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The Rules of the Spell in Child’s Play

October 31, 2021

I thought I would lay out the rules of the first 3 Child’s Play movies for Chucky’s magic spell that started off the whole franchise. The rules continually change and evolve as the franchise continues but I thought I would start with the first three.

The magic used is specifically stated to be Voodoo. Charles Lee Ray was a disciple of John Bishop, a voodoo priest once known as “Doctor Death”. The chant used specifically invokes the loa of Damballa. It is viewed as an abomination of the faith and an unacceptable act in voodoo.

The text of the chant is specifically “Ade due damballa. Give me the power I beg of you. Secoise entienne mais pois de morte. Morteisma lieu de vocuier de mieu vochette. Endonline pour de boisette damballa! Secoise entienne mais pois de morte. Endelieu pour de boisette damballa!!! (x4)”

For the purposes of this article:
“Lost Soul” refers to the soul of the person who casts the spell to transfer their soul.
“Form” refers to the inanimate object the Lost Soul is possessing

Unspoken Rule 1: The Lost Soul can manipulate the shape and properties of the Form to some degree.

Source: All three movies. Chucky can move his face and speak in a manner unintended by Good Guy Dolls. He is somehow able to project his voice from life from his doll body. He is also able to utilize the doll’s original voice chip technology to trigger the original voice lines for camouflage purposes. He also has the proportionate strength of an adult human man in doll form. He can also still operate parts of his body when separated.

Spoken Rule 1: The Lost Soul that possesesses the Form must transfer his soul into a human body or risk getting trapped in the Form forever.

Source: In Child’s Play, Chucky’s voodoo teacher John tells him this directly.

Reiterated by Andy as he talks to his therapist in Child’s Play 2. He tells his therapist that Chucky told him there was a time limit and if he did not succeed, he would be trapped in the doll forever. Also reiterated by Chucky to Kyle later in Child’s Play 2.

Spoken Rule 2: The Form that the Lost Soul possesses slowly turns “human” and the Lost Soul can no longer transfer into another form.

Source: In Child’s Play, Chucky’s voodoo teacher John tells him this directly.

Reiterated by Chucky near the end of Child’s Play 2 when the transfer fails, causing him to realize the time limit has passed. This sends Chucky into a berzerker rage. During the franchise we see Chucky bleed seemingly human blood and his insides are replaced with realistic gore.

Reiterated again in the third movie when Chucky once again bleeds when injured.

Spoken Rule 2a: The time limit for the Form turning human starts over if the Form is “killed” and rebuilt.

Source: Chucky in Child’s Play 2 when he gets a nosebleed after being thrown down the stairs by Andy’s foster father. He says “I’m turning human again!”

Spoken Rule 3: The Lost Soul can be only be transferred to the first human that learns the identity of the Lost Soul.

Reiterated by Andy as he talks to his therapist in Child’s Play 2. He tells his therapist that he was the first person to learn that Chucky was actually Charles Lee Ray. That marked him for soul transferrence.

Reiterated again by Chucky when he meets Ronald in Child’s Play 3 and is talking to himself. He chooses to tell Ronald his identity and make him the new target.

Unspoken Rule #2: If the form that one is inhabiting is destroyed, pieces can be replaced. If these new pieces are attached to a possessed piece, the new pieces are possessed.

Shown at the beginning of Child’s Play 2. We witness in detail the toy factory laboratory technicians rebuilding the burned husk of Chucky after he was shot and burned at the end of Child’s Play. We see him being stripped down to a metal exoskeleton before all external parts are replaced as good as new. He then takes control of the whole of the doll again.

This is reiterated at the beginning of Child’s Play 3 when Chucky’s blood (from his messy death at the end of 2) is mixed in with melted plastic to make a new doll.

So, we see that the way that Chucky is beaten in each movie makes sense. Wait until he becomes “human” and vulnerable and then kill him.


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