Kegon Falls of Japan- Infamous suicide spot, but why?

The Kegon Falls (華厳の滝 Kegon no taki) located in Tochigi prefecture in Japan are infamous as a suicide spot. When mentioned to many Japanese people it’s usually brought up as a “Did you know?” type of tidbit because the falls are very much associated with tragedy (much like the Aokigahara forest). The truth is that there hasn’t been a suicide at the falls in a very long time despite many thinking that there has been recent ones. If you check for recent accounts you will unlikely find anything at all as far as suicide goes. So what gives?

Well, it started in 1903 a named “Fujimura” killed himself at the falls and left his will on a nearby tree. The content of the will was about how the world was full of evil and misery. That same year about 185 copy cat suicides followed and probably a few more in the years after that but so ends the peak of the suicide occurrences at the falls.

At the very least many people believe the falls are still haunted by the spirits of those that did choose to end their lives there.

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It’s also said that it is a good place to catch spirit photos and that faces and figures of people can be seen the waters and currents. See anything I can’t?

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What disturbs you the most?

Everyone has a different limit to what they can handle. It varies from person to person but it as well varies from culture to culture. Some cultures’ fears are religious-based and deeply embedded in their psyches. Others are disturbed by more practical matters. For starters, at the forefront of most human fears is the fear of what is different and the fear of change.

We see it everyday — if you take a glance at your social media application of choice or if you turn on the news there are people abusing and shaming others for being different. Some even do it subconsciously without realizing it. Not only are there various matters that get dissected but they range from the usual to the subtle. Insults and statements of racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia are probably the most common examples of humans fearing others for not fitting in or being like themselves. Smaller examples are criticisms of a particular culture for eating foods that seem unorthodox from another culture’s perspective. Ultimately, if you stray from the pack and stick out too much, there’s a need by many to knock you down. Calling this behavior “primitive” seems rather fitting and is one of the biggest culprits for keeping otherwise modern and advanced societies from flourishing. Japan easily comes to mind if you know enough about the country.

Speaking of, let’s start with some of Japanese society’s biggest fears as a whole. Xenophobia and the altering of societal norms from what they’re used to is still a huge problem in Japan and it doesn’t seem like it’s changing anytime soon. I think it is how Japan has found peace among its people and they might be very afraid to rupture that. You see, most cultures have religion to put its people into place, but not in Japan.

In this mostly atheist nation, however, people are still reluctant to call themselves atheists. They believe having some kind of practice makes them “something” — they just don’t know what. For decades now, Japanese people have blended Shinto, Buddhist and Christian customs together to create their own unique non-religion. While they take part in many rituals from various faiths, they themselves have little actual faith in anything. At the heart of it all they are probably more in touch with the fact that there is probably no afterlife and that life is, in a way, meaningless, than almost any other culture as a whole. With that thought, it seems Japan was able to crack down and unify its people by making everything very uniform and making it that that much harder for anyone to stick out or be different. In fact, they’re encouraged not to.

In countries like America and most European nations, God reigns supreme and people overall have a love for God while still fearing him whether they acknowledge that or not. The antagonist of the bible lore, the devil himself, has become one of the most feared concepts and images in modern times. Most Christians (and even non-Christians) would be shook to the core if told they would be confronted by Lucifer, the “bringer of light”. We see it all over American pop culture — witches, black magic and Satan are what people likely find the most “disturbing” in the west. I personally know some people that don’t even like talking about such topics. To them, these things are symbols of the antithesis of the God they love and worship or even simply put — what they deem to be “good” in the world. If we look at some of the darkest B movies out there or dig into the depths of the internet, occult symbolism and satanic figures seem to sit in the shadows scaring the wits out of the very best of us.

Satan and the black mass are pretty well known in places like Japan but they do not fear any of it — because the belief isn’t there! Japanese people don’t really find Satan very scary; there is no deep meaning behind him because the concept of him is not embedded in the culture’s psyche. You can find some of the darkest figures from the bible and biblical lore as characters in various Japanese animations and video games. They’re mostly seen as interesting and mysterious which gives them enough flexibility to be creative with them — but they are not seen as sinister or menacing.

