Thursday, October 24, 2019

Movie Review: "Child's Play 2" (1990)

Director: John Lafia
Year: 1991
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 24 minutes

Andy Barclay's mom is put in a mental institution after the Chucky doll incident. Andy must also undergo psychiatric treatment and is subsequently placed in foster care. Meanwhile, the Good Guy toy company must cover up the disaster they had with Chucky, so they reconstruct the doll to prove he was just a toy. They were wrong. 

Alex Vincent plays Andy and Christine Elise plays Kyle in the horror movie "Child's Play 2" (1990)
"Wherever I go, Chucky will find me." (Image Source)
Chucky is back, and he's ready to play another round of "hide the soul." Much like the first film, "Child's Play 2" is about a murderous doll (Brad Dourif) who gets possessed by serial killer Charles Lee Ray, who tries to put his soul in the body of a young child named Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) so he doesn't have to stay in doll form forever. Josh Lafia takes over as director for this installment, but Don Mancini returns to write another in-depth, nuanced screenplay...okay, okay, this film is about as deep as a kiddie pool and is as nuanced as a plain hamburger from McDonald's. That doesn't mean it isn't fun. New to the cast are Jenny Agutter and Gerrit Graham, who play Andy's foster parents Joanne and Phil Simpson, and Christine Elise, who plays their older foster daughter, Kyle.
Charles Lee Ray is stuck in the body of a Good Guy doll named Chucky once again in a movie still for Child's Play 2
"Grown-ups are allowed to do things that are bad for them." (Image Source)
One might ask the logical question, "how is there a sequel to "Child's Play" when Chucky wound up burned and blown to bits in the original film?" Elementary, dear Watson! Those behind the curtain clearly needed a plot device to set this sequel in motion, and that device is the greed of a big toy manufacturing company. This is a company that's so afraid of the bad press they might get after one their dolls was determined to be a murdering psychopath that they completely rebuilt the doll in question to prove he wasn't a murdering psychopath, only to find out he was....whoopsie!! Apart from this small difference, "Child's Play 2" follows the exact same story as the original. Chucky tries to find Andy, nobody believes that Chucky is real until he comes to life right before he murders them, wash, rinse, repeat, fin. Despite being almost entirely a rehash, Chucky version 2.0 provided us with a decent enough viewing experience thanks in large part to Brad Dourif's voiceover and the bits of comedy that get sprinkled throughout this horror flick. Chucky carries these movies all by himself and makes them as fun as they are. Andy is pretty much useless, and all he does is run around yelling about how a doll is going to kill everyone. All of the other characters are single-dimension people who keep insisting that Andy is just a little off his rocker.
Child's Play 2 (1990) movie scene where Chucky (Brad Dourif) threatens Kyle (Christine Elise) with a knife to her throat
"Your dreams can't hurt you." (Image Source)
In a world full of silent, lumbering slashers, the mouthy Chucky always provides a nice change of pace. "Child's Play 2" might not change much from the original formula, but that doesn't mean it's not fun. There are some gruesome kills, some frightening chills, and enough blood to satiate the most horror movie fanatics.

My Rating: 6/10
BigJ's Rating: 6.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 5.8/10
RT Rating: 44%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

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