Seed of Chucky
written and directed by Don Mancini
starring Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, Billy Boyd and John Waters
review by Stephen Notley
What's Seed of Chucky like? Well, Chucky fans may recall that at the end of Child's Play 2 possessed doll Chucky is dragged into a doll-making machine that fires searing-hot plastic arms and legs into him, reducing him to a boiling mass of Chucky parts. There. That's what Seed of Chucky is like.
I use the term "Chucky fans" advisedly. Are there
such people? It's hard to picture. Chucky, a one-dimensional foul-mouthed
little shit, just isn't that appealing a character; as far as the various
horror-franchise monsters go even Jason Voorhees's implacable murderousness is
more engaging. Chucky's appeal, such as it is, lies in the funny/nastiness of
having puppets swearing and killing people, and since that's been trumped
pretty conclusively by Team
Not that longtime Chucky writer and thistime director Don
Mancini isn't willing to give it a go. Once you get past three movies in a
horror franchise it ceases to be about horror and just becomes about itself,
its own mythology. Bride of Chucky, the previous movie directed by Ronny Yu
Jammed into all of this is Jennifer Tilly playing not only the voice of Tiffany but also herself, Jennifer Tilly. Bosomy, squeaky-voiced, slutty, Tilly demonstrates a profound willingness to laugh at herself, or at least to indulge every possible cheap shot and scuzzy indignity and leering boob closeup. Indeed, one starts to cringe on her behalf and wonder why she agreed to this public lambasting of her own persona. Presumably there's some satisfaction of being able as Tiffany to take the piss out of herself, but how does that really stack up against being subjected to a turkey-basting artificial Chucky-insemination?
Seed of Chucky is low, low humor; it makes Team
Chucky fans, whoever you are, you'll probably enjoy Seed of Chucky; it pushes the Chucky narrative forward and it has plenty of the Chuckyness you presumably like (though he does take a bit of a back seat to Glen and Tiffany this time around). Certainly there's some truth to his declaration that "if this is what it's like to be human, I'm glad I'm a supernaturally reanimated doll!" Don't we all feel that way sometimes?
Non-Chucky fans, if you want to see puppet humor see Team