Monday, February 14, 2011

Bride of Chucky (1998)

Bride of Chucky (Canada/USA, 1998) - Color, Director(s): Ronny Yu
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 89 min.

Z-rating: 4 out of 5 stars

B-factor: 4 out of 5 stars

Nothing more fun to watch than bloody, gory horror if you're lonely Valentine's Day. Whether you're bitter and lonely or heartbroken and angry, watching people killed in violent ways can be a great pick-me-upper. Talk about unrequited love... poor Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) is the girlfriend of Charles Lee Ray, whose soul is imprisoned in that damned doll, who goes through all the trouble of gathering up the pieces and sewing him back together on the belief that they would be married once he's freed from the doll. After reviving Chucky though, she finds that he had no intention of marrying her. So, doing the most logic thing she could think of, she locks him in a playpen and goes to shower. Once he gets out though, he tosses the TV into the bath and electrocutes her to death only to bring her back to life in one of the female wedding dolls. Not only gets her heart broken when she realizes he didn't want to marry her, she gets killed by the guy she loves and is stuck by his side inside of a doll until they can transfer out into new human bodies. Sounds like it would've been a pretty shitty Valentine's Day to me.

The awesome thing about this movie, aside from the fact that it had the late John Ritter and a young pre-Grey's Anatomy Katherine Heigl starring, is how much fun the storyline is. Desperate to escape her police chief uncle (Ritter), our lovely young couple takes up an offer to deliver two dolls to New Jersey where they will paid handsomely for their troubles and be free to run off and get hitched. Chucky and Tiffany plan to use the kids to get the amulet from Charles Lee Ray's grave but when bodies turn up dead, they begin to suspect each other of murder. Brought to us by director Ronny Yu, who also brought us the satisfyingly loyal Freddy vs. Jason in the years to follow.

Nudity: Although I don't remember there being any explicit nudity, there is a very tasty shower scene with Jennifer Tilly in the tub. I think there's also doll-sex in the movie. If you get your jollies off on that.... I suggest psychiatric help. (or skipping to approx 1:00:50 into the movie.... you sick bastard)

Gore: Typical gore to be expected from a horror movie. A cop get his throat cut, nails are embedded into someone's face propelled by an airbag, and a love suite at a hotel is turned into a room at the House of Horrors. Accentuated by the psychotic laughter of Chucky, there's tons of fun kills in this one. =)

Awesome: Very. A classic franchise gets updated with this blend of dark comedy and horror, it's one of the best in the series having successfully updated the franchise without watering down any of the original material. The ending is great (the parts where Chucky gets hurt are always the best cause they're totally hilarious) and provides a perfect setup for the follow-up, but very disappointing, Seed of Chucky.

1 comment:

  1. i think i watched part of this before. the bride is pretty cute