Bride of Chucky

1998

Bride of Chucky

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This horror film, directed by Ronnie Yu, marked a return (after an eight-year lapse) of Chucky and the Child's Play series that began in 1988. At the moment of his death, the spirit of former serial killer Charles Lee Ray was mystically relocated in the doll Chucky (voice of Brad Dourif). After being salvaged from the evidence morgue by his ex-girlfriend Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) and a corrupt cop, Chucky is put back in action when Tiffany sews his pieces back together and works a voodoo spell to revive his sinister self. Tiffany sees her dreams of marriage aren't working out, so she keeps Chucky locked away. After an escape, Chucky electrocutes Tiffany by pushing a radio into the bathtub, delivering a chant that puts the spirit of Tiffany into a bridal figurine. Chucky's amulet can switch them back into their original human forms, so they head for New Jersey where the amulet is buried -- putting cops in motion, along with car-crash carnage. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

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  • Dec 28, 2018
    I'm so sorry, ladies and gents, if I had known, I would not have watched this. This isn't something I would condone in any way, form or fashion. If you think I'm talking about the movie, you would be incorrect. I'm actually talking about Katherine Heigl. I do not like Katherine Heigl at all. Though, to be fair, my disdain for her has subsided in the years when she was more famous. It's not that I have an issue with her as an actress, I think she's fairly decent, and maybe even solid, as an actress. It's just that she seemed to be a major asshole who was impossible to work with. I'm just going by the controversies surrounding her exit from Grey's Anatomy and, basically, shitting on the show after she opted out of the Emmy race when said the material she received for the show didn't warrant Emmy consideration. And her comments about Knocked Up being sexist in their portrayal of female characters. Those comments were especially funny when, after appearing in Knocked Up, 27 Dresses and The Ugly Truth came out, both movies being far more sexist than Knocked Up, particularly the latter. Regardless, I didn't really like her at the time, now I'm fine with her. I talked way too fucking much about Katherine Heigl for a film where, while she's one of the only major human characters in the film, she's really not that important. It's fucking Chucky finding a wife, who used to be with him while he was alive and, you know, still human and the hi-jinks that they get up to. The Child's Play franchise is kind of interesting to me in that I find the modern movies (Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky) to be better than the older flicks. And I think that a lot of people might find that blasphemous, at least fans of the franchise, but I really do believe that. I find that the reason for that is the fact that there's a sense of progression to these newer movies. There's an actual overarching storyline. I suppose you could make the argument that the original trilogy has that, with Andy being the main character through the first two movies. That's not what I mean because, essentially, those movies just boiled down to Chucky just wanting to kill Andy, there wasn't any real progression or 'growth'. The new movies, on the other hand, don't have that. And I think it works well because, at least until now, the newer movies have focused on a different cast of characters with one constant being Nica, whom Chucky wants to transfer his soul into, finally getting back that human body he's been so desperate for all this time. The way Cult of Chucky movie ended seemed to hint at a continuation for our characters and, honestly, I like that a lot more than I like these stand-alone movies in the franchise. Because, again, you feel like you're watching a story progress through multiple movies, not just self-contained experiences. And I think that's a lesson they learned from the MCU. I'm not saying that the new Chucky movies are as ambitious or as complex as the MCU, but they've borrowed some of that world-building and consistency in characters throughout each installment in the franchise. With that said, of course, the character of Tiffany, first introduced in this movie, has endured as a character into the rebooted flicks. This is interesting, however, in that I don't remember Tiffany ever turning back into a human. Chucky killed her pretty dead in this movie. I'm not even gonna delete the previous sentence out as, in Seed of Chucky, Jennifer Tilly played herself in the movie and, of course, Tiffany transferred her soul into Jennifer's body (unintended horror pun, but it works perfectly). Tiffany transferred her soul into the body of a woman that voices her in both movies, how's that for fucking meta??? Anyway, let's move on to this movie, shall we? Part of me really wanted to like this movie, I just love the idea of Chucky finding a doll girlfriend (whom he help turned into the doll to begin with, by viciously murdering her) and them arguing with each other back and forth for one reason or another. I just find the concept intriguing and the potential for comedy is there. I think this is the movie where Chucky more openly embraced the comedic side, but the undertones were there. I mean it's a fucking doll, who's a fucking asshole to boot, going around and killing people. What's not to fucking like, right??? However, I just find that the movie is kind of weirdly paced and, to me, outside of some scenes, doesn't really make