When CURSE OF CHUCKY (READ ARROW'S REVIEW HERE) premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival last week, I was lucky enough to not only sit down with Don Mancini ( read my interview here ) but I also got the chance to interview the three stars, Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti and Chantal Quesnelle. Fiona, whose father is the one and only Brad Dourif (the voice of Chucky) plays the heroine, a paraplegic young woman living with her mother (Quesnelle) whoís visited by her sister (Bisutti) and her family. We had a nice chat touching upon Fionaís earliest memories of her father working on the franchise, and the lasting legacy of the series, of which CURSE is the sixth installment.
So, what did you all think of Fantasia? Of Montreal? Of the reaction last night?
Fiona Dourif: It was really positive, right? Iím really stoked to be here.
Not an empty seat in the house!
Danielle Bisutti : The payoff was super big. And we also had a sense when we were filming it that this was a special episode in the franchise as it were, and exactly how we wanted the audience to react, especially for Don.
Well, Fantasia is probably the most bloodthirsty audience in the worldÖ
Fiona: It was a shame they didnít watch the gory versionÖ
This wasnít the unrated version?
Fiona: No, itís the R-rated version. It was cool to see that the movie worked without it, but no- a lot of gore was taken out.
I had no idea. Going into the movies, obviously Fiona, youíre pretty familiar with the series.
Fiona: (Laughs) Yeah- Iím familiar!
How about you two?
Chantal Quesnelle: Oh yeah, I remember Childís Play. I donít think I saw it in the theater, but I saw it on VHS. I remember renting it on VHS, and itís a dream come true for me. I went to McGill. Iím from Kingston, but I went to university in Montreal, and I remember in my first or second year going to the film festival and thinking ďGod it would be great to be in one of these movies one dayĒ and twenty years later in one of the movies I rentedÖ
Danielle: My uncle produced the first film, and my Dad was the set dresser on the third one where I got to visit the set and meet Don, and have this experience and it just felt like kismet many years later to be part of this legacy.
Fiona- being young and being around the Chucky doll must have been interesting. Did you dad ever bring it home?
Fiona: Thereís a Chucky doll in the corner of our house. (Laughs) It was the coolest thing about dating me in high school.
Thatís awesome to hear. I love Brad Dourif. Great actor. Loved him on DEADWOOD.
Fiona: Heís also a GREAT guy. Heís a great, strange, and wonderful kind of nerd.
Any memories of visiting the set when you were younger?
Fiona: One of my first memories is walking into a studio and my dad screaming like heís being burnt alive. And I was young, like six or seven and my Dad was kind of my main parent, and so I didnít take it well. I bolted and hid under something, and nobody could find me. And they had to stop what they were doing. That was like one of one or two times I met Don Mancini before I was cast.
Did he let you watch them as a kid?
Fiona: My dad took me to the premiere! This also didnít do well for me. It took me until about a year ago when I could finally watch them, because Iím a big scaredy cat. I can watch them now though. Yeah, my dad took me to the premiere and in it his head like spontaneously combusts, it explodes in a microwave.
What about the challenges of working in a wheelchair (her character is paraplegic)?
Fiona: Itís the second time Iíve played a paraplegic. I played one about three years ago. I did a lot of research. I have a lot of respect for people that have to live that way. Itís challenging. It was hard to drag myself and not move my legs, and you guys can see the one shot where I movedÖ
I never noticed
Danielle: Me neither- I thought she was fabulousÖ
Fiona: I bet Iíll get a bunch of tweets.
I was looking for that, but I didnít see anything.
Fiona: The first time I played it (paraplegic) I had consultants and I wheeled around a hospital for a couple of days and stuff and figured out how to transfer in and out of chairs. Universal gave me a chair, and I wheeled around a mall, shopping and stuff.
What was it like working on such a contained set? Like a dark, spooky Agatha Christie household.
Danielle: We bonded, and the aesthetic of the art designÖlikening it to like HitchcockÖand yeah I think it definitely added to the creep factor. But as characters, thatís the house we grew up in, so I donít think thereís much awareness to it being scary at all.
Fiona: I walked into that said and thought ďif I could buy a house, it would be this eerie.Ē It was beautiful. And it was fun! I had so much fun shooting this movie. And I love Don, we became close friends.
Itís an interesting series too the way itís progressed. One of the cool things about seeing this movie, - while itís a legitimate movie compared to the last one- itís still a little tongue in cheek. I appreciate that when I see it in a movie- like theyíre having fun, and now I can have fun too. Does that make it easier to get into the spirit of the movie?
Chantal: What made it easier is the writing of the script. Even though it goes back to the horror genre, and itís a horror movie, we all agreed that the script is about family and relationships. The relationship between a mother and daughter, between sisters, the past history that we sort of pretend isnít there.
Danielle: Thereís lot of humor and a lot of subtleties that come outÖ
Fiona: And Don doesnít take himself too seriously. Itís fun, and the script is super tight.
CURSE OF CHUCKY hits VOD September 24th, and Blu-ray/DVD October 8th in an Unrated cut. Preorder it here!