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Seed of Chucky

  Seed of Chucky
"Heeeeeere's horror cliche!"

© 2004, Rogue Pictures
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When we last left sadistic "Good Guy" doll Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif) and his main squeeze Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly), they brought a son into the world. Now six years later, Glen (Billy Boyd, "Lord of the Rings") is grown up and wonders about his real parents. Escaping from his malicious owner, Glen sets off to find Chucky and Tiffany, heading to Hollywood and the set of a Chucky movie, which stars Jennifer Tilly (playing herself at her most buxom). The plastic parents are delighted to meet their son, but have a difference of opinion on how to raise him: as a loving toy or a homicidal killer? Seeing Tilly as a chance to return to human form, Chucky and Tiffany kill everything in their way to make sure Tilly will carry their next seed into the world.

The "Child's Play" franchise died a dishonorable death back in 1991 with the release of the putrid third installment. What had begun as a funky horror concept about a killer toy was quickly turning into mush, and it was finally put out of its misery. Grave robbers in the form of director Ronny Yu and original screenwriter Don Mancini brought the tale back to life with 1998's "Bride of Chucky," which was a solidly entertaining installment, if a little too lunatic for the parameters of the genre. Now, six years later, Mancini finally graduates to the director's chair for "Seed of Chucky" (IMDb listing). Who else to do the "Child's Play" concept true justice but the man who started it all?

Mancini should've been the man to hit this sequel out of the park. But all the filmmaker does is create the worst, most deliberately unfunny Chucky feature to date.

The root of evil in "Seed" seems to be that Mancini was given free reign to put whatever he wanted on screen, which, for this first-time filmmaker, isn't a smart idea. Mancini's script is a mess, struggling to keep one foot in miserable, self-referential Hollywood satire, and the other in the grisly gore the genre is known for. The two sides never melt correctly, leaving a tedious experience to be had from a series that appeared to be back on the right track.

"Illogical" is not strong enough to fully describe Mancini's script and direction, which indulges whatever urges it has whenever it feels like it. One minute the film is making fun of Jennifer Tilly's career (with the actress lamely poking fun at herself through the Tiffany doll), the next minute rapper Redman (playing, get this, a movie director) is being disemboweled while he eats dinner. Mancini also makes time for strange Britney Spears and Ed Wood gags, a fun but toothless cameo by John Waters, and, ahem, Chucky making a deposit at an impromptu bathroom sperm bank. "Bride" featured a similar brand of wacky, irreverent horror material, but Yu was a more polished director than Mancini. "Seed" is a muddled joke that only Mancini and Tilly seem to be getting.

There's an uncomfortable sensation, much like a biting into a salad and hearing the unmistakable crunch of an insect, that nobody involved in "Seed of Chucky" really cared about the preparation. The producers have created a product that only appeals to them. It's as if they found an investor who told them to "take these millions of dollars and go make a film that alienates everyone." And that's exactly what they've done.

Filmfodder Grade: D-



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