Don Mancini

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Don Mancini
Mancini, Don (2007).jpg
Born George Donald Mancini[1]
(1963-01-25) January 25, 1963 (age 55)
United States
Nationality American
Other names Kit Du Bois
Donald G. Mancini[2]
Occupation Screenwriter, film director
Notable work Child's Play

George Donald Mancini (born January 25, 1963)[2] is an American screenwriter and film director.


Mancini was the executive producer of Bride of Chucky, and he directed Seed of Chucky as well as the recent installment in the Child's Play franchise, Curse of Chucky. Along with Michael McDowell and Clive Barker, Mancini is one of the few openly gay writers in the slasher film genre.[3] In 2007, he won the EyeGore award for career contributions to the horror genre. He sometimes goes by the pseudonym Kit Du Bois (also spelled 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.[4][5][6]

Mancini's inspiration for Child's Play was being a horror fan since his childhood having seen Trilogy of Terror, and the "Talky Tina" episode of The Twilight Zone, claiming he knew the killer doll trope, but realized that 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 pull strings, resulting in consumer bedlam. Based on this Mancini wanted to write a dark satire about how marketing affected children, claiming Cabbage Patch was really popular, and he wanted to put the two impulses together, with his first effort being the co-writer of Child's Play (1988).[6]

He returned to write and direct the seventh film of the Child's Play franchise, Cult of Chucky.


Year Film Director Writer Others Notes
1988 Cellar Dweller Yes Credits 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[7] Yes Yes Yes Also based on characters created by, executive producer


  1. ^ Inc., Intelius,. "George Mancini Los Angeles, CA - Intelius". Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "". Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  3. ^ Abley, Sean (2005-11-08). "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 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  4. ^ "October 06 Pine Needle". Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  5. ^ "UCLA's Don Mancini creates Chucky, gets lucky, breaks into show biz". Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Your Friend 'Til the End: An Oral History of Child's Play". 28 October 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  7. ^ Miska, Brad (December 3, 2013). "BREAKING: Chucky Will Return In Seventh 'Child's Play'!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 5, 2017. 

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