Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Film Review: Child's Play 2 (1990)

Child's Play 2 (Review)
United States/1990
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

Two years after the first film, Play Pals, a toy manufacturer, uses parts of Chucky to manually rebuild him in hopes of reconstructing their image and impressing their investors. The project goes terribly wrong as a worker is electrocuted and killed...

The CEOs assistant takes Chucky home after the fatal accident, and, on the way, Chucky escapes. Meanwhile, Andy, who's mother has been place in a mental hospital, is placed in foster care, along with his new, older foster sister, Kyle. Chucky finds the home and begins to stalk and attack Andy to take his body before he is permanently trapped in the doll. Andy is mostly helpless as no one believes his story of a killer doll.

The story is more of the same. Except, this time around, the black comedy is much more evident and consistent. There are a few great scenes of terror and suspense, such as a showdown in a dark basement, a tense scene in a school closet, and a game of cat and mouse towards the end. But, they are vastly outnumbered by the comedy aspects. The comedy isn't bad, I laughed a few times, but it ultimately makes it a less effective horror film; I won't lose any sleep at night. Chucky's maniacal laugh is still haunting, though. And there are a few vicious death scenes.

The acting was good; it definitely gets the job done, but feels like the typical 90s-horror acting. Chucky is voiced by Brad Dourif, and he does a wonderful job with his chilling voice and psychopathic laugh. I also really like the mechanical effects of Chucky, his special effects were great including his design and movements. It's very fast paced and consistent, it was over before I knew it.

Overall, Child's Play 2 is a great blend of horror and comedy. It's not a terrifying film, nor is it as iconic or original as the first film for obvious reasons, but it is entertaining. I recommend a purchase for fans of the genre and series, a rental or stream otherwise.

Score: 6/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and blood.

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