What I found disturbs the Japanese psyche, which you can see in horror comics by Ito Junji, Suehiro Maruo and even in Japanese horror films (not the supernatural/ghost films) are themes relating to existentialism. The acknowledgment of the strong possibility that we are all heading towards nothing is tucked away, sometimes inconspicuously and sometimes blatantly, in many forms of Japanese media. You don’t have to search long to find some really messed up work in your local book store in Japan. Just about anything considered “taboo” in the west is easily found for those who want to get their hands on it.

This could be because the unanimous thought that unifies it all is, “So? We’re just humans — just animals — and we can do whatever we want.” I think this attitude also contributes to the inclination towards suicide more than most cultures. I guess one could say this is a rather nihilistic belief if we’re getting to the bottom of things which is why it is said that nihilism can get rather dangerous depending on how far you bury yourself in that philosophy. I find it rather telling, though, that pretty popular icons of Japanese literature and the arts can be rather morbid, grotesque and nihilistic — far more than any popular artists in the west.

Flipping through the pages of manga artists like the ones mentioned above, you can see gruesome scenes of children being murdered or going insane, humans playing with corpses, depictions of people who are easily brainwashed and crashing down into insanity and even obscene sexual acts you’d never find in comics sold casually on the shelves in the U.S. Even the manga godfather Osamu Tezuka, creator of Astro Boy and Blackjack, has really dark stories under his repertoire. In “Ode to Kirihito” and “Barbra” there are heavy undertones implying that being human is a rather dark existence and meaningless experience. In “MW”, we see another look at the human psyche with references to sociopathy and even pedophilia.

The daringness to explore these themes is both starling and intriguing. I see no real harm in taking an interest in reading any of the material mentioned above. For some, it crosses their moral boundaries or they simply cannot stomach such content. But it’s alright, because there’s something out there for everyone.

Cool Find: Resident Evil/Biohazard 2 Dual Shock Vers. Japanese Guide

I have found a cool strategy guide published by Famitsu back in the 90s when Resident Evil 2 was released in Japan. For every new area, there is an introduction page each featuring a popular character or celebrity from American horror-pop culture. Thought I’d post them up since I’ve never seen them before. You can quickly recognize Drew Barrymore from Scream, Michael Jackson from the “Thriller” music video and Leonardo DiCaprio from…well, I’m not sure. Check ’em out!

And here are some bonus splash pages featuring a few classic American horror movies!

Abandoned Love Hotel

Across Japan, and I’m sure the same goes for many countries, there are abandoned buildings and infrastructures that remain littered and otherwise untouched. In Japanese they call them 廃墟 (Haikyo) and there are already hundreds of photographers and explorers both Japanese and people foreign to Japan who have discovered and documented many of them. If you do a quick search online there are plenty of websites and even books about these “haikyo” across the nation. I think what separates Japanese abandoned spots from other countries is how eerily quiet and ignored they are even among the people that live nearby. They’re just left there, usually kept intact for many years, for nature to run its course.

The changes that naturally modify the structures are what make them especially interesting sometimes. Animals could find a new home in them, plants will overgrow and even the changing weather will warp and erode certain features. Sometimes even humans, including intruders and the Japanese government, will change or knock down the structures and the remains could reveal other curious aspects of the area.

As much as something has been visited or documented well online there is nothing like visiting a place yourself. That is why I went out to seek a love hotel I had heard about previously from another “haikyo” explorer not very far from where I live. I’m not sure exactly how much has changed since it has previously been visited and there was little I knew about it in general. With caution, I went out to experience it on my own. The following photos are of both the inside and outside of the building including parts of the surrounding area.

 

 

The building had two stories, a long but quite unremarkable balcony with a not so spectacular view and a basement. Above, there is a shot of the basement which didn’t seem to have much in it. There was nothing much in the entire building besides trash and bits and pieces of the walls and ceilings. The most interesting room, however, was the one I found in the back corner of the house with the two tall and red staircase-like objects. Here is a closer look.

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Not sure exactly what kind of room this was but I’d guess it was for some kind of altar or place of worship but I could be completely off. There was nothing underneath the fallen piece of ceiling that you can see in the picture.

