I have taught 6, 7, and 8 year olds for over ten years now. Every year, inevitably, when I leave the kids to chat freely, I am shocked to learn that some of their parents let them watch Chucky.
I'll admit, I have never watched a full Chucky movie. I've only seen bits and pieces when flipping through channels, late at night, mostly. But from what I've seen, and what I've heard, it's pretty much the last thing in the world they should be watching. They recount scenes with alarming clarity. They laugh in wide-eyed horror, and yes, delight.
And always, at some point, I jump into their conversations with something like,
"Your parents let you watch that? That's horrible! You tell your parents that you shouldn't be watching those kinds of movies."
And then one or two kids will chime in, "My parents don't let me watch it. They say it's too violent."
And I say, "That's right. And don't you forget it."
To make matters worse, producers of the Chucky franchise added fuel to my students' fires with Bride of Chucky and the subsequent Seed of Chucky, among other titles. In fact, there are five, and they're entitled the "Child's Play" series.
In fact, today, one of little girls informed me that ". . .in Seed of Chucky, Chucky and his bride have a baby and they name it "Shithead." Great. Perfect.
In researching the marvelous facts about Chucky, I learned that their spawn is not actually named "Shithead," but rather he is a gender confused child that they call Glen/Glenda. I also came across these excerpts from Wikipedia's descriptions of the movies. And I am horrified; this garbage is worse than I ever imagined.
When a puppeteer, Tony Gardner walks into the room, he picks up Tiffany (Chucky's bride) and begins taking her apart, causing her and Chucky to cut his head off with a piano wire. Jennifer Tilly walks in and sees the decapitated body and calls the police. Glen/Glenda is horrified by this, and later on (after Glen/Glenda explains that he/she is their child) he/she asks them why they murder people. Chucky tells him/her that it's a hobby and they do it to relax. He also states that it has been a tradition for generations. .
. . .Meanwhile, Jennifer Tilly and Redman start to have sex only for Tiffany to knock them both out. While they are knocked out, Tiffany inseminates Tilly with Chucky's semen. As this happens, Chucky leaves and takes Glen/Glenda with him. After driving Britney Spears' car off the road, they proceed to go to a photographer's dark room. The photographer (John Waters) had taken pictures of Tilly having sex with Redman, and of Chucky masturbating. While Chucky attempts to kill the man, Glen/Glenda tries to warn him, only for the photographer to bump into a shelf causing a jar of acid to fall on his face. Chucky is overjoyed at this, thinking that Glen/Glenda wanted to kill the man. He takes a picture to celebrate.
If my students' parents want to watch these things, it is their business. But now that I know exactly how awful it all really is, I feel like I should call Child Protective Services on some of these parents for allowing their little ones to watch this stuff.
What do you think?