Annabelle has been the horror movie hit of the month, terrifying crowds and for majority living up to the hype to a degree. Annabelle is the creepiest doll of the 21st century and has helped make the Conjuring franchise stronger and scarier. Chucky on the other hand was the main protagonist of his own namesake franchise, but his original form, the cute good guys doll, despite being far from as eerie as the vacant Annabelle stare, Chucky’s living persona is blood curdling. The three categories that these 2 dolls will be pitted against each other in are, influence, scare factor, film success of Annebelle and Chucky.
Chucky influenced a generation. Dolls had their place in the world as gifts, keepsakes and ornaments for a plethora of reasons. But as they grew to become a fad in the 80’s and 90’s with electronics and different makeups, Chucky helped steer the ship of their scare factor. Without his ability to turn something so cute with companionship into terrifying and sadistic enemies, toys became scary and due to this a craze of scary dolls and toys became a popular haunting motif. Thanks to this little bastard.
Annabelle took this aspect and transferred the fear factor away from dialogue and action that creepy dolls possessed and showcased what it is like to be fearsome without changing expression. Annabelle in its lifeless and blank look made that as scary as terrorising actions can be.
Despite Annabelle changing the landscape of scary dolls and becoming the leader in the current day, without Chucky, would dolls and toys ever become what they are today in this genre. I think not.
Chucky > Annabelle
Although neither posses super strength, here is something about them both, especially Chucky where their strength outweighs their size. Chucky can manhandle anyone, his crude humour and vindictive smile is chilling and his lack of remorse and morals in his attack and appeal is terrifying. Yet, not once does he care the audience, it’s more so unnerving that something so little can be so sinister
Annabelle herself as a tangible object is scary enough with it’s grin and not so lifeless look, but the demonic and supernatural possession it entails can scare audiences in a number of ways. Almost unstoppable and truly horrific in the amount of ways it can make an impact, the very being that is deep inside this doll can move objects, kill someone and take over anther’s soul.
Chucky has not aged well as a scary doll, whilst Annabelle and all she is will forever be able to scare the pants of viewers surely because of it’s unnatural and terrifying variety of scares. Chucky is sadistic whilst Annabelle is truly horrifying.
Annabelle > Chucky
Child’s Play was groundbreaking and genre shaking. Not yet had we seen a character like Chucky, and rarely up until this time had dolls come alive. It was unqiue, different and to many, very scary to belie that a doll could come alvie. This is hy the rception was so good. It reicved a gross total of 71 Million and also won best horror movie for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Movies.
Annabelle the original film not origins was truly scary and helped spawn the doll into it’s own universe, giving The Conjuring franchise more dimensions. The film has a total gross of 246 million which is true to how good the film is and also nominated for a total of 8 awards and won 1.
Although i personally like Child’s Play more, it has a lower total gross and was nominated for less awards. It was much more influential, and without Chucky, Annabelle would quite potentially not exist, yet as a standalone film it did outdo Child’s Play.
Annebelle > Chucky
Both films, franchises and most importantly, dolls, are the two scariest to exist. Both have helped keep the genre alive and both have given their spin on haunting and paranormal movies. Although Chucky is a larger than life phenomena, he was the face of evil for a large period of time, and will always have his recognition, his film, and overall scare factor hasn’t aged overly well, and in caparison to Annabelle at times now seems comical. That is why the verdict is, what it is.
Annabelle > Chucky