A love hotel is a hotel people use only for a couple of hours or short stays so I can’t imagine why that would be there. To be clear, I’m not 100% sure this was a love hotel but word on the street is that it indeed was. Around the building there was also a ton of garbage that has been left scattered about, from mattresses, toys and even cars. 

 

That’s all for now. I promise to update more often in 2018 — happy new year everybody!

Graceland Cemetery

Cemeteries can be beautiful and serene. To many that statement might seem strange for an assortment of reasons. For one, they haven’t opened their eyes to the wonderful craftsmanship that goes into the mausoleums and tombs interwoven with the flower and fauna native to the area it was built upon. Another would be a fear of death, subconscious or not, that makes them feel uneasy in or around one. The solid truth is that we all die and these established spaces are part of human culture. Death will pay us all a visit one day and in a cemetery we can learn about all the wonderful lives that have been lived by those who have been put to rest. These are lands filled with stories in which by taking a stroll through any of them could be a number of things: reflective, educational, inspiring and so on…

In Chicago, we can find the handsome Graceland Cemetery which sits just north of the windy city’s center/downtown area in the appropriately named “Uptown”. It is a Victorian era cemetery established in 1860 by Thomas Bryan. This Victorian influence is depicted in a style typical of what Queen Victoria had imagined as a 19th century graveyard. Ornate and decorative headstones are peppered throughout along with wide, open spaces for picnics, which were commonplace in these types of cemeteries. Picnics in cemeteries aren’t as uncommon as one might think; we can look no further than Mexico’s Dia de Los Muertos festival to see this practiced as part of tradition. If you take a stroll around Graceland and other cemeteries such as Greenwood in Brooklyn, New York it is hard to dispute that these lush, well kept burial grounds aren’t a great place for a picnic.

Taking a stroll through Graceland, you might recognize some names here and there carved into the headstones. Some notable burials that can be found include historical African-Americans like Sarah E. Goode, the first African-American woman to receive a United States patent and heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. also joins them who was the first African American astronaut.

There are a few tombs in Graceland that have gotten a bit famous in the past several years, each one with its own story or supernatural tale.

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This first monument above is known as the “Statue of Death” which is an eight foot tall, bronze figure mounted in 1844. The official name is “Eternal Silence” and serves as the memorial for Dexter Graves, a business man who is known as one of the first settlers of Chicago along with his family. His son, Henry Graves, was also one of the richest men in Chicago. Rumor has it that if you look directly through the folds surrounding the figure’s face you can see the image of your own death. Why this statue was selected by his family is unknown, but it was designed by the famous American sculptor Lorado Taft who is perhaps most known for sculpting Fountain of Time, which can also be seen in Chicago.

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Another interesting resting place in Graceland is that of George Pullman’s who was the inventor of the railway sleeping/passenger car. His body is said to be the most securely buried body in all of Chicago due to the fact that his relatives had his coffin covered in tar paper and asphalt. This coffin proceeded to be sunk in a block of concrete the size of a small room and the entire thing was lowered into the ground and topped with railroad ties — and even more concrete. This is a tomb to circumvent being tampered by even the most dedicated grave robber. His type of tombstone is called an exedra, which come from ancient Greece and are usually shaped as benches or seating areas. I don’t have a picture of it but it can easily be found here along with a short history of Mr. Pullman’s life.

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Evidence of the Victorian era influence, this next monument is sometimes called a “Treestone”. This variety of funerary art is usually made from limestone in the shape of tree stumps and the style is derived from the Victorian rusticity movement. This grave here is of Alfred Peter Vider, who died in 1870 and has no birth date recorded. However, the grave does state that he was a little over just one year old making his birth year around 1868-1869. The top of the tree being broken could refer to a life being cut short which was certainly the case for this little one. The vine growing around the stump could be a symbol of the relationship between God and man/woman (I am the vine, ye are the branches John 15), reflecting the child’s family’s hope that he is in a better place now. Usually, treestone graves are carved with a number of symbolic pieces that reflect hobbies, occupations and other details of the one lost.

