Horror Movies Making the Transition to TV

One was written by an openly gay man and one was written by a woman, so let’s rejoice as Child’s Play and Ginger Snaps are both reviving as their own television series. 

Don Mancini is bringing back his Chucky character on a television series for SyFy and USA networks. Mancini, and openly gay horror creator, wrote the Child’s Play franchise beginning with the original in 1988, the sequel in 1990, Child’s Play 3 in 1991, Bride of Chucky in 1998, Seed of Chucky in 2004, Curse of Chucky in 2014, and Cult of Chucky in 2017. Curse and Cult were written AND directed by Mancini. 

The idea of the Child’s Play TV series was first announced by Mancini in 2018 but it wasn’t until January 2020 that SyFy picked it up with a straight-to-series order, not requiring a series pilot to “test the waters”. The new series will bring back Brad Dourif as the voice of the possessed killer doll. The plan was to film in the fall of 2020 and release the show in 2021 but now production itself has been moved back to 2021. 

Let’s not forget- the 2019 Child’s Play reboot was NOT endorsed by Mancini and franchise stars Alex Vincent (“Andy”), Jennifer Tilly (“Tiffany”), and Christine Elise (“Kyle”) were all vocal about their disinterest in the “updated” project. Outside of not being backed by the original creators, the studio behind the 2019 version, MGM, only has the rights to the original 1988 movie and none of the others (the rest of the franchise is owned by Universal Studios).  Because they couldn’t touch the sequels, director Lars Klevberg was limited to what kills the electronic doll (now voiced by Mark Hamill) could do any sort of homages could only refer to the original movie. 

Emily Perkins and Katharine Isabelle in Ginger Snaps Photo credit: Film-Grab

Just in time for Halloween, it was announced that a Ginger Snaps television show was in the works on October 27, 2020. Brought to us by the producers of Killing Eve, it will be in-part produced by John Fawcett, who directed the original Ginger Snaps movie in 2000, which was also written by Karen Walton. If the full series gets ordered, it will be written by Anna-Maria Ssemuyaba.

Ginger Snaps has become a feminist cult classic Canadian werewolf movie. Telling the story of Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and her younger sister, Bridgette (Emily Perkins), trying to make it through the droll days of high school while an unknown beast is killing pets in the neighborhood during every full-moon. While out on a mission to prank one of the mean girls in their school, Ginger is attacked by what she thinks is a giant dog until her teenage body begins to undergo *ahem* changes. The film’s writer Walton had pointed out Isabelle’s and Perkin’s audition tapes because they were exactly how she had pictured the two characters. 

The sequel and prequel, Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning were filmed consecutively and both were released in 2004. 

I don’t know about you, but as a horror fan who experiences a menstrual cycle, I have definitely grabbed a bag of Oreos and curled up while watching Ginger Snaps to try and fight off the cramps. 

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