By David T. Valentin
While the last heat of summer and good beach days are fading away and the crisp winds of fall are rising with even a few sightings of the pop-up Spirit Halloween stores going out, people are already bracing for the spooky season of Halloween.
This year, the killer doll Chucky is set to make a comeback in an all-new TV show on Syfy titled Chucky. But he’s not alone—for every horror icon there’s always a person to torment. This time around, our main protagonist is a young teen named Jake Wheeler, a 13 year-old student struggling with his sexuality while growing up in a small town while also exploring Wheeler’s school crush, Devon Evans.
“One of the things that fans always loved about the original movies is that the protagonist was a kid, it’s called Child’s Play,” series creator Don Mancini, a gay man himself, said at Comic-Con@Home on a virtual panel on July 25th. “It’s something we hadn’t done that much of since Child’s Play 3, but I wanted to switch it up. I thought focusing on young teens would be a new twist and to see how Chucky interacts with them.”
Throughout the virtual event you can view snippets of the upcoming series as well as some behind the scenes clips into the making of the series.
Bjorgvin Anarson who plays Wheeler’s Crush, Devon Evans, says, “There are lots of great scenes between Zach Arthur as Jake and his friend and crush Devon Evans.”
“You know the cool thing about this series is that it’s got all this scary stuff, and even has a lot of heart,” Anarson adds.
Alongside the new cast will be some returning faces to the Chucky franchise like Brad Dourif, the voice of Chucky, Jennifer Tilly, Alex Vincent and Christine Elis.
The show is set to release on Syfy on October 13, which is unfortunately not a Friday. Still, we don’t ever need a special number or day to explore the horrors lurking in the dark.