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How the 'Child's Play' remake redesigned Chucky, a smart doll with a killer glitch

Tasked with reimagining the pint-sized killer doll Chucky, one of the most iconic villains in the horror canon, "Child's Play" reboot helmer Lars Klevberg ("Polaroid") found inspiration from an unlikely source: adorable, innocent babies.

More specifically, toddlers - including his own - and the ways in which they soak up everything, both good and bad, around them.

In Orion Pictures' "Child's Play," a remake of the 1988 cult classic that takes a sharp canonical detour away from the original reincarnated serial killer premise, Chucky is a self-learning AI who picks up sociopathic social cues from the humans around him. The R-rated results are both inventive and grisly. Very grisly.

Thirty-one years ago in the film that spawned a franchise of

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