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NYCC: Cult of Chucky cast looks back at 30 years of dolls, dread, and bloodshed

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Oct 5, 2017

SPOILER WARNING! Cult of Chucky details discussed below!

You could say they're friends 'til the end.

The director and cast of Universal's Cult of Chucky appeared at New York Comic Con on Thursday to talk about the release of the seventh Child's Play installment, and to celebrate the 30-years-strong slasher franchise.

And, yes, Chucky himself was there, though uncharacteristically silent (according to series star Jennifer Tilly, it's because he's a diva).

Joining Chucky mastermind Don Mancini for the panel discussion were Tilly, aka Chucky's murderous doll galpal-turned-human Tiffany Valentine; Alex Vincent, who played Andy Barclay as a 7-year-old in 1990's classic Child's Play and has appeared in three sequels, including the new film; Christine Elise, who played Kyle in 1990's Child's Play 2 and has a cameo in Cult; Fiona Dourif as Nica Pierce, the protagonist from 2013's Curse of Chucky; and her real-life dad, famed cult actor Brad Dourif, who's provided the voice of Chucky through all seven entries.

The latest chapter, Cult of Chucky, has just been released by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray and DVD and is now available on Netflix. And (spoiler alert!) the big revelation here is a critical scene featuring not one dastardly little guy but multiple Chuckys doing the killing, thus the inspiration for the title.

"The Cult of Chucky refers to the fact that we have several Chuckys in this movie for the first time," said Mancini, who's written and directed all seven. "It took me a couple of decades to let Universal do it because it's not cheap and fast … and it was a blast."

After showing fans some clips, including an easter egg available exclusively on the Blu-Ray, Team Chucky talked about the endurance of the dastardly doll and his continuing appeal three decades on.

"Nine out of ten times when someone comes up to me, they always know me from Chucky," said Tilly. "It's a testament to Don, who did the first one in college … when I'm 90 years old, he'll have me being chased by Chucky in my walker."

Tilly even quipped that after she's dead, she imagined her estate granting Mancini permission to resurrect her.

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"Yeah, it's been seven movies," commented the elder Dourif. "They do pay me, you know, and that part is good."

Having grown up with her dad as the creepy voice of many a kid's nightmare, Fiona Dourif revealed that no matter what she does, she's officially known as Chucky Girl – from the boys she dated in high school to fans nowadays. And it's all been worth it.

"I've been associated with it since I can remember … I had Chuckys in my house all my life, and to be here and be a part of it is so terrific," she said.

The cast also discussed the technical hurdles working with the puppet, joked about doll sex, and wrapped things up by snapping a selfie with the audience on stage.

Given the good reviews Cult of Chucky has earned so far, we'd say it's likely they'll be back for more.