Child's Play 2 (1990) **
D: John Lafia
C: Alex Vincent, Jenny Agutter, Gerrit Graham, Christine Elise, Grace Zabriskie, Brad Dourif, Peter Haskell, Beth Grant, Greg Germann,
Plot Synopsis: Chucky's back as the doll possessed by the soul of a serial killer, butchering all who stand in his way of possessing the body of a boy.
Review: In the original Child's Play, we witness a young boy named Andy beg and plead with his mom for a Good Guy doll. Within the context of the film, Good Guy dolls were a toy craze similar to Cabbage Patch Dolls or Care Bears. Good Guy dolls even had their own brand of cereal and a cartoon to boot!
Caving into her son's pleads, Andy's mom turns to a street peddler to get him his very own Good Guy doll. Almost immediately, Andy forms an instant bond with his new toy. This new toy (this Good Guy doll) even has his very own name, Chucky. However, a series of murders start to occur all centered around Andy. Andy claims Chucky is alive and is the one responsible, but of course, no one believes him. The question that loomed in Child's Play is, is it Andy or is Chucky really alive?
The original Child's Play was one of the better entries in the 80's horror genre. In addition to delivering elements of mystery and the thrills & chills of a horror film, Child's Play actually had something to say as well. The film explored the idea that toys really aren't toys, but cash cows used to sell a variety of products, that parents use toys over an actual person as a friend substitute and the idea that consumerism is driven into the heads of kids from a very early age as they need toys and the lengths at which parents go to obtain them.
Now, with Child's Play 2, we all know good and well that Chucky's alive and that he is going to engage in some murderous mayhem. And of course, our young protagonist from the first film returns, well, ....because Chucky needs a body to place his soul into. And yet again, Andy is stuck trying to convince people that Chucky is indeed alive and responsible for a sudden rash of murders.
To give Child's Play 2 credit where credit's due, the film features many well staged scenes, in particular, the finale set in a toy factory. And many of the film's scenes of terror are indeed effective. Just one question though. What exactly was the point?!?
Child's Play 2 is a rehash of the first film, but without any of its intelligence. It's the exact same story with the exact same conflicts with some of the exact same cast members. This isn't a new movie that expands upon the original, but the original film slightly repackaged to put Chucky at the forefront in order to create a new franchise worthy film villain. [R] 84 mins.
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