“The eight-hour format [gives] you storytelling actual property,” he tells TVLine. “Now we have extra time to get you concerned with these characters, and also you get to know them way more as human beings than you possibly can in a 90-minute movie.”
Plus, there’s extra time for the our bodies to pile up, proper?
It’s been 33 years for the reason that world first met Chucky within the film Baby’s Play, and in Syfy/USA Community’s upcoming continuation (which begins slashing Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 10/9c), the murderous doll (as soon as once more voiced by Brad Dourif) is again for extra bloodshed. This time, he makes an attempt to mentor (positive, let’s name it that) a younger boy named Jake (Zackary Arthur) who buys the doll at an area tag sale. From there, it’s all chaos, hearth, blood, terror… you already know. The standard.
The bullied Jake suffers from a tough home life, so the timing is good for the possessed doll to attempt to warp the boy’s already fragile thoughts. However when a number of murders appear to revolve round him, the city’s suspicious eye falls instantly on Jake.
The solid of characters additionally consists of his way more in style cousin Junior (Teo Briones) and his pal Devon (Björgvin Arnarson). After which there’s Lexy (Alyvia Alyn Lind), the queen bee of the college who tortures Jake each likelihood she will get. Whereas Jake begins the sequence as a social pariah and sufferer to Lexy’s ugly abuse, Chucky makes use of its multi-episode format to flesh out its characters (when it’s not carving flesh, that’s) because the group quickly learns all concerning the doll’s devious conduct, and later, tries to work collectively to cease the insanity.
“The characters appear, on the face of it, to be one factor, however then you definitely discover out a little bit extra about them, and we begin to peel the onion,” hints Mancini. “Having extra time and area will increase the stress since you get to know them way more as human beings than you possibly can in a movie.”
As if unleashing a twisted doll onto society isn’t sufficient of an issue for the reluctant teen, Jake’s sexuality (he’s homosexual) provides one other layer to the highschool rising pains he faces.
“It’s fascinating to do one thing with, for lack of a greater time period, a social assertion, however to come back at that by way of the lens of a horror character as well-known as Chucky,” Mancini says. “We’ve seen [Chucky’s] dwelling life, his household life, his tough marriage, and he has a gender-fluid baby. He struggled with that in Seed of Chucky, however on the finish, got here to just accept it. So he’s in an excellent place to turn out to be Jake’s seeming ally.”
Chucky is “not a bigot, he’s not homophobic, he’s not racist,” Mancini provides. “He’s only a psychopath who doesn’t discriminate. He’ll kill anyone.”
Whereas the sequence does stand by itself for the uninitiated, Chucky is a direct sequel to the final movie within the franchise, 2017’s Cult of Chucky. Mancini says he intentionally left a number of unfastened threads all through the film with the hope of organising a TV sequence, and he confirms all of these cliffhangers will probably be addressed all through the season.
We’ll ultimately discover out what occurs with Nica (Fiona Dourif), who, after we final noticed her, was possessed by Chucky and kissing Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly). The duo escaped the scene of a destroyed psychological establishment that had simply gone into lockdown following Chucky’s newest spree. As for Tiffany, who incessantly snail-mailed the doll to numerous victims all through the years, she (and Tilly) may also be again.
“The place we left Chucky wasn’t an accident,” Mancini confirms. “I used to be placing him on the highway to a sexual exploration, and I loved the considered blowing folks’s minds like, ‘What? Chucky’s sexually fluid now? What does that imply?’”
Although he hesitated to elaborate additional on the sequence’ returning veterans (which additionally embody Alex Vincent reprising his function as Andy Barclay, and Christine Elise returning as Kyle), he did affirm that Chucky’s former movie adversaries will present up within the season’s again half.
“We do spend a considerable period of time with these characters,” he says.
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