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Seed Of Chucky (2004)

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Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 16

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When the notoriously evil Chucky doll and his lover gave birth, they had no idea that their spawn would grow up to be a peace-loving kind of guy; however, that's exactly what Glen turns out to be: a gentle soul who is horrified at what he has been told about his family. After hearing the news of a film being made about his parents' murderous legacy, Glen sets off for Hollywood, where he promptly brings Chucky and Tiffany back to life. Far from diving into doting fatherhood, Chucky is seriously

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Horror, Comedy

Don Mancini

Jun 7, 2005

$17.0M

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All Critics (84) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (51) | DVD (36)

By far, the most shocking carnage is Tilly carving up her persona. What a doll.

November 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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The film mostly shoots blanks; it's less than the sum of its in-jokes.

November 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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There is one thing that cannot be denied or ignored or downplayed: Jennifer Tilly gives every inch of herself to this movie.

July 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's clear that the "Child's Play" series is dead and buried...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Though saddled with as egregiously silly a feel as its immediate predecessor, Seed of Chucky nevertheless comes off as a somewhat superior sequel...

January 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A gutbucket farce that works better as a lampoon of Hollywood than as a horror movie.

September 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Seed of Chucky is still a great follow-up to Bride and a very cool horror/comedy on it's own.

February 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Dread Central
Dread Central

No one rents or buys a movie like this for its Oscar moments. This is a fun romp of a flick that's going to be fun with a group of friends and a keg.

July 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Trades | Comments (2)
Trades

At least it knows it's bad.

June 26, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Hit-and-miss comedy horror that is often extremely funny, thanks to a splattering of decent gags and an impressive comedy turn from Jennifer Tilly.

May 14, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

It's not very good, but it's great fun.

May 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Easily the best of the five Chucky films, Seed Of Chucky serves up plenty with its sharp satirical edge and Tilly's sensational performance.

January 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Writer-director Don Mancini can't resist turning it into the rankest genre piece.

December 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Either very brave or very stupid for Jennifer Tilly; I was glad to have it end.

December 6, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Não posso deixar de pensar que seria ótimo se Chuky fosse estéril.

December 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Seed of Chucky is so self-referential that despite some inspired madness, it's less a movie than a celebration of its own snarkiness.

November 26, 2004 Full Review

This 90-minute lobotomy scores a few giggles, but only enough to recommend it to friends you never want to speak to again.

November 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Although it does a bang-up job of showcasing Tilly's breasts and some over-the-top gore sequences, this ultracampy entry fails to produce much in the way of chills, thrills, or chuckles.

November 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Installment No. 5 in the once-moribund Child's Play franchise isn't quite the roller coaster from hell that the series' last outing was, but it's surely the most engaging, and, dare I say, emotionally honest.

November 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The film is about as good as could be expected, considering it's the fifth installment and its premise is absurd.

November 20, 2004 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

What do killer dolls use to masturbate?

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

The grisly Seed Of Chucky fails to entertain on any level. Chucky and his family should take a permanent vacation.

November 19, 2004 | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Seed Of Chucky

Horror franchises are invariably subject to the law of diminishing returns. The original Nightmare on Elm Street, Hallowe'en or Friday the 13th were so definitive in their own ways that any sequel couldn't hope to improve upon them, aside from addressing certain technical issues. Even with partial returns to form along the way, these sequels inevitably ended up retreading old ground, even in franchises that didn't start from the top.

The Child's Play franchise seemed to have run its course when Child's Play 3 went straight-to-video, only for Ronny Yu's Bride of Chucky to give it a new lease of life. By abandoning outright horror in favour of self-aware, postmodern horror-comedy, the series successfully embraced its goofier elements and turned them into something disturbingly memorable. Seed of Chucky attempts to carry on where Bride left off, but is far less successful, being ill-thought out and poorly directed.

Playing the postmodern game is a gamble in any genre. Deliberately deconstructing a story, or drawing attention to the artificiality of a given situation, can have the effect of undermining the audience's emotional attachment. The horror genre, like fantasy and sci-fi, relies heavily on the suspension of disbelief: without an audience investing in the characters and their situation, a horror film cannot be scary.

