Everyone’s favorite red haired, overall wearing killer is back with a vengeance. Rather than adding an installment to the already established Child’s Play franchise, directer Lars Klevberg is providing horror fans with a complete reboot with an interesting, modern revamp. In this film, staring Aubrey Plaza, we see a single mother gifting her son one of the hottest new toys on the market which backfires as the toy turns out to be evil and goes on a murderous rampage. Regardless of how you feel about this, you have to admit their marketing strategy has been on point.
A perfect example comes in the form of a website that was created around the same time the new trailer was released. It’s a fun and promotional little Easter Egg for the fictional company Kaslan, the creator of the Buddi a.k.a Chucky doll. And the Easter Eggs don’t stop there. The film offers plenty of crafty nods to vintage horror and much more for fans to feast their eyes on. And I, as always, have taken it upon myself to fall down the rabbit hole for the sake of pointing out these awesome tidbits. Check out the trailer again and take this as your major spoiler warning for everything below that.
Terror strikes when a woman unwittingly gives her young son an evil toy doll.
In the original movie the manufacturer of the Chucky doll was a company called “Good Guys”. This time around Kaslan released the line under the name “The Buddi Doll”. This is very likely a reference to Chucky’s original inspiration, Hasbro’s “My Buddy” line of dolls. Both the new and original Chucky share design similarities with Buddy: blue eyes, the stripped shirt and overalls
Lightning Strikes Twice
In the 1988 Child’s Play we see serial killer Charles Lee Ray, horribly injured, as he preforms an ancient ritual ( “Ade due Damballa!”) that transferred his soul into the Good Guys doll. While all this is going on viewers can see thunder and lightning rage on outside, hinting at a stormy night.
In this reboot we get echos of the original opening as we watch a disgruntled Kaslan employee purposefully tamper with Chucky’s programming before committing suicide. Just as this employee dies, we can see a bright bolt of lightning discharge in the background.
This movie has plenty of references to vintage horror movies. Among all the gore there is a more wholesome nod to Steven Spielberg’s 1982 movie, E.T. This comes in the form of the red hoodie Andy (Gabriel Bateman) dons throughout the majority of the movie. We also see Chucky controlling electronics with a wave of his glowing finger, reminding us of a certain extraterrestrial.
Upon their first meeting, the then nameless Buddi doll asks Andy lots of introductory questions. This includes “What is my name?” Andy throws out the suggestion Han Solo which the glitchy doll instantly rejects by naming itself Chucky. Seeing as Chucky’s voice actor is Mark Hamill it’s safe to assume this exchange was put in for him and is a direct reference to Hamill’s time in the Star Wars universe.
Andy may be a Generation Z kid but based on the posters in his bedroom it’s apparent that the kid’s got taste. Very nice. If you’re looking close enough, you might catch a glimpse of posters for Poltergeist III and Killer Klowns From Outer Space. Both were released in 1988, the same year as the original Child’s Play. You may also see a poster Return of the Living Dead. While this film was released in 1985 it may be reference to Chucky returning from the ‘dead’ after Andy and his friends deactivate Chucky halfway in the movie.
As we approach the movie’s climax we see Chucky take control of a toy police car. This toy offers a jump scare for poor Andy as it flashes its blue and red lights as a pre-recorded voice says “Dead or alive, you’re coming with me!” 80’s movie aficionados will note this is a line from the 1987 movie, RoboCop, a movie that is also getting a reboot from Orion Pictures.
“This is the End!”
In the 1996 slasher Scream, my favorite character Randy delivers the iconic line, “This is the moment when the supposedly dead killer comes back to life, for one last scare.” This is usually the case and Chucky is no exception to this trope. Just when you think Andy’s finally taken Chucky out he jumps out and attempts to kill Andy again. This is stopped when Detective Mike (Brian Tyree Henry) shoots the doll and says “This is the end.” This is a reference to Chucky’s death in the first Child’s Play when the original Andy (Alex Vincent) delivers the line “This is the end, friend” before killing the murderous doll.
What was your favorite Easter Egg this on this list? Were there any we missed? Let us know! Child’s Play is now playing in theaters!
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