CONTENT WARNING: This story contains details of extreme violence against children.
The 2019 Child’s Play movie remake was released this week; and if you’re not brave enough to see the film yet, you may have watched the trailer. But the trailer won’t tell you that the original 1988 movie has been linked to one of the most horrific murders of a child in memory.
British children Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were just 10 when they tortured and killed two-year-old James Bulger in 1993. To understand their brutal actions, some have claimed that one of the sequels of Child’s Play – 1991’s Child’s Play 3 – inspired their behaviour.
James Bulger’s death.
On February 12, 1993, two-year-old James Bulger was taken by Venables and Thompson when his mother, Denise Bulger (now Fergus) was momentarily distracted at a butcher’s shop.
What ensued was hours of torture, most of which has been too graphic to report.
Essentially, Bulger was taken to various locations by the boys, as they finally headed to deserted railway tracks at a nearby village.
The official cause of the toddler’s death was beating, as his captors punched, kicked and stoned him.
They also threw paint on him, and into his left eye.
Finally, Bulger’s lifeless and battered tiny body was tied to a railway track. His body was found days later.
The case of unprecedented brutality by children outraged the nation, and made Venables and Thompson two of the most reviled criminals in British history.
They were found guilty of murder, and sentenced at “Her Majesty’s pleasure”, requiring their imprisonment to be constantly reviewed. In June 2001, they were both paroled into society, and given new identities.
The Child’s Play movies.
The basic premise of the Child's Play movies is that a doll, Chucky, is possessed by a serial killer, and terrorises and murders people.
The film franchise consists of six movies containing extremely violent content, which most would agree is only appropriate for mature minds.
The latest instalment – the 2019 remake – is rated MA 15+ for Australian audiences.
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