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Quint chats up Don Mancini, David Kirschner and Michelle Gold about the CHILD'S PLAY REMAKE and the new DVD!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a lengthy interview I conducted with the creators of the original CHILD’S PLAY and the main creative force behind the upcoming Special Edition DVD of the first (and still best) movie. If you’re a child of the ‘80s like me, then CHILD’S PLAY probably holds a place of honor in your memories of adolescence. If you are like me in that way, then you’re probably also joining me in being very happy that a widescreen DVD of this movie is finally being released, special feature-filled as well. Below I talk with Don Mancini (writer of every Chucky film since CHILD’S PLAY), David Kirschner (producer of all Chucky films since CHILD’S PLAY) and Michelle Gold, producer of the Special Edition DVD. We talk a lot about the original movie, about what to expect on the upcoming DVD and a whole lot about the pending remake. There’s actually some news there. Will Brad Dourif return? Are they going to camp it up? Read below to find out!

Don Mancini: Hello. Michelle Gold: Hey!

Quint: Hey, how’s it going?

Don Mancini: Good, how are you?

Quint: I’m doing well.

Don Mancini: Is this Quint?

Quint: Yup, that is right.

Don Mancini: May I call you Quint?

Quint: You can call me whatever you want to.

[Everyone Laughs]

Don Mancini: It’s just that I have never talked to you obviously, so I wanted to know what you wanted to be called.

Quint: How about Shirley?

Don Mancini: Okay, Shirley. Shirley, I saw your piece about Rainn Wilson last week where he said that he thought he looked like Chucky.

Quint: Yeah.

Don Mancini: That was pretty funny!

Quint: That was pretty awesome. He was a cool guy.

Don Mancini: Did you see the movie? THE ROCKER?

Quint: I did.

Don Mancini: Is it good?

Quint: Yeah, it’s funny and sweet. It’s not anything that will really change the world of comedy, but it’s definitely one that I think will get over-looked unfortunately.

Don Mancini: Really? I like him, so it just seems fun.

Quint: It’s a very cute movie and that sounds weird, because they don’t sell it as a cute movie, but it’s following that Apatow wearing-its-heart-on-its-sleeve style of comedy.

Don Mancini: It seems very SCHOOL OF ROCK in that way with the family values and everyone is happy. [To Michelle] We are still waiting for David (Kirschner), right? Michelle Gold: Yeah. Don Mancini: I had another question for you… Oh, have you seen MIRRORS?

Quint: No, not yet. I was actually just wondering today if there was going to be a screening. Fox isn’t exactly our best friend, so even if there is, we are probably not going to be invited to it, but what can I say? I like Jack Bauer and I like Alexandre Aja, so…

Don Mancini: Yeah, I’m just very intrigued to see what that movie is and how it will do. I hope it does well. I think the genre could use a push right now.

Quint: And mirrors always creep me out. I think PRINCE OF DARKNESS, while it’s not the best John Carpenter movie, I would say for me that it’s his scariest movie.

Don Mancini: Yeah, I found that movie very scary too, particularly the final image, where Lisa Blount, do you remember? It’s like the final image where they are getting beamed… there’s that transmission that they are all seeing in their dreams throughout the film and they have always been seeing this weird figure coming out of the door…

Quint: Yeah, you don’t know what it is until…

[David Kirschner enters] David Kirschner: Hi Don. Don Mancini: Hey, David. Michelle Gold: Hey, David!

Quint: Hello.

David Kirschner: How are you guys? Michelle Gold: Good. Don Mancini: Good. Quint, this is as I’m sure you know, David Kirschner, who produced all of the movies.

Quint: Hi, David.

David Kirschner: That’s a great name by the way.

Quint: I love me some JAWS. I’m actually doing this conference call from the phone in my bedroom right now and I have a framed Turkish JAWS one-sheet right in front of me.

Don Mancini: Turkish?

Quint: Yeah, it’s great. It’s the shark image, but it looks like the one from the books if you remember that, where it’s not the really slick shark coming up out of the water, well not coming out of the water, but the profile of the shark where it’s the more blocky one.

David Kirschner: Is this the one from the paper back?

Quint: Yeah yeah. It’s not the one that is just like the black and white or the white drawing on black. This is definitely the one from the paperback, but it’s that shark and it has a belly dancer in his mouth.

David Kirschner: (laughs) Wow. Don Mancini: Hey David, I don’t think you and I talked about this, but we were just mentioning it. Quint interviewed Rainn Wilson on the site last week… You know Rainn Wilson from THE OFFICE… David Kirschner: And THE ROCKER! Don Mancini: Exactly and he was talking about how people sometimes notice a resemblance to Chucky. We should try to get him! David Kirschner: Is it the shape of his head?

Quint: Yeah!

Don Mancini: No, it’s nothing that ever occurred to me before, but I was like, “I guess I can kinda see it.”

Quint: Now when you see him, that’s all you are going to be able to see!

David Kirschner: Exactly.

Quint: He’s kind of got the big forehead and the eyes… I don’t know.

David Kirschner: Have you guys seen that movie? THE ROCKER.

Quint: I saw it.

Michelle Gold: I’ve seen it. David Kirschner: Because Roeper, I just saw this in the paper, just gave it an incredible review and the trailer does not suggest that to me, that maybe I’m wrong, was it good?

Quint: Yeah it is. It’s a really cute movie.

David Kirschner: Have you seen TROPIC THUNDER?

Quint: I did.

David Kirschner: Is it good?

Quint: Yeah. It’s very good.

Don Mancini: I’m really looking forward to that.

Quint: Did you watch the R rated trailer? The red band trailer?

David Kirschner: I did.

Quint: There’s one shot in there that I really wish hadn’t come out before the movie.

Don Mancini: Is it the cart wheeling little kid going through the air?

Quint: It is. That ruins this whole joke that’s set up like right in the middle of the movie, but if you have seen the movie, you know where it’s going, so…

David Kirschner: Right right… Still though, I mean I was already primed for the movie, but that R rated trailer is so fantastic. Don Mancini: You guys have been following… I don’t know what the groups are titled, but they are very angry at the film…? Michelle Gold: Oh yeah, I saw that on the news.

Quint: It’s stupid. Any time there’s a comedy, somebody is going to be pissed off about something. When you see the movie, you will see that it’s really not a big deal. It’s another case of people who haven’t seen the movie getting offended.

David Kirschner: I remember in THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY there was this issue also, which I might be insensitive, because it made me laugh so much, but I remember there was an issue with it there as well.

Quint: Yeah where they have that whole bit with Matt Dillon talking about tying him to a line and watching him dig and he’d run back and forth and everything. It was funny, sorry! But, yeah thanks for talking with me guys, I really appreciate it. This kind of came out of the blue for me. I guess I wasn’t keeping up with the DVD news, but I remember even just a few weeks ago I was… I always get that fake excitement or I guess not fake, but the excitement that doesn’t lead anywhere when I was at Wal-Mart or something and I saw CHILD’S PLAY on the rack and I’m like “Yes!” and then I pick it up and it’s full screen, then I’m like “No!” I don’t have this on DVD yet and I think I have all of the rest, from 2 to SEED, but every time I go to get pick it up I’m like “It’s 2008, why is there only a full screen version of this movie out?”

David Kirschner: Yeah it’s weird that it took so long for that to happen and I didn’t even know that you were a Chucky fan. I knew that Harry was, but I didn’t know and I’m glad to hear it.

Quint: The first one scarred me quite a bit in a good way.

David Kirschner: How old were you with that?

Quint: I was I think 8 when I saw CHILD’S PLAY.

[Don Mancini Laughs] David Kirschner: God, perfect!

