Carl the Critic: Talks about the "Child's Play" series [Caution: May Contain Spoilers]

Introduction

I would like to start off by saying; Chucky is the STUPIDEST monster ever put to screen. He is a two-foot doll, and yet it never crosses anyone's mind to kick the little bastard. It's kind of silly to see a bunch of full grown adults getting scared of him, sure he once was serial killer, but he is a toy now, he shouldn't be this difficult to kill. But I digress, I actually really like the first few "Child's Play" movies (specifically the second one) but the concept is very silly, and it was a bad influence of other horror films (like "The Gingerdead Man", "Puppet Master", "Evil Toys", etc.) which were all either half-assed, silly, or just plan stupid. First, I am going to talk about each story one-by-one, and then get a discussion going as to what my thoughts are about each movie and the franchise.

Let's begin.

Stories to All 5 Movies

  1. "Child's Play": After being chased into a toy store, a serial killer named Charles Lee Ray, (... Oh I see what you did there. Charles Manson, Lee Harvey Oswald, and James Earl Ray...) is about to die, but transfers his soul into a "Good Guy Doll". After buying the doll from a homeless man, Karen Barclay gives the doll to her son, Andy. But something strange is a foot, after a series of murders happens and the prime suspect is Andy. Eventually Karen learns the truth about Chucky, and with the help of Mike Norris (no not the brother of Chuck Norris), she must find a way to kill off the murderous doll, before he can transfer his soul into her son's body.
  2. "Child's Play 2": Andy's mother is sent to an insane asylum, so Andy is sent to live with a foster family. Chucky comes back from the dead (oh yeah spoilers), and because Andy is the first person who Chucky revealed his real identity too, (again spoilers) he needs to find Andy and transfer his soul into his body.
  3. "Child's Play 3": After Andy has been sent from foster home to foster home, he is finally sent to military school, (because when you can't find a place to live after a certain time you are just sent to military school). Chucky comes back from the dead again (... SPOILER!), and finds out that Andy is at military school. But when Chucky mails himself to...

    WAIT A MINUTE! How the hell did Chucky mail himself? Not only that, Chucky puts himself in the original package (where the hell did he get that? Did he just have an extra one hidden up his ASS?), and not only that, but HOW THE HELL WAS HE ABLE TO PUT HIMSELF IN A PACKAGE AND WRAP THE PACKAGE IN BROWN WRAPPING PAPER? There's no way in hell that can happen. And if he got someone to wrap him in the package... Well it's kind of strange to think that a TOY IS ABLE TO GET SOMEONE TO WRAP HIM IN A BROWN WRAPPING PAPER!!! You could argue that the person was high when Chucky asked them to- Ow! My head hurts!... Where the hell was I?... Sean Connery is my favorite James Bond because... Oh, wait a minute wrong Hub... Which one is this again?... Oh yeah "Child's Play"...

    So when Chucky arrives at the military school, he meets a boy named Tyler. Instead of going to Andy, Chucky decides to transfer his soul into...

    WAIT A MINUTE! I thought Chucky had to transfer his soul into the first person he revealed his true identity to, which was ANDY! Chucky should kill this Tyler kid, just like he does to ANYBODY ELSE WHO ISN'T ANDY!

    There's a lot of plot holes like these in this film. It was the worst in the series... Until...
  4. "Bride of Chucky": Because the last film bombed like no body's business, Don Mancini I guess was thinking "you know what Chucky needs? A LOVE INTREST!" And thus we get Tiffany (played by Jennifer Tilly). Actually, the backstory is that before Chucky became the stupidest monster ever created, he use to have a lover/accomplice named Tiffany. And if you thought Chucky was a stupid monster... he still is, but Tiffany is worse. She looks more like a rejected Garbage Pail Kid... Any way, Tiffany finds the remains of Chucky from the last film (S-P-O-I-L-E-R-S), and stitches him back together, thinking that Chucky's soul is still inside (Because, why the hell not?). Chucky comes back and tries to woo Tiffany into freeing him, but she just tosses a random children's doll as if to say "PUT MY SOUL IN THIS!" Well that's exactly what happens, Chucky kills Tiffany, and transfers her soul into the doll... How is her soul still in her body if she is dead?... Oh who cares, Tiffany feels what Chucky went through when he became a doll that never dies, but agrees to help him retrieve the amulet that was buried with his human body. Now I know what you are thinking, "WHAT AMULET!?" Charles Lee Ray never had an amulet in the first film.

