It's been eight years since the events in the second film, we now see that Andy is a teenager who has been enrolled in a military school. Play Pals Toy Company decides to re-release its Good Guys line, feeling that after all this time, the bad publicity has died down. As they re-used old materials, the spirit of Charles Lee Ray once again comes to life. In his search for Andy, Chucky falls into the hands of a younger boy, and he realizes that it may be easier to transfer his soul into this unsuspecting child. Andy is the only one who knows what Chucky is up to, and it's now up to him to put a stop to it.Written by
The film is widely thought to have been banned in the United Kingdom until 2002 as it was incorrectly believed to have contributed to the real life murder of James Bulger. In 1991, James was abducted by two 11-year-old boys, who took him to a railway line, tortured, and killed him. It was alleged that the two boys had watched this film and reenacted the violence. It was never proven that the boys ever watched this film or knew of its existence and the film was never banned in the U.K. See more »
Tyler plays video games while in military school. In reality, cadets would not be allowed to play games while in military school and, as such, Tyler should have had his console confiscated. See more »
This is Andy Barclay. Eight years ago, he touched off the scandal that nearly crippled this company. Claiming his Good Guy doll, Chucky was possessed by... Charles Lee Ray, the notorious Lakeshore Strangler.
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Several scenes cut from original version appear in the USA Network's version:
Additional dialogue between president of Play Pal toys and his assistant at the very beginning.
Andy talking with Tyler on the bus taking them to Kent military school;
a scene with Andy and Tyler talking as Andy is going to his room. Tyler offers to play pool with him but Andy declines;
Andy and Whitehurst talking outside as they stand at attention just before Shelton steps into the picture;
Tyler telling Andy how bad his hair looks after they get haircuts.
Shelton catches Andy & Desilva kissing in woods during wargames.
After death of garbage man, scene in which Andy is sitting in class, contemplatively, teacher snaps him back into it.
While it is not my favourite genre, there is an appreciation for the horror genre. Mainly watched 'Child's Play 3' having decided to recently watch and review all the films in the 'Child's Play'/Chucky series, having been intrigued for a long time by Chucky's horror icon status, a deserved distinction.
Do feel that the character himself is better than the films. The 'Child's Play'/Chucky films are very variable, with the first film being by far the best. None of the sequels are as good, though don't consider them unwatchable. 'Child's Play 3' has been deemed one of the, sometimes the, worst in the series. For me it is definitely the worst of the initial trilogy and although the title for worst is debatable it is a lesser one to me.
There are faults in 'Child's Play 3'. The story is predictable with no originality and too much of it is complete nonsense. Aside from with Chucky, the dialogue is really cheesy and with two exceptions the acting is lacking, Justin Whalin being especially annoying. The romance was a pointless distraction, there seemingly to pad out time, and a few of the characters behave idiotically.
Like the second film there is a rushed feel here, there is a sense of a relatively tight budget (although the film looks good still) and even tighter time constraints. Also felt that whereas the first 'Child's Play' avoided going the cheesy, goofy and formulaic route that it could easily have done considering the premise, 'Child's Play 3' did feel formulaic and too much of it failed to escape the unintentionally.
However, 'Child's Play 3' looks slick and suitably ominous and the special effects don't disappoint, they blend very well, look eerily life-like and move easily. The music is more ambitious and even more haunting here, it fits very well. While lacking the panache of Tom Holland's in the first 'Child's Play', John Lafia's direction is more than competent. Chucky's lines are like in the first two films, darkly witty and clever with one-liners that are smart, frighteningly sarcastic and entertainingly twisted. In terms of individual scenes, the climax comes off best, being a lot of fun
'Child's Play 3' does have entertainment value and some creepiness, with the attack scenes/kills and set pieces being creative and genuinely unsettling. Chucky is a character impossible to forget, the writers and effects team had the time of their lives clearly (as well as Brad Dourif of course). Wasn't crazy about the acting here, but will say that Andrew Robinson has an unsettling ball as his character. The biggest acting plus though, like the previous two films, is Dourif, the personification of malevolence and is also wickedly funny.
In conclusion, watchable but not great by any stretch. 5/10 Bethany Cox
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