Seed of Chucky

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Seed of Chucky
Seed Of Chucky 2.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Don Mancini
Produced by David Kirschner
Corey Sienega
Written by Don Mancini
Starring Jennifer Tilly
Reginald Noble
Hannah Spearritt
John Waters
Billy Boyd
Brad Dourif
Music by Pino Donaggio
Cinematography Vernon Layton
Edited by Chris Dickens
Production
company
La Sienega Productions
Distributed by Rogue Pictures
Release dates November 12, 2004
Running time 86 minutes
Country Romania
United States
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $12 million[1]
Box office $24,829,644

Seed of Chucky is a 2004 comedy horror film and the fifth installment in the Child's Play series. The film was written and directed by Don Mancini, who created Child's Play and has written all of the films in the series. With this entry, Mancini marked his directorial debut.

Set six years later, Seed of Chucky follows the events of 1998's Bride of Chucky and once again stars Jennifer Tilly (who plays herself and also voices Tiffany), Billy Boyd (as the voice of Glen), Brad Dourif (as Chucky) and Steve Lawton (as Stan). The film features rapper Reginald Noble, cult director John Waters and S Club 7 star Hannah Spearritt.

The film, shot in Romania, continues the series' evolution from the pure-horror genre of the first film to a hybrid horror-comedy. It is also the first (and to date, only) appearance of Glen, the title character and son of Chucky and Tiffany. Besides spoofing other horror films, the film references domestic dramas and tabloid television. This film also counts as the first film in the series to contain nudity and so far, the final film to be released in theaters (until 9 years later when its sequel was released straight to video). The film was mainly panned by many critics, despite having a decent performance at the box office.

Plot[edit]

Six years following the birth of Chucky and Tiffany's offspring, Glen, the gentle, benevolent son of Chucky and Tiffany, has a nightmare in which he slaughters Claudia's parents and living a life of embarrassment as a ventriloquist's dummy from his own point of view. Desperate to know his parents, Glen tracks them down to Hollywood. Chucky and Tiffany are first shown killing a man dressed as Santa Claus for a movie. Upon tracking down his parents, who are now dummies in one of Jennifer Tilly's films, Glen uses a voodoo amulet to bring them back to life. Shortly afterward, when Chucky (voice of Brad Dourif) finds out that Glen is his child, he faints. But as for Tiffany, she was very happy and hugs her child. Tiffany and Chucky have a dispute over whether Glen is male or female, due to his lack of genitals (though he is evidently a male). Chucky decides to continue labeling him as a boy, whereas Tiffany labels him as a girl, calling him "Glenda".

When a puppeteer, Tony Gardner, begins taking Tiffany apart, she and Chucky decapitate him with a piano wire. Jennifer Tilly sees the beheaded body and calls the police. Chucky, Tiffany, and Glen follow her home. Glen, having witnessed his mom and dad kill the puppeteer, asks them why they murder others, as he feels that violence is bad. Tiffany and Chucky make an agreement to quit killing, although Chucky only pretends to agree.

Jennifer tries to get a role as the Virgin Mary in Redman's directorial debut, but after Redman says that Jennifer isn't right for the part, she invites him over to her house. Chucky and Tiffany make plans to transfer their souls into Redman and Jennifer. Jennifer and Redman start to make out, only for Tiffany to knock them out. While they are unconscious, Tiffany inseminates Jennifer with Chucky's semen. Chucky leaves and takes Glen with him. After driving Britney Spears' car off the road, killing her, they proceed to go to a photographer's darkroom. The photographer, Pete Peters (John Waters), had taken pictures of Tilly kissing Redman, and of Chucky masturbating. Glen tries to warn Peters that Chucky will kill him, only for Peters to bump into a shelf, causing a jar of acid to fall and accidentally kill him. Chucky, overjoyed, believes Glen did this on purpose and takes a picture to celebrate, much to Glen's and Tiffany's dismay.

Jennifer awakens the next morning, realizes that she is pregnant and claims it is Redman's, though he denies this. Angry, Tiffany kills him by ripping his intestines out. The next day, Jennifer is horrified to find herself with a fully pregnant belly. The voodoo magic that fuels the killer dolls has also accelerated the pregnancy. Jennifer is captured by Chucky. Her chauffeur Stan, serving as Chucky's replacement body due to Redman's death, is also captured. Jennifer's assistant, Joan (Hannah Spearritt), tries to help her, but is brutally burned alive by Tiffany. Chucky later reveals that he killed three people and hid them in a closet like Tiffany did to Redman trying to stop "Tiffany" from "crying" when he believed that she was crying for killing Joan. However, it turns that it was Glenda, Glen's twin sister. Tiffany finds out about this and smacks Glenda to break Glen out of this.