 

 

 

 

The most famous of all is the statue of Inez Clarke who was a six year old girl that died in 1880. Her story is kind of muddled because the truth of Ms. Clarke’s origin is still unclear, but it is said she died due to a lightning strike while she was enjoying a picnic with her family. There is a possibility that this Inez Clarke might actually be the grave for Inez Briggs who died of different circumstances, but as mentioned before the truth is unclear. According to legend, whoever this little girl was haunts Graceland. If you check out the grave here, there are many theories and possible conclusions that have been researched and documented. The most interesting bit for me was the following…

Based on research by cemetery historians Helen Sclair and Al Walavich in an article in the Chicago Sun-Times in 2007, these stories are completely untrue. According to the cemetery’s records there is no one by the name of Inez Clarke buried in the cemetery…..Sclair and Walavich theorized that the statue was carved by the sculptor, Andrew Gagel, as a sample of his work in order to elicit business.

True or not, the grave itself has sparked many stories. There has been many accounts over the past decade by people who have seen a young girl who looked like Inez that would run away and disappear. The memorial alone is haunting enough as it stands out clearly among the surrounding graves; you don’t see a statue of a little girl encased in a glass container very often. Further, some say the statue itself moves on its own and during violent thunderstorms that it even vanishes from inside the box.

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I’d like to finish this off with one of my favorites from Graceland, the beautiful headstone pictured above. It honors Christopher D. Manuel, an anesthesiologist who had a very positive reputation as a friendly and highly competent physician. The tomb is engraved with the following lyrics by Donny Hathaway, the famous African-American jazz, blues and gospel singer who tragically took his own life at age 33.

“For all we know this may only be a dream

We come and go

like ripples on a stream

For all we know

tomorrow may never come

For all we know”

Hitodama (人魂)

In Japanese folklore, spirits take on the form of Hitodama (人魂) which are floating orbs of a fire-like material. I think the concept of spirit orbs are somewhat universal such as ghost lights like will’o the wisp and spheres of lights showing up in photographs here and there. For Japanese people, the hitodama have a longer history with details that make them pretty unique.

After talking to a few Japanese folk, I was told that hitodama are usually spotted at night but can be seen in the daytime as well. You also have a higher chance of seeing one in a (surprise) cemetery. Recently, a middle-aged Japanese man told me about his experience spotting one while driving not too long ago. He was passing by a nearby cemetery when he spotted it. Following this story, he told me they are shaped like orbs because it is formed in the image of a person’s brain and essentially it is like the consciousness that gets set free after death. It is also believed that the more “good” a person does in her or his lifetime their orb/sphere will be much smoother. A perfectly round, marble like hitodama is the most desired — and when a person does something “bad” or “evil” cracks begin to form on the surface. As he explained he drew pictures at the same time to help me imagine what he was talking about.

 

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Drawings of a paranormal enthusiast

In Japan, the Obon holiday is approaching (In Tokyo, the date is a bit different and has just passed) which is usually in the middle of August. During these few days spirits come back to the world of the living and enjoy the offerings their descendants have left for them. Ghost stories are commonplace in the summer thanks to Obon and also because of the belief that getting “the chills” from a ghost story keeps you cool in the summer. Even in book stores they have special sections set up stacked with horror books and manga for the summer holiday.

I’m finishing this rather short entry off with another first hand account told to me this past month by a Japanese man who turned 90 years old this year. He was eager to share the story, while still somewhat speculative of the topic of the paranormal, he said he remembers this very clearly. The time frame of this story is pre-World War II Japan.

Let me tell you about a story that I heard when I was still 10 years old. I was enjoying a cool evening with my younger brother, two years younger than me, sitting outside our house. It happened around 1935 when we were living in Omori, Tokyo. If I remember it correctly, it was around the time of the Obon festival When I happened to look up at the roof of an old two-storied house located about 50 meters from my house, to my disbelief, I saw two spirit orbs, hitodama, that emitted pale blue and purple lights as they moved. They seemed to intertwine around each other and had tails of fire-like lights behind them. They measured about 50 centimeters in length. My brother must have seen them as well. The two of us jumped into our house. Our mother was surprised at seeing us. When I shared with her what we had just seen, she told us the following story: a mother and her two young daughers used to live in that house. The mother had already died three years before I saw the spirits and one of the daughters had been suffering from tuberculosis and was in critical condition. I heard that five days after I saw the spirits, that daughter had died. Even now, eighty years since then, I still recall vividly those intertwined spirits around the time of the Obon festival.

