The perverse mind of the muñeco of “Child’s Play” (1988) lands for the first time in the small pantalla with “Chucky”, a series that premieres this martes of the Syfy channel in the United States and expands this famous and long-lived horror saga.
With Don Mancini, the creator of the saga, in charge of this series, “Chucky” recaptures the dazzling figure of this plaything that has terrorized children and adults for decades.
Kim Garland, Latin screenwriter and piety key from the series, tells Efe that Chucky is a “very singular” villain in the world of “slasher”.
The “slasher” is a subgenre of terror that revolves around fearful asses who chase and kill, one by one and usually with white weapons, to a group of people with revenge as their usual reason.
“We’re used to bad guys like Michael Myers (‘Halloween’), Jason (‘Friday the 13th’), Freddy Krueger (‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’), Ghostface (‘Scream’)… All of them are big types: physically reduce you to matate. But Chucky is different. It can’t physically chase you so Chucky has to be really smart and cunning,” he argued.
Garland also recalled that “many people saw Chucky’s films when they were very young” and that they had “intense experiences” with them.
In this sense, the screenwriter considered that part of the success of “Child’s Play” resides in this “imperecedero feeling” that provoke “things that make you dread when you are small”.
New York and with Puerto Rican ancestry, Garland told with a smile that her passion for terror and for the most excruciating stories about home, and that grew up in a family that managed a funeral home.
“Obviously, I only have a certain taste for the macabre, the dark and the frightening. Halloween is something wonderful for me, presumably,” I say.
Garland defined herself as a screenwriter focused on horror, science-fiction and thrillers, so she ensured that this series was the ideal project for her.
“This is a very established saga, but they are also open to new ideas”, he noted about “the magical and extraordinary experience” that was worked on in this series.
Garland also praised the attitude of Don Mancini, who was very strict in “overprotecting” the legacy of “Child’s Play”, from the gift to new creators to his saga and “inviting us to play with her”.
one chucky for all
Garland insisted that one of her obsessions was that “Chucky” went to all kinds of viewers, on the ground to fans.
This aspect is interesting because this broad saga, which was launched with the homonymous film of 1988, includes the films that count the “remake” with Aubrey Plaza that premiered in 2019.
Thus, the series does not require prior knowledge of being up to date in the universe of “Child’s Play” which offers “a completely new story” centered on the character of Jake (Zackary Arthur).
This teenager from Nueva Jersey (USA) suffers harassment at school and also has problems in his family, but he all falls into the background when, in search of pieces for one of his art projects, he ends up taking Chucky home. without knowing the evil that encloses this muñeco.
Garland pointed out that Jake is somewhat bigger than other protagonists of “Child’s Play” and that they also allowed them to inquire into the dilemmas facing teenagers.
He also anticipated that Jake, who came from “a very dark place” in his life, “does not immediately go away from Chucky” despite the terrible acts he commits.
Finally, the screenwriter reassured her followers to mention that, as the series progresses, in “Chucky” there will appear some iconic characters of the saga who have been “traumatized” for decades by the most spectacular muñeco of the cine (and now also television).