Top 10 Worst Decisions in the Child's Play Franchise

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Top 10 Worst Decisions in the Child's Play Franchise

VOICE OVER: Kirsten Ria Squibb WRITTEN BY: Nathan Sharp
These horror decisions were deadly. For this list, we'll be looking at the most awful decisions by characters - which led to actions that typically got them in lots of trouble, or even killed. Our countdown includes “Child's Play”, “Child's Play 2”, “Curse of Chucky”, and more!
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Top 10 Worst Decisions in the Child’s Play Franchise


Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 worst decisions in the “Child’s Play” franchise.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the most awful decisions by characters - which led to actions that typically got them in lots of trouble, or even killed. A spoiler alert is definitely in effect!

Be honest, would you have made any of these decisions? Let us know in the comments below!

#10: Burying Tommy

“Child’s Play 2” (1990)
Chucky is actually a pretty smart villain. It helps distinguish him from the rest of the slashers. But he makes a really dumb move in “Child’s Play 2.” The Simpsons have a Good Guy doll named Tommy, so Chucky plans on disposing of Tommy and replacing him with himself. OK, smart. But he does so by smashing in Tommy’s face with a figurine and burying him in the yard. Uh, why? Couldn’t he have just thrown Tommy in the trash or something? Making the plan even dumber is the fact that Chucky buries Tommy under the swing set. You know, where feet are constantly dragging against the ground. Not surprisingly, Kyle drags her feet across the soil, exposes Tommy, and completely foils Chucky’s stupid plan.

#9: Getting Mailed to Andy

“Curse of Chucky” (2013)
The sixth installment pulled a major twist on its viewers by reintroducing Andy Barclay, the protagonist of the original trilogy. Not only that, but he is once again played by Alex Vincent, who portrayed young Andy in the first two movies. A post-credits scene sees Chucky getting mailed to Andy, as he wishes to finish some unfinished business. But the movie ends in surprisingly comedic fashion, as Andy blows away Chucky with a shotgun. Well, getting mailed to Andy probably wasn’t the wisest decision that Chucky ever made. This storyline is continued in “Cult of Chucky,” as Andy keeps the doll’s deformed head inside his house.

#8: Giving Chucky a Haircut

“Child’s Play 3” (1991)
The third movie gives the franchise a change of scenery, transferring the action to a military school. And it’s here that we meet... Sgt. Botnick. Botnick is the resident barber, and for some really un-sharp reason, he decides to give Chucky a haircut. He doesn’t know that Chucky is alive, but this decision is still really silly and completely nonsensical. Why did he decide to buzz a doll’s hair? Is there nothing better he could have been doing? It’s basically nothing but an excuse to get another kill into the movie. The bizarre situation turns out exactly as predicted, as Chucky comes alive and turns Botnick’s straight razor against him.

#7: Insulting Chucky

“Bride of Chucky” (1998)
If there’s one thing you never want to do to Chucky, it’s insult him. Unfortunately, Damien never got the chance to learn this lesson. The goth suitor of Tiffany, Damien spots Chucky while seducing Tiffany and immediately gets to work insulting him. He calls Chucky “so ‘80s” before insulting his lack of scare factor, punching him in the face, and throwing him across the room. He thinks he’s joking around with an inanimate, out-of-date doll, when really he’s ticking off a deranged killer. The final straw comes when Damien insults Chucky’s, um, “size.” Fed up, Chucky turns his head and disposes of Damien while he’s helplessly chained to the bed.

#6: David Wanders Into Traffic

“Bride of Chucky” (1998)
Poor David. He gets the, uh, distinction of not being killed by Chucky, but by a speeding truck. In fact, he is the second victim not directly killed by Chucky, following Cochrane from “Child’s Play 3.” David discovers the stinky body of Warren in the back of the van and is subsequently accosted by Chucky and Tiffany. Horrified at the concept of two talking dolls wielding guns, David backs onto the freeway and is then practically disintegrated by a passing truck. We do understand that your reasoning power goes out the window when you’re terrified, but that was an active freeway!

#5: Rebuilding Chucky

“Child’s Play 2” (1990)
It’s not like Play Pals started to make Good Guy dolls again following the negative publicity. No, they decided to completely remake Chucky himself. What is the logic in that? Rather than just building a doll from scratch, they somehow manage to accrue Chucky’s burnt remains, scrape away the crusty parts, and give him a new body. But what about all the blood in Karen’s apartment? What about Chucky’s beating heart, which Mike was forced to shoot at the end of the first movie? Did no one question why this doll had a human heart? Naturally, the crazy decision to rebuild Chucky doesn’t end well, as he comes back and starts the mayhem all over again.

#4: Going Inside the Garbage Truck

“Child’s Play 3” (1991)
Going into the belly of an active garbage truck is always gonna be tricky. And the garbageman from “Child’s Play 3” is heroic, but ultimately doomed. He dumps Chucky into the truck, but then Chucky starts playing the victim by pleading for help. Thinking that someone is actually in danger, the driver rushes out of the truck and dives in for a heroic rescue. There’s just one problem - he didn’t turn the truck off before valiantly throwing himself into the danger zone. Naturally, Chucky takes full advantage of this by evading the man, climbing into the front, and activating the hydraulics. The garbage man meant well, but this turned out to be a truly terrible decision.

#3: Disabling the Safety Protocols

“Child’s Play” (2019)
The 2019 reboot brought the franchise into the 21st century, complete with high tech Buddi dolls that are essentially walking Alexas. These dolls come equipped with various safety protocols, including, bizarrely, “violence inhibitors.” A disillusioned factory worker in Vietnam disables all of these protocols to throw dirt on the company, thereby creating the modern version of Chucky. Chucky’s creation is a whirlwind of horrible decisions. Not only is Chucky’s blood on the factory worker for disabling the protocols, but it’s also on the Kaslan Corporation for making a doll that requires violence inhibitors! Why are they naturally programmed to cause violence!?


#2: Getting Under an Active Machine

“Child’s Play 2” (1990)
People really refuse to follow basic health and safety in these movies. And ignore basic common sense, for that matter. Chucky takes Andy and Kyle to the Good Guy factory and jams one of the machines with dolls. The responding technician decides to fix it by crawling under the active machine. He doesn’t turn anything off, and he situates himself directly underneath a mechanism that installs eyeballs into doll heads. Did he not, even for a second, think about what could go wrong here? Naturally, Chucky pounces, and the technician gets himself a new set of eyes.

#1: Making a Doll of Yourself

In the very first film, Chucky arrives at instructor John’s house and inquires about reversing his spell. When John refuses to help Chucky, he whips out a doll of John and gets to work torturing him. Let’s just address a couple of things here. One, who makes a doll of themselves? Like Chucky says, that’s just asking for trouble. Two, even if you do make a magical doll of yourself, don’t reveal where you hide it! Seriously, what is the reasoning behind that? Chucky directly acknowledges John’s stupidity, and we can confidently say that he’s speaking for everyone.
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How'd come a 'Good Guy' doll became possessed by a killer's soul?