So once again we have survived.

Bride of Chucky

I don’t know why it took me this long, but I’ve finally seen the most recent Chucky picture. This one came out on the tenth anniversary of Die Hard as well as the original Chucky picture so it is very special to me.

As some of you know, over there in Japan they are making cartoons for adults, and what they’re doing with Bride of Chucky is doing the same thing for puppets. I think many adults have always wanted to watch a puppet movie but they were too embarrassed unless it had alot of blood and a respectable brand name like Bride of Chucky.

Bride of ChuckyThis is actually not as much a horror movie though as it is a campy comedy with occasional sadistic murder scenes. It is all very tongue in cheek. I don’t know if the filmatists here realize that Chucky isn’t scary anymore, but they definitely do know that there are some things that are just funny to see puppets do. Like shooting two guns at a time, or getting in a shovel fight, or making out in front of a fireplace. The best scene of the movie is when the girl doll Tiffany spectacularly mutilates and electrocutes a newlywed couple with the simple toss of a champagne bottle, and it impresses Chucky so much that he marries her and then there is a romantic love scene in silhouette. That is why the trailer (which is on the DVD) says “This October, Chucky gets lucky.” I guess it came out in October.

I don’t know what it is about the little bastard. His character is not as scary here and he’s not really likable but he’s still funny to watch. Tiffany has a little more dimension to her as far as killer doll characterization goes, because she is a homicidal maniac but also a true romantic. She offs a couple of swingers for tarnishing the sanctity of the marital institution, and she is genuinely moved by The Bride of Frankenstein which she realizes has strong parallels with her own monstrous type relationship. At the end she gets burnt up and she looks so cool, and you really start to feel sorry for her. I hope she stays burnt in the next one but you know how Hollywood is, stupid fuckers.

If you get the DVD, there are two different commentary tracks. One is Ronny Yu who is the Hong Kong director who did such a good job of making this crazy movie look real pretty. And that is really what is good about this movie, because the story isn’t all that hot and the characters besides Tiffany definitely aren’t very interesting. But there are some nice images like the burnt black Tiffany hobbling through the cemetery or Chucky looking into a gas tank or Jennifer Tilly with an eyeball in her mouth as she sews dead Chucky doll back together, and it’s all very carefully lit and framed to look all beautiful and what not. And you don’t usually get to see this type of poetic type visuals applied to some trashy slasher sequel about killer dolls, so my hat is off to Mr. Ronny Yu for making this all possible. But his track is kind of boring he just keeps talking about how hard it was to use the puppets. Sorry bud, that’s how we do it in america, with puppets. Get used to it.

The other track is Brad Dourif (Oscar nominee, voice of Chucky) and Jennifer Tilly (Oscar nominee, voice of Tiffany) and Don Mancini (producer, writer, creator of Chucky an American institution). These motherfuckers really make it interesting, partly because they get to talk back and forth so maybe it’s not being fair to Ronny. Anyway Jennifer Tilly is much more intelligent than I assumed from her acting and she seems to really like Chucky although she admits she’s only seen part of Child’s Play once on USA. And that in my opinion is what’s wrong with America but that’s another story.

Anyway I highly recommend Bride of Chucky if you like that sort of crap.

VERN has been reviewing movies since 1999 and is the author of the books SEAGALOGY: A STUDY OF THE ASS-KICKING FILMS OF STEVEN SEAGAL, YIPPEE KI-YAY MOVIEGOER!: WRITINGS ON BRUCE WILLIS, BADASS CINEMA AND OTHER IMPORTANT TOPICS and NIKETOWN: A NOVEL. His horror-action novel WORM ON A HOOK will arrive later this year.
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4 Responses to “Bride of Chucky”

  1. Katherine ‘Knocked Up’ Heigel is in this movie. And she’s actually pretty good come to think of it.

  2. I haven’t seen this in almost 10 years but I always thought it was the best of the postmodern self-referential horror movies. Even more than Scream, because this was actually a franchise entry, the idea of having fun with itself and the then-modern horror rebirth was brilliant. Chucky was always more funny than scary so this was the way to go. Also, doll sex.

  3. Part 4 really holds up and I can’t wrap my head around the low IMDb rating that it has. It may be the best looking teen slasher of all time (Thanks to Oscar winning cinematographer Peter Pau). The whole “teen couple suspects each other of being killers” angle is a refreshing idea in the way it plays out over the movi. Tiffany is a great character in the way how she is part sadistic femme fatale psychobitch and part innocent romantic who might have a heart of gold and the bickering between her and Chucky always made me chuckle. And I’m sure Freddy Kruger watched that movie and thought “Aw man, I wish my transition from serious horror to comedy would have went that smooth and self aware.”

    In conclusion: I need the Blu-Ray.

    Because…certain dance scenes need HD hummenahummenahummena

  4. I’ve been noticing a bit of blow-back on this one and SEED. Either it’s fans who are disappointed with the way the series went finally having their say or it was retroactively decided that going funnier was a slap in the face to the deep nuanced mythology previously established in the CHILD’S PLAY universe.

    Vern, I think, is pretty strict on comedy-horror hybrids but there are some horror fans who are down-right militant on them and feel they are an embarrassment. I agree with you though that Chucky had a much better ease into stand-up than Freddy.

    Like when the 90’s BATMAN movie series went from a penguin man driving a rubber duckie mobile trying to murder children to a mad scientist driving an armored truck trying to murder people by freezing them to death.

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