Interview with the: Chucky Collector

They say in New York City you can find just about everything. This includes all different types of people, ranging from your average Joe to eccentric types — all with their own hobbies. Accompanying these folks are their treasures and knickknacks which are littered across their households. Many are oblivious to the gems they might have tucked away in their attics or basements but then there are collectors who really value what they own (as unusual the objects may be) and proudly showcase what they have.

For this blog post, I decided to interview Charlie, who is a native New Yorker and has been a huge fan of Chucky and the Child’s Play movies as long as he can remember. He recently has started up an Instagram where you can find pictures of his pride and joy — his Child’s Play and Chucky merchandise collection. Please go check it out if you are a fan of horror memorabilia — there’s tons to see!

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J: So, let’s get to it — where do you keep most of your collection?

C: For the time being everything is in storage. I do have some stuff with me in my apartment though.

J: Is it like, stuff you can’t part with?

C: Yeah, well right now I took out my pins…everything in my storage is really accessible to me. Literally when you open the door everything is right there. There is a Chucky doll in the front guarding the storage. He’s at face level.

J: Oh, so you take pictures from the storage facility?

C: Yeah, actually, moving and putting things in storage was what inspired me to start documenting everything. I always wanted to document it for myself and it sucks that I couldn’t do it while I had everything out and decorated in my old apartment.  Now if I’m at a store and I see something, I can check my Instagram and be like, do I have this?

J: You don’t think of it when everything is out and set up.

C: No, you really don’t. But now that I started it’s like my collection is with me everywhere I go.  (He pulls out a Chucky doll to show me) This Chucky doll is actually a doll from Spencer’s (a variety store in the US) He cost me like $80 and this one has a hard body, there is also a soft body version which is $30. (shows off a Glenn doll) This Glenn here cost $34.99, but he goes for about $600 on Ebay now.

J: I can’t believe it’s worth that much.

C: They had a whole bunch of them in Spencer’s because no one was buying them. They pull things from the shelves and put them away only to be uncovered years from now. I’ve been noticing a lot of collectors on Instagram acquiring things from warehouses and they also sell them at comic cons for 90-130 bucks a piece. These were in like normal variety goods stores and toy stores for like ten bucks.

J: Yeah! I’ve noticed at cons you see things in the package that are really old collectibles and I often wonder, where did they get this?

C: It’s in pristine condition. I imagine there’s some warehouse, hopefully they didn’t destroy them all, but I’m sure there’s thousands of Glenn dolls out there cuz those stores were littered with them when Seed of Chucky came out.

J: You only have one of those right?

C: Of that one, yeah, and I only have two pieces of Glenn in general. One is a family set of toys and then I have the doll. They don’t really make too many Glenns. There are maybe one or two out there that I don’t have. That movie also didn’t do as well.

J: How big would you say your collection is now?

C: Um, it’s pretty big (laughs)

J: An estimated amount?

C: I don’t know, how many pictures are there on my Instagram…

J: And that’s not everything.

C: No it’s not, and I took a lot of pictures — I’m trying not to post everything at once. I feel bad I’m not putting a crazy amount of effort into the Instagram but I want to take nicer pictures down the line.

J: I think you might eventually if this keeps getting more popular and you enjoy it.

C: My Instagram I think will evolve but for the time being it’ll just be all these photos documenting my collection. Some of the photos are from my old apartment when I had everything out.

J: Wouldn’t people be afraid with all the Chucky dolls everywhere when they came over?

C: Yeah, I don’t know why. (laughs and pulls out another doll) I think Dreamrush makes this one, I paid $60 for it. Dreamrush is one of the Japanese companies.

J: Oh, so that’s a Japanese brand doll.

C: Actually I prefer the Japanese brand dolls, Mezco I believe is a Japanese brand and they bought designs of Chucky and Tiffany and manufacture it.

