Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Seed of Chucky (4 Stars)

"Killing is an addiction, like any other drug".

This is the fifth film in the series of films about the killer doll Chucky. It was made in 2004, six years after the fourth film. They shouldn't wait so long. We need to see more of Chucky, and we need to see a lot more of his lover Tiffany.

This is the most we get to see of Tiffany in the film. Tantalising! My sister used to collect Barbie dolls when she was a child. They were silly, I made fun of them. She should have collected Tiffany dolls. I would have played with them myself.

But now let's get to the plot. At the end of "Bride of Chucky" we saw Tiffany have a baby in the Hackensack cemetery. We find out that he was discovered by an Englishman on holiday in America. He realised that the doll was alive and intelligent, so he took it back to England with him. For the last six years he's been making money by pretending to be a ventriloquist with a dummy. He calls the doll Shitface. Everyone needs a name.

While watching television little Shitface sees an interview about a film being made about the killer dolls Chucky and Tiffany. He sees that Chucky has a birthmark on his wrist that says "Made in Japan", just like himself, so he assumes that it's his father. He runs away and mails himself to Hollywood.

On arrival Shitface finds himself in a storage room with his parents, alongside other movie props, such as Frankenstein's monster, the Wolfman and the Mummy. His parents are lifeless. They're animated robots used in the film, and they can only move when power is supplied. Fortunately Shitface has brought the amulet of Damballa to America with him. He reads the incantation on the amulet and it's a happy family reunion. Or maybe not so happy. Chucky renames his son Glen, but when Glen removes his trousers we see that he's not anatomically correct. Tiffany suggests that he's really a woman and should be called Glenda. (I assume my readers are film literate enough to know what famous film this is referring to).

The star of the film about the killer dolls is Jennifer Tilly. She's perfect for the role, because she has an uncanny similarity to Tiffany Ray before she was murdered. I wonder why. She's unhappy with her roles in cheap horror films and wants to become a serious actress like Julia Roberts. She wants the title role in an upcoming film about the Virgin Mary, and she's willing to seduce the director to get it. Between you and me, I think she would be the best choice for the role. She has the sweetest, most angelic voice of any woman on Earth, and her perfect voluptuous figure would make even Protestants fall on their knees and worship her.

It's not an easy life for young Glen. Or is he Glenda? He's torn between his desires to be a man and a woman. He can't choose. As a man he wants to be a good boy, but as a woman he wants to be a homicidal killer. Choices, choices! Tiffany decides to transfer her soul into the body of Jennifer Tilly. Chucky wants to transfer his soul into the body of the film director. But whose body should Glen/Glenda take? Gender is a choice, especially when you've been born as a plastic doll without a penis.

"Seed of Chucky" is a change of style from the previous films. The first film was a pure horror story. The following three films contained touches of humour which made them better, in my opinion. Not everyone agrees. I know that many fans consider the first film to be the best. "Seed of Chucky" pushes the horror/comedy slider all the way to the right. There's so much comedy that it can hardly be called a horror film. I can't imagine anyone being scared by it. Even the death scenes are comical. There are constant references to other films, such as "Scream 2", "Psycho", "Glen or Glenda" and "The Shining". I personally find that the comedy is overdone. "Seed of Chucky" doesn't share the pure brilliance of "Bride of Chucky". I wish Ronny Yu had returned as director.

Despite the overabundance of humour, it's still a very good film. I can wholeheartedly recommend it to my readers. And Tiffany is sexy, in a goth killer doll sort of way.

I have a few last remarks about the film. Tiffany spends time trying to recover from her addiction to killing. We see her reading a book on the 12 steps of recovery from addiction. There are three blunders in the book shown above.

1. The title of the step 9 chapter is bad English.

2. The text isn't about addiction, it's about stress management.

3. The second page repeats the same text that's written on the first page.

You can click on the picture to enlarge it if you want to look closer. It's sloppy.

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