The mythology of horror franchises tends to unfold like a game of Telephone.
The story starts simply say, man in mask slashes teenagers and ends up somewhere ridiculous, the result of film-makers and actors ducking in and out of the series, villains killed and resurrected, and market trends.
The first Child’s Play movie arrived in 1988, as the slasher cycle that dominated the ’80s was tapering off.
It was a twist on the Cabbage Patch Kids craze a few years before: What if, instead of consumers fighting one another for a doll, the doll would be a menace to anyone who bought it? It could be a slasher film underscored by a sense of the absurd.
Over seven films and nearly three decades, including, most recently, the 2017 straight-to-video entry 'Cult of Chucky'', the series has been under the care of its creator, Don Mancini, who scripted all seven and directed three.