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Child's Play 2 (known in Europe and Latin America as Chucky 2)[4] is a 1990 American supernatural 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
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Lafia
Produced byDavid Kirschner
Written byDon Mancini
Based onCharacters
by Don Mancini
Starring
Music byGraeme Revell
CinematographyStefan Czapsky
Edited byEdward Warschilka
Production
company
Living Doll Productions[1]
Distributed byUniversal Pictures[1]
Release date
  • November 9, 1990 (1990-11-09)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$13 million[2]
Box office$35.8 million[2][3]

Child's Play 2 was released on November 9, 1990, exactly two years after the first film was released. The film took in an estimated $10.8 million in 1,996 screens and grossed an estimated $28.5 million in the United States. It holds a 40% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 15 reviews. It was followed by Child's Play 3.

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PlotEdit

Two years after the murderous doll was destroyed by the Barclays and Detective Norris, Chucky is resurrected by the PlayPals company to prove there is no fault with the dolls. As a result of Andy Barclay blaming Chucky for the murders committed, the company has suffered. One of the men working on Chucky is killed by electrocution. Mr. Sullivan, the CEO of the company, orders his assistant Mattson to cover up the accident and get rid of Chucky.

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. Despite her troubled nature, Kyle soon hits it off with Andy.

After work, Mattson drops by the corner store. Right after he leaves his car, Chucky uses the car phone to call Grace Poole, the manager of Andy's foster center. He claims to be a relative of Andy's, in order to get the boy's new address. Chucky hijacks the car at gunpoint, ordering Mattson to drive him to the Simpson residence. After Mattson does so, Chucky suffocates him with a plastic bag.

Entering the Simpson house, Chucky finds another Good Guys doll called "Tommy", which he demolishes; in the process, Chucky also destroys an antique ornament which Joanne forbade the kids to touch. Chucky then poses as Tommy after burying the other doll in the Simpsons' garden. Phil grounds both Andy and Kyle for (supposedly) smashing Joanne's ornament. Andy spends the rest of the day with Kyle, until Chucky pops in and trusses him up. Kyle walks in just as this is happening, only to be accused of tying up Andy herself. Andy protests his sister's innocence, but Phil and Joanne refuse to believe him either. Alone in the Simpsons' basement, Chucky discovers that his nose is bleeding, which indicates that he is gradually turning human again. He realizes that if he does not possess Andy soon, he will remain a doll forever.

The next day, Chucky hitches a ride on the bus to Andy's new school. Caught between the class bully and Chucky (who writes an obscenity on Andy's worksheet), Andy is slapped with detention by his teacher, Miss Kettlewell. Andy sneaks out of detention, while Chucky "canes" Miss Kettlewell to death with a yardstick. Still nobody believes Andy's story about Chucky; Phil is ready to send the boy back to the foster center.

That night, Andy sneaks into the basement to destroy Chucky with an electric knife, but Chucky is too quick for him. When Phil arrives to investigate the commotion, Chucky trips him and breaks his neck. Joanne comes to find her husband murdered. She jumps to the conclusion that Andy is responsible, although the boy insists otherwise, and promptly sends him back to the foster center. Kyle discovers "Tommy" buried in the garden and realizes Andy was telling the truth all along. 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 then stabs Grace to death and forces Andy to take him to the PlayPals toy factory for the transfer. Kyle gives chase to the factory, where Chucky knocks Andy unconscious and performs the ritual which will transfer his soul into the boy's body. However, after Chucky finishes the chant, his nose bleeds. Chucky realizes he has spent too much time within the doll's body and is now trapped there permanently; enraged, he goes after both Andy and Kyle with the intention of killing them.

Andy and Kyle negotiate a conveyor, onto which Chucky pursues them. Kyle slams a gate shut on Chucky's hand, which is severed. Chucky attaches a knife-blade to his arm as a replacement for the lost hand. He then murders a factory technician, but is tricked by Kyle and Andy, who knock him into some machinery and throw an "emergency-assembly" switch. The machinery mutilates Chucky, attaching numerous arms and legs to his torso.

