Living With ChuckyUnited States, 2022 : Alberta Premiere
A filmmaker who grew up alongside Chucky seeks out those surrounding the CHILD’S PLAY films as they recount their experiences working on the ongoing franchise, and what it means to be a part of the “Chucky” family.
Directed by Kyra Elise Gardner – the daughter of Tony Gardner, who was the chief puppeteer for the majority of the horror films inspired by CHILD’S PLAY in 1988 – the documentary explores the iconic franchise through a personal and social perspective, using new and archival interview footage to explore the film’s cultural impact over the years with principal cast and crew members. A love letter not only to the franchise, but to the people who work tirelessly to continue to bring Chucky into the homes of horror fans everywhere.
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With a dad in special effects makeup, blood and guts became a normality for Kyra at a young age. Combat nursing was her first goal, but she soon discovered that real blood is way grosser than the fake stuff. She's been pursuing a career in directing since attending Florida State's film program and plans on creating quirky fantastical films from the lore of her unconventional childhood.
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press for Living With Chucky
"A celebration of the franchise, including its fans, becomes something greater with unexpected revelations."- Bloody Disgusting
"By the film’s end, audiences will find themselves wanting to revisit the horrific doll, experiencing the series as a whole, and looking for all the tidbits that have been revealed through those who brought it to life."- Film Inquiry
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