Friday, November 5, 2010

Child's Play 2

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Child's Play 2 - 3 out of 5

The Child's Play movies are, without a doubt, some of the worst horror films ever made but they are so cheesy and silly, that they are entertaining. Also, Chucky is just a great, iconic horror film character. Much of this is due to Brad Dourif (Deadwood), the voice behind the doll. Brad is a terrific actor and really makes Chucky addicting to watch. Even though the doll's movies suck, he becomes the solitary reason to watch them.

The same formula is used in this film that is used in many sequels: The killer is out for revenge on the one that got away in the first movie. There are no surprises here, no twists that will keep the viewer on edge. Just your run of the mill horror film sequel. Even the kills aren't that creative and, often weak. I mean, Chucky kills Andy's (the kid who survived the first one) teacher with a yard stick. Imagine how long it took him to beat that woman to death with a yardstick.

These films also really force the viewer to dramatically suspend their disbelief as we are expected to buy the idea that a doll--a toy made of fabric, plastic and stuffing--could overpower any human being--even a child. Granted Chucky is a supernatural being in the fact he is a serial killer transplanted into the body of a toy using voodoo but that still doesn't change the fact that there are no muscles in the toy to allow Chucky to have any power whatsoever. I will even give it to the filmmakers as they explain that Chucky is slowly becoming human, so that COULD explain how he have overpower a child but the idea that an adult cannot stop him is hard to swallow.

So, you ask, why bother watching it? Well, the very impossibility of a doll being able to kill a full grown human being is just hilarious. Just like the rest of the movie. These movies are just plain funny--sometimes intentionally and, most often, unintentionally. That's what keeps me coming back to the horror film genre because there is no end to the laughs.

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