Celebrating 20 years of the horror-comedy, NECA is releasing an Ultimate Bride of Chucky action figure 2-pack next month, and the full image gallery has opened up for us today.
This Ultimate action figure 2-pack includes Chucky and Tiffany, who features a fabric skirt and an extra set of removable arms so she can wear her iconic leather jacket. The set also includes tons of accessories to recreate the movie’s best scenes: 6 interchangeable heads, 2 shovels, 2 pistols, 2 knives, bottle, baster, necklace and more!
The figures stand 4″ tall and have over 20 points of articulation. They’ll be housed inside of collector-friendly deluxe window box packaging with an opening flap.
Between Castle Rock, the new Halloween, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and the hidden ghosts of The Haunting of Hill House, Easter eggs in horror seem to be a major trend in 2018. Though it’s hardly the first time they’ve popped up in horror. Some Easter eggs are well-placed plot clues for the eagle-eyed viewer, sometimes they’re homages to horror fandom, and sometimes they’re a fun volley between filmmakers. No matter their use, a horror Easter egg is almost always fun to spot.
Here are the 10 greatest uses of the Easter egg in horror.
King Kong (2005) – Sumatran Rat-Monkey
The cause of Peter Jackson’s splatter-filled zombie mayhem in Braindead (Dead Alive) is the bite of the Sumatran-Ray Monkey. The film’s prologue explains that the vile creature hails from Skull Island, an animal created from giant plague rats raping small tree monkeys. Skull Island happens to be the very island from which King Kong hails. Jackson brings this full circle in his 2005 film King Kong, when a crate labeled “Sumatran Rat Monkey” is seen in the cargo hold of the SS Venture. Not only is it great seeing a low budget splatter film get a nod in a giant blockbuster feature, but it’s always reassuring to know Jackson hadn’t forgotten his roots.
Land of the Dead – Photo Booth Zombies
Co-writers Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg crammed just about every zombie homage and reference they could into their zombie rom com Shaun of the Dead. But for all the nods to just about every entry in the zombie pantheon, it was clear that the work of George A. Romero was held in the highest regard. Romero was so affected by this that he asked the pair to appear in Land of the Dead. Wright and Pegg appear as zombies, chained up in the carnival scene where humans can get their pics taken with them. They’re credited as “Photo Booth Zombies.”
10 Cloverfield Lane – Connecting Universe
The Cloverfield universe is unique in that while each are standalone films, they’re connected by a larger mythology that’s only really explained by digging into the Alternate Reality Games that lead up into the theatrical releases of each entry. While 10 Cloverfield Lane is more of a blood relative than actual sequel to Cloverfield, there are Easter eggs throughout that serve as connective tissue, like Michelle stumbling across a letter addressed to Howard from Bold Futura. It’s inconsequential to the main plot, but hardcore Cloverfield fans will recognize this company as a subsidiary of Tagruato, the company ultimately responsible for unleashing the monstrous creature in the original film. The date on the letter also places it before the events of the first film, making this universe’s timeline all the more complex.
Bride of Chucky – Evidence Locker
From the opening moments, the tone is set when Charles Lee Ray’s ex-girlfriend and former accomplice retrieves Chucky’s remains from the police evidence locker. It seems as though all major horror franchises exist within the same universe, as Chucky’s remains are kept with the likes of Jason Voorhees’s hockey mask, Freddy Krueger’s glove, Michael Myers’ mask, Leatherface’s chainsaw, and even the puppets from Puppet Master. Granted, these are all off-brand references (Wisconsin Chainsaw Massacre), but the implication remains on this tongue-in-cheek Easter egg jackpot. This Easter egg wins extra points, considering director Ronny Yu would go on to helm Freddy vs Jason a few years later.
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday – Jason vs. Freddy…vs. Ash?
