Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees are the strong and deadly type. The two supernatural boogeymen have a nasty habit of silently lurking before popping up when the victim least expects it. On the flip side, dream demon Freddy Krueger possesses a killer wit and relishes in taunting his targets. Chucky embraces both varieties of psychopaths. The lethal doll quietly circles his prey, but bombards them with one-liners and chatter before delivering the final blow. Actor Brad Dourif has provided Chucky’s voice since Child’s Play and continues those vocal duties on Curse of Chucky. During a set visit, Dourif specifically came in to speak about articulating Chucky’s latest instalment and the horror icon’s staying power.
How does it feel revisting the Chucky franchise after nine years?
I’ve been talking to Don Mancini for a long time and we’ve been trying to get this ball rolling. I knew Don had a really special feeling about this particular film. He wanted to go back to the roots, so to speak. Actually, even further back. I think he’s going back to the first inclination and feeling he had when he thought of what’s now a franchise.
Does that mean Curse of Chucky is more in the vein of the original film or more comedic like the previous two instalments?
When we did the first [comedic] one, there was a big push for the comedic stuff. I was shooting another movie at the time and they got somebody else who was funny. It didn’t work. What we found is to do horror, it has to be scary before any comedy even begins to make sense. Otherwise, it’s boring. Chucky was always supposed to be creepy. He was always supposed to be scary. The main thing about Chucky is he will turn a living, breathing, remarkable human being into a piece of meat. My job is to make people feel that.
What appealed to you about this script?
It was very tight. Out of all the ones I’ve seen over the years, this is the tightest. It was a really, really very well thought through, very well executed script. The second thing is its way creepier, way, way creepier than anything so far.
Why has Chucky targeted this particular family?
I think there was an impulse that was ruined when Charles Lee Ray was killed that Chucky has never gotten past. This is Chucky’s way of dealing with that.
Do you miss Chucky’s lady love, Tiffany, and actress Jennifer Tilly?
It always gets a little lonely in the ADR room because I have to do the ADR first. It’s always a lonely couple of days doing the whole thing by myself in a room. It was wonderful when I got to work with someone else so, yeah, I do miss her.
Could that romance have continued or did the storyline run its course?
Don had an idea which was so cool for another one that would be more Jennifer’s movie. I wanted to do it. It would be very sad if it ever got done.
There’s been plenty of talk surrounding a Chucky remake. What would such a reboot need to incorporate in order to be successful?
They would be crazy to remake Chucky. It wouldn’t be Chucky. Why? I think we solved the problem of a remake by the way we are dealing with this. I don’t think there has to be a remake. I think you can go back to the roots of something without doing the same damn movie again. Frankly, personally, I hate them. For the most part, they don’t work. Rob Zombie’s first Halloween was an exception, but it did something very different. He really showed the family. He went some place with it where the other ones didn’t go.
What has made Chucky so endearing in the horror genre?
We love our monsters. Our monsters are important to us. We have all these instincts that we, as animals… we need to not be eaten. Those instincts stay with us. That’s what horror is. A predator with whom you cannot negotiate. That’s the horror monster.
With that said, why could Curse of Chucky be one of the best Chucky movies to date?
You go with the flow with what audiences want with horror. Chucky did that very well. The humor was handled, but now we go back. Like I said, I think we are going even further back to the germ, to the feeling of having something there doesn’t look alive, but is alive. It’s that moment when you go to sleep at night and you’re 8-years-old and the shadows move across the dolls in your room. There’s a very creepy, unsettling feeling.