    Actually, I do like this one better than "Child's Play 3", but IT'S STILL HORRIBLE!... Oh but don't you worry, the worst is yet to come...
  5. "Seed of Chucky": ...There are no words to describe this movie, it's just so stupid, and out of all of the "Child's Play" movies, this one has the most plot holes. The biggest one being, HOW THE F*** DOES A TOY GET PREGNANT AND GIVE BIRTH TO A BABY!? (Granted she gave birth to the baby in the last film, BUT HOW?)
    So yeah, this is the introduction to a new character named Glen (or Glenda) (who turns out to be Chucky's son (or daughter)... "What a shock!"). So in this film, Chucky and Tiffany are trying to figure out if Glen is a boy or a girl... And for Tiffany to transfer her soul into the body of Jennifer Tilly (I'm dead serious, Tiffany (who is voiced by Jennifer Tilly) is trying to put her soul into the body of Jennifer Tilly... That's just stupid.) Oh and what a coincidence, Jennifer Tilly gives birth to twins in this movie (a boy and a girl), and Chucky and Tiffany can't decide if they want their child to be Glen or Glenda (Oh I see what you did there Don Mancini, you made a reference to the famously bad movie, "Glen or Glenda"... That's also just stupid). And... That's about it. "Seed of Chucky" is by far the worst film in the series.

Discussion

First off, let me talk about the importance of monsters in horror films. If you plan to make a horror film, and you decide to have a monster in it, that monster needs to represent what your film is supposed to be. For example, Freddy Kruger from "Nightmare on Elm Street" is a perfect example of a very horrific, very disturbing, and very scary monster. If Freddy Kruger was to say grow bunny ears, or became part horse, but still had the same personality, he can is still disturbing, but he would be just silly, which in turn would make "Nightmare on Elm Street" hard to take seriously. Chucky, as a monster, might have the personality of a serial killer, but he is a doll, a toy that could easily be destroyed. The fact that Chucky is a doll just makes the "Child's Play" series hard to take seriously, and to be honest that's probably what Don Mancini wanted. The first film did have some great scary moments, but if you were to watch it now you will agree that it is very dated and very silly, but it was suppose to be.
Besides having a silly monster, another reason why it's hard to take "Child's Play" seriously is because it was half assed. It became quite a shock to many film critics, and film makers alike that a film about a killer doll became beloved by many, and for film makers, that gave them the hope that they needed to come up with a half assed pot of gold of their own, and thus we get films like "Puppet Master", "Pinocchio's Revenge", "Evil Toys", "The Gingerdead Man", and of course the last three "Child's Play" movies.
This isn't to say that I don't have fun watching them on occasion, but if you really watch them again, a lot of them have many hard to miss plot holes. It will be interesting to see the franchise rebooted, and I hope when it is, the filmmakers learn from the mistakes of the past and fixed what didn't work.
If I had to choose a favorite "Child's Play" movie it would definitely be the second one. It was the first one I ever saw, and even without watching the first film, I understood everything I needed to know about Chucky. The cinematography was the best, the editing was the best, and Chucky was at his best (in my opinion). It's silly, but in a good way, and it's not as dated as the first film. The third film was the beginning of the down hill spiral for the "Child's Play" series, and I don't know how many people will ever be forgiving of "Seed of Chucky".
Any one who goes into these films is going to know that they are silly, and because of it, will just turn off their brain and enjoy the show. This is a film where if you are thinking about the plot, you find it less enjoyable, and more implausible. Plus it also makes your head hurt (trust me I know from experience).
"Child's Play" is silly, but harmless because people are smart enough to know how they feel about the killer doll. You either love him or hate him, but for me, Chucky will always be the stupidest monster ever created (and I wouldn't have it any other way).

Overall

For Horror Movie Freaks, such as myself, I recommend you check out at least the first two "Child's Play" movies, but that's it.

  1. "Child's Play": 6.9 out of 10
  2. "Child's Play 2": 7.5 out of 10
  3. "Child's Play 3": 5.0 out of 10
  4. "Bride of Chucky": 5.5 out of 10
  5. "Seed of Chucky": 0.6 out of 10

"CHILD'S PLAY" SERIES AS A WHOLE:
5.1 out of 10

What About You?

hich "Child's Play" film is your favorite?

  • "Child's Play"
  • "Child's Play 2"
  • "Child's Play 3"
  • "Bride of Chucky"
  • "Seed of Chucky"
  • I LOVE THEM ALL!!!
  • they are all crap.
See results without voting

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

OMG Carl I was LMAO while reading your review! It's like I wrote it myself word for word! How did you get into my head! For the life of me I can't understand how anyone could be afraid of Chuckie but people are. How could anyone not watch these movies and not laugh their butts off! Thank you so much for writing this, I truly appreciate it. I needed this laugh today! I think you were to kind with your grade for Bride Of Chucky, it was soooo bad but yet soooo funny! THUMBS UP!!!


