Don Mancini

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Don Mancini
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Don Mancini during the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike, holding a Chucky doll.
George Donald Mancini[1]

(1963-01-25) January 25, 1963 (age 56)
Other namesKit Du Bois
Donald G. Mancini[2]
OccupationScreenwriter, film director
Notable work
Child's Play

George Donald Mancini (born January 25, 1963)[2] is an American screenwriter and film director, most notable for the Child's Play franchise.


Having been a horror fan since his childhood, Mancini's inspiration for Child's Play were films like Trilogy of Terror and the "Talky Tina" episode of The Twilight Zone, stating that he knew the killer doll trope, but realized it had never been done as a feature-length film in the age of animatronics. As a film student at UCLA in the mid-1980s, Mancini was amused by the hysteria surrounding the Cabbage Patch Kids, and that the ubiquitous, slightly homely dolls were disappearing from toy shelves and prompting physical fights between parents. Mancini’s father had worked in the advertising industry all his life, and he knew how effective marketing could result in consumer bedlam. Based on this, Mancini wanted to write a dark satire about how marketing affected children, with his first effort being as the co-writer of Child's Play (1988).[3][4]

Mancini was the executive producer of Bride of Chucky, and directed Seed of Chucky, as well as Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky, all in the Child's Play franchise. Along with Michael McDowell and Clive Barker, Mancini is one of the few openly gay writers in the slasher film genre.[5] In 2007, he won the EyeGore award for career contributions to the horror genre. He sometimes goes by the pseudonym Kit Dubois. Mancini attended St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Virginia, Columbia University in New York City, and the University of California in Los Angeles.[6][7][3]

Mancini wrote all seven films in the Child's Play series, and directed the last three. He is not involved in the 2019 reboot.[4]


Year Film Director Writer Others Notes
1988 Cellar Dweller Yes Credited as Kit Du Bois
Child's Play Yes Co-writer with Tom Holland and John Lafia, also story treatment
1990 Child's Play 2 Yes Also based on characters created by
Tales from the Crypt Yes Episode: "Fitting Punishment"
1991 Child's Play 3 Yes Also based on characters created by
1998 Bride of Chucky Yes Yes Also based on characters created by, executive producer
2003 SexTV Himself
2004 Seed of Chucky Yes Yes Also based on characters created by
2013 Curse of Chucky Yes Yes
2015 Once in a Lew Moon Himself
Hannibal Yes Yes 2 episodes, also producer; 8 episodes
2016 Channel Zero Yes Yes Also supervising producer; 8 episodes
Halloween Wars Himself As judge
2017 Cult of Chucky[8] Yes Yes Yes Also based on characters created by, executive producer
2019 In Search of Darkness[9] Himself Documentary film


  1. ^ Inc., Intelius. "George Mancini Los Angeles, CA - Intelius". Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "". Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Your Friend 'Til the End: An Oral History of Child's Play". October 28, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Collis, Clark (February 18, 2019). "You only Chucky twice: The strange story behind the two Child's Play franchises". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  5. ^ Abley, Sean (November 8, 2005). "Scary! In an era of "positive images" for gays and lesbians, can queer characters still get chopped up in horror movies?". The Advocate. Archived from the original on December 14, 2007. Retrieved August 7, 2007.
  6. ^ "October 06 Pine Needle". Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  7. ^ "UCLA's Don Mancini creates Chucky, gets lucky, breaks into show biz". Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  8. ^ Miska, Brad (December 3, 2013). "BREAKING: Chucky Will Return In Seventh 'Child's Play'!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  9. ^ Miska, Brad (March 22, 2019). "Exclusive Clip: John Carpenter Joins '80s Horror Documentary 'In Search of Darkness'!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved May 29, 2019.

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