Scariest movie monster: Chucky or Annabelle? | The Tylt
It's October and that means it's time to resurrect our Monster Madness bracket—and this year, we've got a battle of the killer dolls! Chucky, a foul-mouthed doll possessed by a serial killer, is last year's reigning champion. (Turns out size doesn't matter.) But the Good Guy doll has some stiff competition this year, going doll-to-doll with Annabelle, the creepy killer doll from "The Conjuring" franchise (and loosely based on a true story). So, who's the scarier movie monster?
Scariest movie monster: Chucky or Annabelle?
Just like a classic movie monster, our Monster Madness bracket is back and bigger than ever. We're pitting 16 heavyweight champions of horror against each other all month long, and you decide who wins the grand prize! Last year, Chucky ran away with the whole thing, toppling Freddy Krueger, Pinhead, and Michael Myers for the crown of scariest horror icon ever.
But this year, it's anyone's game—with new contestants Jigsaw, Pennywise, the Babadook and Norman Bates eyeing the haunted throne. Don't forget to cast your vote in our other head-to-head brawls below, and may the scariest monster win! 👻 🎃 😱
Chucky was created by American filmmaker Don Mancini in 1988, originally appearing in the 1988 film "Child's Play." The supernatural slasher film spawned six sequels and several comic book spin-offs. The franchise has grossed over $182 million at the box office.
Chucky is actually a possessed "Good Guy" doll, inhabited by the soul of notorious serial killer Charles Lee Ray. The doll is modeled after the Cabbage Patch Kids and, while only 28 inches tall, has the strength of a full-grown man. The franchise revolves around Chucky's mostly unsuccessful plots to transfer his soul to a human host. He has a love interest named Tiffany and is the father of a pair of twins named Glen and Glenda.
Also referred to as "the Lakeshore Strangler," Charles Lee Ray became the killer doll Chucky through the use of a voodoo amulet. Though his appearance has become scarred throughout the series, Chucky has shown to have supernatural regenerative abilities. It's hard to keep a Good Guy doll down.
Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about Chucky.
Unlike most entries on this list, Annabelle is actually based on a true story by real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren and adapted for the screen by Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes, and veteran horror filmmaker James Wan. Annabelle first appeared in "The Conjuring," and in two spinoffs, "Annabelle" and "Annabelle: Creation." The spinoff films have grossed over $550 million at the box office.
In the film franchise, Annabelle is a porcelain doll and a vessel for a demon that employs illusions and fear to trick victims. The doll is intricately linked to occult magic and has passed through the hands of various, unfortunate owners. Annabelle's primary goal is possession or terrifying victims into committing acts of unspeakable evil. The demon is able to transfer hosts by vomiting "black ectoplasm" into victims' mouths.
The most recent installment of the Annabelle franchise, "Annabelle: Creation," indicates the doll's sordid past is much older than appeared in "Annabelle" or "The Conjuring." The name and age of the demon attached to the doll are unknown.
Here's the carnage count for the first "Annabelle" spinoff. "Annabelle: Creation" will hit video on October 24, just in time for Halloween.