Seed of Chucky (2004) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

 "I'm an Oscar nominee, and now I'm fucking a puppet!"

--- Jennifer Tilly, playing the challenging role of "Jennifer Tilly" ---

From the beginning of the Chucky series sixteen years ago, there has been a consistent strain of gallows humor within the context of horror action. As originally conceived, the series ran out of steam in 1991 when the third one was received with catcalls, but Chucky movies proved to be as durable as the eponymous doll. They were not dead, just sleeping. After a seven year absence, the Chucky series was resuscitated to make outlandish comedies, and the fourth one reversed the declining trend.

Child's Play (1988) ... 5.9
Child's Play 2 (1990) ... 4.5
Child's Play 3 (1991) ... 3.8
Bride of Chucky (1998) ... 5.2
Seed of Chucky (2004) ... 4.5

The newest entry has abandoned even the vaguest pretense at chills and horror, and can correctly be called a pure comedy, or perhaps a splatter genre spoof. Filmed in Romania, it's basically a self-referential comedy making fun of the entire Chucky series. Jennifer Tilly plays Jennifer Tilly, who is making a new Chucky movie when the movie's Chucky dolls are turned into the "real" Chucky and Tiffany, who then concoct a plan to step up one more level on the food chain, and take over the bodies of Jennifer Tilly and Redman. In addition to the Chucky series itself, the film takes the time to fire some pot shots at other films, pop culture, the movie industry, and especially Jennifer Tilly. Tilly proved to be a great sport with a tremendous sense of humor. She gave the scriptwriters a free rein to mock her without restriction, as their counterparts did to Bill Shatner in Free Enterprise. They took every foul rumor and malicious remark which has ever been uttered about her and incorporated them into the film's exaggerated version of her character. Here's a quick summary of what we "learn" about her in this movie:

  • She has a silly voice.
  • Her boobs are the only reason she has a career, and both the career and the chest are sagging.
  • She will fuck anyone for a good part.
  • Nobody can remember anything she's ever been in except that lesbian scene with Gina Gershon.
  • She is a junk food junkie with a weight problem.

Yes, I am proud to report that Chucky's actual "seed" does play a vital part in the film, and we actually get to join the campy filmmaker John Waters in watching some puppet masturbation before we finally get our first glimpse of the precious puppet semen. The puppet portion of the plot is some crazy gobbledygook about how the two insane dolls (Chucky and Tiffany) need to obtain two human bodies for some arcane ritual which will place their evil souls into the human bodies. It's sort of an evil version of the way Pinocchio became a real boy -  and also, coincidentally, the same way Mickey Rourke originally became human. I would hasten to warn Chucky and his blushing, murderous bride, that the ritual seems to be temporary, based on the fact that Rourke seems to be changing back into a puppet.

The sub-plots include a plan to impregnate Jennifer Tilly with Chucky's sperm, and the appearance of a long-lost son (or maybe daughter) who proves to be a great disappointment to Chucky  - by wanting to be kind.  Brad Dourif continues to do a great job as the voice of Chucky, as he has done since the first film some sixteen years earlier, but frankly none of the puppet plot elements really matter much because they only exist to provide a flimsy framework for jokes and spoofs and some clowning around by Jennifer Tilly.

Which was cool with me.

The puppet plot was mostly crap so the film drags when Jennifer isn't around, but she carries her portion of the film with her offbeat charisma and her self-effacing humor, so I think the film was worthwhile just to see her scenes. In this case, I side with the genre sites (who loved it) rather than the mainstream reviewers (who panned it) . It is only rated 4.5 at IMDb, but I think it is a decent comedy and should be rated higher.

There is one non-Tilly scene to remember: Chucky is driving on a winding hillside road when he is cut off by Britney Spears, who turns around and flips him the bird (pictured to the right). Big mistake. It's not wise to incite road rage in a criminally murderous puppet! Chucky incinerates her and says, "Oops! I did it again."

By the way, the credits specifically say "Britney Spears did not appear in this film"

The DVD is quite a comprehensive package, including:
  • 150 trivia facts about Chucky
  • one deleted scene
  • an interview with Chucky, and another with Chucky and Tiffany
  • full-length commentary by the director and the puppetmaster
  • slide show "the Chucky family vacation"
  • Jennifer Tilly's report to Jay Leno from the set in Romania.
  • Unrated version of the film. Excellent widescreen transfer, anamorphically enhanced for 16x9 screens.

DVD Info

The link to the far right is for this film. The middle one is for numbers 2-3-4 in the series. The leftmost is for the original (see details above)


  • Stephanie Chambers shows her breasts and a blurry lower body flash in a shower scene.

  • Tiffany shows puppet tits.

  • Jennifer Tilly shows a lot of cleavage.


The Critics Vote ...

  • Super-panel consensus: less than two stars. Roger Ebert 2/4, BBC 2/5

The People Vote ...

  • The domestic box office was $17 million, and the budget was $12 million.
The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, it's a C. Not a bad little spoof of the Chucky series and the movie biz in general, sparked by Jennifer Tilly's self-effacing humor.

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