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.
“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)