Booth's Blog: The pint-sized, potty-mouthed killer doll is back! By
Emily Booth, Wednesday 24th May 2017But did you know he was based on a true story? Yes the lore surrounding Chucky is actually pretty extensive. He burst on to the scene back in 1988 in the first Child's Play movie gaining notoriety and success for its unusual blend of shocking horror and tongue in cheek entertainment. Well it's not often you see a child-like doll shouting strings of colourful obscenities. Touching on various taboos such as the contamination of an innocent, the film's plotline and backstory was theatrical to say the least. A serial killer and practitioner of voodoo called Charles Lee Ray manages to transfer his soul to that of a 'Good Guy' doll as he lays dying in a toy shop. That very same doll winds up in the hands of six-year-old Andy and so begins an unhealthy relationship as the serial killer then tries to possess the body of Andy instead (who wants to be an obnoxious pint-sized ginger doll any longer than necessary, right?) To cut a looooong story short (the Chucky franchise is about to enjoy its 7th entry in the series with this year's Cult of Chucky), Horror Channel has the pleasure of showing the network premiere of the 5th film Seed of Chucky, so I'm trying to bring you up to speed!
The Child's Play series however took a slightly dark turn in popular culture with Child's Play 3, when the film was partly blamed for the sick and horrific murder of James Bulger. The claim has since been relegated by Merseyside Police who could find no direct evidence of this, but it did of course give the franchise much unwanted bad press, being scapegoated for a vile act and dragging the moral panic of the 'video nasty' back into the limelight.
The films took a more comedic route with titles such as Bride of Chucky seeing the killer doll have sex with a lady doll (voiced by Jennifer Tilly), resulting in what must be the first ever 'doll gives birth' moment in movie history. Both demented and hilarious, this tongue-in-cheek style of humour really goes for the jugular in this week's Seed of Chucky, which takes the franchise into very meta territory as both Chucky and his wife Tiffany somehow end up as props on a Jennifer Tilly horror movie, where Tilly plays both herself and voices the Tiffany doll. Be prepared for some real B movie moments when Chucky kills 'king of kitsch' John Waters and delivers one of his infamous one liners 'Oops I did it again' when he kills off Britney Spears!
But for those interested in the creepy real life inspiration behind Chucky, read on. He is actually based on an apparent real haunted doll known as Robert The Doll, a one-off creepy little thing that was given to a young boy from a wealthy family in 1906 by a servant who had an extensive knowledge of voodoo. It's said she'd been a victim of abuse by the child's parents and had cursed the doll to exact her revenge. The child (Robert Eugene Otto) developed an 'unhealthy' relationship with the doll that continued into adulthood, he spoke about him and to him as if he were real and took the doll everywhere, until things got very strange and Eugene Otto began to feel afraid of the doll, blaming him for all the bad things that happened. The doll is now in the East Martello museum in Florida, donated after its current owner had enough of all the strange noises, giggling and sounds of moving furniture she heard in her home. Well that's made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end!
The network premiere of Seed Of Chucky is on Horror this Friday 26th May at 9pm.
Vertigo Releasing has announced the acquisition of theatrical and certain downstream media of Orion Pictures' Child's Play for UK and Ireland. The movie will feature Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky, along with Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry and Gabriel Bateman.
The movie has been produced by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith under their KatzSmith banner, whose film adaptation of Stephen King's It has earned over $700million worldwide. Aaron Schmidt and Chris Ferguson executive produced the project. The film is directed by new talent Lars Klevberg [director of the forthcoming horror chiller Polaroid], and written by Tyler Burton Smith, based on the original script.
The next four BBC Radio episodes of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy will be released on Friday 28th June following the successful release of the first four phases on vinyl earlier this year.
The Quintessential Phase vinyl (episodes 23 - 26) is available to pre-order now from Amazon.
First broadcast in 2005, the Quintessential Phase is based upon Douglas Adams's fifth Hitchhiker's novel, Mostly Harmless. This is the first ever publication of the original radio edits of the Quintessential Phase, as heard on their original BBC Radio 4 broadcast.
The brand new first-time vinyl edition comes on heavyweight pink vinyl, packaged in the lavish style of the preceding LP releases with the Am...
Dee Wallace is one of those people who seems to have be around forever and yet never ages in enthusiasm or her ability to bring to life some of cinema's most memorable characters. With a resume that includes E.T., The Hills Have Eyes, Cujo and now Beyond the Sky, we chatted to Dee about her career to date and how she prepares for each acting project.