Quint: What I loved about the first one especially was that you are following… It’s almost like a horror movie for kids, even though it’s the most dark of all the movies, because you are essentially, at least me watching it, I was definitely seeing it through Andy’s eyes, not the mom’s eyes you know?

Michelle Gold: Yeah. David Kirschner: He is along with her, the protagonist of the movie.

Quint: In the sequel, he pretty much is the lead of the movie.

David Kirschner: Many children that are grown ups now and my daughters are 28 and 26, but I remember there would be times that kids would come to the house and wander into my office and would be quickly picked up. They would have their parents come pick them up, because they could not make it through the night, because that doll was in the house and they had never seen the film, but I guess from posters or trailers on television… I’m not sure what it was, but… Don has, we’ve been hearing this for 20 years with children telling me that he was a very frightening image from their childhood.

Quint: Dolls are creepy anyways and then when you add on to the fact that the tone of the first one was really dark and really gritty, it takes a kind of ridiculous premise and really makes it really scary. It’s like I have re-watched it. I think it played on…

Michelle Gold: I think TNT has played all of the different versions.

Quint: I think there was one that was actually a High Def transfer. Has there been one like for Universal HD or something?

Don Mancini: Yeah. I myself haven’t seen it, because I don’t get that, but the friends who do have told me that they have seen it in High Def there.

Quint: Just re-watching it for keeps that the movie plays, I think that’s a big reason why it has scarred some people, because like I had said in a good way you can appreciate that it’s a really genuinely scary movie.

Don Mancini: Yeah, I think that… One weird thing that I have noticed about the doll and having one in my house… Babies love the doll. David Kirschner: That’s so funny, because my granddaughter who is 14 months, she calls babies “Dee Dees” and she calls me Poppy and she always wants to go into Poppy’s office to see the “Dee Dee.” She touches his nose and touches his eyes and it’s so funny, because it makes me feel so good because she will never be frightened of him, but yeah she’s fascinated by him! Don Mancini: I think that at that age they just see something as clearly not a human being, but it’s a distortion of the form, so that’s kind of fascinating and they haven’t been socialized into being afraid of the visual cues that are scary like a scowl or the eyebrows that go down and the scars on his face or whatever it is, but it is very interesting, because I still have friends who have kids who would come over to the house over the course of however many years and they are cool with it up until about two or three and then they get scared.

Quint: Now do you have the Good Guy version of Chucky or do you have the Chucky Chucky?

Don Mancinci: I have both actually. I have one of those sort of vacuum packed Good Guys… They were only half of the front of the Good Guy versions that were in the boxes.

Quint: From the beginning.

Don Mancini: From the first and the second one in the warehouse scene, but then we had Tony Gardner, when we did the last movie, he gave us the sort of prototypes of the dolls. Obviously they don’t have the mechanics inside of them, but outwardly they look exactly like Chucky and Tiffany and Glen.

Quint: Cool, well let’s talk about the disc. I guess it’s obviously the 20th anniversary, but why did it take so long for a nice release?

Don Mancini: Michelle, maybe you can tell him. Michelle Gold: Well, I can tell you. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to go on the record in this way, but basically one of the reasons they are releasing it is Fox inherited the MGM library and whatever deal had been made when they did that sell out at MGM initially, so it was a film that Fox decided to release through MGM. I’m not sure why it wasn’t released prior to that by MGM directly, but that’s the main reason from what I know. David Kirschner: Right. Quint, as you were saying, there was the full screen version that MGM video had put out shortly after the movie came out, but I don’t know why. Partly it’s because we always had this division between the studios since we did the first one at MGM and the rest of them at Universal and that’s why a lot of people wonder why they can get a box set that doesn’t include the first one. Of course that’s why. I don’t know, maybe it’s because MGM had been bought and sold so many times over the last twenty years that its just something that fell between the cracks. Michelle Gold: I know in terms of the library, it’s divided up kind of piecemeal right now. Don Mancini: Really? Michelle Gold: Yeah. I think the new films are back at MGM, like the new stuff they are making, but yeah I know the library has been kind of divided out, even the stuff that was in production with them when they sort of sold their stuff, like Sony has some of their stuff that they released under Sony’s banner. I remember ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL was released under that and that was originally MGM’s. It’s just been divided up kind of strangely.

Quint: Obviously the right kind of situation was figured out and now you are coming out with a… is it a 2 disc set?

Michelle Gold: It is a single disk set.

Quint: It seems to have a lot of extras.

Michelle Gold: We managed to load it pretty heavily even though it is one disc. It has a lot of stuff, like the commentary with David and Don directly and then the commentary with Kevin (Yagher), Catherine (Hicks), and Alex (Vincent) and then we have this sort of running interview of Chucky interviewing Don that runs over the film; it’s pretty funny.

Quint: So, Brad is doing it in character, is that right?

Don Mancini: Yeah.

Quint: Have you seen the BUBBA HO-TEP special features where they have Bruce Campbell doing Elvis doing a commentary on BUBBA HO-TEP?

Don Mancini: I saw the movie, but I haven’t seen that.

Quint: It’s really good. I love that kind of stuff and they don’t do that nearly enough.

Don Mancini: Yeah it seems natural, especially with characters like Chucky or Freddy. I don’t think they have done that on any of the… NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET hasn’t done that have they? I mean when the character become these sort of loved pop figures, it makes sense to do that.

Quint: Yeah.

Michelle Gold: And we have a specific scene commentary. That was a fun day for me to watch you guys and Brad figuring those out. Don Mancini: I’m really glad you were able to use it. I remember there on the day, Brad is an actor, I’m not so I feel like in a situation like that I could only be as good as the professional actor who’s kind of spear heading it, so I just followed his lead. He’s very funny and scary. Michelle Gold: It’s great watching Brad get into character. It’s really a lot of fun and he really relishes it seems like when he starts talking.

Quint: Yeah, he’s great. He’s such a big part of… Well, he IS Chucky’s identity, his voice. He is so tied with the character now, I think you would have been hearing some fans calling bullshit if you couldn’t have gotten him on some of the extra features.

Don Mancini: I agree. I think he has been completely indispensable for the series and I am really glad that we were able to work it out, because he works a lot and he also has a house, a second home near Woodstock, New York and he would just be hard to get sometimes, so we were lucky to be able to snare him for that.

Quint: Sweet, so are there any plans for a High-Def release? Is that in the cards as well?

Quint: Yeah it would be smart, especially if this started selling decently to start throwing that out at Halloween or something. Just talking from a horror fan’s perspective, when HD… The reason why I like HD-DVD over Blu-Ray at the beginning was because their library, they had fewer titles out, but they were all more interesting titles. There were a lot of library releases and that is still something that Blu-Ray still hasn’t caught up with now that it has won the format war. You don’t get much vintage stuff, you get a lot new releases only and to me that’s what I love about High-Def and mentioning seeing the HD transfer, it’s like I love watching these films and having them look like they were shot yesterday. To me, that’s my favorite part about the High Def Experience.

Don Mancini: I agree. I also think about with this movie, the cinematographer was Bill Butler…

Quint: Who shot JAWS.

Don Mancini: Who shot JAWS and yeah, I think particularly a lot of the Chicago exteriors… David could speak more to this because he was actually there. I wasn’t, because it was the 1988 writer’s strike, but they actually shot in Chicago with all of that snow and I think that kind of urban snowy look… it was a bit unusual for that genre and I think that really took it up a few notches, don’t you think, David? David Kirschner: Absolutely. I remember Catherine Hicks running out of the building after Chucky has run out and she is running down the staircase and she runs out onto the street and there is a tree or a tree that is at the moment dormant or just kind of dead for winter and there’s little drops of water just sitting... dew or whatever it is, snow that has melted on this tree and the lights of the city are lighting it. I was always so impressed by moments like that that Bill Butler made sure were captured in the film. He is amazing and we worked with him on the first Chucky and also on FRAILTY. When we worked with him on FRAILTY, I think he was 74 at that time, and had an honest conversation, I said “I think this is going to be a really tough shoot and we are going to be working really hard with long nights… Do you think you’ll be able to…” and he said “No, no, I’ll be fine.” True enough, at four o’clock in the morning we were falling asleep in our chairs and he had his can of coke and he just kept going. He is an amazing guy.

