Bride of Chucky revived the flagging Child’s Play franchise by going the more comedic route, but a retcon it makes to the lore is downright baffling.
Bride of Chucky revived the flagging Child’s Play franchise by going the more comedic route, but a retcon it makes to the lore is downright baffling. It’s well-known at this point that the original Child’s Play movie, and in fact the entire series, has been the brainchild of one man: Don Mancini. Mancini has written the scripts for all seven movies in the main Chucky continuity, and directed Seed of Chucky, Curse of Chucky, and Cult of Chucky. In other words, Chucky fans have a lot to thank Mancini for creating.
While Chucky may not be quite as iconic as a Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, or Michael Myers, the former Lakeshore Strangler still has a legion of loyal fans who look forward to each new installment in his tale. Chucky will soon migrate to the small screen, via a TV show on Syfy that sees Brad Dourif reprise his role as Chucky and Mancini write and direct the pilot. Mancini will also oversee things as executive producer.
Chucky also got a remake in 2019, but that seems to have been quickly forgotten, and many fans were angry about it being made against Mancini’s wishes. While Chucky lives on though, and is still a great source of entertainment, one particular plot turn in 1998’s Bride of Chucky remains hard to explain in the context of the franchise.
Bride Of Chucky: How A Baffling Retcon Makes The First Three Movies Pointless
In Bride of Chucky, after Chucky’s ex-girlfriend Tiffany resurrects him using voodoo, and an angry Chucky later kills Tiffany and transfers her soul into another doll, the two are left wanting to be back in human bodies. Chucky reveals that to do that, the duo will need to find a way to Chucky’s human remains and retrieve an amulet called the Heart of Damballa. It would appear that the Heart is only needed for transfer into a human vessel, not a doll, so that seems to track. The problem is, this revelation makes no sense.
For one, Charles Lee Ray is not shown to have anything remotely like the Heart of Damballa on him during the original Child’s Play. That could be excused, if not for the fact that the first three films established a clear rule. Each time Chucky got a new doll body, he had a limited time to transfer his soul into the first human who learned he was alive. If he failed, he’d be trapped as a doll. Thus, Chucky spends the first three films trying to trap Andy – or later Tyler – long enough so they can play “hide the soul.”
If Chucky knew about the Heart of Damballa for the whole franchise, which seemingly allows him to transfer his soul into any person after any length of time, it makes absolutely no sense why he spends three movies chasing around children. Chucky could’ve found a way to get to his body, or better yet, taken the Heart off his corpse in the toy store after first making the switch. He then could’ve used it to transfer into anyone he could briefly incapacitate, anywhere, whenever. While this odd logic gap could be explained by having multiple writers involved, the fact that Mancini contradicted his own precedent so brazenly is a bit of a head-scratcher.
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