Veteran FX Guy Tony Gardner Talks ‘Chucky’

Tony Gardner, the man who helped bring everyone’s favorite killer doll to life in Seed of Chucky (2004) — in which he also played a tongue-in-cheek role as a version of himself in the film — Curse of Chucky (2013), and now adds the latest installment of the Child’s Play series to his resume, Cult of Chucky — sat down with and talked the kills, thrills and chills of working with the infamous “Good Guy” doll . He not only served as the animatronics effects supervisor on the most recent film, but associate producer as well.

Gardner is no stranger to horror, having gotten his start on Michael Jackson’s Thriller back in 1982, and has since lent his creative hand to Cult Classic favorites like Return of the Living Dead (1985),  Nightbreed (1990), and Starman (1984).

FX artist Tony Gardner with actress Jennifer Tilly on the set of Seed of Chucky (2004).


If that isn’t impressive enough, he also worked on director James Cameron’s guns-a-blazing sequel Aliens (1986), with more recent efforts including hits like Zombieland (2009) and rock-climbing-horror-fest 127 Hours (2010).

Gardner has been a busy guy since his Thriller days. He had this to say about returning Chucky to his horror roots:

In this new film, it felt like we had a chance to kind of reinvent him from the beginning. In the movie, Doctor Foley goes back to the source material and buys one of the original Good Guy Dolls…even though he buys it from Hot Topic (laughs). So it was our chance to go back to that original look, even right down to the proportions and so on. It even came down to the hands, because in the series, by the time you get to Bride of Chucky, he’s holding guns, so his hands were bigger than they were in previous films, so we went back to the original look with this one.

You can read the full interview here.

Cult of Chucky released on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD on October 3, with a Rated version having dropped on Netflix.






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