Quint: Well FRAILTY looked great. I actually really dig FRAILTY a lot, so good work!

David Kirschner: I’ll pass that on to him. He’s really talented and a great guy and he takes so much pride in Chucky and loved it and I remember him just thinking and doodling ideas on paper that he could then present to the director and I think made the director look good. I think he made all of us look good.

Quint: I was saying the tone of the film is very much something I grabbed on to even as a kid and so much of that would be on Bill Butler’s shoulders and giving the film the visual identity that it has. I think that there’s a reason why I still think the movie holds up and a lot of that is just how he shot it and how it really doesn’t…. Not to put the other movies down, because I love them, too, but it’s not something that you can laugh at. I think when you look at the progression, there couldn’t have been a dozen sequels to chucky without it going into the kind of horror-comedy realm, which I thought was really smart with what you guys did, but with that first movie it really is a freaky, fucked up movie and I think a lot of that has to do with his color palette and he chose to shoot it.

David Kirschner: We were very lucky to have him. There was also a production designer on it, named John DeCuir, am I pronouncing it correctly Don? Don Mancini: Yeah. David Kirschner: He had a very rich history with musicals and Disney and theme parks and he was really terrific as well. I think he brought a lot to the film as well, also Barrie Osborne was our executive producer and line producer and he you know from…

Quint: From LORD OF THE RINGS, yeah.

David Kirschner: And Barry was, for me, wonderful, because this was my first live action project. I had just done animation, so to be able to take Don’s idea and then have people like Barrie Osborne and Bill Butler and John DeCuir, was really fantastic starting with this great script of Don’s. It’s easy to look back on it and say “Yeah,” but at the time it was a horror movie that filled a bit of a void for United Artists. They were interested in doing it, but I don’t think either Don or I ever dreamed that it would be five going on six films. Michelle Gold: The fans are still so strong about the movie, though. One of the things we did is we went to this Monster Mania Convention 9 in New Jersey that was featuring the CHILD’S PLAY panel and the room was packed and I mean it was just kind of people over and over just asking about when they were going to see more and when they were going to get the HD release and it was a full room. Out of all of them, they were definitely the featured panel and people just love it. They still love it. Don Mancini: It’s simultaneously thrilling and disturbing to me that this is now a golden oldie. Michelle Gold: You know that they premiered BRIDE OF CHUCKY on AMC last night? Don Mancini: On AMC? Did they really?

Quint: You have got an American Movie Classic on your hands.

Don Mancini: There should be somebody at Universal to notify us, like some guy whose job it is to “By the way, this movie you guys made ten years ago premieres on AMC tonight…” David Kirschner: That’d be great, wow. [Everyone Laughs] Don Mancini: ‘Cause ou watch AMC and sometimes somewhat arguably dubious films come on that channel and they’re calling them classics, but I’m sure some people might say that about BRIDE OF CHUCKY for all I know, but I sometimes watch that channel and I think “Well, if this is an American Movie Classic, then why can’t… one of Chucky’s be?” I’m sure it has a lot to do with politics. Who is AMC affiliated with? Michelle Gold: I was going to say LIONSGATE does a lot with them, but I don’t think it’s an over all affiliation with everything. Don Mancini: Interesting, well I’m thrilled to hear that too, but it is weird… Michelle Gold: Both the first one and BRIDE have I know for a fact been on there. I’m not sure about the others… Don Mancini: 20 years… it’s kind of mind boggling. Can we plug the remake?

Quint: Yes!

David Kirschner: It’d be a good time to do it.

Quint: I was planning on bringing it up, so if you want to, let’s do it.

Don Mancini: David, what can we say? David Kirschner: Don is going to write and direct the… uh… the… Don Mancini: Reboot! David Kirschner: Is that what we are going to call it?

Quint: (laughs) That’s the safe territory now, with BATMAN BEGINS and HULK and stuff like that, it’s safe to call it a reboot. It doesn’t seem to have the stigma of a remake.

David Kirschner: It’s a reboot of the Chucky origin story, I guess we can describe it that way.

Quint: We were talking earlier about how closely Brad’s tied to the character, are you going to bring him back or are you going to try to find a new Chucky?

David Kirschner: No, no, it’s going to be Brad. Don Mancini: It’s not like we would ever… who would you get that’s better? I mean with Chucky so much of it… and David and I talk about this a lot, that because he’s a puppet, there’s an aspect of him that feels like he’s an animated character, so his voice is such an immense part of it as well as what he looks like. It’s almost like recasting Homer Simpson or something. If you could recast it, you would want the actor to sound kind of like it, but it would feel weird to just be completely different I think.

Quint: Yeah. It’s like you have Platinum Dunes trying to remake NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST. now and they are not going to be going with Robert Englund and it’s just like at this point it’s going to be a real big leap for the fans on that level.

Don Mancini: I’m sure you read the rumor hit the net today, or at least I saw it today, you probably have heard this months ago for all I know, but who they are rumored to play Freddy, that is interesting, is Billy Bob Thornton.

Quint: My understanding, I’ve talked to the Platinum Dunes guys and I know a couple of people that are close to them that wouldn’t bullshit me, they are still trying to figure out the rights, so I don’t know how true that is.

Don Mancini: That’s another weird thing about recasting Englund though, he’s under a lot of makeup. You couldn’t make the argument say like “We need to reintroduce this character to a new generation of people and fans, therefore we need an actor who represents them,” because it’s like whatever actor you get is still going to be buried under the Freddy makeup, so I don’t know. David Kirschner: Why would they not go with Robert? Michelle Gold: That’s one of the things with you guys remaking CHILD’S PLAY, I mean when I had the chance to really interview Don and David and Kevin who are kind of the three key people that sort of are the centerpieces I’d say of a lot of the features on the DVD in terms of the video footage and the making of stuff, you are dealing with people or whoever a team that has so much care for the property and to bring in some whole new group like, nothing against Platinum Dunes or even the Rob Zombie HALLOWEEN or anything, but…

Quint: Oh. you can have a lot of things against the Rob Zombie HALLOWEEN.

Don Mancini: I see what you are saying, it’s never going to mean as much to the new people coming in as it does to the people who created it and in our case kind of tended it lovingly over the course of twenty years. We like to consider ourselves the Broccoli’s of the horror genre. Not the vegetable, the producers. (laughs)

Quint: I figured. I know the fans are a bit gun shy with remakes and a lot of the stuff that I grew up with, a lot of the 80’s stuff was ALIENS and PREDATOR and now even TERMINATOR maybe, it’s just that we have all of these things that are done and done poorly in the new version and it’s like in the end I think you have at least with the fans, an uphill battle saying you are going to remake the movie, but ultimately I think we just want a good flick.

Don Mancini: I think what we are mainly responding to, David and I, is the will of the fans, which is really telling us that they want to see a scary Chucky movie again. They want to go back to the straightforward horror rather than the horror comedy.

Quint: Is that the plan, then?

Don Mancini: Yes, absolutely and that’s the main reason for going the remake route. I mean part of that is business in the sense that that is a trend that is sort of galloping over Hollywood right now, but I feel like that’s a trend we can use to our advantage, because it really does dovetail nicely with our main mission, which is to make it really scary. It’s been four years since the last one, so it just seems like the timing is really good now for us to just recreate it in a way.

