Lafia was the one who came up with the name “Chucky” (the doll was named Buddy in Mancini’s script), and Holland introduced a crucial element to explain a living, killing doll: voodoo.Perhaps it was this same magic that has kept Child’s Play alive for so long.
“I’m always looking for more ways I can cook the liveness at a higher temperature,” he begins. “I’m not interested in making complete logical sense at every moment.
"My favourite filmmaker of recent years is Shane Carruth; he made Primer and Upstream Color, which have no interest in whether you’re ‘following’ them – what’s interesting is that they’re telling stories through different means, through an unconscious heartbeat.
That’s my deal, really: trying to find new ways of wrestling with basic story mechanics.
Another clue to his unlikely success: while other horror creators jump ship on their projects after one or two entries, Don Mancini, the creator and captain, has remained firmly at the helm since inception.
“Partly it just comes down to the fact that I’m tenacious and proprietary,” Mancini says.