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Child's Play 3 (1991)

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"It's been eight years since the events in the second film, we now see that Andy is a teenager who has been enrolled in a military school. Play Pals Toy Company decides to re-release its Good Guys line, feeling that after all this time, the bad publicity has died down. As they re-used old materials, the spirit of Charles Lee Ray once again comes to life. In his search for Andy, Chucky falls into the hands of a younger boy, and he realizes that it may be easier to transfer his soul into this unsuspecting child. Andy is the only one who knows what Chucky is up to, and it's now up to him to put a stop to it."


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Review Date: 15 February 2004 My Rating: out of 5

 

The third film in the series has always been the least favoured, and personally for me anyway, it is the one that I have viewed least over the years. Watching it again recently, I have to say that knowing that this film was allegedly the inspiration for the murder of toddler James Bulger made it quite uneasy to watch.

Set 8 years after part 2, Andy Barclay is now 16 years old and a student at the Kent Military School. Thinking that the negative rumours have indeed died down enough to make a profit, the execs at the Good Guy factory once again decide to manufacture a new line of dolls.

As a cost cutting excercise, the manufacturers use left over materials (which include Chucky's body parts) and once again Chucky returns!!

Trying to get to Andy, Chucky manages to have himself mailed to the military school, but Tyler a young cadet, lonely and desperate for a best friend intercepts that package. Chucky, realising that a kid is an easier target tells Tyler his story and then sets about transferring his soul into Tyler.

Andy discovers the truth and with the help of a female cadet sets about helping Tyler.

Whilst not as frightening as the previous two films, Chucky was cruder here, and the finale in a haunted rollercoaster attraction at a funfair is quite good.

The cast are largely unknown but do a great job, especially a young Justin Whalin (pre- Lois & Clark) who is bang on as Andy. The only downside here is that Chucky had begun to start wisecracking in an attempt to keep up with Freddy Krueger.

OVERALL SUMMARY
Not bad, this film has some real creepy moments but in an attempt to move forward, most of the elements that had worked so well in the previous films are sadly negelected.



Reviewer: Ben Aslett @horrorasylum
Location:UK
Review Date: 31 October 2001 My Rating: out of 5

As is customary in the Child's Play series, Child's Play directly after the last one finished. That is the good thing about this series. No time is wasted and no storyline or plot-thread is forgotten. After Chucky's explosive exit at the end of Child's Play the question arises, How the hell can he be reborn again? Well fear not, he is and in a very creative way. From this triumphant and very satisfying beginning the outlook for this film was looking very promising.

What made it so promising for me was the fact that Alex Vincent was long gone. This film is set eight years after Child's Play so he needed to be replaced with a far more mature actor to fill Andy's shoes. Imagine my disappointment! So in steps Justin Whalin, to play Andy aged . Andy is now out of foster homes and into Military School. I'm not sure what the insentive behind this setting was but it sure made things interesting; the character of Andy is written very well. He is still insecure and still vulnerable. He is still haunted by the memories of Chucky and those memories are still strong in his mind. Justin Whalin's acting wasn't the best and I felt myself beginning to become as annoyed with him as I had Alex Vincent. Still, his role was acceptable. Speaking of irritating cast... yet another kid comes in to the frame. Tyler - played by Jeremy Sylvers - was the perfect character to fill the trying character of young Andy. And once again Chucky seems to be on our side by going after the more frustrating element of the cast. The only thing that wasn't right was the fact that Chucky didn't kill them. Outstanding acting from Travis Fine who played the callous Sheldon gave the school the presence it needed. He got behind his character and showed us how defenseless Andy appeared to be.

Although there wasn't any significance in setting this film within the confines of a Military School, it was just waiting for Chucky to get stuck in. The best part (I have to admit I laughed for hours after the film about this) is when Chucky replaces the paintballs in guns for war games with real bullets. Priceless; absolutely priceless. My only complaint is, Why did they decide to end the film in a fairground? It didn't seem that logical to me. Still, the House of Horror was a more than suitable setting for the final show down. Strange, but it worked.

The writer for the series, Don Mancini, always appeared to have a vision and this shows throughout. The problem with many films is that the writers change and so do the prospects, Child's Play has managed to keep with consistency and keep a film series that doesn't play the audience for fools.

OVERALL SUMMARY
Child's Play well put together - it was the first to get an certificate in the UK, and it shows in more blood a far more foul-mouthed Chucky. It is a more light-hearted watch than the previous installments, however, and nearly as good as the first. Very close.




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