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Don Mancini
Aliases: Kit Du Bois; Kit Dubois
Gender: Male
Medium(s): Film
Roles: Writer; Director; Producer
Date of birth: January 25th, 1963
Place of birth: United States of America
Notable works: Child's Play
1st Horror: Cellar Dwellar (1988)

Don Mancini is an American screenwriter born on January 25th, 1963. He is best known as the creator of the Child's Play film series and is the metaphorical "father" of fan-favorite killer doll, Charles Lee Ray, aka, Chucky.

Career[edit | edit source]

Seed of Chucky (2004)

Don Mancini's first professional film work was as a screenwriter on the 1988 horror fantasy film Cellar Dweller, directed by filmmaker John Carl Buechler and produced by Charles Band and Bob Wynn. Immediately following this, Mancini put together the plot and characters for what would become the first Child's Play film. The movie proved to be an overnight sensation and audiences fell in love with the sadistic killer doll, Chucky.

Following the success of the first Child's Play film, Mancini went on to script the movie's first sequel, Child's Play 2. As it became clear that Mancini and co. had a franchise on their hands, it was quickly determined that a second sequel would follow suit and Child's Play 3 was released only a year later. In 1998, a third sequel was filmed, this time abandoning the "Child's Play" title convention and harkening back towards the beloved Universal Monsters sequels of the 1940s. With director Ronny Yu at the helm, Mancini went to work on Bride of Chucky (a nod towards James Whale's 1935 classic The Bride of Frankenstein). In 2004, Don Mancini stepped behind the camera himself for the first time for Seed of Chucky. In addition to directing, Mancini also wrote the screenplay and was an executive producer on the film.

Outside of the Child's Play series, Don Mancini also wrote the screenplay for the season two episode of Tales from the Crypt entitled "Fitting Punishment".

Body of work[edit | edit source]

Film[edit | edit source]

Film Year Role
Cellar Dweller 1988 Writer
Child's Play 1988 Writer
Child's Play 2 1990 Writer
Child's Play 3 1991 Writer
Bride of Chucky 1998 Writer
Seed of Chucky 2004 Director; Executive producer; Writer
Curse of Chucky 2013 Director; Writer

Television[edit | edit source]

Series Episode Role
Tales from the Crypt Fitting Punishment Writer

Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • As a youth, Don Mancini attended St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Virginia.
  • In 2007, he won the EyeGore award for career contributions to the horror genre.

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References[edit | edit source]

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Child's Play Actor or Crew member
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