Sunday, October 5, 2014

Seed of Chucky (2004)

Seed of Chucky (Romania/USA/UK, 2004) - Color, Director(s): Don Mancini
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 15]
Approx. 87 min.

Z-rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

Cheese Factor: 4.5 stars out of 5

The Shining reference. Nice!

Hell yeah! After Bride of Chucky, I am TOTALLY ready for another sequel! Ronny Yu really took Chucky to the next level and I'm psyched to... wait what? Ronny Yu didn't come back for this sequel? Oh, well, that's alright cause I see that Don Mancini is directing. He's the guy who came up with the story for the original Child's Play and he's written every movie in the franchise since! There's no way this could possibly go wrong, I mean, he's the originator of the concept! That'd be like George A. Romero making a zombie movie and it turning out bad. Oh, wait.

At the end of the last movie, a needle-toothed demon baby pops out from under Tiffany's dress, screeching like a pig-beast come straight from hell, and attacks the detective. I'm sure we were all expecting the devil spawn of Chucky's seed to be some monstrosity that indiscriminately kills living creatures to quench its insatiable bloodlust. Instead we have Glen or Glenda (like the Ed Wood film!), a sexually ambiguous puppet who regularly pisses his/her pants and looks like a starving pantomime.

They're filming a movie about Chucky and Tiffany in Hollywood and Glen sees an interview on TV. He mails himself to Hollywood and, using the MacGuffin amulet from the last movie, brings the Chucky and Tiffany puppets to life. So apparently with this super powerful MacGuffin necklace, you don't even need the actual dolls that housed the souls of Charles Lee Ray and Tiffany. Even reproductions will suffice. Also, Jennifer Tilly is in this movie. Alright, let me try to get all of this straight. Charles Lee Ray dies and transfers his soul into a doll that kills Tiffany and transfers her soul into another doll. Both dolls are killed but gives birth to Glen/Glenda. With the Heart of Damballa, Glen/Glenda is able to recall the souls of Charles Lee Ray and Tiffany into puppets that Hollywood has recreated for a movie where Jennifer Tilly, who looks and sounds EXACTLY like Tiffany, is doing the voice for Tiffany in the movie they're filming. Also, Tiffany wants to transfer her soul into Jennifer Tilly and.... you know what? Just forget the plot to this movie. Your head will explode if you try too hard to make sense of it.

Ooo! Boobies!

Nudity: For the first time in this series, we actually get a bit of nudity! Glen is having a dream at the beginning of the movie where he's stalking a family through the house and is about to kill the wife in the shower. We catch a brief glimpse of her breasts as she freaks out and slips in the tub, cracking her head open on the floor. She's covered by the shower curtain but you still see one of her breasts while she's laying on the floor. That's not all though, there is a moment where Tiffany (the doll, not Jennifer Tilly) flashes Chucky her doll tits. The scene happens suddenly then Chucky proceeds to masturbate to an issue of Fangoria magazine.

Gore: This is easily the goriest entry into the series so far but a lot of it is over-the-top. Heads are decapitated, rappers are eviscerated, and a slimy paparazzi (who look suspiciously like John Waters) has sulfuric acid dumped on his face.

"I'm telling you, that looks like John Waters in those bushes taking photos of masturbating midgets!"

Awesome: Once you get over the fact that Chucky's kid isn't some super killer (and turn off your brain completely) this movie is actually pretty fun. I still think Bride of Chucky was more fun because it was better at balancing a clever script with self-referential humor. This movie just goes for broke with completely over-the-top humor, it doesn't even pretend to be a horror movie at any point. Britney Spears is run off the road, Chucky and Tiffany actually try to stop killing people, Tiffany artificially inseminates Jennifer Tilly with a turkey baster filled with Chucky's doll jizz. The Child's Play franchise is often considered more comical than seriously scary but this one tried too hard to be self-aware. Despite missing the mark, this one still manages to be more fun than Child's Play 3. Don Mancini follows this up with Curse of Chucky nearly 10 years later, which I won't be reviewing again this year.