Child's Play 2

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Child's Play 2
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Theatrical poster of Chucky about to decapitate a jack-in-the-box
Directed by John Lafia
Produced by David Kirschner
Robert Latham Brown (Executive producer)
Written by Don Mancini
Based on Characters by
Don Mancini
David Kirschner (Chucky doll)
Starring Alex Vincent
Jenny Agutter
Gerrit Graham
Christine Elise
Grace Zabriskie
Brad Dourif
Music by Graeme Revell
Cinematography Stefan Czapsky
Editing by Edward Warschilka
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates November 9, 1990 (1990-11-09)
Running time 84 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $13 million
Box office $35,763,605

Child's Play 2 is a 1990 American horror film, the sequel to Child's Play, written by Don Mancini and directed by John Lafia (one of the original film's writers). It was released on November 9, 1990, exactly two years after the first film was released. Veteran actors Gerrit Graham and BAFTA-winner Jenny Agutter star as Andy's foster parents. The film also stars Alex Vincent, who returns as Andy Barclay; Christine Elise as Kyle; and Brad Dourif as the voice of Chucky. It is also noted for being the first film appearance of Adam Wylie and featuring an early appearance by Ally McBeal's Greg Germann. The film uses more comic elements in regards to the Chucky character than its predecessor.

Child's Play 2 was successful as a horror film; during its opening weekend, it took an estimated $10,718,520, with only 1,996 screens in the US. The film grossed an estimated $28,501,605 in the US and was declared a hit. It grossed an additional $7.2 million internationally. The film received mixed reviews, and was rated "R" by the MPAA (R16 in New Zealand) for horror scenes and violence.

Plot[edit]

Two years after the events of the previous film, the "Good-Guy" dolls have become a bad publicity due to the six-year-old Andy Barclay's account of his killer "Good-Guy" doll made public. The "Good-Guy" dolls company decides to have Chucky, who was supposedly killed in the previous film, rebuilt to prove there is no faults with the dolls. However, the CEO, Mr. Sullivan (Peter Haskell), decides to get rid of the dolls after one of the men working on Chucky is killed by electrocution. Before Mr. Sullivan leaves, he tells Mattson (Greg Germann), a "Good-Guy" executive who also witnessed the electrocution death to put a lid on it and to do what ever he has to do to keep this incident from becoming public knowledge. When Mattson asks Mr. Sullivan what he should do with the doll, Mr. Sullivan replies "Stick it up your ass!" and then walks out of the room.

Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), who is a temporary orphan as his mother Karen Barclay is in a mental hospital for backing him in court that Chucky was alive, is adopted by the Simpsons: Phil (Gerrit Graham) and his wife Joanne (Jenny Agutter), who are unable to have children of their own. At his new home, Andy meets his new stepsister Kyle (Christine Elise), a tomboyish sarcastic teenage girl. Andy becomes scared at seeing a "Good-Guy" doll called Tommy, who he mistakes for Chucky.

While alone in Mattson's car later that evening, Chucky phones Grace Poole (Grace Zabriskie), the manager of Andy's foster center and tricks her into telling him Andy's whereabouts by posing as his "Uncle Charles". When Mattson returns to his car, Chucky hijacks the car and uses a pistol to make Mattson unknowingly drive him past the Simpson household. Once they pass the Simpson household, Chucky demands Mattson to park his car in an empty parking lot and to put his arms behind the seat. Chucky then ties Mattson's hands up with a jump rope and threatens him with the gun which eventually turns out to be a water pistol. When Mattson realizes that it wasn't a real pistol, Chucky then suffocates him with a plastic bag. The next scene then shows Chucky about to enter the Simpson house.

In the house, Chucky fails to get to Andy, as Joanne is singing Andy to sleep. He takes his anger out on "Tommy" by hitting him with Joanne's ornament and buries the toy in the backyard. The next day, Phil grounds both children thinking one of them broke the ornament. The following night, Chucky successfully gets access to Andy's room so he can possess him. However, Kyle, who sneaked outside, gets into the room and sees Andy tied to the bed. Discovered by both Phil and Joanne, they blame Kyle for tying up Andy, who defends her by saying it was Chucky, but Phil denies this and throws Chucky in the basement.

The next day, Chucky follows Andy to school and cunningly writes an obscenity on Andy's worksheet causing Andy's strict new teacher Miss Kettlewell (Beth Grant) to keep Andy for detention. Andy soon escapes after discovering Chucky, who was locked in a closet, is in the classroom. Chucky then kills the teacher for revenge. When Andy insists Chucky got him in trouble, Phil tries to convince him that Chucky "was" in the basement the whole time and considers taking him back to the foster center.

Later that night, Andy goes after Chucky in the basement with an electric knife, but is attacked. Chucky then hangs Phil to death and Joanne blames Andy for his death and sends him back to the foster center. However, Kyle finds "Tommy" in the garden and not in the bin where she put Chucky and learns Andy was telling the truth. After discovering Joanne dead, Chucky takes her hostage and blackmails her to take her to the foster center. During a false fire drill at the center, Chucky kills Grace and orders Andy to take him to the "Good-Guy" factory.

Kyle follows the duo there, and in the factory, Chucky fails to possess Andy since he spent too much time within the doll's body. Enraged, Chucky decides to kill Andy and Kyle instead. During the climax, Chucky loses one of his hands and his legs, but still goes after them. Kyle and Andy then pour molten wax over him before putting an air hose in his mouth that causes his head to explode, finally defeating him. The pair leaves the factory for "home," with Andy asking where "home" is and Kyle responding that, in truth, she doesn't know.

An extended ending reveals that a chunk of Chucky's skin after his head exploded got mixed in with the Good Guy doll making plaster. A machine is then seen making a new Good Guy Doll head, which then forms a sinister smile, setting up the events for Child's Play 3.

Cast[edit]

Novelization[edit]

A tie-in novelization to the film was later written by Matthew J. Costello. The author added in some of his own plot scenes exclusive to the novel, such as going deeper into Andy Barclay and Chucky`s past. Chucky is characterized to have an absent father and his abusive mother being a dwarf. Chucky got teased a lot because of this and later strangled his mother to death. Also, Chucky was put in special classes when he was younger. Another difference is that in the film, Andy Barclay is eight years old and is in second grade. In the novel, he is a seven-year-old and is in first grade.

Production[edit]

United Artists released the original Child's Play in 1988 and greenlit the second film. The sequel was in pre-production when an UA executive told producer David Kirschner that the film was put on hold as the studio was about to be acquired by the Australian group Qintex, who decided that in their best interest was not to make horror films. After offers with Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox, the Price Company, Carolco, New Line Cinema, and Disney to buy the film were rejected, Kirschner produced it independently with Universal Pictures distributing.[1]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film was successful for a horror film, its opening weekend earning an estimated $10,718,520, with only 1,996 screens in the US. The film grossed an estimated $28,501,605 in the US and was #1 at the box office.[2] It grossed an additional $7.2 million internationally.

Critical response[edit]

The film received mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 43% based on 14 reviews.[3]

Whilst negative criticism was directed towards some scenes and areas of the script which were considered unrealistic or 'corny', positive reception was again directed towards the acting, in particular Brad Dourif who was again praised for his voice-acting of Chucky. Alex Vincent was also praised for his performance as Andy.[citation needed]

Home Video and DVD Releases[edit]

Child's Play 2 was first released on VHS in North America on April 11, 1991.

The film was later released on DVD in 1999.

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