Quint: Good, like I told you, that’s what I grabbed onto about the first film. If you play up the creepiness inherent in having a killer doll movie and not play up the comedy, it really can be terrifying.

Don Mancini: I think, unless we completely screw it up, I think it has the potential to be scarier than the original based on the stuff we are talking about, which I know sounds very mysterious and abstract, but anyone in our position would say that at this point, but as you pointed out we do have the advantage of being the people who created the franchise in the first place.

Quint: You have to promise me that if you do it, that the mother character has to have shoulder pads.

[Everyone Laughs] David Kirschner: That’s a promise we can keep. (laughs) I didn’t know what you were going to say. Don Mancini: We can just set it at that very awkward time in the ‘80s. It will be like the BRADY BUNCH movie, even though it takes place in 2010 or whatever, she’s got the shoulder pads, the little kid has that hideous bowl haircut that all little tykes in movies in the ‘80s have.

Quint: And wore rainbow colors. Well as long as you promise that, that’s cool.

Don Mancini: No wonder people found that movie scary. Michelle Gold: It was really just her outfits.

Quint: What can you tell be about the story on the remake? I know you don’t want to give everything away, but is it going to be a pretty straight remake?

Don Mancini: Nothing other than it’s going to change the world. I don’t think we can really say more, but what do you think, David? Other than what we said, it’s a reboot, we are telling the origin story again, but beyond certain broad stroke details, it’s really quite a reinvention I would say. Does that sound accurate, David? David Kirschner: Yeah. I’m not even sure if I would say reinvention, I think Don has really created some really clever twists and expectations that a fan of the first CHILD’S PLAY film, you will be surprised and shocked by, but it will follow I think very closely a lot of the first film against twists and turns that Don has put into it that an audience thinks it is going to go one way and we will go another even though the story is pretty similar.

Quint: Where is the movie at now? Are you greenlighted? Do you have a budget?

David Kirschner: We are just completing our deals with Universal and that’s what Don was saying… Don, I don’t know when you mentioned 2010, I don’t know if you were talking about The BRADY BUNCH or this one, but yeah my guess would be that it would be probably the fall of 2010. Don, do you think sooner? Michelle Gold: October! David Kirschner: (laughs) It’s not going to be October. Don Mancini: I think we would love to have it out for next year, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. I think just as David was saying, the deal making process takes as long as it’s going to take.

Quint: Are you planning on keeping it mostly puppetry as well?

David Kirschner: Yes. Don Mancini: Definitely!

Quint: Good. That’s something that I have really enjoyed that even as you have gone more and more for the funny that you have kept the puppetry aspect and the midgets in suits. I don’t know what it is, but I think that adds a sort of creepy factor…

Don Mancini: They are these tangible, imperfect things (Quint note: I’m pretty sure he’s talking about the puppets, not the little people… end of note) and the actors need to have it to bounce off of and it always bothers me particularly in the horror genre, you can so tell when people are responding to the green tennis ball that is being held in front of them.

Quint: Nothing kills horror and suspense any quicker in my book than CGI.

Don Mancini: I agree. Michelle Gold: Yeah. David Kirschner: But with a group of great puppeteers working, you have the moment right there. You have a doll coming to life right there, which as you said in the beginning is something that has this frightening notion of dolls are creepy anyways, here you have these dolls moving and emoting and you get a pretty good idea if the scene is working as you look through the camera or playback. It feels much more real and these puppeteers that we have been very fortunate to work with over the years are wonderful actors and they really study Brad and they study films that Brad has done. Don Mancini: We always put a video camera in front of Brad and with the last couple in front of Jennifer Tilly and Billy Boyd as well, so that the puppeteers can see their facial expressions at times. Michelle Gold: One of the featurettes is… I can’t remember off-hand if we have it as splitscreen, but we had footage of Brad rehearsing with Catherine and Alex back in Chicago back before the movie started shooting and if you watch… and with Chris Sarandon in the car scene… if you watch Brad rehearsing in those and then you watch the scene, it’s unbelievable how closely the puppet follows Brad’s character. It’s really amazing to see.

Quint: Also, when you do it in these films, the effects don’t age poorly. Say in BRIDE OF CHUCKY or something had you gone CG, that would already be extremely out dated now and it’d be kind of hard to look at CG from 1998 compared to CG today and you have… There’s just no call for it when you have your main character as a doll anyway. You can ensure that no matter how, if anything looks phony, if it looks phony, but really there, then it looks like how a living doll would look like, you know?

Don Mancini: Yeah, it’s just like I had said before, the imperfection of his movements with the occasional hurky jerky motion is integral to buying the illusion I think, not that you can’t and I know that Tim Burton did this in MARS ATTACKS, in the CGI there, he tried to build in the stop motion aesthetic, but I can’t imagine that being cheaper particularly on the budget we make these movies on, cheaper than having a group of puppeteers and a, as Tony Gardner calls it, “a robot on a stick,” what he calls the puppets.

Quint: Well cool and definitely let me know when you guys are shooting, I would love to come out and visit you.

Don Mancini: That would be great.

Quint: And get my picture taken with the doll.

[Everyone Laughs] David Kirschner: You don’t have to wait for that. Michelle Gold: My phone still has a bunch of doll pictures.

Quint: I don’t know that there’s much more that I have unless there’s something that you guys think that we haven’t covered.

Don Mancini: Did we mention all of the features that are on the disc, Michelle? Michelle Gold: Let me list them off for you. We have a making of, it’s a multi-part making of featurette that kind of covers from start to finish and the thing that is really cool is the initial part especially, we focus in a lot on Don’s origin script and go into more detail on that than I have at least than I have seen online in general, so I think especially for fans, the history a little bit will be interesting. Don Mancini: Just to see the evolution of how the story progressed, because there are some details that changed significantly from page to screen that I think people will find really interesting. David Kirschner: And also, will not be there, but I have to say it, some ideas that Don had that would make their way into other Chucky films. I think for instance of the Ronny Yu, Peter Pau was the cinematographer, the scene where… Don Mancini: Oh with the bubbles. David Kirschner: With the bubbles, where Jennifer is being electrocuted in the tub played against THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN as she’s watching that film and crying and then Chucky pushes the TV in there with the bubbles floating up. Don Mancini: In my original script, Quint, that was the way that the babysitter died.

Quint: She didn’t go out the window?

David Kirschner: For someone who likes the history of this, it’s just an interesting… Don Mancini: That’s just the advantage of having a series, you can just recycle ideas like “It didn’t make it into this one, but hey this is a really cool murder…”

Quint: I’ve been reading THE COMPLETE INDIANA JONES and seeing how…

Don Mancini: That’s a great book isn’t it? Laurent Bouzereau.

Quint: He’s a great guy. I’ve gotten to meet him a few times and we have bonded over JAWS, but yeah they talk about that kind of stuff in the book, like the mine cart chase in TEMPLE was originally written for RAIDERS.

Don Mancini: And isn’t that scene where they jump out of the plane in TEMPLE OF DOOM with…

Quint: With the life raft.

Don Mancini: That was a set-piece Lawrence Kasdan had in his screenplay for the first RAIDERS, they recycled that, yeah. A great tradition.

David Kirschner: Question for you, since you are Austin based, is Robert Rodriguez doing anything?

Quint: He’s producing some stuff now, he’s producing RED SONJA.

Don Mancini: He just set you up for an awesome joke that you, I bet diplomatically declined to make. McGowen was the answer.

Quint: “You failed, Rose McGowan is the correct answer. [Buzzer noise.]”

