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Overall Rating
2.83

Awesome: 18.52%
Worth A Look: 14.81%
Average: 24.07%
Pretty Bad: 16.67%
Total Crap25.93%

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Seed of Chucky
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by Scott Weinberg

"You'd never know that this series actually started out as 'horror'."
2 stars

Horror fanboys (myself included) were pleased to hear the announcement that Don Mancini would finally get the bankroll he needed to make a new Chucky flick. Seed of Chucky was long known as an on-again/off-again affair - and none of us really expected the movie to earn studio backing and a wide theatrical release. Well, "be careful what you wish for" is apparently the lesson of the day.

Given the state of affairs on the Hellraiser and Leprechaun series, most of us expected "Child's Play Part 5" to hit the scene in direct-to-video form. But Mr. Mancini wooed the right studio, and Universal was looking for a movie to kick-start their new Rogue genre banner.

(OK, Shaun of the Dead was actually Rogue's flagship release, but that one was picked up late in the day - and Universal should be pretty thrilled about that acquisition; SotD is infinitely funnier, scarier and cooler than anything that Seed of Chucky has to offer.)

For those unfamiliar with what went down in Child's Play, Child's Play 2, Child's Play 3 and Bride of Chucky, here's the scoop: killer dolls, one male and one female. Like anything you'd label as "killer dolls" - these dolls murder people. And since the very concept of homicidal dollies is deeply rooted in lunacy, Mancini and his various co-conspirators were smart enough to turn this series towards the department of self-mockery. Bride of Chucky was both darkly amusing and colorfully gory; Seed of Chucky tries to amp up both ends and the result is like a roll of paper towels covered in melted crayons. Colorful and weird, but not particularly useful.

Not that the plot matters one whit, but the fourth sequel sees Chucky and Tiffany resurrected by their androgynous offspring Glen, and the pair get to killin' anew. As Glen tries to find his place in their world, Jennifer Tilly (who also plays the voice of Tiff) spends about an hour poking fun of her silly sexpot image. (Does Jennifer Tilly actually have an "image"?) Since the action goes down in Tinsel Town, you can expect a truckload of rather obvious swipes at celebrities and the moviemaking machines, but none of the gags hit their mark with any accuracy.

Sprinkled amidst the cornball jokes and wink-at-the-camera self-satire are Chucky and Tiffany doing what they do best. And while Seed of Chucky does manage to deliver some solid gore for those who adore such things, the movie never once comes close to being scary in any way, shape or form. Those who bemoaned Freddy Krueger's descent into one-liner hucksterism will find themselves perpetually annoyed at the lame-duck comedy material offered here.

Brad Dourif and Ms. Tilly seem to be having some fun with their voice-work here, and Billy Boyd does bring an arcane-yet-likeable oddness to his role as Glen. The human actors do not fare as well. Though still very lovely and charmingly jiggly, Tilly simply doesn't have the chops to carry an entire movie on her own - even if it is an 80-some minute chop-em-up schlock-fest like Seed of Chucky. Co-stars Redman and Hannah Spearritt wander through their scenes; cult hero John Waters contributes a predictably broad cameo as a snooping reporter. He offers the best laughs in the movie, so logic dictates that he only gets maybe two scenes.

As a lifelong Horror Hound, I'm absolutely thrilled to see Universal crack the seal on an all-genre distribution label. Here's hoping that Rogue Pictures can start churning out great horror movies at a Lions Gate clip. But fourth-generation jokey gorefests are not what we're after, fellas. Focus more on the Shaun of the Dead pick-ups and less on the stale franchise material, and we'll soon be the best of friends.

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originally posted: 11/19/04 13:36:07
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User Comments

10/14/09 Joise Cotton is a goddess Kind of funny. 'Bride' was better, but this one has John Waters! 3 stars
10/20/08 Shaun Wallner Very Boring! 1 stars
12/26/06 johnnyfog It was funny ONE TIME. 1 stars
8/09/06 Dragon The Artist "Bride" was medieocre cheap entertainment, but this was an abomination to horror films!! 1 stars
1/19/06 JM Synth good fun 3 stars
1/04/06 tatum What did the world ever do to Don Mancini?? 1 stars
8/16/05 john smith cast a stone at the man who created the chucky franchise 1 stars
8/02/05 ~*~Shantel~*~ Its Friggen AWSOME SHIT!! 5 stars
7/30/05 The Grinch Don Mancini needs to move on and give the brilliant Brad Dourif something else to do 3 stars
7/26/05 the dude What the Fuck? What were they thinking, more than a piece of shit 1 stars
6/08/05 Clubber Lang Too over the top, uneven and not as sharpy funny as "Bride", but still decent. 3 stars
5/24/05 Amber Baumeister Havent seen it yet But it sounds awesome! 5 stars
3/19/05 Green Grenlim this type of crap should have died out at the end of the 80's !!! 1 stars
3/11/05 The Sorrow I think metioning Gina Gershon was kinda' the only saving grace for me... 5 stars
2/23/05 lol fuckin' retarded 1 stars
2/05/05 Graves The rating says it all...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
2/05/05 Ann Klonicki save your money 2 stars
2/04/05 craig varney chucky's seed is barren 1 stars
1/31/05 Lisa Craven Could these movies just please go away... 2 stars
12/18/04 Theresa Wagner It's Time for Chucky to say farewell 1 stars
12/12/04 Dave Purse Ok, so this film isn't scary, but it is funny. Watch it! 4 stars
11/26/04 Rudy Funny Stupid Movie that was good. 3 stars
11/26/04 Katie cool but really funny and strange for a hororr film 5 stars
11/25/04 marcus the movie was goog 5 stars
11/23/04 Daveman Lamentable garbage, anybody above 14 who finds this shit entertaining is beyond help. 1 stars
11/19/04 KingNeutron Some good self-deprecating humor; plus the scenes of Tilly _pregnant_ - man, she looks HOT. 3 stars
11/16/04 Fungo Ugh. 2 stars
11/14/04 moonlightknights Bizarre, funny, not scary, but a good ride. 3 stars
11/14/04 uyu ghd 5 stars
11/14/04 el burro B movie fun 5 stars
11/14/04 X $ % & ! not funny or scary. 1 stars
11/13/04 Dan Classic 5 stars
11/13/04 Kyle Funny, Funny, Funny 5 stars
11/13/04 John Gilardi Great horror movie and date movie 4 stars
11/08/04 da hood fuckin retarded 1 stars
11/06/04 Ray What a bad seed 1 stars
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USA
  12-Nov-2004 (R)
  DVD: 19-Sep-2006

UK
  N/A

Australia
  03-Feb-2005


Directed by
  Don Mancini

Written by
  Don Mancini

Cast
  Brad Dourif
  Jennifer Tilly
  Billy Boyd
  Redman
  Hannah Spearitt
  John Waters



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