Franchise mastermind Don Mancini tells Red Alert about his latest toy story
Forget Annabelle. Cinema’s leading killer doll is back in Cult Of Chucky.
CHUCKY’S GOT UNFINISHED BUSINESS
1 Curse Of Chucky saw everyone’s favourite pint-sized strangler get a new lease of life and a new nemesis in troubled Nica (Fiona Dourif ). Cut to Cult Of Chucky and the killing shows no signs of stopping. “We pick up four years later with Nica’s story,” reveals series overseer Don Mancini. “The end of Curse saw Nica taking the rap for Chucky and sent to the loony bin. She believes Chucky was a delusion and she herself is the murderer but when her psychiatrist introduces a Good Guy doll as a therapeutic tool, mayhem ensues. Chucky does what he does,” he smiles. “He has unfinished business. He wants to settle the score.”
HE’S BACK TO BE BAD
2 Husband, father, unkillable horror icon… Chucky’s certainly experienced some changes since he first hit screens in ’88. Despite a few comedy detours, Mancini’s happy to return him to his roots. “I always have to keep in mind Chucky as a threat and remind the audience what he’s capable of,” Mancini tells Red Alert. “The patients all have certain issues,” he adds. “They all project onto the doll during the course of their therapy so Chucky means something different to each of them. There are real lives at stake.”
HE’S DEADLIER THAN EVER
3 “That’s always challenging when you work in a genre like this,” admits Mancini. “I imagine even Agatha Christie had a problem dreaming up new ways to kill people.” He’s got a point. It can’t be easy coming up with inventive deaths seven films into a horror franchise. “You think of it as opportunity because you’re always looking to surprise,” he counters. “That’s part of the fun of putting Chucky into this sub-genre of the mental institution mind-fuck movie – it’s a whole new canvas. We’ve never seen him in a world like this before. Then there’s all the new weapons he’d have at his disposal in a hospital...”
4 Brad Dourif’s back to give life to Chucky’s iconic vocal chords but this time he’s reunited with original nemesis Andy Barclay as Child’s Play’s Alex Vincent officially returns to the franchise. “He really stepped up to the plate,” says Mancini on Vincent’s return to the Chucky-verse. “He’s really good and I think people are going to be surprised. Andy is a very proactive character and his relationship with Chucky is complicated because it goes back to chapter one. It’s interesting to see what’s going on with them at this point in their relationship.”
CHUCKY ISN’T GOING ANYWHERE
5 Chucky may be nearing his 30th birthday but that doesn’t mean he’s past it. If Mancini has anything to say about it, this Good Guy gone bad will be around for a long time to come. “I’m always a little bit ahead, sometimes way ahead,” says Mancini on future franchise plans. “After 30 years I have files of various Chucky ideas, I think that’s one of the reasons for the character’s longevity. He’s just very versatile. He can be plugged into all kinds of different movies in different tones, as we’ve shown. I hope he lives to strangle another day.”
Cult Of Chucky is available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download from 23 October.