You can’t keep a Good Guy down, which seems to be true of sequels. Following the success of 1988’s Child’s Play, a sequel was inevitable, and the result was 1990’s Child’s Play 2.
Considered by many franchise fans to be even better than the original, this sequel took ideas the first movie only toyed with, and ran with them.
In a series that’s still going strong with a 2019 remake and an upcoming TV series that will continue the narrative after Cult of Chucky, let’s not forget about where it all began.
The first film gets a lot of attention, but Child’s Play 2 sadly doesn’t. So in order to commemorate its 30th anniversary, we thought it would be fitting to look at 30 fun facts about Child’s Play 2!
1. The original script called for both Detective Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon) and Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks) to reprise their roles, but they ultimately removed and never shot.
2. Karen’s courtroom scene (which would have featured her shouting at the Chucky doll in court as evidence) was later reconfigured and worked into Curse of Chucky 23 years later.
3. United Artists had distributed the original Child’s Play, however they were being sold to an Australian company Qintex, that wanted to focus on more family friendly entertainment. Because of this, Universal distributed this sequel, along with most of the rest of the movies in the franchise.
4. Don Mancini’s father worked in advertising and marketing, which helped inspire the whole idea of the Good Guy doll. This is why he wanted to focus on the corrupt toy company, which he wasn’t able to do as much in the original.
5. Co-screenwriter of the original movie John Lafia took over directing from Tom Holland.
6. Lafia would go on to directed episodes of Joe Bob’s Drive-In Theater, The Dead Zone, Babylon 5 and 5. Tragically, he died by suicide on April 29, 2020.
7. Catherine Hicks was however on set very often, because her husband Kevin Yagher was the animatronic operator of the Chucky doll.
8. In Don Mancini’s original script, the movie was set during Christmastime. This is why there was a factor full of Good Guy dolls ready for shipping.
9. Brad Dourif recorded all of his voice-over lines before production started, so the recordings could be played back for the actors while filming with the animatronic doll.
10. The various dolls required a total of 500 feet of cables, and 9 operators.
11. The small role of Mattson (the company employee who carries Chucky in his car) was played by Greg Germann, who would go on to game fame as Dr. Koracick on Grey’s Anatomy.
12. The Good Guy doll that Andy finds in his new room’s closet was named Tommy after the first film’s director Tom Holland.
13. Known for frequently playing judgmental, nosy stickers for rules, Beth Grant was hesitant to take the role of Ms. Kettlewell. But did so because she though it would be fun to do a horror movie and get killed.
14. While set entirely in Chicago, most of it was shot in and around southern California with a few exteriors shot in Chicago.
15. Due to child labor laws, along with how expensive it was to have all the Chucky operators on set, they would often shoot takes with Andy and Chucky first. Then later, the other actors would shoot their angles with Alex Vincent and the Chucky puppet gone.
16. Christine Elise stated that she treated Alex Vincent like a little brother on set. And when they reconnected many years later at a horror convention, Vincent told her that he remembered her as the nicest person on set.
17. The movie’s score was composed by Graeme Revell, who would go on to score movies like The Crow, From Dusk Till Dawn, Bride of Chucky, Sin City, and many more.
18. Released on November 9, 1990, exactly two years to the day after the release of the first film in 1988.
19. Along with the film’s release, a novelization by Matthew J. Costello also came out. It delved further into the backstory of Charles Lee Ray, detailing his abusive parents and the fact that he murdered his own mother.
20. The movie’s poster featured Chucky gleefully about to decapitate a jack-in-the-box toy.
21. The trailer (which also featured the jack-in-the-box) was even nominated for a PR award.
22. While Kyle is supposed to be a teenager, actress Christine Elise was 24 during filming.
23. She would later return to the franchise with Alex Vincent in Cult of Chucky.
24. This was also her cinematic debut, after appearing on TV series like Baywatch and Head of the Class.
25. Child’s Play 2 received a mixed/negative critical response. Gene Siskel gave it zero stars, calling it an “ugly, little thriller”.
26. Jenny Agutter claimed that it was one of the worst filming experiences of her career.
27. In the background on Jerry’s apartment on Seinfeld, a VHS copy of Child’s Play 2 is on the shelf.
28. Grossed $28 million (domestic) on a $13 million budget. While this wasn’t as much as the first movie, it was still considered a box office success.
29. Due to this, the studio immediately demanded a third movie, with less than a year turnaround. Don Mancini felt he was out of ideas and promptly threw something together.
30. Despite being immediately recast with an older actor for Child’s Play 3, Alex Vincent would return to the franchise with 2013’s Curse of Chucky and 2017’s Cult of Chucky.
Which of these did you already know? Which ones surprised you? What’s your favorite Saw movie? Let us know in the comments!