Screen Junkies » chucky http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 07 Oct 2014 20:53:36 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 In Honor Of ‘Dolphin Tale’: 11 Handy Film Prosthetics http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-dolphin-tale-11-handy-film-prosthetics/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-dolphin-tale-11-handy-film-prosthetics/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2011 22:50:03 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=229102 You've got to hand it to us. These are some cool prosthetics.

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Dolphin Tale tells the true story of Winter the dolphin, a bottlenose who loses her tail when it becomes ensnared in a crab trap. A young boy befriends her at the marine hospital where she is recuperating, and convinces the staff there to build a prosthetic tail for her. His efforts pay off and Winter becomes the world’s first bionic dolphin. Someday, she will rule over us all as we pay tribute to our Delphinidae Overlords.

But you didn’t come here to listen to me jaw on about our future enslavement. You came here to learn about film’s most awesome prosthetics. Here are eleven of our favorites.

Ash Williams – Chainsaw Hand

When his hand becomes demonically possessed, Ash has no choice but to have to chop it off. I hate when that happens. But the good news is that he trades up. By rigging a chainsaw over the stump where his hand was a few short hours earlier, Ash is able to level the playing field by using his awesome new chainsaw hand to rip those deadites a new one.

Darth Vader – Pretty Much Everything

If you find yourself having a lightsaber battle on the edge of an active volcano with lava bubbling at your heels, it’s a good idea to win. Because if you lose (and survive), you’ll find most of your body replaced with cybernetic parts and organs. The plus side is that you’ll gain some pretty intimidating height and you’ll end up with a more authoritative voice in case you’re considering a career in voice-over.

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‘Child’s Play’ Back To Terrify Us As Adults This Time http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/childs-play-back-to-terrify-us-as-adults-this-time/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/childs-play-back-to-terrify-us-as-adults-this-time/#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2011 21:42:25 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203770 I want my mom. I'm fine. I just want my mom.

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Two bickering studios were able to resolve their differences for the greater good of rereleasing the most horrifying element of our childhood into our now-adult lives. Progress on a Child’s Play reboot had been mercifully held up due to a rights dispute between MGM, which launched the original film, and Universal which produced all subsequent installments.

Well, one way or another, MGM walked away with the rights to the remake (link includes an SJ exclusive on the story, as well as an interview with the creator), which is expected to go into production later this year with principals from the original intact. Both the voice of Chucky, Brad Dourif, and the writer of all five Chucky films, Don Mancini, will be in on the next go-round.

According to Mancini, the stated purpose of the next iteration “was to make it scary again.” Well, Don, if that’s all you’re going for, just put a static image of that godforsaken doll on a theater screen while an audience of stoned 25-35 year olds defecate themselves and remember why they had to sleep with a nightlight during the Seoul Olympics. (/Film)

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‘Bride Of Chucky’ > Oprah http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bride-of-chucky-oprah/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bride-of-chucky-oprah/#comments Thu, 13 Jan 2011 13:32:27 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15974 At last, Oprah has revealed her one weakness... Chucky.

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At last, Oprah has revealed her one weakness… Chucky.

In an interview with Larry King-surrogate Piers Morgan, Oprah tells that the shitty box office returns of Beloved were the biggest failure of her life. The Jonathan Demme adaptation of Toni Morrison’s novel didn’t expect any competition when it opened against Bride Of Chucky. The film ended up being a steaming turd and came in at fifth place while Chucky came in second (Practical Magic took first).

“It premiered on a Friday night and I remember hearing on Saturday morning that we got beat by something called Chucky. I didn’t even know what Chucky was,” Winfrey told Morgan.

In all fairness Opes, if you’re going to get into the Child’s Play movies, Bride is a bad place to start. You really need the scares of the original if you’re to respect the series.

“I don’t want to call it a turkey, but it didn’t work, and it sent me into a massive, depressive macaroni and cheese-eating tailspin. Literally!”

So, she was literally falling through the air while eating macaroni and cheese? Literally. I’m sure.

