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[Remember This?] What The Hell Did You Think Of ‘Seed Of Chucky’ When It Came Out?!

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I’m pretty sure I saw Seed Of Chucky on DVD at a friend’s house in Texas back in 2005. I’ve had the movie pegged in my mental catalogue of “seen it” for all these years. So it was a shock to revisit the film recently only to find that it felt like a totally new movie to me. I definitely remembered the opening sequence and the scene where Redman eats dinner with Jennifer Tilly (only to be steamingly disemboweled) had definitely flashed before my eyes on at least one prior occasion… but I drew a blank on the rest of it.

All this is a long way of saying that a few days ago I sat down with Seed Of Chucky only to think… ‘what the f*ck?” It’s funny because Seed – for almost 10 years now – has been held up as a bit of a red-headed stepchild (no pun intended) in the Child’s Play canon. During a recent rewatch of Bride Of Chucky, which I enjoyed, I thought to myself, “hey, this is pretty good. I’ll bet ‘Seed’ is about the same. All the haters just wanna gripe.” Nope. I was wrong. Seed is a completely different animal than Bride despite being an almost direct sequel to that film.

Where Bride added a fresh and funny-ish twist to the standard Child’s Play formula, Seed makes that twist the baseline for its universe – then adds another element of weird on top of it. I can totally get why it’s too much for some people, it’s not really a Child’s Play movie. And it’s not really all that good, either.

That’s not to say that I disliked the film necessarily, I think it’s an admirable failure. In fact, it manages to bravely dive headfirst into the abyss of double-failure by combining two sub-genres notorious for tanking: the horror-comedy and the showbiz comedy. That takes balls. It also reminds me of an era (I hate that 9 years ago is an “era”) where studios were a little more freewheeling with their signature properties. Billy Boyd’s Glen (aka Glenda aka Sh*thead) is a marvel of off-puttingness. At turns innocent and wildly homicidal, it’s hard to get a bearing on him and his doll seems like it was designed in the deepest basin of uncanny valley. But you still kind of root for him – especially when he turns into the cacklingly maniacal Glenda during the film’s climax. I’d argue that the film is worth watching purely for “WTF” moments like this.

But there’s also more than a few legitimate strikes against it. Every single “Hollywood” joke falls on its face, having been done before (and better) by many. The “Jennifer Tilly is a slut” gag is tiresome and oddly lazy for a movie that is otherwise so gleefully irreverent. Still, the overall batsh*t enthusiasm of the film keeps me going even if Seed is a failure when measured up against its own intentions.

What about you? What did you think the first time you saw Seed Of Chucky? And did any of you guys see it in a theater? If so, how did the audience react?

  • dr.lamb

    I have the same feelings about the movie: Thought it was not good, but I don’t hate it. Some of the jokes and references were hopelessly out of date two weeks after the release though, and roughly anyone will get them in about 10 years.

    • Raphael

      I watched this a few months back on Netflix and thought it was hilarious. It was enjoyable for what it was, whatever that is.

  • Sick_skwerl

    I saw this in theaters south of Chicago when I was 18. The audience was actually pretty receptive to the comedy (especially the bits with Redman, who was cruising on his recent How High fame). It was one of those Rocky Horror yelling-at-the-screen type crowds, and the kills all evoked more laughs than screams. And I remember some guy yelling “man, this isn’t scary at all!”. And I had to agree with him. Seed of Chucky is to Child’s Play as Freddy’s Dead is to A Nightmare On Elm Street.

    • ill_mindedd

      couldnt have said it better myself.

  • Krug09

    Its not a bad movie but it is the weakest in the series and a let down to Bride and the end twist but idk. i would say its a decent entry but a letdown.

  • Bouncy X

    i saw this in theaters and i was literally the only person there. its the first and only time i’ve ever experienced that, interesting and weird…especially when funny scenes came. i wanted to laugh but felt stoopid laughing alone. lol

    that said, i actually liked the movie then and like it now. i totally get and understand those who don’t but i thought it was a nice over the top weird lil flick. and as corny as the line is i love when Chucky finally accepts what he is when he says “i’m Chucky the killer doll, and i can dig it!”. 😛

  • ThunderDragoon

    I actually saw this in theaters when it came out. I really liked it at the time. I’ve watched it a lot since then, and while I don’t like it like I used to, it’s still a fun watch. It’s definitely not in the same field of awful as Freddy’s Dead or Jason Goes to Hell so I’m happy with that. I’m very excited to see Curse of Chucky. Can’t wait to see Chucky get back to his roots.

  • ill_mindedd

    was this movie ment to be taken seriously anyway?

  • SlothyPunk

    I saw this in the cinema with a mate and we were the only ones in there. Though it was 10am or something. Really enjoyed it for how bad it was. It’s not a good movie, but I’ve popped the DVD in a few times since its release and still enjoy it for the most part.

    The only part I really hated was near the end when Chucky decides he doesn’t wanna leave the Doll body any more. The need to get out of the Doll and in to a human has always been his raison d’etre.

    Also playing loose and fast with the “rules” of how they can enter the body of a human kinda p*ssed me off since Bride. Amulet my sweet patootie!

  • Sick_skwerl

    I do have to add: the “You’re pissing your pants! You’re pissing your pants!” scene is goddamn hilarious. I totally concede that.

  • Mr. Melvo

    I was sooooooooo disappointed by this movie. I remember seeing “Bride” with my dad in theaters back when it came out and we loved it! It had everything I wanted and it brought something new to the franchise we both loved plus the ending was an awesomr oh shit moment where we actually thought we would see another great film with “Seed” Damn were we wrong.

    I remember the opening of the film started off great, I really liked the throw back to the Chucky P.O.V from the original but as soon as that hideous little seed pissed himself moments after I was totally turned off. The whole movie made no sense at all and was terribly unfunny. I have since vowed never to watch it again. while I will certainly be purchasing the box set when it comes out, I can assure you that “Seed” Will never be watched or even touched by me. No revisiting this one for me. In fact, just reading about it here again was more than enough to remind me to stay away…..far.. far away

  • VictorCrowley

    I saw about 3 minutes of the film one time. Haven’t touched it since. For me, Chucky lost whatever he had after the second movie. He’s pretty much on par with characters like Leprechaun and the Demonic Toys at this point.

  • kaicooper

    for a comedy..yea its helarious
    but as a fan of Chucky series..this’s
    the most shitty movie in series ever

  • Lex

    shit it fucking sucked