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Bride of Chucky (1998)

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"Chucky hooks up with another murderous doll, the bridal gown-clad Tiffany, for a Route 66 murder spree with their unwitting hosts, two eloping high-school graduates."

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Review Date: 08 June 2004 My Rating: out of 5


Chucky gets lucky. Chucky needs sucky-sucky. It's been a long ten years that sweet old serial killer Charles Lee Ray voodoo'd himself into a small plastic kids doll and that's a hell of a long time with no action. Luckily for Chucky ex-flame Tiffany is on the scene ready to revive him. But all does not go according to Tiff's plan as she discovers her one true love truly wasn't right or ready for marriage and ends up being trapped inside a doll herself. So now it's a race against time to find Ray's corpse before local authorities exhume it.

It had been 7 years before Chucky himself had been revived onto the big screen and it was about time too. Never seen as the one of the scarier films in the past decades but iconically Chucky and his unique sense of blood shedding humour is still as recognisable today as it once was then.

By the time Child's Play 3 came along we had all become aware how this particular franchise was taking a different approach. And it was definitely not taking itself seriously anymore. The inclusion of a sub-title such as 'Look Who's Stalking' gives that impression from the off. So is it a good move? Absolutely - it's no good trying to be scary and not even succeeding so by turning it on its head, putting a spin on all things past and just going with the flow this tongue-in-cheek offering offers more than most. And the fourth instalment does this new direction justice.

It must be satisfying after all these years that the makers of the 'Bride of Chucky' felt confident enough to drop the 'Child's Play' title and just stick with the name of Chucky to give it its identity. Something that has also worked well with director Ronny Yu's other most recent horror offering and revival, 'Freddy vs. Jason'.

But after all this is the film any good? Actually it is. Actually it's pretty slick and it's pretty decent. And all in all it's a great laugh. Good performances from the ensemble cast and it's always refreshing to see how grown Katherine Heigl has become in the cleavage area.

Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown @horrorasylum
Location:Scotland, UK
Review Date: 06 August 2003 My Rating: out of 5

years after the origional 'Child's Play' Director Ronny Yu and writer Don Mancini bring Chucky back to life, and this time he's got company in the form of Chucky's ex girlfriend Tiffany, who after a little tiff (get it?) finds herself murdered and her soul transferred into a little bride doll.

I remember wanting desperately to see this film at the cinema but unfortunately due to a campaign by a national newspaper, the film did not receive a wide release in the UK, and it never made it to the cinemas in my city.

When I did eventually see the movie, I was quite disappointed as I didn't feel that the humour worked particularly well. Chucky, who had scared me witless as a child, was no longer scary. Instead he was a wise-cracking shadow of his former self. It just didn't sit right with me.

Watching it in preparation for the Director's next film (Freddy Vs. Jason as if you didn't know) I have to say I appreciated it more. I had always liked the visual nods to other horror characters in the opening sequence (strangely enough Freddy and Jason are referenced) but must say that the opening sequence did actually creep me out a little bit this time.

The film has an excellent cast and obviously credit must be given to Jennifer Tilly as I couldn't imagine any other actress playing the role now that I've seen her do it. She brings a sense of vulnerability to what is essentially the role of a murderer. All of the cast have great chemistry as friends and lovers (I love Katherine Heigl) and John Ritter and Michael Jhonson are great at playing corrupt cops, but by far the most entertaining cast member is Gordon Michael Woolvet as David the gay friend, although Alexis Arquette was very funny as well.

The kills are very inventive and disgusting and the truck scene even beat Final Destination's bus scene by two years. Ronny Yu and Don Mancini succeed at sending the franchise forward in a new direction and I can't wait to see how Yu handles Freddy and Jason.

An exciting movie with plenty thrills and bloody spills. Will provide you with lots of laughs.

Reviewer: Josh Winning @horrorasylum
Review Date: 31 October 2001 My Rating: out of 5

Given the terrible reputation that surrounds sequels, it's surprising how many good '4' movies there are out there - Alien 4, Halloween 4, Hellraiser 4 (okay, maybe I'm a minority on that last one). And now we can add Child's Play 4 (or Bride of Chucky) to our list of great sequels.

Considering its premise - 'Chucky falls in love and finds his heart' - Bride of Chucky could hardly be seen as horror, but surprisingly there are a number of extremely grisly and gory moments. What shines through - and ultimately makes the movie - however, is the laugh-a-minute humour. There are too many one-liners to count (from Tiffany's 'F*ck Martha Stewart!' to Chucky's 'I am rubber,' after Tiffany suggests he wears one), and there aren't just giggle laughs as the result, but rather great, belly-rolling guffaws. This movie is a perfect example of how well comedy and horror can mesh without belittling either.

Katherine Heigl and Nick Stabile are great screen presences, managing to keep the viewer's attention when needed and convincingly portray innocence of their little stow-aways. The real stars of the movie however, are Brad Dourif (Chucky) and Jennifer Tilly (Tiffany), who make a bizarre couple if there ever was one. The interaction between them is priceless, and their scenes range from the truly hysterical to gruesome beyond belief. Particularly note-worthy is the scene in which Tiffany casually informs Chucky how old par his murder technique is - 'knives are so 80's' - to Chucky's dismay. This self-referential humour (which became tiresome by the last Scream movie) is not only brilliant, but gives rise to some very unique deaths (a scene with the excellent John Ritter was particularly memorable).

In keeping with the 90's post-modern theme there are many pop-culture references made, ranging from the explicit to subtle - a small masterpiece in itself. As well as this, we have Ronny Yu's masterful direction. There are some very memorable, and startling artistic shots. All this just adds to the greatness of the movie.

Perhaps not what people might have expected from one of the most famous horror franchises ever, Bride of Chucky is one hell of a movie. Gags galore (sight and speech) doubled with amazing direction and great performances mark this way above the more unworthy sequels of other franchises. Do I hear 'Chucky 5' being chanted at the movie's ending?...

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