January 29, 1999

Should have been called ‘Chucky gets stoned, kills Jack Tripper, then he gets laid.’ That pretty much sums it up.

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By far the best of the four Child’s Play movies. Just like the Leprechaun, Chucky has turned into a comedic figure rather than a scary one. There is nothing scary about a doll (or puppets like in those crappy Puppetmaster movies for that matter) or a leprechaun or anything under three feet tall. (Except for that doll in Trilogy of Terror – another thing entirely…) Comedy has become the logical direction for horror movies in the last couple of years – The cycle is repeating itself. Shortly after the true renaissance of horror films – the 1920s and 1930s, the Universal monsters were no longer scary and so came films such as Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and a whole manner of comedy-horror films. And now slasher films like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street have become de rigeur…but the sequels make just enough cash to keep them going, but the writers have run out of seriously scary ways to kill people. But seriously funny ways to kill people is a market that hasn’t yet been tapped…

Jennifer Tilly reads ‘Voodoo for Dummies’ and resurrects her old lover, trapped in a Chucky Doll for the last ten years or so. She realizes that Chucky did not intend to marry her before she dies, she traps him in a playpen and she buys him a doll ‘girlfriend.’ Chucky escapes, kills Tilly and she becomes trapped in the female doll. Tilly gets a Barbie makeover and arranges for her neighbor to take them both (as dolls) to New Jersey to exhume Chucky’s human body for the Voodoo medallion that let them become human again. And this is where the film becomes the road movie to Hell.

Probably the 4th funniest film I saw in 1998 – immediately behind Orgazmo, There’s Something About Mary and BASEketball.

Year – 1998
Rating – R
Runtime – 89 minutes
Genre – Horror, Chucky
Director(s) – Ronny Yu
Writer(s) – Don Mancini
Actor(s) – Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, John Ritter, Katherine Heigl, Alexis Arquette
BOB Rating – Four BOBs
Favorite Quote – "Rude fuckin' doll!" - Stoned guy in car