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Seed of Chucky - Unrated & Extended

 

Rating: NR

Distributor: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Release Date: June 7, 2005
Review posted: June 17, 2005

 

Reviewed by Jon Bjorling

 

SYNOPSIS

 

The murderous dolls Chucky and Tiffany are revived by their son, and plot to take new bodies and produce another child.

 

CRITIQUE

 

While I am not a fan of the Child’s Play films, I do admit that the first film is a very good horror film. It has a very high fright factor, which helps disguise the fact that everyone is terrified of a plastic doll.  The series proceeded to slip downhill with Child’s Play’s 2 & 3, neither of which were all that interesting.  1998’s Bride of Chucky brought a little life into the series by adding a good dose of humor into the mix, but even then, it wasn’t enough to fix the film’s flaws.  However, what all these films have in common were that they were all horror films.

 

Seed of Chucky is not.

 

Although it does have the serial killing dolls, the film cannot be classified as a horror film. Seed spends too much of it’s time trying to parody both itself and Hollywood. However, calling the film a comedy would be a misnomer. To be a comedy would imply that there is actually something funny in the film.  The Seed of Chucky is best described as a waste of time.  The film is competently put together, the plot is coherent, but that’s about it.  The story is lazy, the horror is lackluster, and the humor is too few and far between (though there is a great joke on the behalf of Chucky’s child in which he believes he’s Japanese because of a Made in Japan label on his wrist.) But in the end, it just adds up to nothing.

 

The cast is okay, considering the material.  Jennifer Tilly spends the entire film making fun of herself, Redman isn’t bad playing himself, even John Waters has fun in the film.  But things like Ed Wood references (the seed of Chucky is a gender confused doll going by Glen or Glenda – depending on who’s addressing him/her,) and puppet masturbation…well…I could see how it could be funny on paper.

 

If a film about a deranged killer puppet masturbating so he can artificially inseminate an actress in order for her to produce a human child is what you’re looking for, then Seed of Chucky is for you. Otherwise, let this one go.

 

THE VIDEO

 

The video is just a standard transfer. There is no enhancement of image, or is there any noticeable muting of image.  It looks really nice.

 

THE AUDIO

 

The film is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and DTS 5.1 which both sound good.  Nothing special or noteworthy with the presentations, they’re just standard sound mixes.

 

THE EXTRAS

 

Commentary by Don Mancini and Jennifer Tilly: An okay commentary track. There is a good amount of information given.

 

Commentary by Don Mancini and puppet master Tony Gardner: A pretty good technical track, giving a good impression as to how hard it was to make the film.

 

Chucky’s Insider Facts: A subtitle option that gives many different facts about Seed of Chucky and the other Child’s Play films. Not bad.

 

Deleted Scene: First half of a cut sequence in which the Tiffany doll tries as hard as she can to not kill actress Debbie Carrington.  The commentary on the scene is much better than the scene itself.

 

Heeeeeere’s Chucky: An “Interview” with Chucky which includes his “screen tests” for other films. Lame.

 

Family Hell-iday Slide Show: Chucky, Tiffany, and Glen look at slides of their family vacation. Also lame.

 

Tilly on The Tonight Show: A segment of Jay Leno’s show featuring a video “diary” of Jennifer Tilly shooting the film in Romania. Lame, even for Leno.

 

Jennifer Tilly’s Diary: Tilly’s diary on making the film. Eh, whatever.

 

Fuzion Up Close with The Seed of Chucky:  Another faux interview program. Don’t bother.

 

Conceiving the Seed of Chucky: The only real making of feature, which is mostly the usual cast and crew praises of the material.

 

Storyboard to Film Comparisons:  Somewhat interesting, but not really.

 

FINAL THOUGHT

 

Yawn. I think it’s best for Chucky to stay dead after this one.

 

VERDICT: SKIP IT

 

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THE MOVIE

2

THE VIDEO

7

THE AUDIO

7

THE EXTRAS

4

OVERALL

3

 

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