Seed of Chucky Review

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Orphaned evil doll Glen (Billy Boyd) brings his parents Chucky (Brad Dourif) and Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) back to life to wreak havoc on Hollywood.


Given that the killer doll franchise got a makeover from suspense-horror to self-referential splat-com with the surprisingly smart 'Bride Of Chucky', this fifth - and last? - instalment has no new direction to take.

Writer Don Mancini, promoting himself to director, heads for Romania-posing-as-Hollywood where Chucky (voiced by Brad Dourif), his bride Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) and their anatomically-incorrect offspring Glen or Glenda (Billy Boyd) mingle with the real Tilly, who gamely sends herself up in a barrage of chubby, dim, careerist slut jokes (I'm an Oscar-nominated actress, and now I'm fucking a puppet!').

As horror, it's a worn-out succession of gory, meaningless, hard-to-enjoy deaths, and too much of the running time is given over to puppets arguing with each other. As comedy, only Tilly's breathless, endearing commitment to self-humiliation lifts it into the two-star category.

Gory and meaningless, with too many puppet arguments. Only Tilly's self-humiliation raises it to the mildly diverting.