Seed of Chucky

There is one very important thing to remember when watching Seed of Chucky. This is not a horror movie, it's a comedy. The concept behind the Child's Play films (this is the fifth installment) has never been very scary at all. Come on, a homicidal doll? Please. Instead of trying to make another dull horror film, Don Mancini (Bride of Chucky, Child's Play 3), the series creator, takes the helm as a first time director to make a self-aware horror/comedy a la Scream. The result is a film that stars Jennifer Tilly both as herself and as Chucky's bride Tiffany, rapper Redman as himself, and director John Waters (A Dirty Shame, Cecil B. Demented) as a tabloid reporter named Pete Peters.

The story revolves around the possible spawn of Chucky and Tiffany, a horrendous looking puppet voiced by Billy Boyd (The Return of the King, The Two Towers). This puppet has no idea of he/she is a boy or a girl, and makes its way from England to Hollywood, where they are making the latest Child's Play movie starring Jennifer Tilly (Home on the Range, The Haunted Mansion). This fictional Tilly is vain, aging, and in need of a good role. She finds this is a new biblical epic directed by Redman (How High, Boricua's Bond). She wants to play the Virgin Mary, but in order to do so, she must sleep with Redman. Yes, the film recognizes how amusing this is.

Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif, The Return of the King, Vlad) and Tiffany need human host so they can transfer themselves out of the dolls. They believe that Tilly and Redman are the perfect hosts. They are also now parents, and trying to figure out what to do with their child. Chucky calls him Glen, and Tiffany calls her Glenda. The big issue is that Glen/Glenda does not want to kill, inspiring Tiffany to give up killing. Chucky is horrified, but agrees to give up killing to please Tiffany, turning the film into a demented family sitcom.

Seed of Chuck has its moments, but it still wears out pretty quickly. Mancini relies on a non-stop parade of yuks and parodies. There is something inherently ridiculous about watching two dolls interact with humans. Mancini knows this, and plays it for all the laughs that he can. It was a smart thing to focus on the comedy more on the horror, because this subject matter is just not scary. Tilly is particularly amusing. She gamely parodies herself, mocking her voice, her weight, and her scenes with Gina Gershon in Bound. It's all pretty thin material, but amusing for what it is.

Haro Rates It: Okay.
1 hour, 27 minutes, Rated R for strong horror violence/gore, sexual content and language.

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