Jennifer gives birth to twins, a boy and a girl, and it is then that Chucky has an epiphany. After several years of being an infamous killer doll, Chucky finally accepts his circumstances. Disturbed, Tiffany rejects Chucky and resolves to take Glen with her. Chucky throws a knife at Jennifer, but Stan jumps in front and is stabbed in the chest, he tells Tilly that he loves her before he dies. Before Glen can decide which baby to possess, the police arrive, forcing the dolls to flee. Jennifer is rushed to the hospital by the cops, but claims she wants to see her babies. Tiffany drugs Jennifer and begins to possess her, but Chucky breaks in and kills Tiffany with an axe. Before Tiffany dies, she tells Glen to not make the same mistakes she and her husband have made. Glen, shocked that his mother was killed by his father, snaps and fights Chucky. Jennifer throws an axe to Glen. When Glen picks up the axe, he impales Chucky in the chest. At that time, Chucky thought he was fighting against Glenda, but Glen reveals that it was he, himself, doing this, as he dismembers him. Glen then asks Chucky if he is proud of him and Chucky congratulates Glen before being decapitated and killed by his son. Realizing what he has done, Glen suffers an emotional breakdown, and Jennifer comforts him.

Five years later, at Glen and Glenda's birthday party, a nanny quits her job because Jennifer's daughter Glenda scares her. Jennifer lets her quit, only to kill her when she turns away, and Jennifer's eyes glow green, revealing that Tiffany was successful in possessing Jennifer's body. Glen has taken the body of the son, and receives a strange, unnamed present. When he opens the present, he sees that it's Chucky's right arm. Frightened, he wets his pants and turns around. Chucky's arm grabs him, and he begins screaming as Chucky's evil laugh is heard.

Cultural references[edit]

  • The film's opening scene where Chucky's sperm reaches Tiffany's egg and a baby is conceived and grown over time is a spoof of the beginning of 1989's Look Who's Talking.
  • Glenn kills one of his victims during a dream sequence in a shower similar to the famous death scene in Psycho.
  • The two names of Chucky and Tiffany's child; Glen and Glenda, is a nod to the 1953 film Glen or Glenda.

Cast[edit]

(in credits order)

Release and reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Seed of Chucky opened at #4 with $8,774,520 on November 12–14, 2004. When the film closed on December 23, 2004, the domestic gross was $17,083,732 and $24,829,644 worldwide.[2]

In Australia, Seed of Chucky opened at #8 with $260,958 for the week of February 6–8, 2005 behind Million Dollar Baby (#2) and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (#6). In Australia, Seed of Chucky was distributed by United International Pictures.

In France, Seed of Chucky opened at #11 with $694,948 for the week of March 2–8, 2005. It opened behind Le Couperet (#2) and the remake of Assault of Precinct 13 (#4). In France, Seed of Chucky was distributed by SND Distribution.

In the United Kingdom, Seed of Chucky opened at #10 with $202,022 for the week of May 13–15, 2005. It opened behind Monster-in-Law (#2), The Jacket (#8), and A Good Woman (#9). In the United Kingdom, Seed of Chucky was distributed by Momentum Pictures.

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a Rotten 32% rating with 23 fresh ratings. On Metacritic, it has an average score of 46, indicated mixed to average reviews.

Roger Ebert gave the film two stars out of four stating, "Seed of Chucky is actually two movies, one wretched, the other funny."[3]

Sequel[edit]

Main article: Curse of Chucky

In June 2012, it was confirmed that a fifth sequel to Child's Play will be made titled Curse of Chucky and be released direct-to-video. The new movie began production in early September in Winnipeg, Canada and ended in mid-October. In November 2012, Don Mancini announced that filming for Curse of Chucky had been completed and he planned to release it Halloween 2013. Curse of Chucky will be going back to its horror roots instead of being a comedy. Brad Dourif's daughter, Fiona Dourif, will be featured in Curse of Chucky and Brad Dourif will reprise his role as Chucky.

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