THE RATING

After the tragic events of the first film, Karen Barclay is committed to an asylum and her son Andy is placed into foster care. Hoping to save their reputation (and their company), Play Pals Toys reconstructs the killer doll from scratch in order to prove to the public that nothing was wrong with it in the first place. Unbeknownst to them, in doing so, they also brought the soul of serial killer Charles Lee Ray back to life, and all hell breaks loose once again. As Chucky tries to locate Andy, the body count rises. Will Andy be able to escape, or will Chucky succeed in finally possessing his body?

Matt: As sequels go, 'Child's Play 2' proved to be one of the more solid entries of the 1990s. The setting is two years later, and Chucky is rebuilt by the toy company hoping to save their own skin. This sounds like something that would totally happen in real life. Could you imagine if this happened to a company like Mattel? You know damn well they'd be in damage control mode and would do something similar to what Play Pals did. As far fetched as the voodoo storyline continues to be, by this point, fans are more accepting of Chucky as an entity and as a result, more satisfied with the carnage that follows. Alex Vincent returns and delivers a strong performance as Andy, and Brad Dourif again voiced Chucky, allowing the strength of character continuity carrying over from the original. My main knock on this film is the fact that both Karen Barclay and Detective Norris are never heard from. We only get the measly explanation that Karen was committed. But what about Mike? And Santos, the only other cop who saw Chucky was alive? If they had explained that or brought back those characters in some form, this would have been a solid 9 or 10. But as it is, I give it an 8.5, with a bonus half of a point because this was the first Chucky film I saw, when it premiered on USA Network. 8.5 out of 10.

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