Child's Play 3 (1991)

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Connections: Child's Play

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. --IMDb
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Review by Crispy
Added: August 7, 2008
In most multi-sequel franchises, there's always that one movie that leaves you completely dumbfounded. Movies that, when the credits finally roll, you can't help but feel that the filmmakers were intentionally trying to sabotage the series. When you're talking about Chucky, that movie is Child's Play 3. Granted, I didn't find it as horrible as most fans will claim, but it's certainly not much better.

Although the movie was released less than a year after Child's Play 2, the story instead picks up eight years later. The negative media stemming from Chucky's rampages have put the Good Guys dolls on the brink of bankruptcy, but as the old cliche goes, 'time heals all wounds' and the powers that be have decided to bring the toy back to the market. While reopening the factory, the workers discover Chucky's body, still a misshapen pile of plastic from last time. Not exactly worried about killer dolls, the crew picks up the mess, ignoring the massive quantities of blood coming from it, and accidentally get blood into the vat of plastic, enabling Chucky to be reborn in a brand new body. Or something. They kind of glossed over that part, but the important thing is that Chucky is back for more, and since he was the first one off the line, he was delivered to the CEO of the company. Chucky wastes no time in taking the guy out, and checks his files to learn that his old pal Andy, now sixteen years old, has bounced around foster homes and has just been placed into a military school. Obviously, Andy isn't having the greatest time there; he has no clue what's going on half the time, his commanding officer is a complete dick, but things are about to get a lot worse for him. Chucky has mailed himself to the school, and realizing that his 'rebirth' is a veritable reset button on his condition, he tells his secret to a young boy so he can transfer his soul. Knowing full well that no one is going to believe his story of a killer doll, Andy takes it upon himself to protect the boy and take Chucky out once again.

OK, I can kind of understand why they decided to use this jump into the future route. After all, he's spent two movies chasing this kid around, maybe going after a teenager would be a nice way to change things up a bit. Fair enough, but hey, let's just say fuck it and set him after a kid anyway. Obviously a failed attempt to keep the fans who didn't want to see any changes, but this is solid proof that you can't make everyone happy. If you're going to change the plot of a movie, then change it. Nothing good is going to come from straddling the line. Plus, the new military setting was blatantly wasted. Chucky, being the sick S.O.B. we all love, could have had a fucking ball with all the heavy artillery that could have been laying around, instead these kills are the least creative, and least gory, in the series. Hell, one of which includes Chucky jumping out, screaming, and the guy dies of a heart attack. Even Chucky himself yells out, "You have got to be kidding me!" Other than one kill with a grenade, every one here has either been done before, or never should have been done at all.

So Justin Whalin took the handoff Alex Vincent in the role of Andy, and while he's definitely a trade up due to the age difference, that's still not saying much. Although you still got Jeremy Sylvers filling in the annoying child role. In fact, you can't say much for most of the "actors" here. Perrey Reeves as Andy's girlfriend, Dean Jacobson as the geek, Travis Fine as the dickhead cadet. The only one who was actually entertaining was Andrew Robinson, who played this strange, obsessed barber. Good stuff I tell you. And of course it goes without saying that Brad Dourif once again shines as Chucky.

Child's Play 3 is widely regarded as the worst movie in the franchise, and I can definitely see why. Like the last movie, this tries to add a little comedy to the mix, but it's not until the next movie that they really pump in the humor. Granted, it took them seven years to get it out after how badly this one bombed, but what can you do. Despite all the criticism, I'm not going to tell you to avoid it at all costs, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to hunt it down. 3.5/10.
bluemeanie #1: bluemeanie - added August 8, 2008 at 12:41pm
You know...this one is bad...but still entertaining in a guilty pleasure sort of way. This was really when Chucky turned into more of a stand-up comedian than anything else. What the hell...I'll give it 5.5/10.
Tristan #2: Tristan - added May 12, 2009 at 5:16pm
Much worse than the first two, but like meanie said, it was a guilty pleasure and the start of Chucky's one-liners.

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