D: Don Mancini
Rogue (David Kirschner & Corey Sienega)
US 🇺🇸 2004
W: Don Mancini
DP: Vernon Layton
Ed: Chris Dickens
Mus: Pino Donaggio
Jennifer Tilly (herself / voice of Tiffany), Brad Dourif (voice of Chucky), Billy Boyd (voice of Glen / Glenda), Redman (himself), Hannah Spearritt (Joan)
The fifth Child’s Play movie delves deeper into black comedy territory and further away from horror as it goes full meta with this follow-up to the surprisingly decent 1998 film Bride Of Chucky.
Jennifer Tilly stars a fictionalised version of herself, struggling to land that dream role as the serial killing dolls Chucky and Tiffany are resurrected by their son, also a doll, so he can understand further why he keeps having violent dreams.
At this point in the saga, far too much heavy lifting has to be done with the suspension of disbelief, and even the film knows that it’s going too far with this and merely tries to have fun with it as best it can, unfortunately it’s just a film too far for Chucky.
Further sequels followed, all direct to home media.
CHILD'S PLAY (15)
D: Lars Klevberg
Universal/Orion/BRON Creative (David Katzenberg & Seth Grahame-Smith)
USA/Canada 🇺🇸 🇨🇦 2019
W: Tyler Burton Smith [based on the 1988 screenplay by Don Mancini]
DP: Brendan Uegama
Ed: Tom Elkins & Julia Wong
Mus: Bear McCreary
Gabriel Bateman (Andy Barclay), Mark Hamill (voice of Chucky), Aubrey Plaza (Karen Barclay), Brian Tyree Henry (Det. Mike Norris), Tim Matheson (Henry Kaslan), Ty Consiglio (Pugg), Beatrice Kitsos (Falyn)
Of all the films that could have been served with a remake or "reboot", Child's Play is one choice that really doesn't make a lot of sense, especially since the original series is still churning out sequels, albeit to the home media market rather than the big screen.
In fairness, this is a very loose remake, keeping the names of the principal characters but shelving the central plot point of a doll possessed by the soul of a serial killer. Instead, the Chucky doll in this version is intended as a home companion that can interact with other technology, but the A.I. malfunctions and goes rogue.
This theme, if done as an original film could have been a decent satire about the dependence of technology in the modern age and what could happen if it did turn against us, but by trying to tie this into the Child's Play films, it does this idea a great disservice.
I wouldn't consider the original films to be classics of the horror genre, but they're all reasonably good fun, if a little throwaway, and the first film holds up especially well, mostly due to the menacing vocal performance of Brad Dourif and the design of the doll.
In this version, Mark Hamill takes over the vocal work, and he doesn't do a bad job, but the design of the doll is so awful, that it robs the film of any tension and makes it more of a spoof than anything even resembling horror.
Some of the Child's Play sequels were a bit ropey, but they look like cinema classics beside this.