Writer/Director Don Mancini Talks Shifting to a Darker Tone, Hitchcock Influences, and More on the Set of CURSE OF CHUCKY

     October 2, 2013

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Other than Brad Dourif and producer David Kirschner, there is one constant in The Child’s Play franchise: its creator Don Mancini. The screenwriter’s first produced credit was Child’s Play in 1988. Since then, he has written every single sequel – Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3 and Bride of Chucky. With 2004’s Seed of Chucky, Mancini took over the reigns of director as well. He continues that responsibility with Curse of Chucky, a reboot of sorts for the series. The newest Chucky is the most self-contained of the franchise, 90% of the film taking place over one night in one home. This helps the film build an eerie sense of dread, unlike any of the other previous entries. It’s the darkest of the Chucky films, which is surprising considering it follows Seed, the most fun and silly of the pictures.

In the following on-set interview with Mancini, he discusses the need to shift to a darker tone for Curse, the thematic undercurrents of the newest Chucky and how Brian De Palma & Alfred Hitchcock helped influence the film. For the full interview with Mancini, hit the jump.  Curse of Chucky hits DVD & Blu-ray October 8th.

Don Mancini:

  • What is Mancini’s favorite Chucky kill?
  • Why the shift to a darker tone for Curse of Chucky?
  • Mancini on his preference to one day do a musical version of Chucky
  • What is the balance for Mancini in doing what he wants to do versus giving in to what the fans want?
  • What are the thematic undercurrents of Curse of Chucky?
  • Mancini discusses the Hitchcock/De Palma influences on Curse of Chucky
  • Is Curse of Chucky a reboot of the franchise?
  • How involved was Mancini in the first Child’s Play?

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