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?...