Horror collaborations simply just do not work. While the idea of putting two bad guys together might make sense on paper (or in this case, still not), the reality is they are often only scary in their own movies because they’re the creepiest things there. Throw in another bad guy who is scary in a different environment, with a different personality and all of a sudden, they don’t seem so scary anymore. We saw the worst of this with Freddy vs Jason back in 2003, a movie that aimed to put two of the most iconic horror villains of all time, Freddy Krueger from The Nightmare on Elm Street series and Jason V from Halloween against each other. The film was an absolute mess and apart from a decent soundtrack, had virtually no redeeming qualities.
Yet, some people have either never watched this abomination or live in a dream world thinking there is potential for a horror crossover to work. That seems to be the case for Don Mancini, the creator of the ultimate anti-Barbie Chucky from the Child’s Play series of films, who believes a crossover between his beloved franchise and Nightmare on Elm Street just might break the trend. He shared his idea for the potential crossover with Bloody Disgusting:
I’ve talked about this a lot over the years and it’s actually an idea that I think is cool and doable. It’s just… it would require arranging all the legal red tape between two different studios. But I think Chucky versus Freddy would be awesome. Because they both have distinct personalities, and they both talk, they would be a really fun double act.
My idea for the movie is to do it as a horror movie version of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. It’s called Child’s Play on Elm Street. Chucky ends up in the bedroom of a house on Elm Street. And Freddy meets him there. And they’re, like, fans of each other. So they have this rapport. But then they realize Elm Street isn’t big enough for the two of them. It only can contain one killer.
The good news is that as Mancini has mentioned here, that the chances of this crossover ever happening are slim to none because it’s highly unlikely the studios are going to come together over a film like this. Add to the fact that both characters and franchises have long since lost their lustre and are unlikely to draw people to cinemas and you have even less of a reason to do this. Personally, I think the idea is absolutely terrible, but then again if you’ve seen any of the recent Chucky films that Mancini has written and directed, then you will know that the bar for what he considers a good horror story is very low.
Still, if you’re a masochist of some sorts and like putting yourself through that kind of entertainment torture, his new film, The Cult of Chucky is out on DVD in the US in October. Don’t expect it to gain too much attention upon its release.
Last Updated: August 17, 2017