Chucky escapes from the machinery by cutting off his own mixed waist. Kyle is struck by the technician's corpse, which swings from a crane, knocking her unconscious. Chucky attempts to stab Andy, but his knife-hand gets stuck in a radiator. Andy pours molten plastic all over the evil doll, then saves Kyle by pulling her off the conveyor belt. The half-melted Chucky suddenly jumps them again; in the struggle, Kyle shoves a high-pressure air-hose into Chucky's mouth. The evil doll's head swells and explodes, defeating him for good.

Andy and Kyle exit the factory. She tells him they're going home, but then admits she has no idea where "home" is. They walk off together, into the dawn.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

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. After offers with Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Columbia Pictures, 20th Century Fox (now a subsidiary of Disney.), The Price Company, Carolco (who during this time had a distribution deal with Columbia's sister studio, TriStar Pictures), New Line Cinema (now a label of Warner Bros.), and Disney's Touchstone Pictures label to buy the film were rejected, Kirschner produced it independently with Universal Pictures distributing.[5]

NovelizationEdit

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.

ReceptionEdit

Box officeEdit

Its opening weekend earned an estimated $10,718,520 on 1,996 screens in the US. The film grossed an estimated $28,501,605 in the US and was #1 at the box office.[6] It grossed an additional $7.2 million internationally.

Critical responseEdit

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 40% based on 15 reviews.[7] 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."[8] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.[9]

Variety wrote, "Child's Play 2 is another case of rehashing the few novel elements of an original to the point of utter numbness."[10] Gene Siskel gave the film zero stars out of four, calling it "A vicious, ugly little thriller."[11] 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."[12] 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."[13]

Home video releasesEdit

Child's Play 2 was first released on VHS in North America on April 11, 1991.[14] 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.[15]
  • Chucky - The Killer DVD Collection (alongside Child's Play 3, Bride and Seed of Chucky), released on September 19, 2006.[16]
  • Chucky: The Complete Collection (alongside Child's Play 1 and 3, Bride, Seed and Curse of Chucky), released on October 8, 2013.[17]
  • Chucky: Complete 7-Movie Collection (alongside Child's Play 1 and 3, Bride, Seed, Curse and Cult of Chucky), released on October 3, 2017.

SequelsEdit

The film was followed by Child's Play 3 in 1991, Bride of Chucky in 1998, Seed of Chucky in 2004, Curse of Chucky in 2013 and Cult of Chucky in 2017.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Child's Play 2 (1990)". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Child's Play 2 (1990)". The Numbers. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  3. ^ "Child's Play 2". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  4. ^ Chucky 2, VINCENT,ALEX/AGUTTER,JENNY/GRAHAM,GERRIT, retrieved 2019-03-15
  5. ^ Cieply, Michael (1989-08-21). "New UA Team Won't Touch 'Child's Play II'". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ Broeske, Pat H. (1990-11-12). "Child's Play Sequel No. 1 at Box Office : Films: Kevin Costner's 'Dances With Wolves' debuts with the highest per-screen average of the year". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-22.
  7. ^ "Child's Play 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  8. ^ Dickson, Evan (2013-09-24). "Is 'Child's Play 2' Better Than 'Child's Play'?!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  9. ^ "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com.
  10. ^ "Review: 'Child's Play 2'". Variety. 1990. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  11. ^ Siskel, Gene (December 7, 1990). "Siskel's Flicks Picks". Chicago Tribune. Section 7, p. C.
  12. ^ Thomas, Kevin (November 9, 1990). "'Child's Play 2' Plays Up the Horror". Los Angeles Times. F8.
  13. ^ Harrington, Richard (November 12, 1990). "More Nasty Games From 'Child's Play'". The Washington Post. B6.
  14. ^ "HOME VIDEO; New Video Releases". The New York Times. 1991-04-18. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  15. ^ Goldman, Eric (2006-09-08). "Double Dip Digest: Child's Play". IGN. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  16. ^ Jane, Ian (2006-09-21). "Chucky: The Killer DVD Collection". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2016-01-17.
  17. ^ Zupan, Michael (2013-10-11). "Chucky: The Complete Collection (Blu-ray)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2016-01-17.

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