Child’s Play 2 (1990)

In “Child’s Play 2,” director Jon Lafia opts for a more vicious follow up where Chucky goes on a veritable rampage. What made “Child’s Play” so unique is we were never quite sure if Chucky was murdering people, if Andy was, or if Chucky was influencing Andy to become a serial killer. Only on the second act do we get a complete verification of the mystery. In “Child’s Play 2” Chucky is on a campaign of murder and violence where he not only proceeds to ruin Andy’s life, but everyone else’s life in the process. It’s a somewhat polarizing sequel, but something that definitely opts for different this time out.

Arguably the best film in the “Child’s Play” movie series, part two is where Chucky is allowed to wisecrack and slay as many people as he possibly can. The second film is less subtle and complex and based a lot more on simplicity and vicious murders that Chucky commits with pure delight. Brad Dourif returns for the role of the killer doll this time around, as the follow up reveals the more disastrous fall out from the first film. Surprisingly, things didn’t turn out too well for Andy after “Child’s Play.” Andy is now an orphan who is adopted by a new family after his mother was administered to a mental hospital for supporting Andy’s story about Chucky. Sadly, Chucky’s charred remains are recycled by the Play Pal corporation, and anxious to prove there was no defect, Chucky is completely redone in a new mold.

Oddly the soul is still in the doll, even though it’s heavily implied Chucky officially dies in the end of the first film. Surely enough, Chucky is back and begins looking for Andy in an effort to finally pin him down and complete the soul transfer once and for all. Once again, Andy is being blamed for a lot of convenient scenarios where Chucky begins murdering people and sabotaging his life. The Don Mancini penned sequel lacks the engaging interplay between Andy and his mother and curiously writes off just about everyone from the first film in exchange for new characters, all of whom are more or less cannon fodder for Chucky. If anything, we at least get horror veterans like Garrett Graham, and Jenny Agutter, as well as Beth Grant, who is always fun playing a heel. Christine Elise is also a solid supporting player, offering the big sister dynamic this time around.

“Child’s Play 2” is much meaner and simple than the first film, but it’s at least a solid follow up with a fun finale in a toy factory that I always enjoyed. Chucky never runs out of fun ways to slay his victims, and Dourif obviously loves playing the character.