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A still from Bride of Chucky (1998)

Bride of Chucky

1998 | CanadaUnited States | 89 min
  • Chucky
  • Chucky and His Bride
  • Child's Play 4: Bride of Chucky
  • Child's Play 4
  • Watched on Sun Apr 18, 2021 via Blu-ray (2017 | Universal Studios | Chucky: The Complete 7-Movie Collection)
    C-: 3 stars (out of 5)

    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.

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