For his birthday, 6-year-old Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) gets the "Good Guy" doll he saw advertised on TV. Little did Andy know that the doll, later to be known as Chucky, is actually a Soul Jar for the Serial Killer Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif). His babysitter Maggie Peterson (Dinah Manoff) is only the first of several people to die. His mother Karen (Catherine Hicks) has to find what is going on in time to save her son from becoming Charles' next host.The film was a low-budget movie but turned out to be a modest box office hit. Its worldwide gross estimated at roughly $44 million. About three-quarters of that came from the United States market, where it was the 33rd most successful film of its year. Reviews were mostly positive. Naturally a sequel was soon put on schedule.The second film does not feature Karen Barclay, though the character survived the previous film. But her story about a killer doll resulted in her being taken away for "psychological evaluation". The 8-year-old Andy has been placed in the Foster Care System. He is placed in the care of Phil and Joanne Simpson (Gerrit Graham and Jenny Agutter). But Charles Lee Ray's doll host has been rebuilt and reanimated and he is still obsessed with the boy. He soon locates Andy and the incidents start again. Unfortunately the Simpsons suspect fostered teen Kyle (Christine Elise) as the culprit. Now Andy and Kyle have to face the killer with no outside help.While considered rather corny and inferior to its predecessor, the film performed well at the box office. Its worldwide gross is estimated at $35.7 million. Nearly all of that came from the United States market, where it was the 40th most successful film of its year.The third film features a 16-year old Andy Barclay (Justin Whalin). He has apparently lost contact with Kyle and been through several foster homes. He failed to adapt and is currently attending a Military School. His main problem being Lieutenant Colonel Brett C. Shelton (Travis Fine), a high-ranking cadet who is notorious for bullying weaker recruits. Andy is developing an attraction to female student Kristen De Silva (Perrey Reeves). Meanwhile, the old "Good Guy" doll line is being revived for a new generation. Charles Lee Ray immediately possesses one and goes in search of Andy again, which spells doom for the military school.Don Mancini, the main script-writer of the series, admitted to have run out of ideas by this time. The series continued to decline in commercial value. The worldwide gross of the third film is estimated around $20.5 million, roughly three-quarters of which came from the United States market, where it was the 76th most successful film of its year.The fourth film is actually a Horror Comedy with an emphasis on comedy. It opens with events immediately following the previous film. The Chucky doll has been destroyed and Charles may be gone for good. However, his former lover and accomplice Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) has other ideas. She crudely stitches Chucky's remains back together and reenacts the voodoo ritual which instilled Ray inside the doll a decade ago. Charles is successfully revived. Tiffany at first makes fun of his condition and torments him. He retaliates by killing her body and transferring her soul to a female doll. Now they both need new bodies and local teenage rebels Jade (Katherine Heigl) and Jesse (Nick Stabile) seem good candidates. Meanwhile Charles and Tiffany explore their mutual feelings of love, lust and hate for each other.This film was the biggest box office hit of the series. Its worldwide gross is estimated to 50,671,850 dollars. About 32 million of them came from the United States market, where it was the 62nd most successful film of its year. The film received mixed reviews but this was still much better than its immediate predecessor.The fifth film was again a Horror comedy and features the returns of both Charles and Tiffany. Six years have passed since the events of the previous film. However the film focuses on their son Glen, born during the events of the previous film. He makes a meager living as a ventriloquist's dummy and dreams of meeting his famous parents. He successfully tracks the dolls to Hollywood and revives them. They have somewhat unique approaches on parenthood. Now they want to have some family fun, with Tiffany intending to possess actress Jennifer Tilly who portrayed her on screen.The film mostly parodies its predecessors and other horror films, while poking fun at Hollywood and various celebrities. Its worldwide gross is estimated to 24,829,732 dollars. About 17 million of them came from the United States market, where it was only the 110th most successful film of its year. Reviews were mostly negative.Following a recent trend of remakes for classic horror films of the 1970s and 1980s, plans for a Child's Play remake were announced in 2008. The creators intend to abandon the comedic approach and make Chucky scary again. They are also working on a new sequel. The new film, entitled Curse of Chucky, will be a Direct-to-DVD sequel, with Don Mancini directing.TikGames announced a videogame series based on the property in which you play as Chucky in a literal murder simulator.Not to be confused with the charity or the Bill Cullen game show.
All There Is To Know About The Crying Game: The Good Guy Doll being alive was supposed to be a Twist Ending in the first film... wouldn't you know? The original poster of the first film just showed a woman crashing through a window out of a building (the first murder victim of Chucky in the film) and giant evil eyes in the stormy sky.
Although thats a terrible twist, anyone who saw the first scene of the movie should have been able to figure it out.
And I Must Scream: It's implied in the Hack/Slash crossover that Chucky is stuck in a state similar to this whenever his body is destroyed.
Badass Boast: Chucky delivers the best one in Seed of Chucky.
