Child's Play 3 (1991)

R | 90 mins | Horror | 30 August 1991

Writer:

Don Mancini

Cinematographer:

John R. Leonetti

Production Designer:

Richard Sawyer

Production Company:

Universal Pictures
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HISTORY

The 15 Nov 1990 HR reported that a screenplay was underway for Child’s Play 3, in response to preview audience approval of Child’s Play 2 (1990, see entry), which was currently in release. Production began 4 Feb 1991, as stated in the 12 Mar 1991 HR. The 8 Feb 1991 DV noted that the first week of principal photography would take place at the Kemper Military School and College in Boonville, MO, before resuming in Los Angeles, CA. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, the amusement park sequence was filmed in Valencia, CA. Remaining scenes were filmed at Universal Studios after heavy rain prevented further location shooting. Sets included a forest created for the war game sequence, and the “Devil’s Lair” amusement park ride, built on Stage 28, which was initially built for The Phantom of the Opera (1925, see entry).
       The principal “Chucky” doll was a thirty-inch-tall, forty-pound robot operated by seven puppeteers, known as “Chuckettes.” The latex face was molded over a plastic head containing eighteen small motors that operated the mouth, nose, eyes, and tongue. Additional heads and bodies, each with specific functions, were required for close-ups. Actor Brad Dourif, who supplied Chucky’s voice, recorded his lines prior to filming, to ensure appropriate lip movements. The doll’s jaw was synchronized with the mouth of the puppeteer, who mimed the prerecorded dialogue while controlling the doll’s lips with a “joy stick device.” A computer then recorded the lip movements so they could be reproduced in subsequent takes. Puppeteers remotely controlled Chucky’s ... More Less

