BRIDE OF CHUCKY. 1998. DIRECTED BY RONNY YU. STARRING JENNIFER TILLY, BRAD DOURIF, KATHERINE HEIGL, NICK STABILE, ALEXIS ARQUETTE AND JOHN RITTER. REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. ©
The original Chucky film- CHILD’S PLAY- is one of my favourite horror films of all time. It’s a more than worthy addition to the canon of superb horror movies containing instantly recognisable icons such as Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Freddie Krueger, Pinhead and Leatherface. Every one of these films is a solid gold horror classic.
The first Chucky movie tells the story of how psycho killer Charles Lee Ray, Chucky for short, gets gunned down by the law but doesn’t exactly die, as such. Instead, he uses voodoo magic to transfer his soul into the nearest available body. As he’s in a toy-store at the time, the nearest available body just so happens to be that of a doll. A cute-as-a-button, ‘talking’ boy doll who ends up creating holy havoc, not to mention blue murder, in the home of the little tyke for whom he’s bought as a gift.
The story has moved on a bit since then. BRIDE OF CHUCKY is the fourth instalment in the black comedy/horror series. Jennifer Tilly turns in a terrific performance as Tiffany, Charles Lee Ray’s trashy ex-girlfriend/accomplice who wants her murderous lover back. She digs up his remains and brings him back to life using the same kind of voodoo that turned him into a doll in the first place.
Long story short, the rejuvenated Chucky doll kills Tiffany and puts her soul into the body of a girl doll, just to show her how awful it’s been for him. Tiffany as a doll is sexy and feisty and twisted and super-high maintenance, much like the real Tiffany, haha. The two dolls alternately bitch at each other and get kissy-kissy with each other, depending on how the mood takes them. As a couple, they’re fantastic but also, sadly, as toxic as… well, the most toxic thing you can think of. Their voices are fantastic, by the way.
I’d be happy if the film were all about the two dolls and no-one else. There’s a couple of annoying teens in it too, though, Jesse and Jade. Chucky and Tiffany need the pair to drive them to Hackensack, New Jersey, so that they can lay their rubbery hands on an amulet that was buried with Charles Lee Ray’s body.
They need said amulet for a spell that will help them return to their human forms. Jesse and Jade aren’t too happy about their psychotic, pint-sized passengers, but what can they do about it…? Not much, as the wee dollies are giving the orders from behind the barrel of a gun…
Stand-out scenes include the dolls having sex- yes, actual sex…!- and Chucky’s hilarious murder of Tiffany’s Goth lover, Damien. I also loved the scenes starring John Ritter as Jade’s strict uncle, police chief Warren, because I’ve always liked John Ritter in anything I’ve seen him in. His final scenes in this film are particularly gruesome. Oh, and the ending is both grotesque and delicious simultaneously and paves the way neatly for… Ooops, I’ve said too much! Better stop there, so…
BRIDE OF CHUCKY isn’t as good as the original CHILD’S PLAY, but only because nothing ever really could be. It’s good, filthy-dirty fun, though, and the dolls are quite simply adorable, albeit in a foul-mouthed, over-sexed kind of way. On the back of the DVD box, it says that the film is perfect viewing for a Saturday night. Well, I watched it on a Friday night and it was still good crack, as we say here in Ireland. Whatever night of the week you choose to watch it, you’ll enjoy it. Guaranteed.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY OF SANDRA HARRIS.
Sandra Harris is a Dublin-based performance poet, novelist, film blogger, sex blogger and short story writer. She has given more than 200 performances of her comedy sex-and-relationship poems in different venues around Dublin, including The Irish Writers’ Centre, The International Bar, Toners’ Pub (Ireland’s Most Literary Pub), the Ha’penny Inn, Le Dernier Paradis at the Trinity Inn and The Strokestown Poetry Festival.
Her articles, short stories and poems have appeared in The Metro-Herald newspaper, Ireland’s Big Issues magazine, The Irish Daily Star, The Irish Daily Sun and The Boyne Berries literary journal. In August 2014, she won the ONE LOVELY BLOG award for her (lovely!) horror film review blog. She is addicted to buying books and has been known to bring home rain-washed tomes she finds on the street and give them a home.
She is the proud possessor of a pair of unfeasibly large bosoms. They have given her- and the people around her- infinite pleasure over the years. She adores the horror genre in all its forms and will swap you anything you like for Hammer Horror or JAWS memorabilia. She would also be a great person to chat to about the differences between the Director’s Cut and the Theatrical Cut of The Wicker Man. You can contact her at:
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