Seed of Chucky
Director: Don Mancini
Written by: Don Mancini
Weapon of Choice: Knife
Other movies in this series:
Child's Play 2
Child's Play 3
Seed of Chucky. Say it with me.
At the beginning of Kill Bill, Volume 2, when the first Seed of Chucky trailer aired, there was one person in the theatre who applauded. Only one.
So, it's been some time since everyone's favourite murderous doll met his demise, but Chucky and love of his life Tiffany's offspring manages to resurrect them in Hollywood, where a movie about their exploits is being made. Taking up residence in the palatial estate of actress Jennifer Tilly, does this unlikely trio have what it takes to become one happy, albeit pint-sized family?
The previous installment, Bride of Chucky, was shockingly good. While this one isn't as good as the last was, it still had its moments (quite a few of 'em, actually), and still rates much higher than the three "serious" installments of the franchise. It was wise to remember that living dolls are funny, not scary, and milked the premise for a lot of laughs, clever dialogue, and amusing violence. Plus, for the sickos out there: there is doll nudity, urination, and masturbation!
Believe it or not, I have somehow learned to love Chucky (voice of Brad Dourif) and Tiffany (voice of Jennifer Tilly). And now I also love Glen (or is it Glenda?), who is voiced by Billy Boyd. Tilly was brave to lampoon herself in this flick, and John Waters was delightful as a sleazy paparazzi photographer. Even rapper Redman does not suck in the film. And did I mention he's a rapper?
Directed by series writer Don Mancini, there was a lot more gore than I remember in the other installments, but not a lot of CG (and if there was, it was pretty unnoticeable). And there was heart too (though not as much as in the last film). They didn't pull their punches (as movies like this are wont to do) and let the characters we like survive and only kill the nasty and/or unpopular ones. Another great detail is that, amazingly enough, the story DOES sort of make sense with the way the last film ended. And good for them. So many times, Horror fans are considered to be stupid or undemanding (because, well, I guess a lot of them are), so filmmakers get away with that sort of thing a lot more than they should.
If you're listening Don Mancini, as long as you keep makin' 'em, I'll keep seein' 'em.
I'd Recommend It To: If you're a fan of the series, you'll dig this one too.
Posted: December 6, 2004
The tyranist's thoughts
I've never been a huge Chucky fan, he just isn't scary, but even I had a great time when Bride of Chucky came out. The movies were always at least a little entertaining, but finally, they had embraced the inherent silliness of a doll running around trying to kill people. And I liked it.
When I heard that they were immediately making plans for a sequel called Seed of Chucky, I couldn't wait. And then eventually when it just sort of happened, I could wait. And then finally when it had been so long that I'd nearly forgotten why I had ever been excited, it hit the theatres and I didn't. Eventually, it came out on DVD and I decided I may as well give it a shot since I had a dim memory of it being something I had once really wanted to see.
Now I'm glad my high expectations had diminished. I don't think I could have taken the disappointment that would have resulted from seeing this right after its predecessor.
I found this entry to be bland at the best of times and confused at the worst. The story just never grabbed me and at times seemed random. The characters were largely uninteresting and ultimately difficult to empathize with. I found Billy Boyd's voice behind the Glen/Glenda doll particularly annoying. Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, my favourite character was Ms. Tilly's assistant (played by Hannah Spearritt) and she's hardly in the movie.
I can't say that the movie is horrible, I've seen much worse, but I didn't find it very entertaining. The jokes were thin and the horror non-existent. Worst of all, I was bored.
There are probably a lot of people who might enjoy this, but I was not among them.
Posted: July 18, 2005
Total Skulls: 19
|Rips off earlier film|
|Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie|
|Future celebrity appears|
|Former celebrity appears|
|Girl unnecessarily gets naked|
|Death associated with sex|
|Unfulfilled promise of nudity|
|Characters forget about threat|
|Power is cut|
|Phone lines are cut|
|Someone investigates a strange noise|
|Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door|
|Camera is the killer|
|Victims cower in front of a window/door|
|Victim locks self in with killer|
|Victim running from killer inexplicably falls|
|Toilet stall scene|
|Car stalls or won't start|
|Cat jumps out|
|Stupid discovery of corpse|
|No one believes only witness|
|Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth|
|Warning goes unheeded|
|Music detracts from scene|
|Death in first five minutes|
|x years before/later|
|Dark and stormy night|
|Killer doesn't stay dead|
|Killer wears a mask|
|Killer is in closet|
|Killer is in car with victim|
|Villain is more sympathetic than heroes|
|Blood spatters - camera, wall, etc.|
|Poor death effect|
|No one dies at all|
|Little kid lamely survives|
|Dog/Pet miraculously survives|
|"It was all a dream" ending|
|Unbelievably happy ending|
|Unbelievably crappy ending|
|What the hell?|