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The Dollhouse

A filmmaker who grew up with the Chucky doll seeks out the other families surrounding the franchise to get their perspective on life with Chucky.

  • Kyra Gardner
  • Kyra Gardner
  • Kyra Gardner
    Key Cast
  • Tony Gardner
    Key Cast
    127 Hours, Bad Grandpa
  • Don Mancini
    Key Cast
    Child's Play, Hannibal
  • David Kirschner
    Key Cast
    Hocus Pocus, An American Tail
  • Fiona Dourif
    Key Cast
    Curse of Chucky, Dirk Gently
  • Brad Dourif
    Key Cast
    Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student
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  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    March 24, 2018
    Best Documentary Short (Student)
  • The Impact DOCS Awards
    La Jolla, California
    January 30, 2018
    Best Documentary Short
  • Snowdance (USA) Film Awards
    Los Angeles, California
    September 9, 2018
    Best Documentary Short
  • Feel The Reel International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    November 3, 2017
    Best Documentary Short
  • LA Edge Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Best Documentary Short
  • Hollywood Guild Awards

    United States
    Best Documentary Short
  • The Sixth Annual European Phillip K. Dick Film Festival
    New York City, New York
    October 21, 2017
    Best Documentary
  • Toronto After Dark Film Festival
    October 13, 2017
    Canadian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • FrightFest
    United Kingdom
    August 25, 2017
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Atlanta Horror Film Festival
    Atlanta, Georgia
    October 25, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Shorts On Tap - London
    United Kingdom
    June 1, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Cleveland International Film Festival
    Cleveland, Ohio
    United States
    April 4, 2018
    Official Selection
  • NYC Short Documentary Film Festival
    New York, New York
    United States
    March 25, 2018
    Official Selection
  • Paris Short Film Festival
    May 9, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Kyra Gardner

With a dad as a special effects makeup artist, blood and guts became a normality for Kyra. Combat nursing became her prime focus, but she soon discovered that real blood is more intense than the fake goop. Since high school she’s been pursuing a career in directing and hopes to create quirky fantastical films with the help of her forever scared childhood.

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Director Statement

"I remember being oddly different from other kids in elementary school. I thought blood, monsters, and aliens were something all children came home to see after walking home from school. I was known as, "The girl who grew up with Chucky." As I grew older I realized how much more bizarre that sounded, and how my childhood was distinctly different from anyone I knew. No one else grew up with a killer doll they referred to as a brother or celebrated Halloween like a religion. That was until I met the other families surrounding the Chucky franchise. I wanted to make, "The Dollhouse," to show what life was truly like for the families who grew up around the Chucky doll and how it all connected us in the oddest of ways."

-Kyra Gardner, director, "The Dollhouse" (2017)