The 15 Nov 1990 HR reported that a screenplay was underway for Child’s Play 3, in response to preview audience approval of Child’s Play 2 (1990, see entry), which was currently in release. Production began 4 Feb 1991, as stated in the 12 Mar 1991 HR. The 8 Feb 1991 DV noted that the first week of principal photography would take place at the Kemper Military School and College in Boonville, MO, before resuming in Los Angeles, CA. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, the amusement park sequence was filmed in Valencia, CA. Remaining scenes were filmed at Universal Studios after heavy rain prevented further location shooting. Sets included a forest created for the war game sequence, and the “Devil’s Lair” amusement park ride, built on Stage 28, which was initially built for The Phantom of the Opera (1925, see entry).
       The principal “Chucky” doll was a thirty-inch-tall, forty-pound robot operated by seven puppeteers, known as “Chuckettes.” The latex face was molded over a plastic head containing eighteen small motors that operated the mouth, nose, eyes, and tongue. Additional heads and bodies, each with specific functions, were required for close-ups. Actor Brad Dourif, who supplied Chucky’s voice, recorded his lines prior to filming, to ensure appropriate lip movements. The doll’s jaw was synchronized with the mouth of the puppeteer, who mimed the prerecorded dialogue while controlling the doll’s lips with a “joy stick device.” A computer then recorded the lip movements so they could be reproduced in subsequent takes. Puppeteers remotely controlled Chucky’s other body parts while following the action on a monitor. Enabling the doll to walk required all seven puppeteers, aided by either a “walking rig” or a camera dolly. The Chucky dolls and their related equipment were housed in a forty-five-foot truck, nicknamed “The Chuck Wagon.”
       Child’s Play 3 opened in approximately 2,000 theaters on 30 Aug 1991, as noted in the 3 Sep 1991 HR. The score by Cory Lerios and John D'Andrea was performed with electronic instruments, creating sounds that would stimulate the audience’s “fear factor.” Reviews were lukewarm to negative.
       More than two years later, the 29 Nov 1993 HR reported the murder of a toddler in Liverpool, England, by two boys who were allegedly influenced by Child’s Play (1988, see entry), although there was no evidence that either boy had seen the film. In response to the negative publicity, Child’s Play 3 was withdrawn from a scheduled broadcast on England’s Sky Television. On 14 Dec 1993, HR stated that Spanish pay-television service Canal Plus Spain responded to the controversy by surveying its subscribers, the majority of whom agreed that Child’s Play 3 should only be broadcast after midnight.
       The Child's Play series continued with Bride of Chucky (1998, see entry) and Seed of Chucky (2004, see entry), and the straight-to-video release, Curse of Chucky (2013).
       End credits include the following statements: "The producers wish to thank: Colonel Harms; Lt. Colonel Pack; and the entire faculty, staff and student body of Kemper Military School and College of Boonville, Missouri."; "Special thanks to: Hannes Zacharias, Boonville City Administrator; Lt. E. G. McCutcheon, Missouri Highway Patrol; Gary Gonder, Mgr., Missouri Film Commission; Vincent Costa, Public Works Dept., Boonville, Missouri; Carl Morehouse, Resource Mngt. Agency, Ventura County."
       The name of composer Edvard Grieg is misspelled on screen as "Edvard Greig." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Oct 1991
Section R, p. 77.
Daily Variety
8 Feb 1991.
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Daily Variety
20 Jan 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
15 Nov 1990.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Mar 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
30 Aug 1991
p. 9, 43.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Sep 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
29 Nov 1993.
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Hollywood Reporter
14 Dec 1993
Section I, p. 3.
LA Reader
30 Aug 1991.
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LA Weekly
6 Sep 1991.
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Los Angeles Times
30 Aug 1991
Calendar, p. 13.
New York Times
30 Aug 1991
Section C, p. 11.
Variety
2 Sep 1991
p. 66.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Universal Pictures presents
A David Kirschner Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
DGA trainee
Dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Steadicam/B-cam op
Steadicam/B-cam op
Addl cam asst
Addl cam asst
Still photog
Best boy
Best boy
Lamp op
Lamp op
Lamp op
Lamp op
Lamp op
Key grip
Universal 2d grip
Dolly grip
Company grip
Company grip
Video asst op
Projection equip
Cam op, 2d unit
Cam op, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
Chief lighting tech, 2d unit
1st company grip, 2d unit
Ultracam 35 cam, lenses and equip provided by
Cranes and dollies by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst art dir
Set illus
Set illus
Prod illustrator
Prod illustrator
FILM EDITORS
1st asst film ed
Asst film ed
Asst film ed
Apprentice film ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set illus
Set des
Set des
Set des
Leadman
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Greensman
Standby painter
Prop master
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Const foreman
Propmaker gang boss
Propmaker foreman
Labor foreman
Labor foreman
Paint foreman
Propellers supplied by
Zelienople, Pennsylvania
COSTUMES
Cost supv
Costumer
Costumer
Costumer
Ward asst
Ward asst
MUSIC
Mus comp and performed by
Mus comp and performed by
Mus rec by
Asst mus ed
SOUND
Sd mixer
Cable person
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Foley by
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley mixer
Loop group
Loop group
ADR mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Chucky doll created by
Chucky des and eng by
Chucky puppeteer
Chucky puppeteer
Chucky puppeteer
Chucky puppeteer
Chucky puppeteer
Chucky puppeteer
Chucky puppeteer
Chucky puppeteer
Chucky puppeteer
Spec eff coord
Spec eff foreman
Spec eff crew
Spec eff crew
Spec eff crew
Spec eff crew
Spec eff crew
Spec eff crew
Titles des by
Chucky eff by Kevin Yagher Productions, Inc., stud
Studio tech
Studio tech
Studio tech
Studio tech
Studio tech
Studio tech
Studio tech
Studio tech
Studio tech
Studio tech
Studio tech
Studio tech
Studio tech
Studio tech
Studio tech
Studio tech
Studio tech
Mechanical tech
Mechanical tech
Mechanical tech
Mechanical tech
Mechanical tech
Mechanical tech
Chucky costumer
Chucky computer eng
Optical eff by
Visual eff supv
Vice president of prod
Visual eff coord
Plate photog
Asst cam
MAKEUP
Key makeup
Makeup
Special FX makeup
Key hair stylist
Key hair stylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Scr supv
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Prod coord
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst to David Kirschner
Asst to Jack Bender
Asst to Robert Latham Brown
Asst to Laura Moskowitz
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Casting assoc
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Dial coach
First aid
First aid
Craft service
Craft service
Extras casting
Studio tech
Amusement park consultant
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Don Mancini.
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Solveig's Song," composed by Edvard Greig, arranged by W. Warren, courtesy of Corelli/Jacobs Music
"Calliope #1 & #2," written by Peter Vanderlohren, courtesy of Ole Georg/Capitol Production Music.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
30 August 1991
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 30 August 1991
Production Date:
4 February--mid April 1991
Copyright Claimant:
Universal City Studios, Inc.
Copyright Date:
11 December 1991
Copyright Number:
PA547204
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
90
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
31273
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At the Playpal toy factory, Chucky, the killer “Good Guy” doll, is reborn after his remains contaminate a vat of molten plastic. Despite the scandal and lawsuits endured by the company years earlier, when Chucky’s original owner, Andy Barclay, claimed the doll was possessed by serial murderer Charles Lee Ray, Playpal president Mr. Sullivan is determined to resume manufacture of “Good Guy” dolls. Later that day, Mr. Sullivan is presented with the first Good Guy from the assembly line. Unfortunately, it is the reincarnated Chucky, who kills Sullivan, and uses a computer to locate Andy Barclay. Andy is enrolled at Kent Military School, where headmaster Colonel Cochrane labels the boy “a troublemaker,” based on his association with Chucky’s crimes. Andy enters his dormitory to find his roommate, Harold Aubrey Whitehurst, bound and gagged in the closet. Whitehurst blames senior cadet Lieutenant Colonel Fred C. Shelton, who bullies his fellow students with impunity. At morning assembly, Shelton turns his wrath on Andy, prompting cadet Krista DeSilva to insult the officer. Andy is impressed with DeSilva’s courage as she stoically accepts her punishment. Later that day, the mailroom clerk assigns young cadet Ronald Tyler to deliver a package to Andy. However, when Tyler discovers the box contains a Good Guy doll, he hides in the armory to play with it. Chucky introduces himself as “Charles Lee Ray,” and recites an incantation over Tyler to take control of his body. Col. Cochrane confiscates Chucky, informing Tyler that cadets do not play with dolls. The headmaster throws Chucky into a garbage truck, but the doll escapes and appears in Andy’s ... +


