Chucky’s Evolution to Smart Toy Harkens Back to Satanic Panic

Growing up, this fake killer doll was what scared me the most! Today, a new movie involving the character is out. I like this article because it explores the “Satanic Panic” of the 80s and shows how horror movies often reflect the fears of their times, since Chucky was a character associated with voodoo in the 80s, but today is associated with smart devices.


During this past Halloween season, I was hanging out with some people and someone was watching one of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies. They asked me if I knew whether or not the movie was based on a true story, since they once heard it was. I have heard it was based on true events too, but I told that person I didn’t know, I still needed to investigate further, so I did. What I found out was the movie isn’t based on a true story, but is inspired by the real-life story of the serial killer Ed Gein. Gein was also used as inspiration for the novel Psycho, which was adapted by Alfred Hitchcock into a movie, and for the movie The Silence of the Lambs. Gein is similar and used as inspiration for the character Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise because when authorities searched his property, they found a basket made out of skin, a belt made from nipples,  leggings which were made out of the skin from human legs, masks that were made from faces, and other horrendous things from the skin of his victims! EEEEEK!