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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.
Too much effort went towards giving Chucky life in this film, while other things like the writing, acting, and direction were left for dead.
The mystique might have faded, but the psychopathic Chucky is still an apt threat.
...a surprisingly effective sequel that's sure to please fans of this ongoing series.
maybe i'm crazy but i liked it alot
A Hip, equally satisfying sequel...Chucky's badder than ever!
Entirely standard sequel fare. Fans of the first one will be entertained on an infrequent basis.
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.
There are a few solid gore effects and surprising kills, but Chucky is an absolutely shit villain. Do people actually LIKE Brad Dourif's overwrought, unclever voice performance? Inconceivable. The complete lack of atmosphere and overblown 90s horror lighting destroy any scares Child's Play 2 might have earned, but there are some vaguely interesting things to get out of its treatment of child abandonment and displacement of fear. Far be it from me to expect any sort of cerebral experience from a slasher about a doll, but it's evident that a degree of thought DID go into this, which makes its overall failure as a horror film all the more disappointing.
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