At the time of this
writing, there were a total of six Chucky movies, the
latest being in 2013. The original movie, called
Child's Play, was released in 1988. Child's Play 2
was released in 1990, and Child's Play 3 in 1991.
Focusing on the original, reviews were mostly positive
(Roger Ebert even liked it). Ultimately, it was a
huge success at the box office, which was the impetus
for the sequels.
In the original movie,
murdered Charles Lee Ray is shot by the police, and just
before he dies, he used his wacky voodoo skills to
transfer his essence into a Good Guy Doll. After
Karen Barclay buys the same doll for her son Andy,
things start getting out of hand as the doll, Chucky,
comes to life and begins killing people in Andy's life.
Everyone believes that Andy is the killer, and they put
him in a mental hospital. Eventually, Andy's mother and
the police realize that Chucky is indeed alive, and
Chucky is injured when the police shoot him.
Chucky learns that to continue living, he
must possess the first person he shared his secret with,
in this case Andy. In the end, Andy is saved, and
the movie ends with the supposedly incapacitated Chucky
coming back to life.