The horror universe boasts some very unique serial killers. Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, and Leatherface all have their own special look and weaponry of choice. There may be no boogeyman more unique, though, than Chucky. The Lakeshore Strangler (Charles Lee Ray) trapped in a toy doll, Chucky blends a combination of your greatest childhood fears, sci-fi, and straight up slasher. Weird enough for you? Turns out, it could have been a lot weirder.
In a fantastic piece by THR, series creator Don Mancini goes into great detail describing the original draft of Child’s Play, then called Blood Buddy. Mancini described how the plot correlates with the original title.
One of the features the Good Guy dolls had was fake blood in them, because I was inspired by my sisters’ dolls, they peed, you could make their hair grow, and I thought in the context of a horror movie, how awesome to have a doll that would bleed. And since we were doing a satire on marketing, the idea was that when you’re playing with the doll, if you played too rough with it the latex skin would break and then this blood would start to seep out, so you had to go out and buy official Good Guy band-aids to put on. It was just a way to sell products. So the way that the doll came to life was that because Andy is a lonely kid – no dad around, his mom is a busy working mother – in that classic rite of brotherhood he cuts his own thumb and the doll’s thumb so they’ll be best friends forever …‘friends ’til the end’ … and after that the murders start.
The original script also contained much darker elements than a serial killer in a doll’s form. Mancini continued…
Chucky was like an expression of the kid’s unconscious rage. In the Blood Buddy script, Chucky only comes alive when Andy’s asleep. The way the rules were, we gradually come to understand that because Chucky is the embodiment of Andy’s unconscious he decides if he kills the kid then Andy will be asleep forever and he’ll be alive forever.
The article further touches on interesting facts, such as how the original cut of Child’s Play ran over 2 hours and received poor test screening results. Check out the full article for one of the deepest looks into Chucky’s history. “Hi-dee Ho!”