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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Child's Play 2 (1990) - John Lafia


Chucky is an amazing horror movie protagonist. He is just so versatile. A character that the audience is both terrified and entertained by. Brad Dourif is unmistakeable as the voice of the psychotic Good Guys doll. It's another movie that I am used to seeing in the horror section at Blockbuster. The tag line, 'Sorry Jack, Chucky's Back' is a daunting line that haunted my dreams for years. 

After the events of the first film, Andy's mother is locked away in an asylum. Andy himself is placed into foster care. Hopefully it's an environment that can help him forget about the horrors that he sustained at the hands of his doll, Chucky. Not helping matters, the Good Guys corporation wants to keep the doll in circulation. They actually recreate the Chucky doll and get some deadly results. Now Chucky is back and needs Andy to play Hide the Soul!

I like that they explore the lore and magic of the series a bit more. We get to see what it's like when Charles Lee Ray stays inside of the Good Guy's doll for so long. We get a good idea of why Chucky is hunting Andy. Chucky starts to bleed and then actually forms, what looks like a complex set of intestines and veins. He is becoming more human. Weird. 

Child's Play 2 was actually a lot better than I expected it to be. This movie is bigger and grander than its predecessor. Chucky is deadlier and more ruthless. He has a good deal of horror mixed in for good measure. Brad Dourif returns as the iconic voice of the killer doll. He does an amazing job as usual. Alex Vincent returns as Andy, and does well. I really like Andy. He isn't nearly as annoying as a lot of younger kids in these movies. I also appreciate that they are using the same cast from the first film. It helps drive the backstory. 


I don't remember being afraid of dolls because of this. As a kid, Chucky didn't really scare me. I never understood why these people just didn't punt him away. That always bothered me. However, this isn't appropriate for children at all. Although he is a doll, Chucky is definitely for elder teens and young adults. Expect some brutal killings, gore and heavy use of offensive language. You know, the best stuff. It's a perfect movie for a group setting but can also be good just to keep you up. I know that after watching this series, you might not be able to trust dolls anymore. 

Director: John Lafia
Producer: David Kirschner
Writer: Don Mancini
Starring: Alex Vincent, Jenny Agutter, Gerrit Graham, Christine Elise and Grace Zabriskie
Studio: Universal Studios
Realease Date: November 9, 1990
Country: United States
Did ya know: Chris Sarandon was originally going to reprise his role as Det. Mike Norris from the first film, but his scenes were cut from the film due to budgetary issues. In the later seasons of Seinfeld (1989) (in which Grace Zabriskie plays "Mrs. Ross," after playing "Grace Poole" in this film), a copy of Child's Play 2 can be spotted on the shelf in Jerry's apartment where he keeps his VHS tapes.


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