Residents of Texas might have received a strange message on Friday morning when an Amber Alert from the Texas Alerts System told them to be on the lookout for Chucky - the possessed knife-wielding doll from the Child’s Play films.
The system, which is usually used to search for missing or abducted children, somehow managed to list both Chucky and his fictional son Glen as missing, which may have given one or two people who saw the alert a fright.
The alert went into great detail about the missing characters. Chucky was listed as being 28-years-old with red, auburn hair with blue eyes. Just to reiterate that they were talking about a doll, Chucky was also billed as being 3’1 and weighing just 16 pounds. Additional information included “Blue denim overalls with multi-coloured striped long sleeve shirt wielding a huge kitchen knife.” Gulp…
In comparison, Glen was down as five-years-old had the same colour hair and eyes as his dad but was just 2’3 inches tall and weighed six pounds wearing a blue shirt with black collar. Slightly less menacing then.
This is all well and good but why as a psychotic horror film character and its son listed as missing children in the state of Texas? Well, according to a statement from the Texas Department of Public Safety the alert was an error.
Speaking to the KENS 5 television statement, the agency said, “[The alert] is a result of a test malfunction. We apologize for the confusion this may have caused and are diligently working to ensure this does not happen again.”
Chucky first appeared in the 1988 film Child’s Play and has since gone on to appear in all eight subsequent sequels. Glen’s first appearance was in 1998’s Bride of Chucky and the follow-up film Seed of Chucky in 2004.
Thankfully these are all movies and we can sleep soundly knowing that an evil killer doll and his son isn’t on the loose in Texas…