As we countdown to Halloween, we will cover all sorts of baddies, from the iconic slashers to the less known evils that still haunt our sleepless night. Please feel free to chime in and let us know what your favorite memories or moments are in relation to these abominations as we inch one step closer to the Witching Hour on October 31

Chucky/ Charles Lee Ray- Child’s Play

First Appearance: Child’s Play (1988)
Total Number of Appearances: 6 and counting
Portrayed by: Brad Dourif
Weapon of Choice: Knife
Special Abilities: Insults, reincarnation, having the appearance of being a lifeless doll, can take a lot of punishment, small

Dolls can be some creepy motherfuckers. Pardon the language, but we’re talking about Chucky. He’s not the first, and certainly not the last toy to be possessed by evil spirits. Annabelle? He’s pure evil with a dirty mouth, but at least he never takes himself too seriously. He’s limited by his size, but you can never underestimate this fucker. He deserves to be one of the most memorable and iconic horror villains. Simply put, he’s the champ of all evil dolls.

Personal Thoughts: Back in the mid-80’s there was a doll called My Buddy that was a sensation. Chucky is obviously based on that doll, and the creepiness that came along with it and the naivety of children and their parents. I saw Child’s Play in the theater somehow, and I would have been nine. Come to think of it, where were you mom and dad? Anyway, I always thought Chucky was much more funny than he was creepy. I thought the voodoo angle was the scariest part of the film. I could never wrap my head around why someone didn’t just kick him across the room. I guess they actually did, but he’s a resilient son of a bitch. The films in the series got more and more corny from Chucky’s Bride to Chucky’s Curse, but the first two Child’s Play films are still solid horror flicks. What Chucky lacks in size he makes up for by being memorable and entertaining as hell. He always comes to play.

Iconic Status: 9.5
Creativity: 7
Scare Factor: 4
Kill Factor: 5
Horror Score: 7.1

What are your thoughts on Chucky? What Horror Score would you give the little bastard? Let us know below.

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  • I agree the first two are the best horror films, but Bride and Son are great dark comedies. I always wondered if kids were scared of this movie and since you were not really at that age I now know. Great post