Franchise Weekend – Seed of Chucky (2004)

seedDirector: Don Mancini

Writer: Don Mancini (Screenplay)

Starring: Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Billy Boyd, Redman, Hannah Spearritt, John Waters, Jason Flemyng

 

Plot: Chucky and Tiffany are resurrected by their innocent son, Glen, and hit Hollywood, where a movie depicting the killer dolls’ murder spree is underway.

 

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Verdict: Solid Addition

 

Story: Seed of Chucky starts as we meet Glen (Voiced by Boyd) the son of Chucky and Tiffany who has been having nightmares about killing people but he knows nothing about his parent’s past as he is just used in a ventriloquist competition.

Elsewhere in the world, there is a new Chucky movie being made following Chucky and Tiffany with Jennifer Tilly returning to the franchise. When Glen sees a feature about the making of the film he sets out to find what he believes to be his parents all the way in Hollywood.

When Glen brings Chucky and Tiffany back to life the killing spree begins once again but this time in Hollywood. With the dolls looking for new bodies Chucky and Tiffany battle with what sex Glen or Glenda is as he learns how his parents are killers and they need to teach him their ways.

 

Thoughts on Seed of Chucky

 

StoryWhen you look at the Chucky film franchise it went in a new direction with Bride of Chucky and this story continues that idea with the family dynamic, this story as well before it’s time by tackling the transgender character in Glen/Glenda as well as having the parental reaction one supporting the other against. Putting the film within the settings of the real world of making a film does borrows heavily from New Nightmare and the Scream franchise which works adding a new dimension to the comedy but in the end this became the of the franchise direction.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy in this film comes from the references being used within the film to other films as we see how the dolls try to cover up their kills from their child. The horror is a slasher and comes off very effective for the genre with all blood, gore and unique kills.

Characters/PerformanceThe returning characters are al fun throughout the additions all work well with Glen/Glenda adding to the laughs and Jennifer Tilly not being afraid to poke fun at herself. The performances all fit the film well without being one of the most iconic of the franchise.

SettingsBring the action to Hollywood makes this film have a lot more fun with itself where it gets to bring the characters into the real world of being the stars of the films they are being made for.

Special EffectsWhen you look at the special effects, you can see how it has started to date over time which does take away from some of the kills.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun addition to the franchise not being the best or the worst just another addition to it.

 

Overall: Enjoy the crazy adventures of Chucky and his family.

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Franchise Weekend – Bride of Chucky (1998)

brideDirector: Ronny Yu

Writer: Don Mancini (Screenplay)

Starring: Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, Katherine Heigl, Nick Stabile, Alexis Arquette, Gordon Michael Woolvett, John Ritter

 

Plot: Chucky, the doll possessed by a serial killer, discovers the perfect mate to kill and revive into the body of another doll.

 

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Verdict: Funniest of the Franchise

 

Story: Bride of Chucky starts as Tiffany (Tilly) bribes a police officer to bring her the body of her former lover Chucky who is still stuck inside the good guy doll. We move onto meet our teenagers Jade (Heigl) her boyfriend Jesse (Stabile) and their good friend David (Woolvett) who are sneaking off to prom with, her Uncle Chief Warren (Ritter) wanting to stop Jade being with the wrong guy.

With Tiffany using her voodoo to bring Chucky back to life it isn’t long until he gets his first victim, but things are not as smooth as Tiffany remembers as the two fall out and soon she becomes a doll too. Wanting to come back to life in a human bodies Tiffany recruits Jesse into driving them to Chucky’s body, this gives Jesse a chance to run away with Jade and start a new life.

This becomes the road trip from hell for the young couple but a bonding experience for Tiffany and Chucky as they set out to one up each other on the killing side.

 

Thoughts on Bride of Chucky

 

StoryThis is the return of the Chucky doll after nearly 10 years away from us and this time we build on the Chucky pre-doll character as we learn about the relationship he had before he was killed. I like how this show added another dimension to the horror comedy where we have the dolls almost commentating on what is going on through the film as they see the younger versions of themselves in the young couple. The story does feel fresh to the slasher genre of horror and works on all the right levels.

Horror/ComedyWhen it comes to the horror side of this story I feel this one does fall slightly short of anything scary but on the comedy side of the story this could easily be the funniest of the franchise to date.

Characters/PerformanceChucky is easily one of the most entertaining serial killers in film franchise history and teaming him up with Tiffany only works to improve him to the next level, both the voice work from Dourif and Tilly is excellent throughout. When it comes to the human characters they all feel very basic and don’t get the full development Chucky and Tiffany receive.

