Originally screened in 2004, Seed of Chucky built on the comedy elements in Bride of Chucky and pushed them straight into the world of camp, moving the franchise miles away from the initial Child’s Play horror movie. Fans seeking another killer-doll thriller or gorefest will be disappointed, but fans of the franchise that have come along with the progression will find Seed of Chucky a fun romp that still delivers the goods.
Written and directed by franchise mastermind Don Mancini, Seed of Chucky takes place six years after the previous film, which hinted at the birth of a child whose parents are Chucky and Tiffany. Now six years old, the living doll is Glen (voiced by Billy Boyd, best known as Pippen from all those Tolkien movies), a gentle and androgynous kid whose only memory of his parents is a recurring nightmare of them murdering a little girl’s parents. Poor Glen lives out his life as a ventriloquist’s dummy, with the ventriloquist treating his doll horribly—for starters, he calls the kid “Sh*thead.” When Glen finds out that his parents are in Hollywood (he sees them on television), he escapes from his master and track down Chucky and Tiffany, who are once again just dolls and are being used in one of Jennifer Tilly’s low-budget flicks. Desperate to be with his parents, Glen uses a voodoo amulet to bring them back to life.
Chucky is less than thrilled by his son, but Tiffany is overjoyed, calling him Glenda. Soon, the dolls are up to their old tricks, killing off a puppeteer (played by Tony Gardner). When Glenn confronts their murderous ways, the parents agree to stop their killing, but it is to no avail. Chucky and Tiffany then see a chance to become human again when Tilly invites rapper-turned-director Redman to her home to audition for a role as the Virgin Mary. Tiffany knocks out the couple and then proceeds to inseminate Tilly with Chucky’s seed, so that Glen can have a brother/sister. In the meantime, Chucky takes Glen to kill off a photographer (none other than John Waters) who has caught Chucky masturbating. Glen accidently kills the photographer, which makes Chucky very proud of his killer son.
The following morning, Tilly wakes up pregnant. She confronts Redman, and when he denies being the father, she rips out his intestines. It turns out that voodoo has accelerated Tilly’s pregnancy, but before she can do anything about it, she is captured by Chucky, who has also taken down her chauffer Stan. Chucky intends to use these two as the new bodies for Tiffany and him. Tilly gives birth to a boy and a girl, at which point Chucky reveals that he is and always will be a murderer. Horrified, Tiffany attempts to run away (taking Glen with her), but the police break up the whole mess. Tilly is taken to the hospital, where Tiffany attempts to possess her. Just as Tiffany is about to succeed, Chucky breaks in and kills Tiffany with an axe. Horrified, Glen battles his father, killing him with an axe. Realizing what he has done, Glen suffers a mental breakdown but is comforted by Tilly.
The movie’s coda has Tilly giving a birthday party for her kids, Glen and Glenda. It turns out that Tiffany did succeed in possessing Tilly’s body and it is further revealed that Glen is now inside the body of the son. At the birthday party, the boy Glen opens an unlabeled present. Inside the box is Chucky’s dismembered arm, which comes to life and attacks the kid. Cue a final Chucky laugh.
Bloody, gross, and a lot of fun, Seed of Chucky is one hell of a romp, not once taking itself seriously and gloriously wallowing in its own camp. The movie is filled with plenty of in jokes, parodying everything from 1989’s Look Who’s Talking and 1953’s Glen and Glenda to Psycho and The Shining. Cultural references abound and do date the film. For example, there are references to Britney Spears (who Chucky has a hand in killing) and Martha Stewart. The film was not well received, however, principally because of the Glen/Glenda character and because of the film’s foray into camp. Jennifer Tilly must be a good sport, as she plays herself as a mediocre actress who trades sex for roles. Tilly seems to have a lot of fun with her persona, doing well as the lead “human” and as the doll Tiffany. The supporting cast does well, but it’s the guest cameos who really bring out the ham.
What’s important to note about Seed of Chucky is that it is a unique film, one that did not continue to typical hack-and-slash of the first three films. Undoubtedly the initial Child’s Play remains the best in the franchise, but most fans agree that the second and in particular the third film did little to revitalize the franchise. With the success of the horror-comedy hybrid Bride of Chucky—which did revitalize the franchise, it was only natural for Seed of Chucky to go wild with camp. If watched with that in mind, fans will find that Seed of Chucky is hilarious, fun, and bloody all at the same time. Fans of Jennifer Tilly will find plenty to feast upon, and the in-jokes and cultural references make the movie all the more enjoyable. Those who don’t like camp in any form should avoid Seed of Chucky and instead start up the franchise with the next film, 2013’s Curse of Chucky, which stars Brad Dourif’s daughter, Fiona.