Chucky: If this is what it takes to be human, then I'd rather take my chances as a supernaturally-possessed doll! It's much less complicated! Think about it! What's so great about being human? You get sick! You get old! As a doll, I'm infamous! I am Chucky! The killer doll!
The Bad Guy Wins: At the end of Seed, Tiffany successfully takes over Jennifer Tilly's body.
Bath Kick: Tiffany manages to fend of Chucky with one leg. If she did more than scream her fool head off, she might have escaped the collapsing television.
At the end of the original, Chucky is dead and Andy is saved, but nobody besides Mike, Jack, and the Barclays are going to believe a doll committed the murders.
Then, at the end of the second film, Chucky is dead yet again, but Andy and Kyle are left homeless after Chucky had basically killed off Andy and Kyle's foster family.
THEN, at the end of Child's Play 3, Chucky is killed... again, but Andy is arrested and likely will be sent to prison for Chucky's crimes. This could even count as a Downer Ending.
Finally, at the end of Bride of ChuckyChucky, along with Tiffany, is killed yet AGAIN, but, like the original, no one (save Jessie, Jade, and a detective) is going to believe that these dolls committed the murders.
Black Like Me: Though it doesn't happen, obviously, in Child's Play 3 and Seed of Chucky Chucky showed great interest in having his soul transferred into a black guy's body.
Determinator: Chucky to the T. Even missing a hand, having his face sliced off, or worse, nothing stops the Chuck from killing or stalking his prey.
Devil in Plain Sight: Nobody noticing Chucky is semi-justified by the fact that nobody seems to think too much of a doll sitting there. Only semi because people rarely question why a doll would be where they find him.
Eye Scream: Towards the end of the second movie; a security guard falls onto the conveyer line where the dolls' eyes are put in.
The second movie overuses this trope. It opens with a close up of Chucky's eye being removed. In extended footage from the TV version, Chucky's eye falls into a vat of plastic and is built into a new doll.
It should be noted that the very first shot in Child's Play 2 is the dead, burnt Chucky's eye staring straight into the camera.
Idiot Ball: In Child's Play 2, Kyle painfully drops a gate onto Chucky's now flesh and blood hand, trapping him temporarily. They don't take the chance to kill him. They don't even take away his knife. They run away. What the hell.
Shout Out: There are several, starting from Bride of Chucky. References to Bride of Frankenstein (Tiffany watches this very film while bathing, and even quotes later, "We belong dead") and Hellraiser ("Why does this seem so familiar?" as a guy gets nails in his face).
The part where Chucky is playing with a Speak & Spell and types in 'bitch' when it asks him to spell 'woman' is a reference to the scene in Leatherface The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III where Leatherface is playing an electronic word game and he keeps typing in 'food' when it's showing a picture of a clown.
In Seed of Chucky, Tiffany and Chucky call their gender-confused child Glen and Glenda respectively, a shout out to the Ed Wood film, Glen or Glenda?.
Also, the evidence room in Bride of Chucky contains several pieces of evidence that are shout-outs to other movies, including Jason's hockey mask from Friday the 13th and Michael Myers' mask from Halloween; additionaly, in Seed of Chucky, Chucky hacks through a door with an axe exactly like Jack from The Shining, but the shout-out is subverted because he can't think of anything to say.
Villain Ball: despite being logically running out of time before he turns completely human, Chucky sure wastes a lot of time killing random people For the Evulz in Child's Play 2 and 3 instead of going straight to Andy (and Tyler in 3) to transfer his soul. You would expect him to hurry and keep a low profile until he gets his new body, especially considering where revealing himself led him in the first movie, but apparently, he doesn't learn from his mistakes.
Villain Decay: Chucky. More and more after each film. He was pretty scary and played seriously when he first appeared. Then, he became more Played for Laughs and less scary as the series went on.
Villain Protagonist: Both Chucky and Tiffany arguably qualify in Bride of Chucky, as the film focuses more on them than the heroes. Tiffany definitely counts, however, in Seed of Chucky as a villain deuteragonist.
Villainous Breakdown: In Child's Play 2, Chucky goes complete rage mode when he fails to transfer his soul into Andy's body.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Andy doesn't return after the third Child's Play movie. The movie ends with him being brought in by the police for questioning. Same thing applies to Tyler as well.
Nor has the Good Guy Dolls company ever been mentioned, even though they're back in business. However, some dialogue from Bride implies they've been shut down again, this time for good.
Wham Line: This shocked many audience members the first time.
Mrs. Barclay: I said talk dammit or else I'm gonna throw you in the fire.
Chucky: You stupid bitch!!! You filthy slut I'll teach you to FUCK WITH ME!!!
Who Needs Their Whole Body?: Chucky keeps going as a one-armed, one-legged torso in the original. In the second film, he loses his legs but doesn't stop trying to kill Andy and Kyle.