Top 5 Favorite Chucky Murders

Well as this is coincidently my 50th post (yes I counted), I’ve decided to try something new. If I’m going to start anywhere, it might as well be one of these “top 5” posts that I sometimes read here. So I’m pretty much just trying to pick out what my title implies without sounding too frisky. Simple and straight to the point right?

As Chucky is one of the best serial killers and my personal favorite character in the horror genre, I’ve decided to count down what I see as his top 5 murders.

#5: Phil Simpson

Remember how Andy could never get anyone to believe that Chucky was alive? Well usually someone would realize the truth behind that until it was too late. Phil was obviously no exception and Chucky delivers a humorous punch line just to top it all off.

#4: Colonel Cochrane

Now this is kind of tricky. Chucky never actually kills this victim but rather faces a disappointing circumstance, at least in his view. I guess Chucky enjoys murder so much up to the point, that if a potential victim just dies in front of him due to a heart attack before Chucky can even lay a scratch, well then that must really be a letdown for him. Oh well, there’s always more victims right around the corner.

#3: Britney Spears

What a role model he is. If Chucky is going to have a boys night out with his son, he’ll make sure there’s plenty of adventure. Even after a conversation about quitting murder with his wife Tiffany, Chucky once again found himself in circumstances that eventually “forced” him to relapse. And just imagine. To have a celebrity for a victim must’ve been like getting an X-Box achievement for Chucky. 50 points maybe. Ha…

#2: The Military Barber

Not to sound pretentious but this was pretty much downright hilarious in my view. Even after committing a murder, Chucky still has the audacity to not get rid of the evidence, but rather scare it off. So by simply saying “boo,” I think Chucky pulled off a sensational and hilarious irony, where he didn’t have to commit murder but rather let the terrified Whitehurst sprint away with the recurring image of a doll having just killed the barber that cut his hair.

#1: Miss Kettewell

As a kid we dread the idea of coming to school where we have to listen to teachers, do homework, and basically just procrastinate our lives and schoolwork. What could be worse? Maybe a killer doll ready to torture you senseless. In a sense this scene really still creeps me out sometimes. Alas, we see Chucky savagely beat the living hell out of our poor Miss Kettlewell with a ruler. It’s not even that much of a “creative” murder, but in a sense I’ve always thought of this as the creepiest murder he’s ever committed. Maybe it’s the music. Maybe it’s the way Chucky evilly delivers his line “You’ve been very naughty Miss Kettlewell.” Maybe it’s the fact that this occurs right in a kindergarden classroom. I can’t put my finger on it, but alas, the image of a doll walking towards you with the fullest intention of murder, will always stick in my head for some reason. You disagree? Take a look…

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More Like *Adult’s* Play

Child's Play 1988

Freaking dolls. If Chucky had a successor it would have to be today’s Annabelle, but that’s besides the point. As a kid, I think this is where my fear of dolls began. Released in 1988, “Child’s Play” follows a young and innocent Andy Barclay who gets more than he bargained for when he gets a surprise birthday present.

*SPOILERS*

I was surprised by the amount of suspense that entails almost the entire first half of the movie. It keeps you guessing if a doll really can be a murdering psychopath until we actually do get to see Chucky come alive and scare the living feces out of us. As far as I’m concerned, all that suspense is worth it. Basically the origins of Chucky are explained through serial killer Charles Lee Ray, who ends up transferring his soul into a “Good-Guy” doll.

The rest of this story follows this not so good-guy doll pull on another string of murders that eventually result in our precious Andy becoming the prime suspect. Eventually it’s all up to Andy’s mother and a police detective to rescue Andy before Chucky transfers his soul into the little boy.

I’m not really sure if other films came before this one with a killer doll concept, but in terms of a story and characters, I loved the originality of this film. Out of all the horror franchises that I’ve seen, this is still my favorite one to date. Firstly I have to compliment whoever it is that designed the now infamous “Good-Guy” doll. It may appear friendly and cute to some but it really doesn’t look like anything I would’ve made my parents buy me at all.

I also have to compliment the young Alex Vincent for giving a terrific performance as Andy. For someone that young to be acting in a horror film, he did the best thing possible to showcase himself and portray just how an innocent little boy that’s getting haunted by a killer doll should be like. If he were looking back at his performance here, I’m sure he would be proud of himself.

Everyone else should get just as much recognition but the true standout in all of this, has to be Brad Dourif. I don’t think anyone else could’ve installed horror into a “cute” doll better than the individual that actually voiced it. A brash, word-cursing and aggressive voice-over performance by Mr. Dourif is just what was needed to make Chucky believable and obviously scary too. All my praise goes out to him as he can instill horror and even some humor with that Chucky voice to this day.

Even in its normal state I can remember that this doll still creeped me the hell out, so you can pretty much imagine my reaction as a kid once he came alive. If you want to know what I’m talking about, check out this little video treat…

When Dolls Attack

Annabelle 2014

So while I was on vacation, I went to see “Annabelle” with some friends and family. A little side note: I actually liked “The Conjuring” and since then, I was really anticipating this semi-prequel. After watching it however I was anything but completely satisfied. It’s not bad but I find a lot of flaws in it.

*SPOILERS*

So basically if you haven’t watched “The Conjuring,” you can still watch this “horror movie” but there isn’t really anything new about this movie that I haven’t seen in other horror films. If anything, this actually made me laugh more than it did scare me. Most of its “scary” scenes are based purely on pop-up antics and out-of-nowhere surprises. Even so, there isn’t much that I can praise about the film other than maybe the way it was shot. It’s like a POV film which incorporates that element to have us see what the characters are seeing and just how terrified they and hopeless they are until something just pops up out of nowhere.

Everything else seems like it was just clustered up such as the story, the characters, the acting and obviously the Annabelle doll. I thought they were okay but even the woman from the library had more backstory than the main characters did. As for how the story played out, it was just like a haunted house movie, only here the house isn’t causing the haunting but the doll is. That’s where I want to talk about the infamous Annabelle doll. All we ever get out of “her” is the story that a crazed woman from a cult passes her soul into the doll and thus she is trying to summon some kind of demon. It admittedly is kind of creepy and realistic since this kind of situation can happen anywhere but I still thought they could give us something more.

The part I really disliked was the ending. Obviously you would expect some kind of resolution or cliffhanger, but the way this ending was done was anything but fascinating. It’s a simple sacrifice-to-save-another cliche moment where the librarian jumps to save the innocent baby from dying. There wasn’t any originality or surprise in making me wonder whether something unexpected would be played out. I’d actually prefer a cliffhanger ending.

Like I said, if you’re into “The Conjuring” this will be a bit of a loss of momentum, when you compare the two. I can say it definitely is worth a watch but that should be it. It’ll surely give some people a thrill but as for other horror movie-goers like me, I only ended up laughing more than being frightened. Put more simply, if you’ve seen the trailer, you will almost already know when to anticipate a scary sequence so you’ll probably end up laughing in excitement. At least that’s how my experience was. But like I just said, it’s still worth at least one watch, because after all… that is one creepy ass doll.