Thanks to the work of slasher hunters Cassie Hack and her partner Vlad, Americans can again indulge in copious amounts of alcohol and wild sex without the fear of some twisted killer jumping out to deliver them to a gruesome and semi-ironic death. The Duo has encountered a variety of supernatural empowered serial killers, but soon they'll lock horns with a new type of fiend - a celebrity. This March, Cass and Vlad will tangle with one of the silver screen's most notorious slashers in the pages of "Hack/Slash vs. Chucky" a 48 page one-shot from Devil's Due Publishing. CBR News spoke with Hack/Slash writer Tim Seeley about the book.
"Hack/Slash vs. Chucky" came about because of a connection the characters share; a big screen adaptation of "Hack/Slash" is currently in development at Rogue Pictures, which is also the home of the "Chucky" film franchise. "Josh Blaylock [Devil's Due's President] and I went out to lunch with two of the execs at Rogue," Seeley told CBR News. "They were both young dudes, and more the fan type than the Hollywood type. We were BS-ing over lunch, and I mentioned that I'd love to do something with Chucky, thinking they'd throw their salads at me. But they were into the idea. Some paperwork and approvals later, and Chucky is in 'Hack/Slash!'"
The idea of Chucky battling his creations was especially appealing to Seeley because he's a fan of the cinematic exploits of the evil doll. "The Chucky flicks are unusual in that, among iconic film slashers, Chucky is the only one where all his films are good, not to mention that they pretty solidly follow their own rules," Seeley explained. "I love me some Jason, Freddy and Michael, but all of those guys have some utter stinkfests in their series. Chucky, probably because all his films are written by one guy, has consistently good flicks. My personal fave is 'Bride of Chucky.'"
Seeley feels the Chucky film's have a very important element to them which makes the possessed Good Guy doll the perfect foil for Cassie Hack. "Chucky works so well, in that there's always been a certain amount of dark humor to it," he stated. "Especially in 'Bride' and 'Seed' where you even get that sort of tongue-in-cheek nod to other slasher films. There's a shot in 'Bride' where we see a police evidence locker, and in it is Jason's mask and Freddy's glove -- I'd say that's the exact right feel for Hack/Slash."
Ever since "Hack/Slash vs. Chucky" became official, Seeley has been hoping for a chance to chat with Don Mancini, the man who created Chucky and wrote all five films in the series. "I really wanted to talk with him," Seeley said. "I dedicated the story to the guy! But, I haven't managed to get a hold of him yet."
Seeley hopes to please Mancini and the fans of his character with "Hack/Slash vs. Chucky." "I re-watched all the movies, surfed Chucky fan boards and worked my ass off to make a very Chucky-loyal story," Seeley explained. "I hope the Chucky fans can love me."
Writing "Hack/Slash vs. Chucky" turned out to be not as hard as Seeley originally though it might be. "At first I thought it'd be intimidating, since Chucky is instantly recognizable even if you haven't seen the movies -- but, when I got into writing it, the whole process was mostly filled with 'How cool is this?!!!' moments," Seeley explained.
"Hack/Slash" fans who don't know much about the Chucky movies and Chucky fans who've never picked up an issue of "Hack/Slash" will both be able to enjoy "Hack/Slash vs. Chucky." "Basically, if you know neither, or only one or the other, you'll be okay, since a bit of background is explained in the issue itself. But, the basic idea is really simple: Cassie and Vlad hunt slashers. Chucky is a serial killer trapped in the body of a doll. Mix and watch as plastic body parts fly."
When "Hack/Slash vs. Chucky" begins, Cassie Hack and Vlad are in hot pursuit of another fiend and have no idea that they're on a collision course with a plastic killer. "This story takes place not long after 'Slice Hard' [which hit stores December 20th]," Seeley stated. "The story picks right up as Cass and Vlad have been hunting down returned foe, Laura Lochs (from 'Girls Gone Dead'). They've made their way to New Orleans, home to voodoo, and find out pretty quickly what Laura is up to, and how it involves Mr. Lee Ray."
Charles Lee Ray's (AKA Chucky) story in the comic picks up shortly after the events of the last Chucky film, "Seed of Chucky." "This follows not long after Glen chopped up Chucky," Seeley said. "Since then, Chuck has been stewing in a box, waiting to be brought back."
Readers won't see Chucky's family members in "Hack/Slash vs. Chucky," but they will see much of the Katrina Ravaged New Orleans. "New Orleans plays a part in the story in that it's been established that Charles Lee Ray used voodoo to put himself in the Good Guys doll in the first place," Seeley stated. "So, in this story we see some of Chuck's connection to New Orleans, as well as Laura, who lost her spell book in GGD and has turned to a darker form of magic. I also wanted to play up the amazing amount of abandoned structures and creepiness to the outlying areas -- it's a good place to set a horror story."
Chucky's family doesn't show up in "Hack/Slash vs. Chucky," but Hack/Slash fans can expect to see a few familiar faces. "This story is a bit of a "Who's Who in the H/S Universe" story," Seeley explained. "Laura Lochs from 'GGD' is a major player, and you'll see some of the people Cass and Vlad have formerly saved, including the oft demanded return of Skottie Young!"
Past installments of "Hack/Slash" have included glimpses into the pasts of Cassie and Vlad, but Seeley didn't have room to shed more light on the duo's past in this chapter. "But there is a big battle between Cassie and Vlad," Seeley said.
Each issue of "Hack/Slash" includes heaps of humor and horror and with Cassie and Vlad matching wits with their first iconic killer readers should expect a lot more of both. "I believe having Chucky in any story ups the one-liner count by a factor of 10,"
Artist Matt Merhoff will be bringing to life most of the goofiness and gore in "Hack/Slash vs. Chucky" but readers can also expect some pages by another artist. "Matt is a former Top Cow Studios guy. He's really pretty amazing -- his Cassie is hot," Seeley stated. "Also, some ass named Tim Seeley drew three pages."
Chucky is the first celebrity slasher to cross paths with Cassie and Vlad, but Seeley hopes to include more silver screen psychos in future installments of "Hack/Slash." Also "H/S" fans may not have seen the last of Chucky. "I'm always up for more Chucky, and since we now have the comic rights, that seems quite possible," Seeley explained. "But, if any Hollywood guys out there want to bum me their slashers for an issue, I promise to return them only slightly used and dead. Clive Barker, I'm talking to you."
Seeley could only cryptically describe his plans for Cassie Hack and Vlad after "Hack/Slash vs. Chucky" but what he was able to say should make Hack/Slash fans very happy. "Next…Hack/Slash ongoing series!"