The fourth sequel in the Child’s Play series, many people have found it to be a terrible film, but me, personally, I always found it a very good movie. It is a black comedy, and a good one at that. The spawn of Chucky and Tiffany (introduced in Bride Of Chucky) searches for it’s parents, and discovers them by finding out that Hollywood is making a movie about them. So he gets there and brings them back to life, and in their search to become real humans, they go after actress Jennifer Tilly (who also voices Tiffany).
There are many interesting themes that are at work in the film, mainly the one of taking parental responsibility. Both Chucky and Tiffany are happy to have a child, but with the thing having no sex organs, the conflict grows about whether it’s a boy or a girl, each one calling it Glen or Glenda, after the classic Ed Wood turd. So they try to bond with Glen/Glenda, but it all leads to disastrous consequences. Another theme is that of addiction. Both Chucky and Tiffany have ‘murder’ addiction, and like alcoholism, Tiffany believes it’s a disease. While Chucky keeps his homicidal tendencies in hiding, Tiffany fights it, even calling a help line with the fear of relapse.
It’s not all serious, however. Hell, it’s all done as comedy, and that’s just excellent. The first Child’s Play is a good movie, but I have to admit I prefer the black comedy of these last two films. I just never found Chucky to be scary. There is also a lot of good casting. Brad Dourif and Jennifer Tilly play their famous characters and play them well, and Billy Boyd (from Lord Of The Rings) is a good introduction to the homicidal family as Glen/Glenda. Victims include my hero filmmaker John Waters as a sleazy paparazzi, Redman as a perverted director version of himself, and the cute Hannah Spearritt, who’s set on fire and burned alive, something I wished on her during the time she was a part of S Club 7. All in all, this is a very entertaining film and a better one than you probably think.