Don Mancini during the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike
George Donald Mancini
January 25, 1963
|Other names||Kit Du Bois|
Donald G. Mancini
|Occupation||Screenwriter, film director|
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, 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).
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. 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.
|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|
|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||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also based on characters created by, executive producer|
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