Just when you thought puppets couldn’t kill and screw any more than they did in Team America: World Police, along comes Seed of Chucky, the fifth film in the Child’s Play series. Giving the South Park creators an inch-long wooden bird by stealing the market for weird puppet comedies, Seed of Chucky steals the show as the new king of all puppet comedies and leaves no envelope unpushed, no bad joke avoided, and no pop star alive.
The classic campfest that is Seed of Chucky begins as any movie with ‘Seed of’ in the title should… by having one of the weirdest credit sequences featuring doll sperm flying into an egg and watching a small doll gestate, complete with umbilical cord and ‘Made in Japan’ stamp.
Enter the androgynous doll trying to find out the truth about himself and his parents. He is kept in a cage by a cruel British ventriloquist in the running to win the ventriloquist world championships. After the doll sees mommy and daddy on TV for the filming of Chucky Goes Psycho, he somehow ships himself to Hollywood where he finds mom and dad, recites some voodoo, and reanimates the two little hellions to wreak havoc and start arguing if he is a boy (Glen) or a girl (Glenda).
Meanwhile, Jennifer Tilly (as herself) is sick of her career as the paramour to puppets as seen in the last outing. She’s determined to land the role of the Virgin Mary in Redman’s new biblical epic, and will do anything to make it happen. But the dolls have other plans: Determined to become real people, and to make Glen/Glenda a real live boy, Chucky and Tiffany decide to take the bodies of Redman and Jennifer Tilly, but only after giving Tilly a voodoo pregnancy so that Glen/Glenda has a nice human home. Coming to grips with the responsibilities of parenthood, Chucky and Tiffany also decide to quit killing cold turkey. Chucky crosses fingers, Tiffany tries the 12-step program (just wait until she confronts those she’s harmed), and the rest of the movie just gets weirder.
Seed of Chucky is pure camp, but damn can it do camp well. Seed of Chucky is one of the best chop-slop comedies since Army of Darkness. It delivers first-rate murder and mayhem performed by second-rate actors with a sense of humor about themselves (the best being Redman begging Tilly to call up Gina Gershon for a little Bound reunion).
If seeing the shortest psychos on record sounds like your shtick, check out Seed of Chucky. It lives up to its predecessors in both gore and laughs, and offs a lookalike of at least one annoying celebrity. Whoops, they did it again.
Now fetch the baster.