Seed of Chucky
Director: Don Mancini
Writer: Don Mancini
Sequel to: Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2, Child’s Play 3, Bride of Chucky
Cast: Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Billy Boyd, Redman, Hannah Spearritt, John Waters
Seen on: 21.9.2017
Before Chucky (Brad Dourif) and Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) were vanquished, they had a son, Glen (Billy Boyd). Glen is everything his parents aren’t: gentle, kind and completely murder-free. He’s curious to meet his parents, and so he resurrects them, hoping for a family reunion. The reunion does happen, but takes on a very different form of what Glen expected, as they first hit Hollywood where Chucky and Tiffany’s story is currently turned into a film starring Jennifer Tilly (Jennifer Tilly).
Seed of Chucky suddenly turns very meta and that’s a thing I always enjoy. Especially since it really proves that Jennifer Tilly is the best thing that has happened to the series. Despite some of the same issues as with the other films of the series, this is definitely my favorite part so far (together with the first).
With Seed of Chucky, the series seems to have abandoned any wish to be scary and goes fully to comedy territory. That comedy works at times, at other times not so much. The entire Glen/Glenda angle, for example, was misguided at best. It could have been a moment of enby representation, instead it’s done without care and just makes fun of pretty much everything gender-related. This is not surprising, given that the series has a track record of sexist jokes and Seed is no exception to that.
That it’s nevertheless my favorite after the first film should give you an idea of how much I loved the meta angle and especially Jennifer Tilly in her double role. She was brilliant as both Tiffany and herself, especially the latter. She brings a warmth to the necessary irony of the performance that feels very truthful.
Effectswise some of the movements of the dolls wasn’t particularly great, but the mimic and gestures were pretty well done, outweighing the wooden walking a little bit.
As by now usual, the showdown was a little boring and didn’t work that well for me. But up until then, I enjoyed the film even though it did make me cringe every once in a while.