“It was the only time in my life that I was ever depressed, and I recognized that’I am depressed,’ because I’ve done enough shows [on the topic]. ‘Oh, this is what people [read: poor people - Ed.] must feel like who are depressed.’”

That’s what depressed her the most? I’d have thought it would have been when she opened that school for girls in South Africa and didn’t do proper background checks. Which, of course, lead to the girls being sexually abused by the staff. Twice. Or, maybe she’d be depressed by all the sadness she’s exploited on her show over the years. None of those things depressed her as much as having a bomb at the box office? Man, somebody better go over and check on M. Night Shyamalan. Make sure he isn’t hitting the macaroni and cheese too hard. (Vulture)

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Exclusive: ‘Child’s Play’ Reboot Details http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/exclusive-childs-play-reboot-details/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/exclusive-childs-play-reboot-details/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Personally, I love the funny Chucky movies. Bride of Chucky is the smartest and cleverest of the self-referential ‘90s horror movement, and Seed of Chucky opens up so many more...

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Personally, I love the funny Chucky movies. Bride of Chucky is the smartest and cleverest of the self-referential ‘90s horror movement, and Seed of Chucky opens up so many more possibilities I want to see where else they go. But word is the only way we’ll see Chucky again is in a rebooted remake.

Don Mancini, the writer of all five Chucky films is still writing the remake. I’ve known Mancini for 10 years and I’ve heard some of the ideas that never even made it into the 1988 Child’s Play. He never had voodoo or a serial killer. In his version, the Good Guys dolls were made with synthetic blood, and Andy brought Chucky to life by doing bloo brothers. The murderous rampage was the manifestation of Andy’s id.

If the new Child’s Play does that, that would be a reason to start over. Mancini spoke at a Q&A for a screening of Seed of Chucky, and mentioned that remaking Child’s Play poses logistical problems. The original film was MGM, but Universal bought the rights to the sequels. If they want to remake the original though, they’d have joint rights to deal with, and we all know how messy it is trying to make an MGM franchise. Mancini spoke with me after the public Q&A for more details on the new Child’s Play.

Screen Junkies: There’s obviously room to continue this series of Chucky films, but is reboot the only way you’re thinking of going at this point?

Don Mancini: I’m personally open to other things but I think that’s what the studio wants, because this movie didn’t do very well so I think the feeling is that Chucky’s viability, his future is in the more straightforward horror vein. I was talking about the rights issues before, I don’t think it’s necessarily what we’ll end up doing as a strict remake. I think we’ll reboot it in the sense that it will just be more conventionally scary and it will only be Chucky and we won’t have Tiffany and Glen, but it won’t necessarily be a strict remake.

SJ: Will you be able to use some of those original ideas you had for Child’s Play?

DM: It’s one of the things we’re talking about. I can’t say too much about it but one of the things we’re alluding to, it’s one of the things that we’re talking about. I would like that, the psychological aspect of it. You seem to remember it very well.

SJ: Losing the voodoo, using the kid’s blood to bring the doll to life…

DM: We’d definitely keep the mythology of Charles Lee Ray, the idea of Chucky being possessed by a killer rather than what you’re referring to, that Chucky was the embodiment of this boy’s id.

SJ: In the 22 years since Child’s Play, have you had new ideas for how an origin of Chucky could be?

DM: Yes. We’ve explored a number of different possible scenarios. I’m definitely pushing to go in a very disturbing direction because I feel like if we’re going to go back to it being a horror movie, let’s make it really disturbing.

SJ: Are you planning to direct as well?

DM: Yeah, I mean, I hope so. That’s what we’re talking about.

SJ: Would we still recognize the Good Guys doll or would you reinvent that too?

DM: Oh yes, I think we would do a slight redesign on him but not so much that you wouldn’t. He’s got to be recognizably Chucky. I think we’ll take the scars away.

SJ: That makes sense, because in an origin story his face wouldn’t have gotten messed up yet.

DM: Right.

SJ: Would Brad Dourif still be the voice?

DM: If I have anything to say about it, and David [Kirschner] and Corey [Sienega] too.

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