Any horror movie fan worth his or her salt has no doubt heard of the long-running Child's Play franchise, sometimes referred to by its infamous -- and not to mention murderous -- serial killer doll, Chucky.
The original film, 1988's Child's Play, was co-written by horror legend Don Mancini. Not only has he worked on nearly every film in the series to date, but Mancini has also written an episode of Tales of the Crypt, and has produced and written episodes for Hannibal.
The first three films followed the murderous rampage of Chucky, a notorious serial killer -- sometimes referred to as the "Lakeshore Strangler" -- whose soul was transferred and housed inside a child's doll. The homicidal toy was eventually purchased and gifted to Andy Barclay, who spent much of his life defending himself -- and others -- from Chucky's violent tendencies.
Over the years, the film series morphed into something decidedly more campy and satirical, with Chucky eventually finding a female partner (who is also trapped in the body of a doll), and eventually birthing a toy son named Glen. Don Mancini eventually returned the series to its horror roots with 2017's Cult of Chucky, which he wrote and directed.
As is common for many long-running franchises, Hollywood has decided to give the series a reboot. Set to release later this summer, a brand new movie, aptly named Child's Play, is set to launch the series in a slightly more modern direction, if the trailer is anything to go by.