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alipuckett 4 years ago

HA! This is really, really funny and true. As an adult, I never found the Chucky movies to be scary, but I have to admit: I was only 7 or 8 when the movie came out, still playing with dolls, and it scared me to death!!!


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lukeuk 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Gosh that photo is terrifying !


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FatFreddysCat 4 years ago from The Garden State

I'll admit it, I got a kick out of the first couple of "Child's Play" movies, particularly the first film. I never thought "Chucky" was scary in the slightest, however, and the sequels were increasingly forgettable. I found "Bride of Chucky" fun to watch simply because it was so completely INSANE.

I have yet to see "Seed of Chucky" but based on the amount of hate I've read about it here, there and seemingly everywhere else, I'm in no real hurry to check it out either.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

@Sunshine625: Yey! You like it! Great, because I was afraid that people may not like it. I agree that I was a little kind to "Bride of Chucky" but I really did enjoy it just a little (at least more than "Child's Play 3" and "Seed of Chucky"). I'm glad you felt the same way about the films as I did, (great minds really do think alike, lol) and if there are any more films you'd like me to review let me know :)

@alipuckett: When little kids see this, it is definitely scary for them, but when you come to a certain age when you know better, you realize that the film's not as scary as it initially was. Thanks for sharing your confession :)

@lukeuk: You think so? I'm not sure myself, on one hand he looks scary but on the other hand I still find him silly.

@FatFreddysCat: I'm glad to see you agree too FatFreddysCat, and yes "Bride of Chucky" was insane, and I guess that's why I liked it a little. :)

@ALL: Thank you all for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I look forward to reading all of your work as soon as I can. :)


icountthetimes 4 years ago

God only knows why, but Child's Play is one of the only horror movies ever to truly scare me. It might be because I was young at the time and still had a slight notion of toys being comforting things, who knows. Like you say it's a pretty stupid idea really, but something about it somehow got under my skin. Obviously when I watch it now I don't feel that way, but I do remember being terrified at the time.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

I agree, this is a film that a lot of people remember being scarier years ago, but by today's standards it's very dated. Watching these films can be fun, but we'll always remember that feeling we got from the first time we watched it when we were younger, and never wanting to look at our toys ever again.

Thanks for your comment icountthetimes, always great to hear from you :)


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Swetankraj 4 years ago from India

The whole series is all crap. There are better movies than it in the market available today. I had seen all the movies and my younger brother's got set of dvds too. Seriously he loves it, and i used to be out of room when it plays.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

Well Chucky is the stupidest monster ever made, and it would make sense that because of him the movies were also really stupid as well (but that's what I love about some of these movie.) I liked the first two, but after that the series went down hill, and there is talk about rebooting the franchise (which I'm hoping might learn from the mistakes of the last films). I'm glad you said this because I know many others who feel the same and, for that I thank yo for your comment :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

one thing I really like about cheesy horror movies is the terrible plots and plot holes. The first two child's play's are highly entertaining classics. Have you seen Pinocchio's Revenge? Direct rip off of Child's Play, and much stupider


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

Ah yes, "Pinocchio's Revenge", I mention it in my discussion section of my review, and yes I completely agree (but did you know that the original ending of the first "Child's Play" movie was initially the same ending of "Pinocchio's Revenge" (I'm not going to spoil it for people who haven't seen the film). The major problem with "Pinocchio's Revenge" is that (in my opinion) it has all the elements of a good horror film, but it doesn't use them correctly/well. Thank you for your comment, it is greatly appreciated :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

it's an interesting concept and entertaining in it's ineptitude, but the acting is pron star quality and story is dubious and filled with holes.


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CarltheCritic1291 4 years ago Author

Yes I agree with that as well, I only really recommend it to people who are interested in making horror films just for the elements that it has. Things like some interesting camera angles, sound design, motives, and the twist ending (which could have worked but because of the overall quality of the film it came off as weak). Like you said (better than I ever could) the acting was very embarrassing, it's got a ton of plot holes, there's a lot of development that doesn't go any where, and to be honest it's quite a pain to sit through, but I would only watch it for some of the good horror film elements that it has (I usually take notes on horror films good or bad so when I make my own films I know what works and what doesn't), but nothing else. Thanks again for the comment it's greatly appreciated again :)


AH 2 years ago

I'd like to point out that in the movie "seed of chucky", the toy didnt get pregnant or give birth. They injected chucky's sperm into human Jennifer Tilly, and she gave birth to Glen/da. Still ridiculous that a doll got a human pregnant. But i just needed to point that out.


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CarltheCritic1291 23 months ago Author

Hey AH, thanks for your comment! Yeah I realized that a lot of my hubs have little mistakes like that. You're absolutely right!


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