SettingsTaking Chucky on a road trip for the kills gives us plenty of comedy to go with the body count but in the end this just makes us want to see what happens on the road next.

Special EffectsThe special effects all work perfectly for the style of film going on through the film adding comedy to the kills throughout.

Final ThoughtsThis takes the films into a different direction as we get to see Chucky in a new light building on the family of doll serial killers which helps enjoy the franchise which could have gotten drowned in the sequels like others have in the past.

 

Overall: Enjoyable sequel that can live long in the memory.

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Franchise Weekend – Child’s Play 3 (1991)

childsDirector: Jack Bender

Writer: Don Mancini (Screenplay)

Starring: Justin Whalin, Perrey Reeves, Jeremy Sylvers, Travis Fine, Dean Jacobson, Brad Dourif, Peter Haskell, Dakin Matthews

 

Plot: Chucky, the doll possessed by a serial killer, returns for revenge against Andy, the young boy who defeated him and who has since become a teenager.

 

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Verdict: Weaker but Entertaining Sequel

 

Story: Child’s Play 3 starts when the toy company that produce the Good Guy Dolls decide to yet again revive the production of the doll and rebuild Chucky. Chucky once again must find Andy (Whalin) to take over his body only this time Andy is 16 years old and in military school.

When Chucky arrives at the military school he is opened by the youngest member of the school Tyler (Sylvers) as he looks to come back to life, Andy is learning all about military school as he finds friends to trust in De Silva (Reeves) and Whitehurst (Jacobson) as well as the typical bully like figure Shelton (Fine).

When Chucky starts running riot around campus Andy must find a way to stop him before it is too late.

Child’s Play 3 brings the serial killer doll to military school giving him different weapons to play with. When it comes to seeing Chucky commit his kills we do get a string of different ideas but in the end we just see almost random supporting characters being the victims. I do think making Andy the protector character is a very good idea because he knows how deadly Chucky is as the young character isn’t aware of his threat. We do get a lot of generic characters here but as for the story it comes of refreshing to see a horror in a military school as I do believe it is the only one of its type.

 

Actor Review

 

Justin Whalin: Andy is now 16 years old and off to military school, he has to deal with the typical friends and bullies but his biggest threat comes when Chucky turns up. This time Andy has to become the protector as he has to stop Chucky taking over the body of a younger boy Tyler. Justin takes over the leading role as does a good job without being the most memorable lead in this type of horror.

Perrey Reeves: De Silva is the best trained soldier in the military school, she takes a shine to Andy which helps Chucky have leverage on Andy when he wants Tyler’s soul. She is a strong character in a male centred world in the 1990s showing this character was before her time. Perrey is good as this strong female character.

Jeremy Sylvers: Tyler is the young boy in the military school that opens the package with Chucky inside, he doesn’t know the threat Chucky possesses even when Chucky targets him for his soul. Jeremy is good for a young actor but isn’t on the same level as the original Andy.

Travis Fine: Shelton is the bully of the school, he uses his rank to push the student around. He doesn’t like Andy and always assumes he is to blame for anything that happens. Travis gives us a basic performance without being any different to a human villain in horrors.

Brad Dourif (Voice): Chucky has been rebuilt once again and this time he heads to military school to find Andy only this time he finds himself a new target to put his soul in. Chucky is just as evil, twisted and determined to bring his soul back from the underworld. Chucky has fully evolved into the character we all know and love in this outing of the franchise.

Support Cast: Child’s Play 3 has the biggest supporting cast to date with plenty of different military rankings getting targeted by Chucky.

Director Review: Jack BenderJack brings us a good sequel that continues to build on the Chucky legacy.

 

Horror: Child’s Play 3 brings us into the horror world with Chucky take his largest number of victims in the franchise so far.

Thriller: Child’s Play 3 does keep you wondering what Chucky will get up to next.

Settings: Child’s Play 3 brings us a fresh idea in horror by setting the film in a military school.
Special Effects
: Child’s Play 3 continues to have brilliant effects throughout with how Chucky operates.

Suggestion: Child’s Play 3 is one for the Chucky fans to enjoy. (Chucky Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Final act.

Worst Part: Certain kills just seem to be for the fun of it.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $15 Million

Budget: $13 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: Chucky has a new playmate.