At the Playpal toy factory, Chucky, the killer “Good Guy” doll, is reborn after his remains contaminate a vat of molten plastic. Despite the scandal and lawsuits endured by the company years earlier, when Chucky’s original owner, Andy Barclay, claimed the doll was possessed by serial murderer Charles Lee Ray, Playpal president Mr. Sullivan is determined to resume manufacture of “Good Guy” dolls. Later that day, Mr. Sullivan is presented with the first Good Guy from the assembly line. Unfortunately, it is the reincarnated Chucky, who kills Sullivan, and uses a computer to locate Andy Barclay. Andy is enrolled at Kent Military School, where headmaster Colonel Cochrane labels the boy “a troublemaker,” based on his association with Chucky’s crimes. Andy enters his dormitory to find his roommate, Harold Aubrey Whitehurst, bound and gagged in the closet. Whitehurst blames senior cadet Lieutenant Colonel Fred C. Shelton, who bullies his fellow students with impunity. At morning assembly, Shelton turns his wrath on Andy, prompting cadet Krista DeSilva to insult the officer. Andy is impressed with DeSilva’s courage as she stoically accepts her punishment. Later that day, the mailroom clerk assigns young cadet Ronald Tyler to deliver a package to Andy. However, when Tyler discovers the box contains a Good Guy doll, he hides in the armory to play with it. Chucky introduces himself as “Charles Lee Ray,” and recites an incantation over Tyler to take control of his body. Col. Cochrane confiscates Chucky, informing Tyler that cadets do not play with dolls. The headmaster throws Chucky into a garbage truck, but the doll escapes and appears in Andy’s room, revealing his plan to possess Tyler’s body. Andy responds by beating Chucky against the floor, swearing to protect Tyler. Shelton hears the commotion and takes Chucky, intending the doll as a gift for his younger sister. That night, Andy attempts to retrieve Chucky while Shelton is asleep, but the doll escapes. Upon realizing Chucky is missing, Shelton orders the dormitory residents to march in the rain until Andy admits his guilt. Meanwhile, DeSilva cannot contain her infatuation with Andy and convinces her roommate, Ivers, to sneak into Col. Cochrane’s office to read the cadet’s file. They discover Tyler playing with Chucky, and convince the boy to leave before Col. Cochrane returns. The headmaster enters and dies of a heart attack at the sight of the knife-wielding doll. The next day, Andy informs Tyler that Chucky is responsible for Cochrane’s death, but the child refuses to believe him. Later, Sergeant Botnick, the school barber, finds Chucky hiding in his shop and attempts to shave the doll’s head. Chucky cuts Botnick’s throat with a razor, and threatens Whitehurst when he stumbles upon the aftermath. Whitehurst joins his company as they embark on war games, but despite being visibly upset, he remains silent about the murder. While the cadets are divided into “red” and “blue” teams, Chucky tampers with the red team’s rifles, replacing paint cartridges with live ammunition. That night, Andy and DeSilva wander away from their base camp and share their first kiss. Afterward, Andy steals a map of red team positions from Shelton’s tent to aid his search for Tyler. Meanwhile, Tyler learns of Chucky’s evil intentions and makes his way toward the camp, as Shelton accuses Andy of treason. Chucky takes DeSilva hostage and radios Shelton, demanding Tyler as ransom, then radios the Red Team, ordering them to attack their opponents. Moments after the Blue Team rescues De Silva, the Red Team opens fire and kills Shelton. As Chucky makes his escape, he throws a live hand grenade at the Blue Team, and Whitehurst sacrifices himself by smothering it with his body. Tyler runs to a nearby amusement park and takes refuge with the security guard, unaware that Chucky is lying in wait. After killing the guard, Chucky abducts Tyler, forcing him at gunpoint to an attraction called “The Devil’s Lair.” Andy and DeSilva pursue, armed with the guard’s pistol. After shooting DeSilva in the leg, Chucky knocks Tyler unconscious and drags him up a mountain of skulls, where he begins the soul-transfer ritual. Andy shoots off Chucky’s left arm, but the doll uses his remaining hand to strangle the cadet. Andy amputates the hand and throws Chucky into the blades of a wind machine at the foot of the mountain. Later, as DeSilva is taken away in an ambulance, Andy assures her he will be alright, moments before he is placed under arrest. +

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