David Kirschner: He still has his base right in Austin there?

Quint: Yeah, he’s still around. I think he just did another kids movie (SHORTS), but I haven’t really seen anything on or from that. I don’t know what his next move is..

Don Mancini: BARBARELLA?

Quint: I don’t know. I don’t think that’s happening anymore. I know that they started work on it and I know a lot of design people around town who worked on it and built some sets and stuff, but I don’t know if that’s still moving forward or not.

Don Mancini: I loved PLANET TERROR. Michelle Gold: [Giggles] I love PLANET TERROR, too. Don Mancini: I love the whole movie, but I’m one of the few people I know who actually prefer PLANET TERROR to DEATH PROOF. Michelle Gold: I read the script for DEATH PROOF before I saw it, so I wasn’t really taken off guard by any of the things that took place.

Quint: I know a lot of people that read the script and thought it was going to suck and then they were pleasantly surprised and then with the extended cut being released were like “Well there’s another 45 minutes of girls talking around a table, there’s the script.”

Michelle Gold: Yeah, totally! Want me to say the other features? (laughs) Don Mancini: Sure. Michelle Gold: There’s also a featurette that sort of focuses on the physical creation of the doll of Kevin. It’s cool. Fox managed to dig up a lot of footage from when they were working on Chucky in the shop when they were all really young, so it was nice, because we have a lot of cool things to show and we also have some really well known horror effects people who didn’t specifically work on CHILD’S PLAY commenting on it.

Quint: Oh yeah, like the KNB guys?

Michelle Gold: Yeah, well not the KNB guys, but we had Tom Savini. We have the guys from Amalgamated Dynamics. Don Mancini: I didn’t even know about that. That’s so cool. Michelle Gold: It’s a ton of commentary on it, but we wanted to get peoples takes. We have Shane Mahan.

Quint: From Stan Winston Studios?

Michelle Gold: Yeah, because it was kind of, I think CHILD’S PLAY is kind of a benchmark in terms of the effects, so we would like to get the prospective from a lot of guys who were in the groundbreaking part of the time and see their feel about it as well.

Quint: That sounds cool.

Michelle Gold: And there are some easter eggs in their, because for fun we built up these CGI Chuckies, they came out nicely for CGI for sure, they are just fun little one liners that we had Brad do from wild line recordings with, but they are cute when you find them on the disk. I know there is a photo gallery, like there usually is, and I’m trying to think…

Quint: Every DVD has a photo gallery and I don’t know too many people that actually look at them, but it’s weird, it depends on the movies. I remember going through all of the JAWS photo gallery stuff and being fascinated, but I’m obsessed with that film, so I’m sure it will be great for somebody.

Michelle Gold: One thing that MGM was able to provide to us was a lot of photography, both for posed photo stuff and on set photography and some behind the scenes stuff as well and we have the panel that we shot down at the Monster Con, so that’s interesting. Again, it’s a treat for the fans. You get to see Catherine and Chris (Sarandon) and Alex together. Alex is now in his twenties. David Kirschner: He’s gotta be close to 30, right Don? Don Mancini: I think he’s about twenty five I think. Michelle Gold: I think he’s around there. Don Mancini: I think he’s getting married or he is married or is going to have a kid or something like that.

Quint: He’s going to do something.

Don Mancini: (laughs) Some life benchmark is happening with him. I hear from him occasionally. He’s a really good guy. Michelle Gold: He was really excited to talk. He remembers CHILD’S PLAY really fondly. Don Mancini: Well we worked with him on the sequel as well. Michelle Gold: Yeah. Don Mancini: You think we covered it all? You probably have way more than you need, don’t you, Quint?

Quint: It’s a nice, lengthy interview.

Don Mancini: Well, thank you so much. David Kirschner: Thank you for your time. Michelle Gold: Yeah, totally. David Kirschner: Quint, are you named after somebody?

Quint: My name’s Eric, but I took my pen name from Robert Shaw.

David Kirschner: Wow, that is a love of JAWS. I didn’t know if it was just a coincidence or…

Quint: At the beginning of the site, Harry had everybody who wrote in have a spy name, so my first report was covering a really crappy Dennis Hopper direct to DVD movie that I saw at a film festival and I wrote in saying “Okay, either give me Brody, Hooper, or Quint, so pick one” and Harry, of course couldn’t resist the chance to be nasty picked Quint so he could call me “The Crusty Seaman.”

David Kirschner: Is that what they call you in Austin as well?

Quint: Harry calls me Quint. Most of my friends call me Eric, but most people that I meet know me as Quint. It’s a nickname at this point, so I don’t feel weird when people call me Quint.

David Kirschner: I love saying it, so I have never been able to call anybody that name, so that’s why I ask about it.

Quint: I went to the WAR OF THE WORLDS set and I was told that Spielberg wanted to meet me and I was freaking out as you can understand and I went up to him and the publicist was like “Do you want me to introduce you as Eric or Quint?” and I’m like “Please, God introduce me as Eric! Don’t introduce me as a character from one of his movies.”

David Kirschner: I think he would have loved that.

Quint: Of course, we get up there and she goes “Steven, this is Quint from Ain’t It Cool News” and I’m sure I was beet red, but he shakes my hand and is like “Hey, do you mind if I call you Eric?” But he then said “Quint. I have always liked that name. You know who didn’t like that name?” I said “Who?” He said “Robert Shaw.” Apparently Robert Shaw didn’t think the name was elegant enough and so he went up to Spielberg really early on and says “I know you like Quint, but listen to this: ‘McGrrregor’,” and apparently Spielberg was just like “Well, I kind of made the case that the name is sharp and it’s almost like Quint uses his name to kill the shark and it defines his character and…”

David Kirschner: It’s in the best selling book…

Quint: I was geeking out about as hardcore as I ever have in my life, but yeah very long story to just kind of throw in there at the end.

David Kirschner: Well thank you for taking the time with us. We appreciate it.

Quint: No worries, good luck, I look forward to the DVD and I look forward to the remake. Don’t fuck it up.

[Everyone Laughs] Don Mancini: We will try! David Kirschner: Thank you very much.

As you can probably tell, I had a lot of fun with that interview. It is conversational to a fault. Hope it was at all interesting for anyone else not on the phone call. Heh. The new DVD comes out September 9th and looks to be pretty cheap, pre-order price only $10.99, so I’ll definitely be picking it up. What do you think about what they’re doing with the reboot? I love that they’re doing it in order to make a straight up scary Chucky movie again and not making a funny version of the first movie… and that they’re bringing back Dourif as Charles Lee Ray, personally. What about you? Thanks to Muldoon for the transcription. I’m sure his fingers are bleeding after that chat. Be back with more interviews, including some for ROCKNROLLA and NINJA ASSASSIN. Keep an eye out for those! -Quint

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  • Aug. 19, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    David and Don

    by Wee Willie

    I was a production office monkey on bride of Chucky years ago and can say that these two guys are a class act all the way. Very nice and courteous, and great to work for.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    brad being back is awesome

    by Bouncy X

    i wonder if they'll give him an on camera cameo at the beginning to play charles lee ray like in the first movie. either way its great that he's involved and it'll still be a puppet so thats cool too. that special edition sounds great, it just needs a blu-ray release. :P

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 10:03 a.m. CST

    is this a first?

    by Bouncy X

    this must be one of the few if not the only horror movie franchise thats had so many sequels and the creators have been involved in every single one, and directly involved too since he wrote em all.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    I'd love it if Charles Lee Ray actually played a bigger part than he did in the original. Where the soul transfer doesn't happen in the first scene, but maybe at the end of the first reel, some 20 minutes in. But maybe that's just me.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Saw Child's Play at my 10th birthday party

    by toshiro-solo

    And Quint's right - this movie scarred me in a way too. Great interview; these folks seemed like nice, level-headed people. I'm still wary of the need for a reboot, but at least it seems to be in good hands.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    mixing child's play with problem child is understandable

    by Bouncy X

    they're both little redhead boys who've caused havoc to john ritter, in one case leading to his death even.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST

    i wonder if....

    by thinboyslim.

    james bulger's name crops up during this.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST

    I'm Up for a Reboot


    The more comedic sequels have never done it for me, but the first Child's Play is still a classic in my book. One of those movies I caught on HBO, had no real interest in it, and I just got sucked in. One of those movies that, at the end, I was so glad I ended up watching it.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Does anyone else agree with me....

    by StrokerX

    in that Chucky without the scars is scarier the Chucky with? The first 3 movies are awesome in my book. Afterwards it was a joke. But man that first movie i saw when i was a wee lad and when that little doll started calling the babysitter a bitch cunt or whatever i knew i was into GOLD.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST

    "Did you see Die Hard?"

    by BitterMan23

    "Remember... when...."

