LOS ANGELES – Faced with a new, more cruel and immensely pitiless Chucky, actress Aubrey Plaza, star of the remake of “Child’s Play” in the role of Karen Barclay, told EFE that horror movies help people reflect on the society we live in.
“I think horror is a release that we need. We are living in a world that is a bit horrific at times,” she said.
“And I think that people are finding less and less reasons to go to the theater. But I think that horror movies are really cathartic for audiences to kinda watch in a group. It’s fun to get scared and to get your heartbeat going,” added the 34-year-old actress best known for her role as April Ludgate in the NBC television comedy “Parks and Recreation.”
With Lars Klevberg as director and Brian Tyree Henry and Gabriel Bateman rounding out the cast, “Child’s Play” recovers the evil Chucky, who, as in the original 1988 production, appears to be the ideal pal for a little boy, when in reality he is a bloodthirsty toy who doesn’t shiver even a little bit when it comes to liquidating his enemies.
The wicked turn that this new “Child’s Play” takes is that Chucky, with the voice of Mark Hamill, now has artificial intelligence (AI) and can connect with a lot of smart devices like thermostats and televisions in order to design his horribly lethal games.
Though horror movies are full of memorable villains, the Chucky doll, despite his harmless childlike appearance, is a character loved by fans of scary big-screen movies and kicked off a saga with numerous versions.
“I think there is just something so traumatic about a doll turning on you and trying to stab you with a knife,” Plaza said.
“It’s just an image that has been burned into people’s minds. Because I think a lot of people saw it when they were younger.
“I don’t know. There is just something about his overalls, his red hair...There’s something really evil about it. It’s an image that stuck,” she added.
Like April in “Parks and Recreation,” Plaza can act cruel as well as timid and goes from sarcastic to serious until she almost unnerves her interviewer, who never knows if she’s telling the truth or just joking.
Thus the actress reflected, halfway between being funny and warning of an imminent apocalypse, on the risks of a society with artificial intelligence.
“One of the reasons I took the movie is because I believe technology is evil and I think that we trust our devices too much and that at some point they are going to turn on us and kill us all,” she smiled.
“I don’t wanna be pessimistic, but I feel we are naive in thinking that Siri and Alexa aren’t devising plans to take down the human race,” she added humorously but also with a harsh expression.
At her side, young Gabriel Bateman, who plays the boy Andy in “Child’s Play” and who despite his youth already has experience in terror movies like “Lights Out” (2016), talked about Chucky and the complicated relationship between his own character and the doll.
“In the beginning of the film, Andy is really shy and insecure. He doesn’t really have any friends. So, when he gets Chucky he kinda fills a gap because Andy is very emotionally vulnerable. So they have a very strong emotional bond,” he said.
“And then, as the film goes on and Chucky does things that are a little bit questionable, you see Andy kinda struggling with him in a way like he is a little brother, almost a child, that he is fond of,” he said.