Child's Play 2 (1990)
Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.
A derivative rehashing of its predecessor (which itself owes a heavy debt to Trilogy of Terror), this sequel details the plight of young Andy (Alex Vincent), who in the previous film narrowly escaped losing his soul to make room for devil-doll Chucky (voice of Brad Dourif). Possessed by the spirit of serial killer Charles Lee Ray, Chucky had coveted Andy's body as a replacement for his own plastic shell... which ended up beaten and burned beyond recognition. At this film's outset, Andy's mom has suffered a nervous breakdown as a result of the prior human-vs.-doll battle, and Andy has been taken to a foster home. In the meantime, the makers of Good Guys dolls decide to reconstruct the scrappy little toy, hoping to prove the doll's harmlessness and sway public opinion. Alas, this is a major horror-movie no-no, and Chucky staggers obnoxiously back to life, with a renewed interest in body-swapping with Andy. Not awful as horror sequels go, this follows the standard horror-franchise formula (such as upping the gore quotient with each sequel) but manages to throw in a few appreciable scares, particularly at the climax (which echoes that of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining). … More
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Critic Reviews for Child's Play 2
Only in the highly orchestrated, surprisingly gory climax, wherein Chucky's plastic form takes on the sins of the flesh, is there a spark of originality.
An inevitable sequel that's not as good as its progenitor, but better than most movies with the numbers 2 through 8 in their titles.
In embracing its identity as a tacky horror movie, and totally scrapping the murder mystery angle that made the original so wobbly, it manages to be a darn sight more fun to watch.
Audience Reviews for Child's Play 2
It only took one movie for Chucky to be hobbled by the high-wire act of balancing malevolence and wisecracking. In the inferior, kitschy 'Child's Play 2', Chucky undergoes a complete Freddy Krueger remodeling and he lobs postmortem jokes ad nauseum ("You've been veeeerrry naughty, Miss Kettlewell!") to the point where he is more a standup comedian than an unstoppable force. The myopic disbelief of Andy's foster parents is especially aggravating for the viewers because their behavior towards him becomes cruel and we are stuck in a loop of Andy claiming Chucky is alive to everyone's chagrin. The child-in-peril climax in the toy factory is opalescent but it is definitely manipulative with Chucky nearly stabbing Andy with his new knife extremity. Suddenly, the deaths are more fatuous than before (a cheesy electrocution, doll eyes violently inserted into a maintenance man, Chucky's Mr. Creosote explosion, etc.). I know part 3 is viewed as the weakest in the original trilogy but I firmly believe 'Child's Play 2' was the tipping point in quality.
Going into "Child's Play 2," you definitely need to realize that these films are only going to get cheesier and you have to be in it for the entertainment value rather than a good story or reason for Chucky's return, because it really doesn't make sense if you think hard about it. This film follows Chucky as he is rebuilt by the company in order to study, but what they don't intend is to have the soul come back with him and go back to terrorizing Andy. It's a very schlocky film with laughable screenwriting and ham-handed actors, but it's fun when it needs to be. The last 30 minuets is extremely enjoyable and reminds you why you have been a fan of the series after the first film. it's nothing special, but it get's the job done.
[My predicted rating 2]
I would have to say that Child's Play 2 was probably more entertaining than the first, not a great film, but watchable as part of the series.
Child's Play 2 Quotes
|Chucky:||Come on! Step on it!|
|Kyle:||Fine, we'll just get pulled over again.|
|Chucky:||Just shut up & drive!|
|Chucky:||Goddamn women drivers!|
|Chucky:||You've been very naughty Miss Kettlewell.|
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