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 10:37 a.m. CST


    by MelvintheMopBoy


  • Aug. 19, 2008, 10:38 a.m. CST

    I must be tired.

    by Harold-Sherbort

    Or maybe I'm retarded. When I read the headline, I thought it said something about David Keochner(sic) starring in a Problem Child remake.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST


    by Marxeffect

    I hope not because the Child's Play movies should never have been associated with that anyway. Just another case of people with fuck all else to do, deciding to blame everything bad that happens in the world on horror movies or computer games, it makes me fucking sick... I mean get a life!! I remember watching a nightmare on elm street when I was about 8 ish and absolutely loved it! Funny enough though it didn't make me want to go around slashing up teenagers or visiting peoples dreams!

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 10:55 a.m. CST


    by Marxeffect

    Im with you on that!! Scarred chucky is a bit too cheesy for me. Chucky without scars gives me cold shivers.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST

    I need an opinion

    by Marxeffect

    I never saw Bride or Seed, just because they looked a bit too cheesy for me, even though i loved the others. Worth checking out?

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    So was it a lack of things to talk about...

    by GravitysRainbow

    that led them to steer the conversation away from their movie and its remake? Perhaps they were genuinely interested in talking film, but it seems like you had to steer them towards Child's Play or else they would use any opportunity to change the subject. Oh, and-- ricarleite-- I always mixed up Child's Play with Problem Child!

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 11:11 a.m. CST

    by DrunkenBusboy

    Chucky VS The Zuni Fetish Doll from Trilogy of Terror! Think about it! This movie would kick ass and be way better than a Alien VS Predator or a Freddy VS Jason!!

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Chucky VS The Zuni Fetish Doll

    by DrunkenBusboy

    Chucky VS The Zuni Fetish Doll from Trilogy of Terror! Think about it! This movie would kick ass and be way better than a Alien VS Predator or a Freddy VS Jason!!

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 11:16 a.m. CST

    I was scared shittless from Chucky

    by David Cloverfield

    My sister showed it to me when I was 6. I remember, I had a favorite doll that was kinda similar to Chucky. I loved the little guy, but was pretty sure it's going to murder me. Good times. Horror movies are good for the kid's imagination. I would make them obligatory.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    Bride and Seed are a lot of fun, but they're comedies. Dark comedies, but comedies. I actually really love both of them, but to me the first and second Child's Play films are the only horror films of the series. I'd say both Bride and Seed are miles better than Child's Play 3.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Thank Richard Matheson

    by Sithdan

    Without whom there would be NO Chucky or any Child's Play movies. His short story, "Prey," created the template of the killer doll genre.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Really enjoyed interview :)

    by giger167

    That was very entertaining, was like eaves dropping on some movie buffs having a conversation lol, very entertaining indeed. Truthfully though very little of worth is coming from hollywood in the horror genre lately, I'm having to look further afield for my horror kicks to France and Spain, make sure you all check out a fantastic film from Spain called .REC which has just been released on dvd in uk, and is a balls-out fucked-up little movie that is the best thing I have seen for years, check it out :)

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Well that's it for remakes

    by Dapper Swindler

    Whenever I try to think of a horror movie that hasn't been remade, the only thing that springs to mind is Child's play. So that's it. No more remakes because there's nothing left to be remade.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Not so much a child of the 80s

    by oisin5199

    as a tween and teenager of the 80s, but I could care less about Child's Play. Cheesy shit that's desperately crying NOT to be remade. I thought that the Twilight Zone episode with Telly Savalas (Living Doll), where the doll looks normal and 'causes' things to happen was 100x more creepy and scary than the stupid looking 'evil' doll. Give it a rest with horror remakes!!!!!

  • But a lot of remakes seem like a matter of drawing a title out of a hat and saying, "Here, let's remake this".

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST

    When the original maker does them.

    by F-18

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 12:11 p.m. CST


    by andrew coleman

    Coke head Hollywood ass holes man. They can't think up or buy new horror ideas so they just keep remaking old classics. Guess what ass holes the Hitcher bombed and hopefully all these shitty "reboots" will too. Seriously call me up I could write you a new horror script in a week.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    speaking of murderous puppets

    by MC-909

    You guys need to check this shit out (remove any spaces): <p> <p> Get whoever did that to write this film and you got yourselves a kick-ass little movie.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Will the doll look the same?

    by Sithdan

    I wonder if the doll will maintain its "Good Guy" appearance, or will they go for a different route?

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST

    I ended up seeing Child's Play in my late teens..

    by mefrog I kinda thought it was a piece of shit. However, as a child who got the crap scared out of me by dolls, I kind of understand the nostalgia it holds for some people.<br> <br> I'm actually down for this reboot, assuming everyone from the original stays on board. I've seen 1, 2, and Seed of Chucky (absolutley hated that) and would like more of a horror element to be thrown back in.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Child's Play 2 in the best Chucky movie

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Slicker direction, better animatronic effects, a KILLER Graeme Revell score (orchestrated by the late Shirley Walker, no less), and humor thst *wasn't* detrimental to the genuine suspense. Every Chucky movie from part three on has upped the jokiness of the series until the hideously unfunny Seed Of Chucky.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST

    IS the best Chucky movie

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Don't FUCK with the CHUCK!

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I first thought Seed was awful but now I love it!

    by performingmonkey

    OK it's not as good as Bride or CP 1 and 2 but it's still enjoyable and Billy Boyd as Glenn is hilarious. I'm glad they're going back to horror though. Some moments in Seed proved they can still make the hairs stand on end with a killer doll, the cool Chucky pov shots.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Child's Play is obviously the best Chucky movie

    by TheMcflyFarm

    But the funniest scene in a Chucky movie is in 3 when he kills the barber. "PRESTO, YA DEAD!"...."It's definitely you! Hehehehehe!!!"

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 1:39 p.m. CST

    you get a real interview with David Kirshner

    by ArcadianDS

    and you fail to ask him about The Monkees?<p> No wonder nukedthesharktank dot com is all over this story.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Feel free to do away with the opening, Quint.

    by JimCurry

    Hello...Hey, how’s it going?...Good, how are you? JUST GET TO THE INTERVIEW bonehead!

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 1:47 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    I think you mean Don Kirshner... unless you were being sarcastic, of course.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 1:54 p.m. CST

    I actually thought 3 was better than 2

    by Sithdan

    I enjoyed Child's Play 3 more than I did for 2. I've never seen Seed, but Bride of Chucky is unwatchable in my opinion. It just takes itself way too unseriously. I prefer the "horror" Chucky than the campy one (the same goes for Freddy in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies).

