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Kyra Elise Gardner On Growing Up With A 3-Foot Killer In Living With Chucky | Exclusive

Living with Chucky

When it comes to the horror slasher icons from the late 70s and 80s only a few come to mind. Michael Myers, Jason, Freddy Kueger, and Chucky. That last one, Chucky is a “little” different than the rest being a doll possessed by a vicious serial killer. Audiences were first introduced to him in 1988’s horror classic, ‘Child’s Play’. Since then the slasher has had several sequels and even a television series.

While the names in front of the camera have become synonymous with the franchise, many others behind the scenes have brought Chucky to life for a long time. For example, legendary special effects artist, Tony Gardner. He had a daughter named Kyra and that is where the Screambox documentary, ‘Living With Chucky’ comes in.

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With Kyra’s dad working in special effects, blood and guts became normal to her at a young age. Chucky, was around so much that he ended up feeling like a sibling to her. Now as an adult and a filmmaker, she made ‘Living With Chucky’ not only to get a look at the franchise from the perspective of those who were there from the beginning but also to explore the impact that it had on her family.

Photo Credit: Cinedigm

With the release of ‘Living With Chucky’ on VOD today, LRM Online‘s Manny Gomez spoke with Kyra Elise Gardner, writer, and director of the documentary. During our conversation, we talk about her journey in creating the film. Even have a conversation about the impact that seeing her dad beheaded onscreen had on her. It was a great conversation that you can check out below!


Here is the synopsis for ‘Living with Chucky’

Living with Chucky takes an in depth look at the groundbreaking Child’s Play franchise from the perspective of a filmmaker who grew up within it. Featuring interviews with cast and crew such as Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Alex Vincent, creator Don Mancini, and much more, this personal film recounts the dedication, creativity and sacrifice that went into making the franchise and its long-lasting impact on the horror community. 

Storming into pop culture in the late 1980s, the three-foot menace known as Chucky, proved that Child’s Play was anything but. The horror film went on to spawn six sequels, a television series, a reboot, comic books, a video game and merchandise. 

Photo Credit: Cinedigm

Screambox‘s ‘Living With Chucky’ is now available on VOD and will be available in a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray will also be released on April 18.

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