Friday, October 25, 2019

Movie Review: "Child's Play 3" (1991)

Director: Jack Bender
Year: 1991
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Chucky is reborn once again and seeks out a now-teenaged Andy Barclay to transfer his soul. With a new body, Chucky can choose a new, more naive target, and he finds just that in the much younger Tyler.

Movie still from Child's Play 3 (1991) where Justin Whalin plays with a knife in between his fingers
"Andy Barclay is ancient history. No one remembers him. No one cares." (Image Source)
As Chucky says, "you can't keep a good guy down." "Child's Play 3" is directed by Jack Bender, who spent most of his career making TV and made-for-TV movies. Though the director changes from film to film, one thing in this franchise has been consistent, and that is writer Don Mancini, who has been on-board since the first movie. Eight years ago, after all the unfavorable publicity from the Good Guy doll murders, Play Pals Toy Company ceased production of that particular toy. Now that all the bad press has blown over, the company has decided to reopen its old factories, including the one where Andy and Kyle killed Chucky (Brad Dourif) all those years ago. When some of Chucky's blood spills into a plastic vat at the Play Pals Toy factory during the cleanup, he is reborn once again in a new body. He once again goes looking for Andy Barclay (Justin Whalin), who is now at military school, so he can transfer his soul into him. Chucky quickly realizes that with a new body, he can pick a new host for his soul transfer, so he targets a younger, more easily manipulated cadet named Tyler (Jeremy Sylvers) instead.
Chucky the doll (Brad Dourif) taunts Tyler (Jeremy Sylvers) into being the host for his soul transfer in Child's Play 3
"Don't fuck with the Chuck." (Image Source)
Chucky is reborn...again...and he has to try to transfer his soul...again. This is the third time this uncomplicated plotline has been used. So far, the only things that have changed are a few of the characters and the setting. This time, the film takes place at a military academy. This school offers some interesting dynamics between Andy and those around him as he is frequently intimidated by the tougher kids (read: little shits) in his group. With this setting, there are a lot of unlikable authority figures who are full-on assholes, so we don't mind it much when they meet their end. As far as the narrative goes, we see a bit of a mashup of the first two films in this third installment. Like part two, Chucky is brought back to life by the toy company looking to recover from two times the amount of bad press. Like part two, Andy is continually trying to warn people about Chucky while those around him treat him like he's crazy for thinking a doll is trying to get him. Meanwhile, like part one, we have Tyler, a young kid who is under the delusion that Chucky is his friend, while Chucky tries to manipulate him into being a host for his soul while simultaneously murdering people for fun. Despite the familiarity, these movies are very watchable at this point in the series. A lot of its success has to do with Brad Dourif returning once again as the voice of Chucky. Dourif is regularly delivering quippy little lines while he goes on a murder rampage, which adds a bit of dark comedy to these films. We can't help but smile and laugh at Chucky's sadistic behavior, his cheesy dialogue, and the goofy puns he makes. 
Perrey Reeves goes toe-to-toe with Chucky in a movie scene from the horror film Child's Play 3
"I've got some fresh meat lined up, and I'm not gonna let you spoil it this time." (Image Source)
In the end, though "Child's Play 3" has a very "been there, done that" feel, we still wound up enjoying the ride, even though we knew exactly how it would end.  

My Rating: 6/10
BigJ's Rating: 6/10
IMDB's Rating: 5.1/10
RT Rating: 29%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

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