The final moments stole the show of this weird sequel, in which Freddy’s glove bursts out of the ground and pulls Jason’s mask down below. The implications of an epic battle between the two horror juggernauts is a main event fans salivated over. But there’s a much bigger horror franchise that looms over this sequel; the Evil Dead series. There are nods to other films found within the Voorhees home, particularly that of the Crate from Creepshow in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, but hero Steven actually picks up and flips through the Necronomicon. More than that, it’s the Kandarian dagger that’s used to kill Jason. This didn’t just tease a Freddy vs. Jason showdown, but a Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash battle. Too bad no one asked permission from Sam Raimi for the use of these props, and he didn’t approve.
Scream – Janitor Fred
In a film that lovingly deconstructs horror tropes and is filled with references and nods to horror films, this particular Easter egg wins, hands down. When Principal Himbry (Henry Winkler) is being targeted by the killer after the school has emptied for the day, he steps out into the quiet hall and finds janitor Fred mopping the floors. Fred is wearing a Freddy Krueger-like sweater and hat, but more importantly, Fred is played by Krueger’s creator Wes Craven. Not only is this cameo a reminder that this wasn’t the first time Craven changed the horror landscape, but that the director also had a major sense of humor. He’ll be forever missed, and Janitor Fred is only one of a million reasons why.
Final Destination series – Death’s Clues
The 2000 supernatural thriller that kicked off a major franchise set the precedent with elaborate death sequences that lent well to majorly effective suspense and tension that had us sinking into our seats. We know that Death is coming to reclaim its victims, we just don’t know when. But Death cleverly tells us repeatedly how each one is going to die. Death doles out clever clues for each death for those that are paying close attention. Example: Evan Lewis meets a gnarly demise in Final Destination 2 when his eye gets impaled by his escape ladder. It’s hinted at over and over, beginning with his fridge magnets spelling out E-Y-E.
Saw – Hospital Bed Reveal
James Wan and Leigh Whannell have mastered the art of dropping Easter eggs since their major horror debut in Saw. Billy the Puppet appears in just about everything from Insidious to Dead Silence, and they often sneak each other into their respective films. That’s only the tip of the iceberg. So, we’re going back to the beginning, in which the duo spelled out the killer’s identity long before the major reveal. In a brilliant misdirect, a flashback scene shows Dr. Lawrence Gordon being approached by detectives in regard to linking evidence found at one of Jigsaw’s games. Gordon happened to be in the middle of discussing terminal patient John Kramer at his bedside. If the detectives would’ve looked down, they would’ve seen Kramer’s designs of the “reverse bear trap” laid out for all to see.
Evil Dead II – Freddy Krueger’s Glove
There’s long-running history of jabs between horror masters Sam Raimi and Wes Craven that began when Raimi included a torn poster of The Hills Have Eyes in his breakout film The Evil Dead. Craven noticed, and returned the nod by having Nancy Thompson fall asleep to The Evil Dead in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Raimi opted to be a bit less subtle when he filmed Evil Dead II, and hung Freddy’s glove in both the cellar and the work shed, in prominent view. That glove never left, either, as it was once again displayed in the cellar in Ash vs. Evil Dead.
Predator 2 – Trophy Room
The cinematic moment that firmly put Predator in the same universe as Alien, and it was glorious. Just before the final showdown between protagonist Harrigan (Danny Glover) and the Predator that’s made Los Angeles its hunting ground, he finds its spaceship hidden underground. The battle takes place in the ship’s trophy room. Of all the skulls on display, the one fans zeroed in on was that of the Xenomorph. Suddenly, we didn’t really care about Harrigan versus Predator. We wanted to see a Predator square off against a Xenomorph. I still do.
Bride of Chucky is a lot of fans’ favorite Chucky movie, thanks largely to director Ronny Yu’s style. The acclaimed Hong Kong director brought his visual sense and macabre humor to Don Mancini’s self-referential script. But, it turns out he left the film before the movie was finished.
At a Screamfest Q&A for a 20th anniversary screening of Bride of Chucky, producer David Kirschner revealed that Yu went back to China before finishing his first cut of the film. The cut wasn’t going well so Mancini and the editor actually took it over and made Bride of Chucky the kind of classic that gets a 20th anniversary celebration.