full use of its potential for comedy. Perhaps it's not comedy gold, but there's a lot of potential here. I think things get bogged down too much by introducing Jade and Jesse as characters. These two are important, of course, as Chucky and Tiffany wanna transfer their souls into their bodies. But, honestly, I don't find them to be that interesting as characters and they sort of take away from the focus of Chucky and Tiffany. If they were gonna be as big a part of the film as they were, at least make them interesting. They're just teenage lovers that run away to get hitched with Chucky and Tiffany riding with them (Jesse was paid to deliver the dolls to New Jersey by Tiffany). I do, however, like the idea of Tiffany and Chucky killing anyone who gets in their way, all the while Jesse and Jade blame each other for the killings. Perhaps I don't like the latter part as much as just Jesse and Jade being totally oblivious to everything that's going on around them, but at least it gives the characters something to do than to just been seen as bland Bonnie and Clyde, as they're being framed as serial killers. Another problem that I have is that the film seems to sort of rush to its climax when, honestly, I felt more should have been done with these characters. I stopped this movie at about 64 minutes in (the movie runs for 88 minutes with credits) and it just felt like the movie still had much more to go before it ended. And I suppose there's something to the phrase 'leave them wanting more', since I did, but I don't think they did it in a way where that felt satisfying. The ending of Infinity War, as many issues as I had with it, left you eagerly anticipating Endgame. They gave you a great movie and, at the same time, left you chomping at the bit for more. It's not that case for this movie, I was left wanting more because I felt the movie could have reached a higher level than it did (it was just average, to me). Brad Dourif is still fucking great as Chucky. It sucks that he doesn't get the credit he deserves for his work as the character, at least outside of horror circles, because his voice really is kind of iconic at this point and his evil laugh is tremendous. He busts it out a few times here, one of them was for something that didn't even really require an evil laugh. The character of Tiffany is a great addition to the franchise, but I just don't think they did as much as they could have with what they had on their hands. That's just me, of course, your opinion will most likely vary. This is not a bad movie, not even close, it made me laugh in some parts and the horror is decent, even if it's kind of outdated by modern standards, I just don't feel it's a good movie. And that makes me sad, because I was really looking forward to watching this again as I saw this when I was ten-years-old in the theaters (my mother is a saint). Regardless I feel like this is gonna be the movie that most fans refer to as their favorite, I don't know why. I wouldn't recommend it, but I got through it easily and got some entertainment along the way. Shame that it wasn't consistent.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2014
    After the well had seemingly run dry after 'Child's Play 3', 'Bride of Chucky' is a meta-horror reinvention of the killer doll franchise. Injecting the series with the contemporary elements of copious Fangoria gore (the Pinhead moment is stupendous), a headbanger Rob Zombie-contributed soundtrack, an exuberant Hong Kong director (Ronny Yu) and a spangly sense of humor (Chucky summarizes that "If this were a movie, it would take two or three sequels to do it justice."), 'Bride of Chucky' is exactly the cocktail that the Lilliputian murderer necessitated. The nasally vocal work from Jennifer Tilly compliments the acid-tongued grouchiness of Brad Dourif. Squabbling over Martha Stewart recipes and monogamy, the domestication-via-relationship satire is an absolutely hilarious contrast and it is overt that improvisation was used for the scenes between the Tiffany and Chuck puppets. It should be noted that the expressive animatronics have dramatically ameliorated since the 1988 original and the movements look effortlessly fluid. The rules around the soul transference with the voodoo amulet are now jettisoned mostly but, within the genre-bending confines of Don Mancini's lampooning script, it is appropriate to violate canon. The film concludes on a tawdry jab at sequel-bait with the birth of Chucky's spawn. Even the presence of Katherine Heigl can't derail this spirited successor.
    Cory T Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2014
    Jennifer Tilly is the Bride of Chucky in this post-modern horror revival of the Child's Play series. In this chapter the former girlfriend of serial killer Charles Lee Ray, Tiffany, rebuilds and re-ensouls Chucky, who then transfers her soul into a doll. Co-starring Katherine Heigl, Alexis Arquette, and John Ritter, the casting isn't that bad; but their performances aren't very good. However, Tilly's charisma carries the film and gives new life to the series with her character of Tiffany. Additionally, the comedy really plays up the silliness and camp, which works rather well. Still, while this change in direction is refreshing and fun, Bride of Chucky is not a good movie.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2012
    The one of most funny and entertaining sequel of Chucky franchise. Still, the screenplay is a little amateur and poor. But as a good fan, I doesn't care so much, it's a great time of see this sequel.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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