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We dive into the “Child’s Play” franchise, beginning with the initial trilogy of films; Nat Brehmer joins to dissect the first two sequels.

Child's Play

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Part two in my Chucky series has guest Nat Brehmer defending Child’s Play 3 from people who say it’s the worst of the series. Plus, we talk about what bad foster parents Kyle and Andy had in Child’s Play 2.

Child’s Play 2 is a 1990 American slasher film and the direct sequel to 1988’s wildly successful Child’s Play. While Child’s Play was directed by Tom Holland, from a screenplay he co-wrote with Don Mancini and John Lafia (from an original concept by Mancini), Lafia moved from writer to director for the sequel (with Mancini taking over writing duties).

The first film grossed more than $44 million against a production budget of $9 million. It gained a massive cult following and spawned a media franchise that includes a series of seven sequels (one of them being a television series), merchandise, comic books, and a reboot film of the same name released in June 2019.

The sequel is set two years after the first film. The plot follows Charles Lee Ray (better known as Chucky) continuing his pursuit of Andy Barclay, who was placed in foster care. Alex Vincent and Brad Dourif reprised their roles. It grossed over $35 million on a budget of $13 million.

Child's Play 3

Another sequel followed it, Child’s Play 3, just nine months later.

Child’s Play 3 was once again written by Don Mancini and directed by Jack Bender. Brad Dourif returns as Chucky. Although it was released only nine months after Child’s Play 2, the story takes place eight years after the events of that film and one month before the events of Bride of Chucky (which was made seven years later).

The third film in the original trilogy received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics and disappointed at the box office, grossing only $20.5 million worldwide against a budget of $13 million.

The film became notorious in the United Kingdom when it was suggested it might have inspired the real-life murder of a British child, James Bulger, suggestions rejected by officers investigating the case.

Follow Nat on Twitter @NatBrehmer

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

In part one of my Chucky series, my daughter Katrina is back again, and we discuss the 1988 original Child’s Play and the 2019 remake. Listen to me tell the story of how I introduced Chucky to Katrina — and you can decide how bad of a dad I am!

⁠Follow Katrina on Twitter @rckmnky⁠⁠

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Creepy and Geeky is a podcast about horror/comic book movies and so much more. Creepy double-feature episodes come out every Monday, and Geeky comic book episodes are released every Friday. Your host, Robert, is a geek through and through, absorbing all manner of pop culture, but specifically addicted to comic books, movies, and horror.

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