HC: What made you want to be an actress?
DW: Oh, you know... I was born! (laughs) Seriously, I think creative people are just born to be creative and they have to find an outlet for that. My mother also was a beautiful actress, locally in my hometown and did all the plays at church so I think I naturally found my way into a family that supporte...
Featuring 19 tales, Growing Things and Other Stories is an incredible collection of horror and speculative fiction shorts from an award-winning author that offers a compelling look at the range of his imaginative prose and storytelling.
A chilling collection of psychological suspense and literary horror from multiple award-winning Paul Tremblay's most acclaimed short fiction (many of which are published here in the UK market for the first time), as well as new stories set in the worlds of two of his popular novels. This is a
masterful anthology featuring nineteen pieces of short fiction that offer an exciting glimpse into Tremblay's fantastically fertile imagination.
ASDA will launch Doctor Who: The Creeping Death starring 10th Doctor David Tennant and Catherine Tate as companion Donna Noble on Friday 24th May 2019 thanks to Demon Records.
The exclusive ASDA title will be released as a Limited Edition run of 1,000 copies on neon green vinyl and will be only available in the UK.
London, 1952, and a deadly smog envelops the capital. But something even more dangerous - and alien - is hiding within the mists. When the Doctor and Donna get lost in the fog, they find a motley group of Londoners trying to make their way home. Soon the stakes are raised as death creeps along fume-choked streets, and not e...
Brace yourself for a gore-filled, twisted and chaotic experience; Terror of Hallow's Eve is a nostalgic treat for the eyes, set to become a horror cult classic.
When 15-year-old Tim is brutally beaten up by High School bullies. Yearning for revenge while carving out a pumpkin head, unknowingly he summons up the evil spirit of the hideous Scarecrow. And before long Timmy has unleashed a mighty supernatural force offering to grant his dark desires to scare his hated enemies to death. Be careful what you wish for!
Directed by Todd Tucker and starring Doug Jones, Caleb Thomas, Christian Kane, Juliet Landau, Sarah Lancaster and Eric Roberts, Terror of Ha...
SHARE: READ MOREInterview with Horror's Channel Manager Stewart Bridle
Posted in Features,
Friday 10th May 2019
Stewart Bridle is Horror Channel's longest serving Channel Manager. He has guided Horror for almost a decade and has managed to bring to our screens many classics as well as introducing us to some new horror movie talent. In this, our 15th anniversary month we chat to Stewart about his role and some of the juicy pieces he has lined up for the rest of 2019.
HC: Have you always been a horror movie fan?
SB: Yes! I've always been interested and fascinated with horror and all genre stuff. I have an older brother who would manage to rent or get bootleg VHS of some great horror titles and I have memories of watching things like the original Dawn Of The Dead or slashers like The Burning while far too youn...
Satellite TV audiences are now able to catch up on their favourite Horror Channel, CBS Reality, CBS Justice and CBS Drama programmes through their Freesat set top boxes as the CBS AMC UK Channels Partnership, a joint venture between AMC Networks International and CBS Studios International, launches Horror Bites and CBS Catchup Channels UK on Freesat, the UK's leading subscription free satellite TV platform.
Freesat viewers can now access content from the CBS UK channels, one of the fastest-growing channel portfolios in the UK, for up to thirty days after broadcast. Viewers can also watch on-demand content in the form of box sets and CBS Reality Original programming such as Ev...
It's hard to think that way back in 2004 that there wasn't a TV station dedicated to the darker side of cinema. We all had to make do with DVDs, late night repeats or subscribe to Sky Movies to get our fix of classic and contemporary chills.
The Horror Channel (for that it was called way back) was launched on May 3rd, 2004 on an unsuspecting public. This free-to-air destination for horror fans was filled with some true classics as well as the odd piece of news and some features. After a few months the channel had built up a loyal following and was noticed by a company, Zone Vision Networks Ltd in 2005 and in 2006 the channel was re-...
If you enjoy your sci-fi mixed with true possibilities then Green Valley by Louis Greenberg, the near future thriller that explores our complicated relationship with technology is for you.
In a city where digital technology was banned years ago, one place stays anchored in the bad old ways: Green Valley, a huge bunker where the inhabitants have retreated into the comfort of full-time virtual reality. But children are being abducted, and when Lucie Sterling's own niece is taken from her home inside Green Valley, Lucie will have to see through the ideal of the virtual world she was taken from to uncover the dark secrets that lurk beneath...