For nearly three decades, a small red-haired doll has struck fear (and laughs) into the hearts of horror fans. Chucky is a “Good Guy Doll” and he’s you’re “friend till the end.” Of course, he’s likely to cause this end. Possessed by a voodoo curse from serial killer Charles Lee Ray, Chucky debuted back in 1988’s Child’s Play, written by Don Mancini, and starring/voicing Oscar nominee Brad Dourif as the main antagonist. Now six films and 30 years later, Chucky packed out room 1A06 last night at this year’s New York Comic-Con promoting the latest film, Cult of Chucky, out on Blu-ray this week.
The panel featured a true all-star guest list. The writer of every film in the franchise and director of the last three entries, Don Mancini was introduced first followed by stars Jennifer Tilly (Tiffany), Fiona Dourif (Nica), Brad Dourif (Chucky), and Alex Vincent (Andy Barclay). Of course what Chucky panel wouldn’t be complete with an appearance by the doll itself… who got his own chair.
They discussed a wide variety of topics including the history of the franchise and acting alongside the puppets, before devolving into strange conversations about doll-sex and Fiona’s sex life… awkward for her dad, Brad. The conversation and discussion went a full hour and had the jammed-packed crowd in stitches with laughter. Jennifer Tilly and Fiona Dourif were hilarious and could’ve run the whole panel themselves with director Don Mancini who they continually and lovingly joked with and ragged on. Mancini said he came up with Chucky in college and will probably perfect the idea in his 90s. They all talked about the progression of the films, and even the meaning of the new title, with Mancini saying he was including the fans into the “Cult” of Chucky.
Mancini and the other guests had a treat for everyone: exclusive clips from the unrated Blu-ray Edition, hich is now out in stores and on Digital HD. They showed the pre-credits scene with Andy and Chucky and spoke to Vincent about growing up in the franchise. Fiona Dourif, who also grew up in the franchise in a different way, joked about being “The Chucky Girl,” which she admitted got cooler as she became a teenager and realized boys liked horror movies. The final scene they showed is an Easter Egg from the unrated edition, showing the return of Kyle (Christine Elise) from Child’s Play 2 (1990). Elise then made a surprise appearance on the panel.
They entire gang is like a huge family. Vincent, Elise, and Brad Dourif have been in this franchise almost 30 years, Tilly almost 20, and Fiona Dourif grew up around it before becoming directly involved. She even calls Don Mancini her best friend. The entire gang pled with him not to be killed off, so they could return in sequels, which bet your bottom dollar we will get sooner than later. Cult of Chucky is really fun, by the way, and you can see why, based on how much fun this group seems to have.
[All photos by Dr. Zaius for Geeks Of Doom.]
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