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Bride of Chucky

1998 | United StatesCanada | 89 min | More...
A still from Bride of Chucky (1998)
C-: 2.5 stars (out of 5)
on Sun Apr 18, 2021

A post-Scream reboot that turns up the meta-humor and turns down the horror.

Jennifer Tilly plays Chucky’s former girlfriend, Tiffany. It’s taken her ten years to track down his doll-form, which she stitches back together and revives with the help of a Voodoo for Dummies book. Some plot happens, trapping her in a doll as well. The pair scheme to make their way to New Jersey, where an amulet can free them from their plastic bodies. Getting there proves a challenge. Enter a teen couple played by Katherine Heigl and Nick Stabile.

I appreciated the nods to assorted horror films, the dynamic visual style, and the script’s willingness to diverge from the series formula. But like most post-Scream slashers, it lacks edge. The teens resemble stars, not ordinary kids. The violence proves tame, not shocking. It’s wink-wink entertainment devoid of any disturbing undercurrent.

To that end, it works. But we’re four films in and they haven’t cracked the killer doll formula.

Viewing History

    Watched on
    Sun Apr 18, 2021 via Blu-ray (2017 | Universal Studios | Chucky: The Complete 7-Movie Collection)