Chucky: The Complete Collection - Seed of Chucky Blu-ray Review
Written by James Ferguson
Blu-ray released by Universal Studios
Written and directed by Don Mancini
2004, Region A, 88 minutes, Not Rated
Blu-ray released on October 8th, 2013
Brad Dourif as Chucky
Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany / Herself
Billy Boyd as Glen / Glenda
Redman as Himself
Hannah Spearritt as Joan
John Waters as Pete Peters
After taking the Child's Play franchise in an interesting and very different direction with Bride of Chucky, it made sense for the filmmakers to milk every possible dime they could from this new idea. Thus Seed of Chucky was born, and I really wish it had died in child birth. This is the Scary Movie 4 of the Child's Play series.
Bride of Chucky left the door wide open for a sequel with a cliffhanger ending. Spoilers ahoy if you haven't seen it, but the flick ends with Tiffany's plastic body dying in a graveyard when suddenly a spiky-toothed creature bursts forth from her womb and tears the throat out of a nearby man. Of course! Despite the fact that they are toys, Tiffany and Chucky had unprotected sex and produced an offspring. There's a lesson about safe sex in here somewhere.
Anyway, the kid grows up for a few years thinking he was Japanese (Get it? Because his wrist says “Made in Japan”! This is just the first of many awful jokes that were to come.) and hanging out in a traveling freakshow as a ventriloquist's dummy. He's going by the name Shitface, too.
Meanwhile, Hollywood is producing a film based on the events of Bride of Chucky. Since movie magic is so advanced, they have some pretty realistic replicas of Chucky and Tiffany. When Shitface sees this on TV, he somehow makes his way across the entire country to California and reads the words on the voodoo amulet he found on him when he was born. Boom! Chucky has been brought back to life for the fifth time.
What follows is a horrendous parody of a family sitcom as Chucky and Tiffany argue whether Shitface (now named Glen or Glenda) is a boy or a girl and try to become parents. They do this while scheming to take over the body of Jennifer Tilly, who is playing Tiffany in the film adaptation. The pair argue over boring household things while Glen struggles to accept that his parents are murderers. Glen has no redeeming qualities and isn't the least bit interesting. The joke is that he's timid and scared of everything to the point of wetting his pants on a regular basis, while his mother and father are psychopaths. In case you couldn't figure it out, this is bashed over your head several times throughout the movie.
You know when someone takes a joke too far and just keeps at it, trying to make it funny? Family Guy does this crap all the time. That's the entire movie. It's unfunny gag after unfunny gag and it never ends.
Jennifer Tilly is the one saving grace in Seed of Chucky. She plays herself when she's not voicing Tiffany and has a real tongue-in-cheek outlook on her career. She's a real trooper to go through some of the scenes in the film, which have her sneaking candy bars as she cheats on her diet and willing to sleep her way into a major film role. She's not above the bizarre though. A major plot point of the film has her getting artificially inseminated with Chucky's semen using an actual turkey baster.
Unfortunately, Tilly couldn't carry the entire flick. Everyone else is busy chewing the scenery. It really looks like the filmmakers received approval to do a Bride of Chucky sequel and thought of who they wanted to work with first, then cobbled together something that resembles a plot around that. The only celebrities that answered the call were John Waters and Redman, both of which play caricatures of themselves to an extent. Redman's “character” is producing a big screen version of the Bible and Tilly wants to be considered for the role of Mary. When describing the project, Redman says “I have a vision for Mary and what can I say? She gots ta be hot.” Ugh.
Seed of Chucky is nothing short of a disappointment. The filmmakers took whatever good will they earned with Bride and ran it into the ground. As with Child's Play 3, it took some time before Chucky was able to rebound from this debacle. I just hope that Glen has nothing to do with future plans for the franchise.
Video and Audio:
Despite the flaws of the film, it looks pretty good. The HD transfer is clean without any noticeable blurriness or issues. The audio is clear.
Somehow the worst film in this set got the most special features. These were all recycled from the DVD version from a few years back, so there's nothing new. There are two feature length commentaries, one with writer / director Don Mancini and Puppet Master Tony Gardner, the other with Mancini and Jennifer Tilly. (No Brad Dourif this time around.) Featurettes include a brief spoof called "Heeeeere's Chucky", "Conceiving the Seed of Chucky", and "FuZion Up Close with the Seed of Chucky Stars". There's also a “Slashed Scene commentary" with Mancini and Debbie Carrington, Tilly's appearance on The Tonight Show, and a comparison of the storyboards to the final film.
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