Bride of Chucky (1998) Movie Review
Written By: JEH
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Ronny Yu
Producers: David Kirschner, Grace Gilroy
Writers: Don Mancini
Date Released: October 16, 1998
Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany Valentine
Brad Dourif as the voice of Chucky
Katherine Heigl as Jade Kincaid
Nick Stabile as Jesse Miller
John Ritter as Chief Warren Kincaid
Alexis Arquette as Howard Fitzwater / Damien Baylock
Lawrence Dane as Lt. Preston
Rating = 3/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
After the seeming end of Chucky (Brad Dourif), he is retrieved by his ex-girlfriend Tiffany Valentine (Jennifer Tilly). When Tiffany successfully retrieves Chucky’s murderous soul, unfortunate things happen, including having her soul transferred to a doll. So, the couple needs to find the magical amulet that can bring back their human bodies. To achieve this, Tiffany hired her neighbor, Jesse Miller (Nick Stabile), to bring the dolls to New Jersey. But when Jesse bring Jade (Katherine Heigl) along, Chucky and Tiffany have a sudden change of plans.
As a slasher film, it’s expected for the movie to feature gore. Fortunately, Bride of Chucky (1998) does gore right with its electrifying visuals. While the special effects aren’t the best in the world, they’re believable enough to make viewers feel the character’s pain.
So, if you love a good gore fest, this movie might be what you’re looking for.
The Grave Review
“I’ll be back! I ALWAYS come back!” – Chucky, 1998
Bride of Chucky (1998) is the fourth film in the Child’s Play franchise. Surprisingly, Mancini decided to turn away from the story of the first three movies. Instead, they let Chucky thrive in a new environment and gave him an equally interesting love interest.
Chucky’s new partner-in-crime, Tiffany Valentine (Jennifer Tilly), is the highlight of the movie. Tilly gives a charismatic performance that makes both human and doll Tiffany memorable and a likable addition. Aside from Tilly, Stabile and Heigl also did justice to their roles. And of course, Brad Dourif never fails to entertain as Chucky.
In addition to the likable characters, the humor in the movie is actually funny. It’s witty, dark, and full of references that fans will enjoy. Also, the writing is pretty self-aware. So, if you think that the premise is silly, the writers thought so, too. And instead of fixing that, they saw it as the perfect opportunity to boost the fading franchise.
Last but not the least, the memorable and twisted death scenes. The best part? The special effects for the death scenes are well done. So, if you’re a fan of the classic special effects, you’ll find lots of them here!
Unfortunately, the ending feels rushed and disappointing. Maybe if they went with the expected ending, the movie might have felt more satisfying. Indeed, the birth of another creepy killer doll sounds fun. But wouldn’t a successful soul transfer make a more exciting turn in the series? Oh, the what-ifs.
Overall, Bride of Chucky (1998) is a fun satirical and slasher movie that’s sure to impress classic horror fans.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Bride of Chucky (1998) three graves out of five graves.
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