Derek Winnert

Bride of Chucky *** (1998, Jennifer Tilly, Alexis Arquette, Katherine Heigl, Nick Stabile, John Ritte, Kathy Najimy, voice Brad Dourif)) – Classic Movie Review 1182

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Director Ronny Wu’s 1998 horror movie raised more than a few eyebrows in what is Child’s Play 4 in all but name. But Jennifer Tilly gives an infectiously game and entertaining performance as the killer’s mistress Tiff, who gets to kiss – and make love with – the repellent demon doll Chucky (voice of Brad Dourif).

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She brings Chucky back to life with a spell from the book Voodoo for Dummies, but sadly lasts only 20 minutes of the movie before she’s killed by electrocution and her soul is transferred into a murderous female bride doll, Tiffany, who becomes Chucky’s lover.

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It’s sick, deliberately offensive stuff – and obviously pretty dodgy after the series’ connection with the Bulger case – but there’s no denying that it is done with great gusto, relish and even wit. The vocal performances of Tilly and Dourif are quite something.

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Don Mancini manages an expert screenplay and Wu directs skilfully. In a good cast, Alexis Arquette, Katherine Heigl, Nick Stabile, John Ritter (as police Chief Warren Kincaid), Gordon Michael Woolvett and Kathy Najimy co-star.

After two terrible Child’s Play sequel films, this third one comes up trumps. But keep it away from the kids!

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Tilly said: ‘I’d never seen any of the other Chucky films, and, when it was proposed to me, I was like, a horror film? Isn’t that what I did on the way down?’

Tilly returned for the 2004 sequel, Seed of Chucky, with Brad Dourif again the voice of Chucky.

Don Mancini  has written or co-written every movie in the Child’s Play series.

Child’s Play started back in 1988.

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Actress and transgender rights activist Alexis Arquette died peacefully surrounded by her family on aged 47.

© Derek Winnert 2014 Classic Film Review 1182

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