Trivia: The movie was the center of a tabloid panic on its British release, with one newspaper – The Sun – even demanding copies be burned. Journalists claimed the film had influenced two young boys in their murder of a younger child, two-year-old James Bulger, although it was later determined that neither had actually seen this film.

 

Overall: Chucky is back and this time he is climbing the ranks with his kills

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Franchise Weekend – Child’s Play 2 (1990)

childsDirector: John Lafia

Writer: Don Mancini (Screenplay)

Starring: Alex Vincent, Jenny Agutter, Gerrit Graham, Christine Elise, Brad Dourif, Grace Zabriskie

 

Plot: While Andy’s mother is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, the young boy is placed in foster care, and Chucky, determined to claim Andy’s soul, is not far behind.

 

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Verdict: Strong Sequel

 

Story: Child’s Play 2 starts as the company who produce the Good Guy Dolls have done clean-up work, having Andy’s mother put in a psychiatric hospital and rebuilding the doll, only for an accident to happen while fixing the doll up.

Andy (Vincent) needing to move on after the events gets put into foster home with Joanne (Agutter) and Phil (Graham) along with fellow adoption the older Kyle (Elise).

Chucky is back after the company rebuild the doll and he is hell bent on taking over Andy’s soul again. This time he is deadlier with his attitude towards killing anyone who gets in his way.

Child’s Play 2 picks up right where the last one finished and most importantly tackle the opening in a realistic method. Seeing the company try and complete clean-up to save face really works because without this the company could be considered over. Getting away from this side of the story because we don’t see anything else from this after Chucky is resurrected. When it comes to dealing with the foster parents I would have liked to have seen more especially as in the first film it was the mother being the strong female character rather than the teenage daughter. Making Chucky a lot more aggressive is a huge plus because we get a villain that could come from any angle and is willing to use any method on his victims. When it comes to sequels this builds on what we had first upping the threat to be one that will stick with you and the final act in the factory is brilliant.

 

Actor Review

 

Alex Vincent: Andy is our young boy still struggling with the emotional scares after Chucky tried to take his soul. He moves into a foster home but it isn’t long before Chucky comes back to try and take his soul, having no one to turn to he must convince a new group of people that Chucky is alive. Alex gives us a good performance from the young actor going through both peril through physical and mental side of things.

Jenny Agutter: Joanne is the mother of this foster family, she has a lot of patience with the troubled children as it looks like she is the one that can’t have children. She is the good guy when it comes to trying to convince Phil to keep Andy during the problems. Jenny is good but for the role she is playing she is wasted with how Chucky disposes of her character.

Gerrit Graham: Phil is the stricter father of the foster family, he always wants to control the behaviour of the two children while he gets controlled by his wife Joanne. Gerrit is a good but simple parental character which is quickly taken out living it to the stronger female characters to protect Andy.

Christine Elise: Kyle is the old child living in the foster home, she takes Andy in as a younger brother as she has been through the foster homes nearly her whole life, she teaches him the does and don’ts while trying to make herself have a future after her time in foster care. Christine is good in this role because the character goes through a big evolution from rebel to caring big sister.

Brad Dourif (Voice): Chucky is the killer Good Guy Doll that has come back to life and once again coming after Andy to move his soul into Andy’s body. He is just as psychotic and even more deadly this time as he wants to live in a human body and get revenge for what happened last time. Chucky continues to be one of the most welcome additions to the horror genre and now he is even angrier and deadlier.

Support Cast: Child’s Play 2 is rather small with nearly everyone you meet pretty much just being disposable characters.

Director Review: John LafiaJohn gives us a great addition to the Chucky franchise with one of the strongest sequels you will see in horror.

 

Horror: Child’s Play 2 is a horror film that raises the stakes on the horror side of film with more kills, blood and killer Chucky.

Settings: Child’s Play 2 uses a more open setting with Chucky following Andy around town with the factory in the final act is perfect.
Special Effects
: Child’s Play 2 has great effects throughout with how Chucky is killing or being harmed.

Suggestion: Child’s Play 2 is one for all horror fans to watch because it is just funny horror slasher. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Final act.

Worst Part: Foster parents feel slightly wasted.

Action Scene Of The Film: Good Guy Maze.

Funniest Scene: Classroom.

Favourite Quote: Chucky ‘You’ve been very naughty Miss Kettlewell’

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $28.5 Million

Budget: $13 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: Sorry Jack… Chucky’s back!

Trivia: Chucky appeared in a tuxedo at the 1990 Horror Hall of Fame Awards to advertise the theatrical release of the film. He was introduced by Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger).

