Actress Fiona Dourif, one of the stars of the forthcoming “Curse of Chucky”, has been singing the praises of the “Child’s Play” sixquel over on Twitter.
Dourif, daughter of ‘Chucky’ himself Brad Dourif (Brad lends his lungs to the character, he’s not actually the inspiration for a demonic doll dressed in overalls), says the film, a trailer of which she said we can expect soon, should be seen as somewhat of a sequel to the 1988 original. In other words, it bypasses the silly antics of the last couple of sequels and returns the series to it’s ‘oops, I weed my pants’ roots.
”He is a throw back to his scary days”, says Dourif, who plays the heroine of the Don Mancini-directed movie. “Definitely horror. Think remake/sequel.”
Moviehole was the first to report on the ‘Chucky’ rebootquel – and it’s new direction, back in June of 2012.
In this new film, which is being produced for DVD, Chucky arrives to wreck havoc within a family that’s regrouped for a funeral. In the wake of her mother’s passing, a young woman – in a wheelchair since birth – is forced to put up with her sister, brother-in-law, niece and their nanny as they say their goodbyes to mother. When people start turning up dead, the fearless Nica discovers the culprit might be a “strange doll” she was sent a couple of days earlier.
Unlike the last couple of “Chucky” movies, while there will be humour, there’s a lot more emphasis here on making the series scary again – so this’ll be a throwback to the first three “Child’s Play” movies. (Interestingly enough, a reboot of the series has been in development which also encompassed a slightly darker, more frightening tone, suggesting we’ll likely never see another campy ‘Chucky’ flick again.)
Brad Dourif is, of course, back to voice the role of the killer doll. He’s lent his lungs – and briefly, face – to every “Child’s Play” thus far. So thankfully, Uni aren’t saving coin and bringing in Jake Busey or Frank Stallone to speak into a mic. Dourif is Chuck.
Main characters in the film include heroine Nica; Barb, Nica’s older sister, a manipulative, controlling cow that nags her handsome husband Ian and 5-year-old daughter Alice; and Jill, the “smokin’ hot” nanny that’s sleeping with Ian. There’s also fun supporting characters like a meddling priest, who will come face-to-cross with Chucky, and of course, the deceased woman, mother Sarah. But, as I said, it’s Chucky who takes king credit – he’s who we want to see, and by golly, sounds like he’s back to his murderous ways.
As I said, this is a return to ‘nasty’ Chucky – the scary little son-of-a-bitch that leaves nobody standing around to get their shits and giggles as two plastic dolls play hide the plastic cabana via silhouette (in fact, the film completely skips over the last couple of sequels, essentially taking place after “Child’s Play 3″ – so there’s no Jennifer Tilly, sorry kids!). There’s a big-ass knife, and by golly, Chucky’s gonna use it – and in the most graphic of ways. There’s some very disturbing slaughter scenes planned for the flick.
“Curse of Chucky” is due out on DVD and Blu-ray – maybe even VOD, for the few who find it too far to walk from the computer room to the lounge room these days (but I can’t be positive of that, so there may be walking involved) – in October.
Having read the libretto, and having been following the flick’s progress from day zero, I’m actually quite confident Dourif’s on the money when she promises us a good time here. You’ve got a few months to buy a couple of pairs of stain-proof slacks, kids.
To hold you ‘Chucky’ fans over til October, here’s a few behind-the-scenes pics Dourif pointed us to at the Alterian Facebook page.