Carl the Critic: Talks about the "Child's Play" series [Caution: May Contain Spoilers]
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.
Stories to All 5 Movies
- "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.
- "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.
- "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...
- "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...
- "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.
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).
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.
- "Child's Play": 6.9 out of 10
- "Child's Play 2": 7.5 out of 10
- "Child's Play 3": 5.0 out of 10
- "Bride of Chucky": 5.5 out of 10
- "Seed of Chucky": 0.6 out of 10
"CHILD'S PLAY" SERIES AS A WHOLE:
5.1 out of 10
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