On a narrative level, Seed of Chucky is trying very hard to be Wes Craven's New Nightmare, one of the best instalments of the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Craven's meta-horror explored the boundaries between the characters and the actors that played them, nodding toward the films' often fanatical fanbase and poking fun at the absurdities of the film industry. While not as scary as the original, it managed to be both a successful postmodern exercise and a compelling horror movie in its own right.

The biggest problem facing Seed of Chucky is that Don Mancini is no Wes Craven. While his writing skills are not in doubt (at least on the first Child's Play film), he does not have the directorial skill to pull off something so self-referential. Where Craven directed with intelligence, giving the audience both gore and clever subtext, Mancini is content to go for something much more basic and yet pass it off as being clever. The film isn't pretentious in this regard per se, but it makes disappointingly little out of both its premise and material.

There's always a certain amount of pleasure to be mined from actors playing themselves and taking the mickey. Jennifer Tilly has a lot of screen presence, and film fans will nod approvingly at all the references to Bound (her break-out role with the pre-Matrix Wachowskis). But once the basic gag is out of the way - Tilly is a fading actress who 'dolls herself up' to get a part - the film keeps repeating itself until the concept is neither funny or interesting anymore.

Likewise, many of the horror nods in Seed of Chucky are underused. John Waters is a widely respected figure in cult film circles, and casting the director of Pink Flamingos as a seedy paparatso is a nice touch. But his character doesn't get to do much that is endearing or appealing beyond the confines of the initial joke. It's very much a one-joke role, with Waters quickly mining it for all its worth and then spending the rest of his screen time looking confused.

Seed of Chucky isn't all that scary either, though that isn't entirely surprising. The Child's Play series was never an out-and-out frightener, with even the first and best instalment having goofy tendencies and a pretty silly set-up. But while Bride of Chucky made its humour dark enough to give the title character some threat, Seed of Chucky is completely ramshackle, with its few scary moments not being properly supported by the surrounding plot.

Gorehounds will probably find something to enjoy in the numerous grissly death scenes, which are technically accomplished from a props and make-up perspective. The deaths vary in their level of comedic inventiveness, with the disembowling at the dinner table probably being the most memorable. But as far as suspense or terror is concerned, there's nothing in Seed of Chucky which comes together; the horrific moments are sporadic and don't escalate in any particularly successful fashion.

The comedy of Seed of Chucky is equally hit-and-miss. On top of its botched self-awareness, many of the character jokes are laboured. The whole discussion about Glen's gender quickly becomes tired, with the Ed Wood reference being run into the ground and the pay-off with Glen's cross-dressing being unsatisfying. The running jokes about Glen weeing himself through fear are better than the similar gags in Garbage Pail Kids, but that's about as far from a ringing endorsement as one can get.

Most of the funny moments come from the ridiculous nature of a given situation. The film does go the whole hog when it comes to Chucky and Tiffany's preposterous plan to regain human form, particularly when it comes to getting Tilly pregnant. Brad Dourif has always done black comedy very well, as evidenced through his subsequent work with Werner Herzog. And having never shared a scene together in The Lord of the Rings (save in the extended cut of The Return of the King), it's nice to see him and Billy Boyd interacting here.

For all its funny moments, however, Seed of Chucky never becomes any more than a collection of poorly-assembled bits. It never gets to grips with its storyline beyond what is needed for a given scene to pay off, nor can it really decide whether it wants to satirise the film business or just use it as a plot device. There have been many worse horror films and worse films about the film businesses, but there are few horror-comedies which are this actively episodic.

The film also comes up short from a visual standpoint. Bride of Chucky was shot by Peter Pau, who went on to win an Oscar for his work on the brilliant Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. He retained many of the signature touches of Child's Play while bringing a more tongue-in-cheek sensibility to the lighting. This film, on the other hand, is lensed by Vernon Layton, who shot the equally disappointing Blackball, featuring Paul Kaye and Johnny Vegas.