 

Overall: Great sequel that helps continue to the franchise of the killer doll.

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Franchise Weekend – Child’s Play (1988)

childs play oneDirector: Tom Holland

Writer: Don Mancini (Screenplay) Don Mancini, John Lafia, Tom Holland (Story)

Starring: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif, Dinah Manoff, Tommy Swerdlow, Jack Colvin

 

Plot: A single mother gives her son a much sought after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.

 

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Verdict: Classic 80’s Horror

 

Story: Child’s Play starts as serial killer Charles Lee Ray (Dourif) is running from the police, just when he is about to be caught he performs a ritual to place his soul in a Good Guy Doll. We move to meet young boy Andy (Vincent) who wants his very own Good Guy Doll and today just so happens to be his birthday and his mother Karen (Hicks) doesn’t want to let him down.

When Andy gets his birthday present it turns out to have a mind of its own, well a mind of a serial killer Charles Lee Ray. Chucky wants to use Andy to bring his soul back into a human body and get revenge on the man who left him for dead Eddie Caputo.

Child’s Play brings us a new look at the horror slasher genre with the killer being small because during the 80s we had your Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers who were imposing figure but the Chucky doll is something you would never see coming. The story does have the idea that it doesn’t need to be as serious as other slashers but most importantly this isn’t a comedy which later in the franchise is becomes. Having the innocent character in Andy not understanding how serious the Chucky threat it really helps the story unfold and instead of having a damsel like screaming teenager we get a strong single parent having to defend their child against the evil. When it comes to 80s horror this one sometimes gets over looked but it really does give us one of the most entertaining horrors of the era.

 

Actor Review

 

Catherine Hicks: Karen is the single mother of Andy, she works long hours to make sure he gets the basics but when his birthday comes around she must find a way to get him the Good Guy Doll. When she finally gets her hands on one it turns out to be possessed by serial killer Charles Lee Ray. She must fight off the killer doll to protect her son. Catherine gives us a strong performance in this leading lady role of horror.family

Chris Sarandon: Mike is the police detective that is trying to figure out who killed a close friend of Karen’s. he previously hunted down Charles Lee Ray and was the man that got the fatal shots in while he was on the run. Chris is good but really only just a basic cop performance for this film.

Alex Vincent: Andy is the young boy who wants his own Good Guy Doll, when he gets one for his birthday it just so happens to be possessed by a serial killer and no one wants to believe him when he starts believing Chucky is killing people. Alex gives us a good performance for a young actor.

Brad Dourif: Charles Lee Ray/Chucky (Voice) Charles Lee is a serial killer that performs a ritual to keep his soul alive before he dies. His soul ends up in a Good Guy Doll where he gets to continue killing from beyond the grave as he desperately searches for a new body for his soul. Brad lends his voice to the psychotic doll that will now become stuff of legends.chucky

Support Cast: Child’s Play doesn’t have the biggest supporting role with most being the victims of Chucky.

Director Review: Tom HollandTom gives us a good horror that will be the beginning of one of the most iconic film franchises of horror history.

 

Horror: Child’s Play gives us horror that brings the horror within our home with the killer being a toy you would give your child.

Settings: Child’s Play uses mostly the home setting to show how it would be like for the family to let a toy come into the home that could be a killer showing how it is an everyday moment in the lives.
Special Effects
: Child’s Play has great effects to create the animatronics behind the Chucky doll on his killing spree.

Suggestion: Child’s Play is one I would like to think every single horror fans would have seen once. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Chucky Doll is a great addition to the horror genre.

Worst Part: Supporting characters are pretty much just disposable.

Kill Of The Film: Eddie

Scariest Scene: Chucky’s first communication with Karen

Favourite Quote: Chucky ‘Hi, I’m Chucky. Wanna play?’

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Beginning of a franchise

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Puppet Master

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $33 Million

Budget: $9 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

Tagline: Something’s moved in with the Barclay family, and so has terror.

Trivia: The Chucky films have always been accused of inspiring violence in children. One case linked to the series was a gang in Manchester kidnapping and murdering a 16-year-old girl. While they tortured her, they forced her to listen to recordings of the gang leader repeating the catchphrase “I’m Chucky, wanna play?” Director Tom Holland has always defended the first film from these accusations, stating that viewers of horror movies could only be influenced by their content if they were unbalanced to begin with.

 

Overall: Stand out horror that brings the horror into any parent’s home

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