Seed of Chucky

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Seed of Chucky
Seed Of Chucky 2.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Don Mancini
Produced by
Written by Don Mancini
Based on Characters
by Don Mancini
Starring
Music by Pino Donaggio
Cinematography Vernon Layton
Edited by Chris Dickens
Production
company
La Sienega Productions
David Kirschner Productions[1]
Distributed by
Release date
  • November 12, 2004 (2004-11-12)
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12 million[2]
Box office $24.8 million

Seed of Chucky is a 2004 American supernatural comedy slasher film, the fifth installment of the Child's Play series, and sequel to 1998's Bride of Chucky as well as the first film to be distributed by an another company since Child's Play. The film was written and directed by Don Mancini, who created the series and has written all of the films. With this entry, Mancini made his directorial debut. The film is set six years after Child's Play 3 and Bride of Chucky and follows a young doll named Glen, the son of Chucky and Tiffany, resurrecting his parents, causing chaos.

The film, shot in Romania, continues the series' evolution from the pure horror genre of the first movie to a hybrid horror-comedy.[3][4] It was the last Child's Play film to be released in theaters, with all future installments to be released direct to DVD. The film was followed by another sequel, Curse of Chucky, released on home video and Netflix in 2013.

Plot[edit]

Six years after the previous film, Glen, the kind and gentle son of Chucky and Tiffany, has a nightmare in which he murders a little girl's parents. In reality, he is living a life of embarrassment and abuse as a ventriloquist's dummy. After being forced to perform and locked inside a cage, Glen sees Chucky and Tiffany on television and discovers that he is their son.

Desperate to know his parents, Glen manages to escape his abusive owner and tracks Chucky and Tiffany to Hollywood. He finds himself in the prop room of Jennifer Tilly's horror film, which includes the Chucky and Tiffany dolls. Glen uses a voodoo amulet to bring them back to life. Chucky faints when he learns that Glen is his son, but Tiffany is overjoyed and hugs her child. When a puppeteer starts taking Tiffany apart, she and Chucky decapitate him with a piano wire. Jennifer finds the beheaded body and calls the police. Chucky, Tiffany, and Glen ride home with her in a limousine.

Having witnessed his parents kill the puppeteer, Glen asks them why they murder other people, as he feels violence is bad. Chucky replies that it helps them to relax. On the other hand, Tiffany, feeling parental responsibility, agrees with Glen and forces Chucky to agree to stop killing people for the sake of their son. Chucky promises to do so, but crosses his fingers behind his back in hopes of getting Tiffany to shut up.

Jennifer tries to get a role as the Virgin Mary in Redman's directorial debut, and after he tells her she is not right for the part, she invites him to her house. Chucky and Tiffany make plans to transfer their souls into Redman and Jennifer. As Jennifer and Redman start to make love, Tiffany knocks them out and uses a turkey baster to inseminate Jennifer with Chucky's semen.

Chucky takes Glen on a car ride. After driving Britney Spears' car off the road, killing her, they proceed to photographer Pete Peters' darkroom. Peters had taken pictures of Tilly kissing Redman and of Chucky masturbating. When Glen tries to warn Peters that Chucky is about to attack, Peters bump into a shelf, causing a jar of sulphuric acid to fall into his head, accidentally killing him. Chucky, overjoyed with pride, believes Glen did this on purpose and takes a picture to celebrate, much to the dismay of both Glen and Tiffany.

Jennifer awakens the following morning, realizes that she is pregnant, and claims Redman is responsible. When he denies this, Tiffany kills him in anger. The next day, Jennifer wakes up only to find herself with a full pregnant belly, a consequence of the voodoo magic. Chucky attacks and captures Jennifer during a phone call. Her chauffeur, Stan, serving as Chucky's replacement body due to Redman's death, is also captured. Jennifer's assistant Joan tries to help her, but she is killed by Glen's murderous twin sister, Glenda, whose soul shares Glen's body. Tiffany discovers this and smacks Glenda to bring back Glen, who is horrified at what has happened.

After Jennifer gives birth to twins, a boy and a girl, Chucky has an epiphany: after years as an infamous killer doll, he finally accepts his circumstances. Disgusted, Tiffany rejects Chucky and decides to take Glen with her. Enraged, Chucky throws a knife at Jennifer to stop Tiffany transferring her soul into her body and leaving him, but Stan jumps in to save her and is mortally wounded. The police arrive, forcing the dolls to flee. Jennifer is rushed to the hospital, 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 ax. Before Tiffany dies, she tells Glen not to make the same mistakes she and Chucky have. Devastated by his mother's death, Glen snaps and challenges Chucky to a fight. Jennifer throws Chucky's ax to Glen, and Glen impales Chucky. Chucky assumes it's Glenda again, but Glen reveals it is actually him, finally able to kill in revenge for his mother's death. He dismembers Chucky and suffers an emotional breakdown.

Five years later, at a birthday party for Jennifer's children Glen and Glenda, a nanny quits her job because Jennifer's daughter Glenda scares her. Jennifer lets the nanny quit, only to kill her when she turns away. Jennifer's eyes glow green, revealing that Tiffany was successful in transferring her soul. Glen has one more birthday present to open. When he does so, Chucky's severed arm springs up to grab him, and his infamous laugh is heard as the screen fades to black.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The movie was filmed almost entirely in Romania.[3] All of the animatronic and makeup effects were the handiwork of Effects Designer Tony Gardner and his company Alterian, Inc.[7]

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.[8]

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 based on 75 reviews, with 23 fresh ratings. On Metacritic, it has an average score of 46, indicating mixed to average reviews. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale.[9]

Roger Ebert gave the film two stars out of four stating, "Seed of Chucky is actually two movies, one wretched, the other funny."[10]

Awards[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Award Category Winner/Nominee Result
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actress Jennifer Tilly Nominated
Best Score Pino Donaggio Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Frightened Performance Jennifer Tilly Nominated
Sitges - Catalan International Film Festival Best Film Don Mancini Nominated
World Stunt Awards Best Fire Stunt Heather Phillips Nominated
Best Overall Stunt by a Stunt Woman Heather Phillips Nominated

Sequels[edit]

The film was followed by Curse of Chucky in 2013 and Cult of Chucky in 2017.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Willis, John; Monush, Barry (2006-04-01). Screen World: 2005 Film Annual. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 978-1-55783-667-0. 
  2. ^ Seed of Chucky at Box Office Mojo
  3. ^ a b "Cult of Chucky a fine fit in popular slasher series". Winnipeg Free Press. October 7, 2017. Retrieved December 13, 2017. 
  4. ^ Dunkley, Cathy; Dunkley, Cathy (March 16, 2004). "Redman, Waters go to 'Seed'". Variety. Retrieved December 13, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Willis, J.; Monush, B. (2006). Screen World: 2005 Film Annual. Applause Books. Hal Leonard. p. 220. ISBN 978-1-55783-667-0. Retrieved December 13, 2017. 
  6. ^ Film Review. Orpheus Pub. 2005. p. 68. Retrieved December 13, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Cult of Chucky - FX Designer Tony Gardner Speaks! Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Video and Images!". Dread Central. 2017-10-03. Retrieved 2017-12-13. 
  8. ^ Seed of Chucky at Box Office Mojo
  9. ^ "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com. 
  10. ^ Ebert, Roger (November 11, 2004). "Seed of Chucky Movie Review & Film Summary (2004)". Roger Ebert. Retrieved December 13, 2017. 
  11. ^ "'Cult of Chucky' Is What it Is, Which May Be Fine Enough (Film review)". Glide Magazine. October 3, 2017. Retrieved December 13, 2017. 

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