Child's Play 2
|Child's Play 2|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Lafia|
|Produced by||David Kirschner|
|Written by||Don Mancini|
by Don Mancini
|Music by||Graeme Revell|
|Edited by||Edward Warschilka|
Living Doll Productions
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$35.8 million|
Child's Play 2 (known in Europe and Latin America as Chucky 2) is a 1990 American slasher film and the direct sequel to Child's Play, written by Don Mancini and directed by John Lafia, one of the co-writers in the first film. It is the second film in the Child's Play franchise and set two years after the first film; the plot follows Charles Lee Ray (better known as Chucky) continuing his pursuit for Andy Barclay, who was placed in foster care, and transferring his soul into him after being resurrected. The film stars Alex Vincent, who returns as Andy Barclay; Gerrit Graham and Jenny Agutter as Andy's foster parents; Christine Elise as Kyle; and Brad Dourif as the voice of Chucky. It is the debut appearance of Adam Wylie. In noteworthy contrast to the darker original, Child's Play 2 is the first in the series to incorporate a more campy, comedic approach, however it contained a more violent tone.
Child's Play 2 was released on November 9, 1990, exactly two years after the first film was released. The film grossed $35.8 million worldwide. It holds a 40% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 16 reviews. It was followed by Child's Play 3.
Two years after the death of Chucky, the remains of the doll are recovered and reassembled by the Play Pals Corporation, the producer of the Good Guy dolls, to reassure its stockholders after the negative publicity from the murders. During the process a power surge occurs and one of the assembly line workers is killed by electrocution. Mr. Sullivan, the chief executive officer of the company, orders his assistant Mattson to cover up the accident and dispose of Chucky, unaware that the doll has been resuscitated by the accident.
Meanwhile, Andy has been in foster care ever since the murders; his mother is in a mental hospital, having been pronounced insane for supporting his story about Chucky. Andy is adopted by Phil and Joanne Simpson, who have already adopted a cynical teenage girl named Kyle. Chucky soon discovers Andy's whereabouts by using Mattson's car phone to call Grace Poole, the manager of Andy's foster center, before hijacking his car at gunpoint and suffocating him with a plastic bag after he reaches the Simpson house. Chucky infiltrates the home by destroying another Good Guy doll called "Tommy" and replacing it with himself.
After Chucky destroys an heirloom which Joanne forbade the kids to touch, Phil grounds both Andy and Kyle for smashing Joanne's ornament. Andy spends the rest of the day bonding with Kyle, initially believing Chucky to be an ordinary Good Guy doll. That night Chucky ties Andy to his bed and reveals himself, but Kyle enters the room before he can complete the ritual to possess him. Kyle disbelieves Andy's assertions about Chucky, while Phil and Joanne believe Kyle to be responsible and throw Chucky in the basement, where he realizes that he is becoming human after suffering a nosebleed.
The next day, Chucky secretly follows Andy aboard the school bus and causes him to get detention from his teacher, Miss Kettlewell, by defacing his homework with vulgarity. Andy sneaks out of detention, while Chucky beats Miss Kettlewell to death with a yardstick. Phil continues to disbelieve Andy and considers returning him to the foster center.
That night, Andy sneaks into the basement to destroy Chucky with an electric knife, but Chucky overpowers him. When Phil arrives to investigate the commotion, Chucky trips him and breaks his neck. After finding Phil, Joanne immediately assumes Andy to be responsible and promptly sends him back to the foster center. Kyle discovers "Tommy" buried in the garden and realizes Andy was telling the truth. She rushes to warn Joanne, whom Chucky has already murdered by slitting her throat. Chucky ambushes Kyle and forces her to drive him to the foster center where Andy has been sent.
At the foster center, Chucky clears the building by pulling a false fire alarm. He stabs Grace to death and forces Andy to take him to the Play Pals toy factory for the transfer. Kyle pursues them to the factory, where Chucky knocks Andy unconscious and completes the ritual, only to suffer another nosebleed and realize that he is now permanently trapped as a doll. Enraged, he goes after both Andy and Kyle, intending to kill them. As Andy and Kyle search for an exit and Chucky chases them over the machinery, Kyle slams a gate shut on Chucky's hand, which Chucky pulls off and replaces with a makeshift blade.
After Chucky murders a factory technician, Kyle and Andy knock the doll into some machinery that mutilates him by attaching numerous arms and legs to his torso. Chucky escapes from the machinery by cutting off his own mixed waist, but his knife-hand gets stuck in a radiator when he attempts to stab Andy, who pours molten plastic all over the evil doll. The half-melted Chucky suddenly attacks them again; in the struggle, Kyle shoves a high-pressure air-hose into Chucky's mouth, blowing off his head. Andy and Kyle exit the factory, unsure of where to go, and walk off together.
United Artists released the original Child's Play in 1988 and greenlit the second film. The sequel was in pre-production when a UA executive told producer David Kirschner that the film was put on hold as the studio was about to be acquired by the Australian group Qintex, which decided it was not in their best interest to make horror films. Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox, The Price Company, Carolco, New Line Cinema, Walt Disney Studios, and Universal Pictures expressed interest in picking up the film rights to the series and sequel, with Universal winning the rights bid, after Steven Spielberg assisted Kirschner in convincing Universal's Sid Sheinberg to accept it.
A tie-in novelization to the film was later written by Matthew J. Costello. The author added in some of his own plot scenes exclusive to the novel, such as going deeper into Andy Barclay and Chucky's past. Chucky is characterized to have an absent father and his abusive mother being a dwarf. Chucky got teased a lot because of this and later strangled his mother to death. Also, Chucky was put in special classes when he was younger.
The film opened at number one in the US with an opening weekend gross of $10,718,520 from 1,996 screens in the US. The film grossed a total of $28,501,605 in the US and an additional $7.3 million internationally for a worldwide gross of $35.8 million.
Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 40% based on 15 reviews. Evan Dickson of Bloody Disgusting, in describing how it surpasses the original film, wrote, "Child's Play 2 manages to strip away all artifice and still manage to be an effective slasher." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.
Variety wrote, "Child's Play 2 is another case of rehashing the few novel elements of an original to the point of utter numbness." Gene Siskel gave the film zero stars out of four, calling it "A vicious, ugly little thriller." Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times thought the original was "a terrific one-of-a-kind thriller," but "Not so the sequel. It's an all-out horror film—handsomely produced but morbid and not in the least amusing to watch." Richard Harrington of The Washington Post called it "an inevitable sequel that's not as good as its progenitor, but better than most movies with the numbers 2 through 8 in their titles."
Home video releases
Child's Play 2 was first released on VHS by MCA/Universal Home Video in North America on April 11, 1991. The film was later released on DVD in 1999 and bundled with the fourth film Bride of Chucky. It was released in multiple collections, such as:
- The Chucky Collection (alongside Child's Play 3 and Bride of Chucky), released on October 7, 2003.
- Chucky - The Killer DVD Collection (alongside Child's Play 3, Bride and Seed of Chucky), released on September 19, 2006.
- Chucky: The Complete Collection (alongside Child's Play 1 and 3, Bride, Seed and Curse of Chucky), released on October 8, 2013.
- Chucky: Complete 7-Movie Collection (alongside Child's Play 1 and 3, Bride, Seed, Curse and Cult of Chucky), released on October 3, 2017.
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