Friday, 5 July 2013

Seed of Chucky

"Seed of Chucky" (2004, Don Mancini, Rogue Pictures) is the fifth in the Child's Play franchise and one of the ones which admits that Chucky (Brad Dourif) is more of a dark comedian than a scary monster.

Chucky and Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) have checked out of their little doll bodies and their consciousness is somewhere in limbo. They're now being used as props in a TV movie about... well themselves.

Meanwhile, somewhere in England their puppet-son, Glen (Billy Boyd), is living the life of Pinnochio with a mean ventriloquist. Also, it appears Glastonbury has a larger range of festivals than I had imagined...

For some reason Tiffany and Chucky's spawn seems like a hybrid between a member of the Sex Pistols and Oliver Twist. He has recurring nightmares where he is killing people, but abhors violence. That is, he abhorred violence...

Discovering his parents' existence while watching TV, he escapes and heads to America to hunt for them. Only to find, after reviving them with a voodoo chant, that he is the freak, puppet son of two freak, puppet murderers.

Feeling that she should be more responsible now that she's a mother, Tiffany attempts to give up her 'murder addiction' by going cold turkey. It doesn't last. However, whilst trying to better herself, she and Chucky are also holding actress, Jennifer Tilly (who voices Tiffany), hostage and are intending to steal her body for Tiffany. Yes, yes, it's all very clever!

They updated the special effects for the dolls running to be more computer generated, which just isn't as effective or fun as the original physical effects, but the facial expressions are still excellent.

A self-aware, campy and unapologetic mad-cap B-movie with gore and terrible one-liners. Just a bit of fun.

[Image: Rogue Pictures]