Tuesday, October 18, 2011

31 Nights of Terror #14 - Child's Play 2 (1990)

Child's Play 2 (1990)
Director: John Lafia
Starring: Alex Vincent, Jenny Aguttr, Gerrit Graham, Christine Elise, Brad Dourif
Format: DVD (Universal)

- Note the change of studio. Apparently MGM didn't want to continue the franchise because of controversy over the first movie (ie violence and kids), so Universal picked it up.
- I was wondering how they would bring Chucky back after his fiery demise in the first movie. Is it really realistic to think the company would rebuild the doll?
- Ah Jenny Agutter. She was so damn hot in American Werewolf in London. Nine years later she's still pretty but a bit frumpy in her role as a foster mom.
- Speaking of hot, it's Christine Elise, later of Beverly Hills 90210.
- Another familiar face is Grace Zabriskie (Galaxy of Terror, The Grudge).
- Chucky "killing" the other Good Guy doll, Tommy, is great. Hmmmm, Tommy? Maybe a shot at first movie director Tom Holland?
- "Hi, I'm...[pause]... Tommy". Funny.
- Haha, love the photocopier bit.
- The naked, hairless Good Guy dolls in the factory might just be creepier than Chucky.
- Nice kill. Two words - eye machine.
- And a very, very messy finale.

Overall thoughts: With Child's Play 2 the vibe begins it's slow slide towards comedy, with Chucky doing more wisecracking than in the original. But it's still a good mix, I'd say 80% horror, 20% comedy. There's not as much suspense as in the first movie, but there are some good kills and an interesting climax. So basically more of the same as the first movie, but with slightly more comedy thrown in. Definitely worth watching in a double-feature with part one.

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