“Ronny left after we finished the film. He started to work on a cut and we were not happy with it,” Kirschner said.
“I think he just missed home. He missed his wife and his family. Don really stepped up. It was at that point for me that I saw that he was now ready to move on to the next film and be the director. He really brought so much to it with how he really edited that film with Randy Bricker who Don has continued a relationship.”
Keep in mind that rough cuts are usually far from the completed film. Often running too long, they are the first attempt to put the movie together before it’s whittled down into shape. The difference in Yu’s cut, Kirschner said, was pacing.
“It’s not that it was ever a completed cut,” Kirschner said. “We just saw what he was doing and we were unhappy with it. The pacing was not there. Don and Corey Sienega – who produced the film with us – we went to the editing room and worked with them. He had shot it all but the choices and pieces were not there in my mind for what it would become.”
Bride of Chucky was only Yu’s second American film after Warriors of Virtue. Remember in the ‘90s, Hollywood was poaching Hong Kong directors like John Wu, Tsui Hark and Ringo Lam as well. So Yu wasn’t fluent in English, which perhaps contributed to communication issues and deciding to leave the final cut in American hands.
“I think it was a rough first cut,” Mancini said.
“It just wasn’t ready. His English wasn’t superb. I think that was an issue. Sometimes there was a communication issue. He was more the visuals.”
All respect to Ronny Yu, his essential contribution to Bride of Chucky was bringing on his Bride with White Hair cinematographer Peter Pau, who later won an Oscar for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. That was no easy sell on the studio.
“Peter Pau deserves so much credit,” Kirschner said. “We were so blown away by the way that it looked. Universal did not want to hire him. He was older. He spoke almost no English. They wanted someone cool and hip and someone that was doing videos. We fought tooth and nail to have this guy who had done The Bride With White Hair with Ronny.”
Screamfest continues through Thursday, October 18.
Screamfest held a 20th anniversary screening of Bride of Chucky and Bloody-Disgusting moderated the Q&A with writer Don Mancini, producer and Chucky/Tiffany designer David Kirschner and star Nick Stabile. The Chucky gang are still developing a “Chucky” TV series. Mancini confirmed that the series would not only pick up after the latest movie sequel, Cult of Chucky, but also introduce new characters and storylines.
“We deliberately ended Cult with a bunch of cliffhangers to set up a TV series,” Mancini said.
“Because there are so many different threads now, television could best accommodate that so that was done intentionally. At the same time, we have a whole new world, a bunch of new characters which we can say nothing about.”
Cult of Chucky introduced Chucky’s ability to possess multiple dolls simultaneously, and ultimately take over Nica (Fiona Dourif)’s body. Nica/Chucky runs off with Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) who may still be in actor Jennifer Tilly’s body from Seed of Chucky. Andy Barclay has been left behind in the institution and his foster sister Kyle (Christine Elise) even showed up.
Kirschner suggested that the new characters of the TV series would return to the concept of the original Child’s Play, with Chucky terrorizing a child in the guise of his favorite toy.
“The only thing I think we can say is from the original film that Don wrote, Child’s Play, we are playing with that concept again, the idea of child’s play,” Kirschner said. “I’ll let you guys fill in the pieces of that.”
Mancini filled it in. “It involves children,” Mancini said.
The Chucky series has constantly reinvented itself. Bride made it a self-referential comedy, but Curse of Chucky brought it back to the horror/thriller world. Cult expanded the voodoo mythology even further. Television is the next frontier for Chucky, and shows like Hannibal, which Mancini wrote for, show that horror can be just as effective on television, and perhaps even more so.
“We saw that after seven movies, how can we flip again?” Mancini said. “So this time not by merely changing genre but by changing medium. This will give us a different kind of canvas, a much bigger canvas to explore characters and relationships.”
Screamfest continues through Thursday, October 18.