NYCC 2013: Chucky 25th Anniversary Panel
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The sixth installment in the Child’s Play franchise, Curse Of Chucky went direct to DVD and Blu-ray on October 8, 2013, along with Blu-ray and DVD box set for Chucky: The Complete Collection, which contains all 6 Chucky films: Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky, Curse Of Chucky.

Chucky creator Don Mancini made an appearance today at New York Comic-Con, along with franchise stars Brad Dourif, Danielle Bisutti, Fiona Dourif, Alex Vincent (the original child, Andy, from Child’s Play), and Jennifer Tilly, at a panel moderated by Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles discuss the horror film series’ 25th anniversary.

In the new movie, Fiona Dourif stars as a young women who receives a package containing the classic Chucky doll, which, unbeknownst to her, is possessed by the spirit of a serial killer. Brad Dourif, Fiona’s dad (who you’ll know as Wormtongue in the Lord Of The Rings films), has provided the voice for the murderous doll beginning with the 1988 film that started it all, Child’s Play. In Curse Of Chucky, the little red-headed doll is back to play again, and there will be blood!

To start the panel, a video message from Chucky was played, where the notorious slasher talked about his 43 kills and several resurrections throughout his career; this served as an introduction to a video megamix of scenes from the Child’s Play franchise of all those bloody, grotesque on-screen kills. [Update – Mike Relm’s megamix has been released – watch it here below. Note – spoilers for all Chucky movies, including the newest one.]

Dourif talked about how after the first three films, Chucky falls in love and enters the second phase, so his voice and the way he speaks changes. Tilly explained how she and Brad Dourif recorded their voice work together, and that the line where she says “Chucky, shouldn’t you wear a rubber?” and Chuck responds “I’m all rubber” was ad-libbed.

Vincent talked about doing the audition for the role of “Andy” for the first movie as a child and having to say “bitch” in front of his mom at 6 years old. He was excited to return to the franchise (you have to stay tip the very end of the credits in the Unrated version to see his cameo).

Fiona Dourif says that growing up with Chucky as her dad was a good experience: she’d scare her friends in High School with her Chucky doll, and in junior high school and high school, she says guys wanted to date her. When she did the audition, Mancini liked her but the studio didn’t know if she was “likable.” So, she got more dolled up in a flowery dress and make up and came back, and then got the role over the 300 actresses that had auditioned.

Danielle Bisutti said that her uncle and dad had worked in the crew of previous Chucky movies and that since she was little, she wanted to be an actress. She told a creepy story where she was rehearsing her lines at home, where she has to say “The power went out,” her power actually went out in her building (an old 1930s building), which in the film doesn’t work out too well.

In the film, Chucky has a round, smooth, scarless face afferent from the original “Good Guy” face, and Mancini says there’s been lots of controversy regarding this look, but that there is a valid reason for this version of the doll, which is revealed in Curse Of Chucky.

During the filming, Chucky gets the most takes, much more than the humans actors, who then have to have a lot of patience working with a puppet.

At the end of Seed, Tiffany’s soul goes into Jennifer Tilly, so in Curse, that’s why she doesn’t have Tiffany’s “Chucky” heart tattoo.

There was a shot that didn’t make it in: The end-credits scene was supposed to end differently. Mancini had in the script that the film would end by having the camera pull back to reveal that Andy now lives above a store called “Andy’s Gun Shop,” which shows that he’s been preparing for the inevitable rematch with his former tormenter, Chucky. Mancini later felt that it would be better just to cut to black.

Panel Photos

[All panel photos by Dave3 for Geeks of Doom.]

Video: Mike Relm: The Chucky Megamix

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