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A horror movie staple starring everyone’s favorite murderous doll is hitting home screens just in time for the spooky season.
“Chucky” revolves around the infamous redhead doll from the “Child’s Play” series, which is found by Jake Webber, played by Zackary Arthur, a gay teenager who is grappling with the recent death of his mother. Webber finds a vintage Chucky doll at a garage sale and buys it, and since then the town has been in disarray as a series of gruesome murders begin to reveal the town’s hypocrisies and secrets.
“I have always been in horror. Chucky is such a cool thing, there isn’t a single person who doesn’t know the ‘Child’s Play’ series, ”Arthur said. “I remember reading about this new show and thought I would audition for it. I was reading the script, it was so well written. I’m super excited to do this show.
In addition to the mysterious murders plaguing the city, “Chucky” explores Webber’s life as he comes to terms with his sexuality while living with his father. Naturally, his world is turned upside down when he finds Chucky.
“Jake is a very creative kid. His mother is dead and he lives with his father who doesn’t quite accept him, ”Arthur said. “He gets into sex, but he’s bullied in school because he’s different. He takes Chucky and things go wrong.
The show delves deeper into the origin story of Chucky doll, voiced by Brad Dourif (who previously voiced Chucky) and several actors from the original films are expected to appear throughout the season, including Jennifer Tilly, Fiona Dourif, Alex Vincent and Christine Élise. Actors Devon Sawa and Lexa Doig also join the cast as new characters.
Arthur says that because “Chucky” is set as a TV show rather than another episode in the “Child’s Play” franchise, it gives the writers more room to explore and play with the characters and the plot. series.
“It’s really super scary and really bloody, a lot more than the last ones,” Arthur said. “Because we have eight hours of real estate, we can really develop the characters more. There is no CGI at all, the Chucky doll is a puppet. Even on set, it’s super scary.
With Chucky being a real doll on set, it adds to the spooky factor not only on set but for viewers at home as well. While being on set helps make the show less scary, Arthur says it can be difficult to get used to the real doll.
“There’s a scary vibe when you’re filming it, but when you see how it all works, it takes away the scary factor when you’re filming it,” Arthur said. “There are scenes where the doll turns its head quickly, I don’t think you can get used to it.”
While the doll is the same old Chucky we all know and love, Arthur says this new show isn’t just your average horror show and will address themes most audiences can relate to.
“This show touches many different points and issues in the world today, I hope it helps a lot of people. People can empathize with the different characters, maybe see why bullies are bullies, ”Arthur said. “It’s not just a horror show, it deals with all issues. It’s not just killing like some other horror movies, it has more layers of substance.
“Chucky” will premiere on Syfy and USA Network at 10pm on October 12th. You can follow Arthur on Instagram @ 1zackaryarthur.