J: I think Japanese products tend to be more detailed. You have quite a few Japanese products, right?

C: I like the Kanji! (Japanese characters) I like how Japanese looks so I love the movie posters too. I have a bunch of movie posters from around the world that I printed and compiled myself just to have in a binder. I put up a video of that before. Eventually, I wanna do individual pictures, comics…

J: When would you say the collection started?

C: My first one ever was when Bride of Chucky just came out in theaters. That was in 1998, I remember I saw that movie with my mom. It was a toy store right across the street called toys and variety or something. My mom and I — our ritual was to go to a diner and then the movie theater together. I saw this Chucky doll in the toy store which I posted and I bought it. (searches for picture and shows me)

J: So that’s from Child’s Play 2.

C: I’m not sure why they had it but I remember it as the day I saw Bride of Chucky and I had seen the Chucky movies since I was 4 or 5 years old. My mother also called me Chucky.

J: Did the movies leave an impression on you?

C: Definitely, I was scared at first and I’d have to have my mom with me. I’d be looking behind me and behind the couch…but it was more like “fun-scared”.  I never had nightmares or anything like that. Actually, in my life I’ve only ever had one Chucky dream.

J: What was that dream?

C: It was actually recent. He was just a doll, he didn’t move or nothing…but I knew what he was capable of in the dream. He’d kind of suddenly disappear after that, kind of like in the movies he’d just be gone from where he was. I felt like I was trying to keep him from killing…it was kind of weird, I actually had a little bit of fear, but again it was kind of fun.

J: Yeah that’s just it too, some people love fear. We love watching horror movies and getting scared, we shelve it into a fun area of our brain we don’t actually get scared. It’s like an escape – that’s one of the reasons why I watch them.

C: Yeah, same. Definitely.

J: So love for Chucky started when you were young but when did it become a passion?

C: Like I said I’ve always loved him but I had never really thought about a collection and it just kind of happened. Growing up, I felt like there wasn’t a lot of Chucky stuff but I also wasn’t really looking being a child and all. I don’t really have a time stamp.

J: Why did your mom call you Chucky?

C: It was cause I loved the movies and I’d do crazy shit as a kid. I’d go into the kitchen and take out the knives and run around the house. I’d have like four knives in my hands.

J: Did that ever scare your mom or was she always cool with it?

C: I don’t know, I think she was afraid that I would hurt myself.

J: I’d be afraid of being hurt by you.

C: (laughs) Yeah I guess I was just imitating Chucky but I never had those intentions. Even my older brother tells me that story.  Speaking of that time, you know what? To this day nothing beats the experience of watching Chucky on the USA channel around Halloween-time. For some reason they had deleted scenes that the VHS never had and I’d record them each time and I felt like I would get different scenes. They would also have interviews — these are hard to find — and they’d have Chucky commentary with Brad Dourif doing the voice.

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J: You have knowledge of all these like, little Easter eggs that any big fan would love.

C: I posted a Chucky book and one fan asked me, they said, “I know it’s a tall task but could you take a picture of every single page?” (laughs) “Oh you could just do a couple at a time.” Do you know what a pain in the ass that would be? But you know what, I did one better and tried looking for the e-book which was insanely hard to find.

J: There’s one out there?

C: There actually is and I tracked it down. I don’t even know how, but I challenge you try to find those files. I sent it to her after but I don’t know if she actually got to look at it yet.

J: And you got the e-book out of this experience now! So, if you really had to think about it — cause we are all attracted to the things we like for certain reasons – to what could you trace back your love for Chucky ?

C: I don’t know, that’s tough cause it’s been with me for so long. My middle name is Jason and you think I’d be more attracted to Friday the 13th – I missed being born on it by a few hours so I was born on Saturday the 14th. (pauses) I guess the concept of Chucky. He has everything, the movie is a slasher, it has voodoo — I believed in the chants as a child.

J: So the magic aspect; isn’t Chucky immortal?

C: He is immortal. Maybe that has something to do with it.

J: I know I love The Exorcist — the religious angle made it taboo to watch in my family. I gravitated towards it because it had to do with the devil.

