Glen: "Mommy, daddy, why do you kill
Chucky: "Um . . . It's more
of a hobby, really. I do it to relax."
Is it nature or nurture that defines who we are? What is it
that will shape us the most, our environment or our genetic
code? There are many stories that grapple with these tough questions.
Seed of Chucky just kind of nods in the general direction
of that query as it racks up a body count.
I have to confess that the last Chucky flick I watched
in the theatre was Child's Play 3, and I watched it
only because I could see it for free. We were playing it at
the theatre I worked at, and while it was OK, I wouldn't have
gone out of my way to see it. I completely skipped Bride
of Chucky when it came out, as I had lost all interest
in the little psycho. Then I got the call to review Seed
of Chucky. So I went to my local video store and rented
Bride so I could be up to date on the activities of
the killer doll.
Now, I have to admit, I've been toying with watching Bride
for the last year. My interest came after I found out that Ronny
Yu, the man who helmed Freddy
vs. Jason, directed it. As dedicated readers of this site,
you'll all know how I feel about that movie. So to make sure
I was up to date heading into the new movie, and for you, my
fellow fans, I braved both Bride and Seed
in the same weekend. (And yes, as a flimsy excuse to finally
watch the darn thing.)
To recap, for those of you who haven't been keeping up, Chucky
was formerly multiple murderer Charles Lee Ray, played by the
talented Brad (Wormtounge) Dourif. Using movie voodoo, when
he was cornered by the cops in a warehouse of toys, Charles
bound his soul into a three-foot doll to escape justice. He
then spent three movies chasing one particular boy to transfer
himself out of the doll and back into a human body. In Bride,
he was revived by his former lover Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly),
and then murderous mayhem ensued. The most disturbing thing
about that film was the revelation that all their "doll
parts" were . . . fully functional.
In Seed, we pick up a few years later, with Chucky's
kid living in a cage and being used in a ventriloquist act.
It's an easy act, since he's a living doll. He's now around
seven or so and is a sweet, sensitive little boy, with the voice
of Billy (Pippin) Boyd and the looks of Ziggy (David Bowie)
Stardust. While watching TV, he sees that a movie is being made
about the urban legend of these killer dolls that were discovered
at a crime scene. Through the magic of movie logic, the boy
realizes that these dolls are his parents, so he escapes his
captor and runs to Hollywood.
From here, folks, it gets bizarre.
We follow actress Jennifer Tilly around, as she plays herself.
She is the lead in the Chucky movie-within-the-move.
In support we have her limo driver Stan (Steve Lawton), who's
in love with her, and her long-suffering assistant Joan (Hannah
Spearritt). Tilly bemoans her fall from grace as a "real"
actress, now having to act with puppets. To remedy this, she
auditions for rapper Redman, playing himself, who wants to make
a movie about the Virgin Mary.
I told you it was bizarre.
So while this is going on, our puppet boy sneaks into the studio
and finds his parents. He then uses the voodoo medallion he's
had since birth to awaken the twin psychos. Of course the movie
people were using the real dolls from the crime scene. Why wouldn't
The killers are shocked to discover they have a child and name
him Glen. Well, until they find out he's actually not anatomically
correct and Tiff decides Glen is Glenda. This becomes a running
theme, and I, if no one else, appreciated the Ed Wood joke.
Within minutes, the blood is flowing and the body count rises
as the two dolls try to once more reclaim human bodies. The
movie sends up other movies, Hollywood culture, twelve stepping,
Britney Spears, and a host of other running gags I won't spoil.
The movie is very funny, if you're twisted enough. On the other
hand, it isn't any scarier than Freddy vs. Jason. I
didn't really miss the fear all that much, as I was laughing
too often. However, I must warn you the film is a bit gory in
places, so those with a sensitive stomach may want to keep that
What really surprised me, though, were the many character
moments. You don't expect that kind of thing from this sort
of movie. Watching Glen twitch as he realizes his parents are
stark raving mad, or Joan writing out a mass of fan mail to
cheer up Tilly, really elevates the movie a bit. I have to hand
it to writer/director Don Mancini, he turned out a really decent,
and funny, script. Of course, he really knows these characters
— he's written every one of the Chucky movies.
So I was pleasantly surprised. I went in expecting this movie
to be worse than Godsend.
But where Godsend was full of it self and tried to
be serious, Seed knows exactly what it is, and has
some fun with the idea. I won't claim it's a great movie, but
I've seen a lot worse. I would have liked to have seen a few
attempts at some real scares, but what the heck. If you're into
psycho-killer doll movies, or have a black sense of humor, Seed
is worth a matinee or video rental.