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 1:56 p.m. CST

    The first CP

    by PacmanFever

    Isn't that scary or subtle ("shit, I'm dying! I've gotta find a new body") but it's still one of the best horror films of the 80s; witty and very effective storytelling. The 2nd wasn't up to the same standard, although the last 20 minutes in the doll factory was GREAT! I thought I was in for a treat with the third film because the first couple of scenes were brilliant, but once it hits the training camp it just coasts to the end. Still, Andy Robinson is great in that movie. Bride just reduced the franchise to a generic horror movie, and like all horrors of that era was self-referential. Seed was mildly funny, I guess, but a little of that kind of humour goes a long way for me. And that kid depressed me. I'm not a big fan of remakes, but if they can recapture the tone of the first, I'm in.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    These guys seem like real people...

    by brokentusk

    Great to read an interview with producers and directors where they seem like genuine human beings living in the same universe as you and me. I have no problem with these guys remaking the first film if they are in control of it, Brad Dourif's back, and they're keeping it straight horror. Nice job Eri- er, Quint?

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 2:26 p.m. CST

    CHUCKY was a Cartoon=Not Scary. Ever.

    by uberman

    I saw the original in the theater as I was a big horror fan. Was I entertained? Nope. Scared. Not once. Did it seem stupid? Yep. Chucky looks like a big plastic doll but not in a creepy old doll way, but in a lame, cheesy way. The spider doll in TOY STORY was 10x creepier than anything in any Chucky movie. The Night Gallery episode 'The Doll' was 1,000x creepier than Chucky could ever hope to be. Chucky was just never scary to anyone over the age of 3.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 2:26 p.m. CST

    [Everyone Laughs]

    by TooWhippy

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    How was Lost Boys 2 Without Haim?


    Really? That's fascinating.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Haim was in Lost Boys 2

    by Sith Witch

    Plus in two good deleted scenes. And starring in the third with Feldman.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Haim in Lost Boys 2 ...

    by Bouncy X

    depends on your definition of "IN"...i mean he shows up in an end credit sequence that shows up about 20seconds or so into them. some people stop their movies once the credits roll so aside from the deleted scenes, i'm sure some people dont even realize he was sorta tucked in there.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Yay no CGI!

    by DaJesus

    When I first read the title I thought "oh no, that means CGI Chucky!" but I'm glad to hear that they seem to think that would suck as much as we do. I would rather see the worst puppet in the world than some stupid CGI thing.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 4:01 p.m. CST

    I watched Childs Play in a Theater in S. Central LA.

    by conspiracy

    Movie sucked...but the audience was fuckin hilarious. The minute the lights went down the show began..people running around in the dark scaring each other...people screaming and talking at the screen...candy and popcorn falling from the sky like rain...people chasing each other around...One Girl screaming.."RUN LITTLE WHITE BOY! Fucker RUUUUUUUUN!!!!" at the screen whilst Chucky chased the kid....better than a comedy show and it was only $3.00 matinee

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Hi I'm Chucky Wanna Play???

    by Broseph

    I couldn't agree with you ore quint as a child of the 80's child's play was fucking scary.especialy due to the popularity of my buddy

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 4:05 p.m. CST

    What's all this Chucky wasn't scary nonsense?

    by TheMcflyFarm

    Did Chucky scare me? No. But neither did Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, Critters, Pennywise, etc. I grew up watching horror movies. Not because they were scary, but because they were entertaining, and Chucky ranks up there as one of the most entertaining serial killers in Horror history.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 4:23 p.m. CST

    I was really young when it came out so my parents didn't let me

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    and I used to think that scared me more than actually watching it would (tons of nightmares, scarred me for life). I remember watching it being on when I was 10, the first night at the Disneyland hotel, and I could only watch part of it, because the memories came back and freaked me out again. I really think it was the atmosphere, just the way they put it together. I really hope they can keep that.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Why Don't They Give ANY Credit...

    by PeterParkerRG

    ... where credit is due, which is with the director of the movie, Tom Holland! I know for a fact, Mancini's original draft of the script, the killer doll "buddy" was the child's id, it came alive whenever the kid was asleep to kill the people the child would be upset with. (Such as the babysitter) Tom Holland created the character of Charles Lee Ray, the criminal who uses voodoo to come back as "Chucky" ("My Buddy" would've sued otherwise). (By the way, Kevin Yagher created "Chucky" and his design.) It's fairly obvious if you look at how different all the sequels are as to who was behind the success of the first film. It's not right that they pretend the director never existed. Seriously. Now they're going to remake his film.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Well, not for life... I think I saw it a couple years ago...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    And have seen 3, but none of the "dark comedies." Yeah, 1 is still scary, but not nightmare inducing, and 3 wasn't really too scary, but it did have the Jimmy replacement from Lois and Clark, so that was kinda cool. Get him back! Where's that guy??

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 5:38 p.m. CST

    We get it quint you hate Rob Zombies Halloween

    by BrightEyes


  • Aug. 19, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by fiester

    is a fucking creepy movie...really creepy. <p> Child's Play, on the other hand, is a joke. And not a particularly good one.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST

    I like these friendly chats

    by Aeghast

    ..not a stiff interview..

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 5:51 p.m. CST

    DVD Photo Galleries

    by Irina Spanko

    Quint, they are as good as the photos in them. If it's standard promo pictures everyone has seen before it doesn't matter. Inclusion of previously unseen photos makes them worthwhile.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    problem child v chucky!

    by ironic_name

    make it happen, anon!

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST


    by skani

    All right, I have pretty much defended remakes in principle, while I've read countless postings where people whine "When will the remakes stop!!!" I am just about officially ready to declare my allegiance with the whiners. Just in the last week I'm hearing about Candyman, Poltergeist, now Child's Play, plus the Freddy and Jason remakes that are already shooting, the Halloween remake from last year, the TCM movies, the Hills Have Eyes movies. I think it's cool that it's the original guy coming back to Child's Play and all, but man this IS starting to get depressing.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Freddy remake not shooting yet

    by skani a bit too enthusiastic there

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 7:38 p.m. CST

    jesus, enough with the goddamn fucking remakes

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    like this movie begs to be remade - who cares

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 8:03 p.m. CST


    by two fathoms deep

    i find it funny that while i'm reading this, jaws just happens to be on.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 8:29 p.m. CST

    There's still Poltergeist

    by Dapper Swindler

    Last horror movie to not be remade yet.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 10:25 p.m. CST

    I liked the interview, I like the dudes...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...I like Chucky too. But fuck you. Previous to reading the news on Poltergeist, I might have let it slide, but you are some fucking desperate whore motherfuckers. More fucking remakes? I mean, are you broke? I can lend you bus change if you need it.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Brad Dourif is the man

    by myspoonistoobig

    He was the only good part of that movie Urban Legend. I am okay with the remake concept, I have to agree that if they want to make a scary Chucky film they can't take off from Seed of Chucky as a starting point. As for my favorite Chucky movie, it's probably 2. I thought the technology was a little too weak in Child's Play 1, and Child's Play 3 blows. I didn't like Bride very much (too proud of its own tongue-in-cheekness) but Seed was okay. Worth watching on TV anyway.

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST

    don't fuck with the chuck

    by PaulKersey

    Bride of Chucky was a nice film, but wasn't scary and didn't came near the first or second one. Let's not talk about Seed, one of those movies thats even worse then Jaws The Revenge.

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Seed Of Chucky was a Franchise Killer

    by deanbarry

    Absolutely hated it. 1 through 3 were great and I really enjoyed Bride as a dark comedy, as it bought something different to the series. but Seed...oh my god. From the opening scene of sperm (poorly cgi'd sperm) to the introduction of Chucky's kid...i thought horror. But not in a good way!

