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Overall Rating
2.84

Awesome: 18.18%
Worth A Look: 14.55%
Average25.45%
Pretty Bad: 16.36%
Total Crap25.45%

3 reviews, 37 user ratings



Seed of Chucky
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by EricDSnider

"For a horror film, it's kinda funny."
3 stars

The opening credits play over a computer-animated sequence in which many sperm cells swim through dark tunnels in search of an egg. Immediately after this, an ugly living doll kills a family, whereupon he wets his pants. No, it's not the new Merchant-Ivory film! It's "Seed of Chucky," and they weren't kidding about that "seed" thing.

The fifth film in the series that began with "Child's Play," about a doll inhabited by the soul of a serial killer, continues the trend begun somewhere along the line of focusing more on laughs than on scares. (At this point I have seen only the first and fifth films, so I am unable to pinpoint exactly when the balance between yuks and yucks shifted.) "Seed of Chucky" has more than a few laughs, usually campy and/or grotesque in subject matter -- John Waters plays a small role -- and not a single legitimate scare. Some victims are dispatched in creative, disgusting fashion, though, which is always a plus for fans of the genre.

It is some years since the last film, in which Chucky (voice of Brad Dourif) acquired a wife (voice of Jennifer Tilly). They have gone into some sort of hibernation, their inanimate forms now being animated electronically by a Hollywood studio to make, ironically, a film about a murderous living doll. When their long-lost son shows up, a gender-confused thing named either Glen or Glenda (voice of Billy Boyd), he reads an inscription on a talisman that awakens Chucky and Tiffany, who immediately yank the cables out of their backs and show they don't need any special effects geeks to help them move around and kill people, THANK you very much.

Glen/Glenda, a highly amusing Tiny Tim-style English urchin, is appalled at his parents' behavior and soon convinces Tiffany to repress her killer instincts. Chucky vows to go straight, too, but he doesn't try very hard, and he wishes his son (or whatever) would join the family tradition.

Meanwhile, Chucky and Tiffany continue their ongoing quest to transfer their souls back into human bodies. The vessels they've chosen are the rapper-turned-director Redman and ... Jennifer Tilly, both playing themselves with remarkable good-sportedness. (Not surprisingly, Tiffany thinks Jennifer Tilly has a beautiful voice.) There's also an attempt to impregnate Jennifer Tilly with Chucky's seed, but the less said about that, the better.

It is hard to sustain a feature film when your main characters are puppets. The Muppets did it by being endearing; "Team America: World Police" did it by being hilarious. "Seed of Chucky" doesn't even try for "endearing," obviously, and "hilarious" isn't quite the word I'd use to describe the film. It's funny, certainly, at times, and there are even some hints of artful direction from Don Mancini (who has written every installment, including this one, but has never directed until now). You have to admire a director who will include overt references to both Hitchcock and Ed Wood in the same movie.

But it is, after all, a movie about dolls that kill people, and is thus inherently silly. The more the film embraces its true nature, the better it is. When it goes for the gore and the scares, it's as if it knows it won't get away with it. The film is about as good as could be expected, considering it's the fifth installment and its premise is absurd.

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User Comments

4/24/17 David H. Funny, but too over the top for its own good. 3 stars
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
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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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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