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Don Mancini

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Writer-director-producer Don Mancini created the Child’s Play franchise, the phenomenally successful series of horror movies featuring “Chucky,” the killer doll. Mancini wrote the screenplay for all seven films in the series, and directed Seed of Chucky (2004); Curse of Chucky (2013), which won Best International Feature at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival; and the franchise’s latest, Cult of Chucky, which was released in October 2017.

Mancini conceived the screenplay for the original Child’s Play in 1988, while an undergraduate student at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. In television, Mancini has been a writer-producer on NBC’s Hannibal, HBO’s Tales From the Crypt and SyFy’s anthology series Channel Zero. He has also appeared as a judge on Syfy’s reality competition series Face Off and Food Network’s Halloween Wars.