Tuesday, October 18, 2011

31 Nights of Terror #15 - Child's Play 3 (1991)

Child's Play 3 (1991)
Director: Jack Bender
Starring: Andrew Robinson, Peter Haskell, Brad Dourif, Perrey Reeves, Justin Whalin
Format: DVD (Universal)

- Cool opening credits.
- It's eight years after the events of part two and we're back with the toy company, which has reopened its factory and is bringing the Good Guy dolls back onto the market.
- Replacing Alex Vincent as Andy Barclay (the kid from the first two movies, whose body Chucky wants to plant his soul into) is Justin Whalin, probably best remembered as Jimmy Olsen on the Lois & Clark TV series.
- So Andy's now in a military school. That'll probably mean lots of hazing, asshole sergeants etc.
- Yep, pretty predictable. Not very interesting though.
- Writer Don Mancini wrote this before part two had even been released. He has been quoted as saying he was out of ideas, and from what I've seen so far, I agree with him.
- The carnival funhouse climax should be kickass, but it's not.

Overall thoughts: Dull, dull, dull. It's not hard to see why this was the last Child's Play movie before they rebooted the franchise as comedic parodies. Everything is by the numbers - the plot, the kills, the Chucky wisecracks, the acting, the setting etc. None of the actors are terribly interesting, and some are just plain annoying (the kid Tyler). You'll predict things before they happen and groan at some of the plot points. Definitely the worst of the first three movies and best avoided.

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