C: The Exorcist scared the shit out of me. Chucky did but in a different way and I got over it quick. I used to prefer Chucky movies to cartoons when I was a kid.

J: If you had to look at the fan base and identify what the fans love about Chucky, what do you think that is?

C: I feel like a lot of them are really young, believe it or not. Like 20 and below which is surprising because they didn’t grow up with Chucky…

J: I feel like you have to grow up with Chucky because the recent movies were not really big.

C: I guess it could be the parents.

J: You know, there are girls who especially like the character Charles Lee Ray, the serial killer from Child’s Play who is basically Chucky. I think there is something about serial killers that attracts many, many people. There are people who are really obsessed with serial killers and romanticize them. Charles Manson still gets love letters in jail.

C: Yeah, that’s crazy. Charles Lee Ray was only in the movie himself for just a few minutes. (pauses) You know what I just remembered? Ah man, I might regret talking about it!

J: What is it?

C: When I was a kid, right? I only thought of this more recently but it’s the craziest thing. I had anger issues as a kid, at least I think I did. I remember having this like — feeling in my nails, and I got nervous or anxious…I remember I would just pull my nail to the right and…I thought I’d snap and black out. I’d pick at my nails and if I didn’t do it I thought I’d snap.

J: So you just felt that way but it didn’t actually happen.

C: Thinking back, it sounds pretty psychotic, what if  I could have grown up to be a serial killer? (laughs)

J: Well I wouldn’t think of it that way. That’s not true because we all cross symptoms with serial killers. At the end of the day, they aren’t these inhuman beasts from hell people like to make them out to be. They’re actually just people and many of us have things in common with them.

C: I did kill a lot of worms when I was young.

J: Do you think when you were younger you felt strange about what you did?

C: No…I’m just glad I didn’t act out when I look back on it.

J: Like I said, serial killers and criminals have had a different experience than us on this earth that has made them a certain way. Many people relate to them because they have that outcast of society/rebel thing going on for them.

C: You know, I’m a certified mental health aid. When I was taking the course I felt like there was a lot wrong with me. While you’re taking the course you start thinking about people you interact with everyday. If you read about all the symptoms you start diagnosing yourself. Everyone is crazy it seemed to me, because we all overlap with these things. For my job at that time I was supposed to be able to diagnose people who need special treatment. Everyone has things that set them apart from others and as you’re learning you realize stuff about yourself too.

J: Many people who major in psychology diagnose themselves in the beginning. It’s really typical. Anyway, moving on from that…could you tell me about your favorite Chucky memory?

C: God, there’s so many. What captivates me is how he’s always able to come back. I think it was in Bride of Chucky where he says “Fine, kill me – I’ll be back, I’ll always be back! But dying is such a bitch.”

J: That goes back to the immortality thing.

C: Yeah, and just recently one of my followers posted a video recently [“of another quote I love”] where Chucky says, “I’m Chucky the killer doll – the most notorious slasher in history, and I dig it!”

J: He’s not human; he’s transcended that and maybe that’s part of his appeal.

C: The Chucky movies actually have a lot of inspirational, everyday things you can live by. Even Tiffany when she came along, she had said “I clean, I cook the dinner and the least you could do is wash the dishes.” That’s some real shit. (laughs)

J: They still have their humanity!

C: I think from Bride of Chucky on is when you see the more human side of Chucky. Where he could be more relatable and stuff, but the first three movies are on a pedestal to me. Who knows what could happen with the new movie coming out? I heard the trailer drops soon.

J: Yeah I heard a little bit about it, Jennifer Tilly was talking about it…Curse of Chucky was really good. I loved that one.

C: Me too. I do miss the old animatronics though which I believe they still had but covered it with a lot of CGI. I remember an aerial shot in Child’s Play 2 where you can see Chucky climbing up a long staircase and he really does look like a live/moving puppet or toy.

J: Well, hopefully with the new trailer gives us promise for this new Chucky movie that it’ll be another great one.

C: Let’s hope.


Thanks for reading guys. Again, remember to check out Charlie’s Instagram which I linked above. (Username is TheChuckyGuy) Definitely give him a follow if you’re interested in seeing what else he digs up!