Saturday, April 8, 2017

Seed of Chucky (2004): Mini-Review

The fifth installment of the Chucky franchise is a decent entry but doesn't really stay true to the roots of the series. The 4th film started the slide into comedy, but this one, directed by Don Mancini, goes all the way.

Jennifer Tilly joined the franchise in the fourth movie as well, and she stars in this one. She is great as always and it definitely one of the highlights of the series in my book.

Brad Dourif also returns as the voice of Chucky and is fantastic as always.

For some reason, a lot of horror franchises in this era had films starring rappers. Halloween H20 had LL Cool J, Halloween: Resurrection had Busta Rhymes, and Seed of Chucky has Redman.

There is a significant subplot involving Redman playing himself and directing a movie that Jennifer Tilly, also as herself, is trying to get a role in. It's pretty funny that the role is for the Virgin Mary.

Tilly playing herself adds a bit of a meta quality and a convenient way for her to still appear in the flesh despite the events of the previous film. John Waters also appears in a small role and it's always entertaining seeing him, but it did feel a bit random.

The film centers around Chucky and Tiffany's child named Glen, while also going by Glenda at times in a fun reference to the classic B-movie Glen or Glenda. The character is pretty goofy and I'm not sure how I feel about his design.

Also, there's a lame bit about Britney Spears that feels out of place and seemed just to be an attempt at referencing someone in pop culture.

Seed of Chucky only has a 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but this isn't surprising as somewhat silly horror films like these usually don't get great reviews. The IMDB rating is a bit better at 4.9 out of 10.

Overall the film is entertaining and has quite a few funny moments. If you liked the previous films in the series, you'd probably enjoy this one. Just keep in mind it's much more like the 4th than the original trilogy.

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