Seed of Chucky

Starring: Brad Dourif (voice), Jennifer Tilly (voice) and Hanna Spearritt
Momentum Pictures
RRP: 15.99
Certificate: 15
Available 26 September 2005

A young doll animated with life is caged and used by an unscrupulous man in England in a ventriloquism act. Wondering about its origins it sees a television show reporting on the making of a film in Hollywood about Chucky and Tiffany. Spotting the Made in Japan stamp on their wrists, matching his own, it makes a bid for freedom, sending itself parcel post to Hollywood. Finding the dolls it knows are its parents, it is a simple matter to animate them using the talisman it was left with at birth. When they kill an effects technician who tries to work on Tiffany, actress Jennifer Tilly discovers the body and has to make a hasty departure amidst a media frenzy. The dysfunctional family of dolls hide in her car and, when Tilly comes on to a film director in order to get a part, Chucky and Tiffany hatch a plan to take over their bodies in order to become human again. But events don't exactly go according to plan. Furthermore, the progeny of their loins is having an identity crisis. Treated as a boy by Chucky and a girl by Tiffany, Glen/da begins to have psychotic episodes...

Chucky, the Good Guy children's doll possessed by a serial killer, returns in another lively and inventively entertaining outing. The Child's Play series has continued to grow over the years since its humble original venture, with only the third film perhaps not living up to expectations.

Bride of Chucky, the previous one to this, was a minor masterpiece with a multitude of set pieces, in-jokes and great music. Where Seed of Chucky matches it is in the excellent humour. There are some great lines, such as when Glen/da asks its parents why they kill, and Chucky replies, "Well... um... it's a hobby really. It helps us to relax."

As expected, Chucky gets most of the best lines, with:

"Enough of your mother, already! I killed that bitch 20 years ago and she still won't shut up!"

"Nobody's perfect. I've got a few skeletons in the closet too." He hammers on the door and three bodies fall out. "See?" - and countless others.

There's even a homage to that axe-through-the-door scene from The Shining.

Special features include the short but entertaining Family Helli-day Slide Show; the behind-the-scenes Conceiving The Seed of Chucky; Jennifer Tilly's Video Diary from The Tonight Show; Mun2 Up Close With The Seed of Chucky Stars; and a feature commentary by Don Mancini and Jennifer Tilly.

Writer/director Don Mancini, who recently did such a great job with Joe Lansdale's Bubba Ho-Tep should be congratulated here for creating another thoroughly enjoyable slice of fun horror with our favourite killer doll. Highly recommended.

However, for any big fan of Chucky and his exploits I would strongly suggest you go for the region 1 version which contains more unrated extras, including a Chucky interview and screen test, over 150 trivia facts about Chucky, a slashed scene in which Tiffany fights temptation to off Debbie Carrington, and another commentary in which Don Mancini is this time joined by puppet master Tony Gardner.

Ty Power

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