Warning: Spoilers for Cult of Chucky Are Below
Cult of Chucky director Don Mancini reveals that arguably the film’s most gruesome death was almost entirely different. Over the course of the nearly 30-year history of the Child’s Play franchise, Chucky has shown himself to be a very creative killer, using all kinds of complex means to vanquish his victims. Some of these classic kills are even directly referenced by the diminutive death dealer in Cult, such as the time he beat a mean teacher to death with a yardstick in Child’s Play 2.
True to his legacy of murder, Chucky doesn’t take it easy on his various targets in Cult, making use of everything from a power drill to the business end of a high-heeled shoe. Arguably the most shocking death in Cult is inflicted on a character named Claire (Grace Lynn Kung), a rather unfriendly fellow patient in the mental asylum that prior Chucky enemy Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) has recently been transferred to.
After a painful encounter with Chucky, Claire starts raving about being attacked by the sadistic doll, leading her disbelieving doctor to have her strapped to a gurney. A gleefully evil Chucky then enters the room, and notices a large container of compressed oxygen. Chucky launches this upward, smashing it through the skylight, and raining glass down on Claire. One of the biggest pieces of glass severs Claire’s head clean off, all while snow begins to fall into the room, in an almost darkly beautiful image. During a recent chat on Facebook though, Mancini revealed that this particular kill was originally very different.
“It’s interesting because that sequence, the details of it, changed a lot. In the first draft, Chucky causes the sprinkler system to come on and it drenches them… and then they go up in flames. And I quickly got that out of my system. It’s like, that’s gonna take too long and be too much of a pain in the ass. In another draft, Chucky goes to the closet and there’s this vial there that says ‘anti-coagulant.’ He goes, ‘Does that mean what I think it means?’ He injects her with it and she just bleeds out from every orifice. But then I realized… that’s like halfway through the movie, and the movie structurally needed a big exclamation point. So that’s why I decided to do the glass and the decapitation… the snow… it’s very operatic.”
While both of the alternate kill scenes that Mancini describes above sound pretty cool in and of themselves, it seems likely that most fans would agree that Manicni made the right choice in the end. Cult has only been out for a few days, but many Chucky devotees are already praising Claire’s death as one of the best in recent franchise history. Another kill that has drawn applause from fans involves the aforementioned shoe, which is used to smash a character’s face into something resembling hamburger. An unrated cut of this film was definitely justified.
When one considers how overwhelmingly positive the response from both fans and critics has been to Cult of Chucky so far, it seems like only a matter of time before Mancini and company reunite once again to craft an eighth entry into the Child’s Play series. With how good both Curse and Cult have turned out, one wonders if Universal will ever consider sending Chucky’s adventures back to theaters.
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