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Bride of Chucky is a 1998 American supernatural fiction slasher comedy film and the fourth installment of the Child's Play franchise. The film is written by Don Mancini and directed by Ronny Yu, and stars Jennifer Tilly (who plays and voices the title character Tiffany) and Brad Dourif (who voices Chucky), as well as John Ritter, Katherine Heigl and Nick Stabile.
Unlike the first three Child's Play films, this film takes a more humorous turn and often into self-referential parody. It does not continue on with the concept of a child victim in possession of the doll, thus the absence of Child's Play in the title. From this entry and onward, Chucky became the official brand name of the film series. Bride of Chucky follows the events of Child's Play 3 in continuity, but not tonally or in a continuation of those films' overall plot (where Chucky pursued the character Andy Barclay in the first and second films and later Tyler in the third film). This film also marks Chucky's new permanent look, a more frightening appearance in which his face is covered in stitches, staples, and scars following his fate in Child's Play 3. Although made seven years after, the setting is one month following the events depicted in Child's Play 3.
One month after Chucky's demise in the last film, Tiffany, a former girlfriend and accomplice of serial killer Charles Lee Ray, acquires Chucky's remains from a police compound after murdering an officer who had access to the evidence locker. Believing that Ray's soul still inhabits the doll, Tiffany crudely stitches Chucky back together and reenacts the voodoo ritual which had instilled Ray's soul inside the doll ten years ago.
The incantations fail at first, but Chucky suddenly springs to life and kills Tiffany's Goth admirer Damien as Tiffany looks on with excitement. Later, Tiffany and Chucky have an argument because Tiffany believed that Chucky wanted to marry her. Upon learning he had no intention of doing so, Tiffany locks Chucky in a playpen, and later gives him a doll in a wedding dress to make fun of him. While Tiffany is taking a bath, Chucky escapes the play pen and pushes the television set into the bathtub, electrocuting her. He then uses the same voodoo ritual to transfer Tiffany's soul into the bride doll, in order for her to feel what he went through as a living doll. Still intent on becoming human again, Chucky plans to retrieve the magical amulet that was buried with Ray's body, and use the bodies of Tiffany's neighbor Jesse and his girlfriend Jade as hosts for their souls.
Tiffany sends Jesse a message asking him to transport the two dolls to Hackensack, New Jersey, in exchange for money. Jesse convinces Jade to go with him, but as they pack up, Jade's strict and overprotective uncle police chief Warren plants a bag of marijuana in Jesse's van to frame him. Chucky and Tiffany set up a car airbag to launch nails into his face, then hide the body. The oblivious Jesse and Jade return and begin their trip.
Outside a convenience store, they are pulled over by Officer Norton, who searches Jesse's car and finds the marijuana. As he goes back to his patrol car to report it, Chucky causes the car to explode, killing Officer Norton in the process, and Jesse and Jade flee the scene. They stop at a wedding chapel/hotel and get married. Meanwhile, Warren, still alive, tries to escape but is killed by Chucky. While Jesse and Jade are at the hotel, a con artist couple steals Jesse's money. As the criminals have sex in their room, Tiffany throws a bottle at the mirrored ceiling. The falling shards of glass kill the two con artists. Amazed at the murder, Chucky proposes to Tiffany.
The next morning, a maid finds the corpses of the couple, and Jesse and Jade drive away with their best friend David, who knew about their plan to elope. David reveals that Jesse and Jade are the main suspects for all of the deaths. He finds Warren's body in the car and confront them. The dolls come alive and hold them hostage with guns, ordering them to keep driving. David alerts a police officer and is instantly killed by a passing truck. Horrified, Jesse and Jade drive away with the dolls.
Chucky and Tiffany reveal their plan, and direct Jesse to steal a mobile home to use as a new vehicle to evade the police. While Tiffany prepares Jade for the body-switch, Jade convinces her to turn on Chucky. A fight between Tiffany and Chucky ensues. Jade locks Tiffany into an oven, while Jesse pushes Chucky out the window. Chucky shoots at Jesse, causing the mobile home to run off the road and into a ditch. Chucky forces Jade at gunpoint to take him to his grave site, while Jesse takes Tiffany and follows them. Chucky orders Jade to open the casket and take the amulet, which she does. Jesse then appears with Tiffany and they trade hostages, but Chucky throws a knife into Jesse's back, and ties up the couple for the ritual.
Before Chucky begins the incantation, Tiffany distracts Chucky, then unsuccessfully attempts to kill him. After a fight, Tiffany is stabbed in the heart and collapses. Jesse knocks Chucky into his grave, and Jade grabs Chucky's gun and shoots him to death. A private investigator arrives and witnesses the scene. The investigator contacts the police, telling them that Chucky is responsible for the murders and sends the couple on their way.
As the investigator inspects Tiffany, she gives birth to a baby doll before finally dying. The baby doll then attacks the investigator and the scene cuts to black.
- Brad Dourif as the voice of Chucky
- Jennifer Tilly as Tiffany/the voice of Tiffany Ray
- Katherine Heigl as Jade
- Nick Stabile as Jesse
- Alexis Arquette as Howard Fitzwater/Damien Baylock
- Gordon Michael Woolvett as David Collins
- John Ritter as Chief Warren Kincaid
- Lawrence Dane as Lt. Preston
- Michael Louis Johnson as Officer "Needlenose" Norton
- James Gallanders as Russ
- Janet Kidder as Diane
- Vince Corazza as Officer Robert Bailey
- Kathy Najimy as Motel Maid
- Blondie - "Call Me"
- Rob Zombie - "Living Dead Girl"
- The Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies - "Boogie King"
- White Zombie - "Thunder Kiss '65"
- Coal Chamber - "Blisters"
- Monster Magnet - "See You in Hell"
- Judas Priest - "Blood Stained"
- Type O Negative - "Love You to Death"
- Slayer - "Human Disease"
- Stabbing Westward - "So Wrong"
- Powerman 5000 - "The Son of X-51"
- Bruce Dickinson - "Trumpets of Jericho"
- Static-X - "Bled for Days"
- Motörhead - "Love for Sale"
- Kidneythieves - "Crazy"
- Graeme Revell - "We Belong Dead"
Box office and reception
Bride of Chucky was released in North America on October 16, 1998 on 2,467 movie screens. It managed to pull in $11,830,855 on its opening weekend, with a total North American gross of $32,383,850 and another $18,288,000 internationally. Its worldwide gross was $50,671,850, making it the most financially successful Child's Play film to date, beating the original Child's Play by 6 million dollars.
Critical reception was mixed. The film received overall better reviews than its 1991 predecessor, with praise directed towards the roles of the antagonists by Jennifer Tilly and Brad Dourif, as well as its dark humor and self-referential parody. However, the film disappointed some fans of the series, due to the sudden change in tone from full-fledged horror to horror-comedy and no appearance or mentioning of the character Andy Barclay from the previous three films with only a reference in a newspaper article at the beginning of the movie. The film currently holds a 44% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 34 reviews.
|Saturn Award||Best Horror Film||Bride of Chucky||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Jennifer Tilly||Nominated|
|Best Writer||Don Mancini||Nominated|
|Fantafestival||Best Actress||Jennifer Tilly||Won|
|Best Special Effects||Bride of Chucky||Won|
|Gérardmer Film Festival||Special Jury Prize||Ronny Yu||Won|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Villain||Chucky||Nominated|
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