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 5:19 a.m. CST

    Awesome stuff

    by scottishnutjob

    This is the kind of thing that keeps me coming back to Aint It Cool News. I want more interviews like this with awesome cult filmmakers, actors and producers. I love Harry's DVD weekly round up, A Movie A Day had me at hello and now this interview - top stuff - keep it coming.

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Thanks Quint

    by Marxeffect

    I may have to track them down. Great interview by the way!

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST

    "There's still Poltergeist"...

    by DanielKurland

    So fucking funny considering what happened like literally the day after that post.

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Chucky vs Leprechaun!

    by pearlanddean

    "Away from me pot o'gold" "You goddamn freak!" etc

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Another unnecessary remake?!

    by The StarWolf

    *Yawn* Wake me when Hollywood starts doing ORIGINAL material again.

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 8:45 a.m. CST


    by StrokerX

    You might as well...Bride is ok if simply for some of the kills and the back n forth between Tiff & Chucky. But Seed was horrible...the whole concept between their he/she child was just bad. Even the design of the new doll was bad. And Chucky's all scarred up the whole time in both movies. Overkill in my opinion. A murderous doll is freaking scary...dont need to add frankenstein scars to tell me he's scary. The best parts where when Chucky was just sitting there looking like a nice doll...then he moves his eyes and snarls and screams and attacks AAHHHHH EFFING DOLL IS BITING ME WTF!!!!!!!!!! I'm calling for a NO SCARS RULE from now on!!!!!!!!!!

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST

    i need to have a chucky movie day

    by StrokerX

    an watch 1-3 all in a row...

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST

    GIMME A BOY!!!!

    by BringingSexyBack

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Why no mention of TOM HOLLAND??

    by Rex Manning

    After all he is the ermm Director?

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST


    by ArcadianDS

    very much sarcastic, sir.

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Fuck Remakes

    by KillDozer

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    the first remake premis that sounds...ok..but...

    by JediRob

    There's something quintessentially 80's about the Child's Play movies, just as there is a 90's sensibility to the Chucky movie's. They are basically different series. Bride of Chucky was exactly where the series/character needed to go at that time and it worked brilliantly. Can a killer doll concept evolve for a 3rd time in an original way for a modern audience? Evolve by going back to the beginning to boot? I'll give these guys the benefit of the doubt.

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Child's Play is the only 80s movie

    by Bouncy X

    part 2 through 4 came in the 90s and 5 came in the 00s.

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Why would you remake this?

    by HerbWestAustin

    This is the dumbest idea. Please don't remake this.

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 2:39 p.m. CST

    I heard Billy Bob Thorton will play Chucky

    by HerbWestAustin

    No more remakes!

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Yes thank you Bouncy I am aware of the literal release's

    by JediRob

    I wasn't referring to that, as I said it was their sensibilities. They were all products of their eras and I am curious as to how a killer doll movie would function these days.

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 4:44 p.m. CST

    wow scarier than the original!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by alice 13

    now im too scared to see it.

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 9:38 p.m. CST

    If your going to make a remake

    by cowsaysmoo

    It's best that the original filmmakers are involved. They're the ones who created it, they should be the ones to do it over again. People who weren't involved the the originals, remaking classic films are just looking for an easy way to make a buck. So to that I say, bring on the Child's Play reboot, but to those morons remaking A Nightmare on Elm Street, fuck off! At least bring back Robert Englund, he is Freddy and no one else should be allowed to play him.

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Damnit, I wanted a sequel to Seed!

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    It ended on such a promising note.

  • Aug. 20, 2008, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Quint, you're a hell of an interviewer...

    by 24200124

    That has to be, hands down, one of the best interviews this site's ever seen. Kudos to you, Quint! Thanks for providing the good stuff that constantly makes the fans go nuts.

  • Aug. 21, 2008, 1:48 a.m. CST

    True Story...

    by Dawhiteguy

    I was driving the other day and glanced over at a homeless fella riding a bicycle, and tied to his back was a good guy doll, or maybe it was a chucky doll. I felt pretty pathetic staring this bum guy down. I was just really curious about why he had that damn doll on his back. He must of watched the movie at a young age too, you know? It changed him so much that he really thought Charles Lee Ray was transformed into one of the dolls, and that it was his immoral objective in life to help Chucky find a little boy to torture and bodynap. Oh shit, I just remembered Chucky had a strong influence in the haitian community, and that this bum was black. Furthermore, I would like to conclude that Puppet Master is way cooler than Child's Play

  • Aug. 21, 2008, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Thanks StrokerX

    by Marxeffect

    Much appreciated!

  • Aug. 21, 2008, 7:18 a.m. CST

    puppet master

    by StrokerX

    is pretty damn sweet i must say. I have a Blade doll er..action figure? on my TV stand. Also got Pinhead and one of those Demon monsters....but Blade was always my favorite.

  • Aug. 21, 2008, 7:20 a.m. CST

    and Torch!!

    by StrokerX

    i have Torch too. lol

  • Aug. 21, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Another senseless remake

    by Dr Gregory House

    To quote Dee Snider: "Its a doll! Step on it"

  • Aug. 21, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST


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  • Aug. 21, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Chucky Begins

    by TheNewDirector

    I think it will be a decent movie if they don't add the comedic factor that was in the latest chucky films

  • Aug. 21, 2008, 12:36 p.m. CST

    I read the original "Child's Play" script...

    by Ellipsian

    ...back in the day (or at least the person who gave it to me claimed it was). It's now been 20 years, but I still remember the tone being even darker and more fucked up it was than the movie. I wish I could remember whether the babysitter was electrocuted in the tub so I could confirm as to whether it was really the script, but it's been too dice. <br> <br> Anyway, the one death I DO remember, likely since it terrified me so much, was Chucky whacking some guy to the floor--who I'm thinking was the boyfriend of the kid's mom--by knocking him in the head with a hammer. While the boyfriend's dazed and facedown, Chuck nails the guy's hands to the floor; he then covers the bf's head with a plastic bag, jumps atop his back, and gleefully rides him, struggling and suffocating, like a bucking bronco. Creeped me out for days...but damn, it was cool. (This death is somewhat similar to a suffocation in the second movie; I'm guessing that this is a case of Mancini making use of previous ideas.)

  • Aug. 21, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST

    The dolls with the metal/bear trap teeth in Barbarella

    by half vader

    freaked me out. And the Poltergeist doll/clown. And the chinese ventriloquist's doll in Doctor Who. And the 'Magic' one. Hell, pretty much any doll. The W.C. Fields doll in Miller's Twighlight Zone ep. Creepy dolls are easy points.

  • Aug. 22, 2008, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Wormtounge needs more screen time

    by deanbarry

    It'd be cool to see more of the Brad before become a Dolly. If a remake is necessary (it's Hollywood does, yeah?) then mix it up a little. Kind of like the backstory of Michael in Rob Zombies Halloween, but, with out all the life sucked out of it. I'm angry now that I thought of that fucking movie. At least Carpenter's Halloween is coming to BluRay. Ah yes. It will be pretty :)

  • Aug. 22, 2008, 7:54 a.m. CST


    by half vader

    Carpenter's Halloween came out ages ago on BD. Where've you been? It's almost 50% off at Amazon - $15.95 (I was just looking at the sales). <p> Showing the backstory of "the shape" in more detail in the remake was moronic and goes completely against the point of the character. I'm not even a hardcore Halloween nut and it was obvious to me. I don't get why you would demystify a mysterious character...

  • Aug. 25, 2008, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Another shit movie remade as a shit movie.

    by Uncle Stan