Like Blackball, Seed of Chucky has a tacky feel to it which works against Mancini's efforts to make us like the characters. The colour palette is far too plastic and glossy to be a proper black comedy or horror film, with the choice of colours and angles lending themselves more to American Pie or the Wayans brothers. Put simply, it feels cheap, and looks far too mainstream to cut it as a proper Chucky movie.

Seed of Chucky is a disappointing sequel which is neither funny nor scary enough to hold a candle to its predecessor. For all the moments which produce a shudder from the gore or a snigger from the jokes, it ultimately never makes as much of its premise as it really should. It's not an unmitigated disaster, and there are many worse horror sequels, but it will leave both fans and newcomers feeling short-changed.
August 23, 2014
Daniel Mumby
Daniel Mumby

Super Reviewer

The script continue to be poor and amateur, but Seed of Chucky is great to watch. Very funny entertainment with a new interesting character: Glen (the title character), that present surprising question to his parents. Brad Dourif as Chucky, continue to make a great acting voice to this movie.
January 12, 2014
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

This film makes no sense. The reason each character in this film returns is all kind of cynical and really got on my nerves throughout the picture. I honestly cannot find much about this film that I enjoyed rather than a few funny moments with their offspring "Glen or Glenda." "Seed of Chucky" has no idea what kind of film it wants to be and it is not scary even in the slightest. I felt like I was watching a dark sitcom about a family of dolls who murder people. This is not what a Chucky movie is supposed to be, nor any horror film for that matter. In the end, I will, as will everyone, forget about this film entirely, or just enough to explain to people how bad it is. It's not the worst Chucky instalment, but it's pretty damn bad.
October 20, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Chucky: What's so great about being human? You get sick! You get old! As a doll, I'm infamous! I am Chucky! The killer doll! 

"Fear The Second Coming"

Seed of Chucky is such a bad movie. What was once a good idea for a fun spoof is now devoid of anything cool or original. Sure, their still using the initial idea. Their spoofing the slasher genre by using killer dolls. There's tons of references to films like Psycho and The Shining; but the major film spoofed here is Glen & Glenda. Why you would want to spoof an Ed Wood movie is beyond me, but the result is Seed of Chucky, and that is not a good thing at all. 

I liked the original, but by now the franchise had grown dull and lifeless. This film tries to be funny, and maybe it will get a few chuckles out of you. On the whole though, it is just a waste of time. The movie is obvious and seems like it was written by a fucked up twelve year old. You can feel how the director tried to pull a full length movie out of content that didn't deserve it. It comes in at a whopping 80 minutes, and even with such a short runtime; it feels stretched out and overlong. 

Seed of Chucky is more annoying than it is clever. The initial idea for the original worked because of the cleverness of the character. What happens when you extend the life of any horror film character, is that the initial cleverness is lost and all of the characters traits become predictable norms. This movie isn't worth your time. You may have really liked the first couple and maybe you were able to bear "Bride", but this one just pushes the franchise off of a cliff. 
June 4, 2012
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Melvin White

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    1. Chucky: Glen?
    2. Glen: Guess again, daddy...
    3. Chucky: Glenda?
    – Submitted by Yeiglin E (6 months ago)
    1. Chucky: No. You decided, just like you decided our son was a girl.
    2. Tiffany: He is a girl.
    3. Chucky: He is a boy godamnit and he is the most promising killer I have ever seen.
    – Submitted by Patryk G (2 years ago)
    1. Chucky: Do you know how that can fuck with your mind, fuck with your mind, fuck with your mind.
    – Submitted by Patryk G (2 years ago)
    1. Glen: But, isn't violence bad?
    2. Chucky: No, son. 'Violins.' Violins are bad. That screeching music is gonna ruin the goddamn country!
    – Submitted by Wes S (2 years ago)
    1. Chucky: He looks like the kid fell off the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.
    – Submitted by Wes S (2 years ago)
    1. Glen: I don't know much about myself. I know I'm an orphan. I know I'm a freak. And, of course, I know that I'm Japanese.
    – Submitted by Wes S (2 years ago)
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