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Child’s Play 2 (1990)

Directed by John Lafia Written by Don Mancini

  We begin with rebuilding Chucky. Scraping away and removing his eyeballs; almost as though the first film never even occurred. A limo pulls up to the Good Guy doll’s factory where we see Mattson (Greg Germann) explaining the current location of the boy (Andy) who had hurt their business rather badly with claims of being a killer doll. No worries however since the factory would be up and running once again, planning to rebuild the exact same doll from head to toe to prove a point. Why…just, why? Sullivan (Peter Haskell) wanting to see the doll personally and it’s upon the entering of the eyes that an electric charge is able to bring back Charles Lee Ray and he claims his first victim effortlessly. We pick up back with Andy (Vincent) who had been placed in foster care and was speaking with a psychiatrist, discussing his “bad dreams.” Suggested speaking about them which should in turn, make them go away. Regulars around children, Joanne (Jenny Agutter) and Phil Simpson (Gerrit Graham) “offer” to foster the child while his mother made a recovery from the trauma caused the previous year. Phil separately showing obvious discern for the situation, unsure if being qualified to take care of such a disturbed child.

  Taken home and introduced to the Simpson’s foster daughter Kyle, (Christine Elise) he’s then shown to his room. While rummaging around in the closet a Good Guy doll falls on him as Joanne apologizes for not remembering and getting rid of the doll immediately. Chucky adds to his death toll by making Mattson his next victim and finding his way to the Simpson’s house after looking through files and getting the address. Wasting little time in getting rid of the previous Good Guy doll and burying him in the yard, underneath the swing. Phil is upset the next day concerning a broken statue both Kyle and Andy are grounded until someone fessed up, fingers pointed at Andy. He exchanges in conversation with Kyle while Phil discusses with Joanne how maybe offering to take him was a bad idea. Andy later finding the Good Guy doll, checking the back to ensure batteries were included this time around. Later that night, awoken to his arms and legs tied to the bed with Chucky hovering above with the offer of a new game called “Hide the soul.” Interrupted by the parents who assume Kyle was responsible having found her in Andy’s room who was simply trying to help. Phil’s solution being to simply throw the doll down to the basement and reiterate how it was only a doll. But couldn’t you entertain the child and throw away for good for his sake? Just saying. 

  The next day is a start at a new school where Andy is set aside from the get go when teacher Miss Kettlewell believes him to have written profane language on his work and instructs him to sit with head down as she marched to the office to report him at once. Locking the doll in the closet, the teacher returns to find Andy gone and faces a bit of punishment herself by another’s hand. Phil has had quite enough at this point and begins fighting with Joanne over keeping the child exclaiming he wasn’t theirs to begin with. That night Andy goes to the kitchen to grab a weapon and heads down to the basement to take care of Chucky with the electric blade having chosen. The doll gets the drop on Andy as Phil soon opens the basement door to find out what the noise he had heard was. Walking down the stairs he’s tripped by Chucky and soon falls to his death, breaking his neck. Taken back to the center with Joanne now, wanting nothing to do with the boy, he’s able to warn Kyle of the doll and how it was alive.

  After throwing out the doll and smoking a cigarette while on their swing, Kyle begins to uncover the dirt from where the doll had been buried as she slowly approaches the trash to ensure what she had seen was correct. Grabbing a knife and heading up to Joanne’s room having heard a noise; finding her sitting at her sewing machine strangled to death. Chucky rises from the sheets behind her as they engage in fisticuffs with Chucky getting the upper-hand, naturally. Held by a knife and told to drive, they head to the facility to find Andy to complete the ritual. Once there pulling the alarm while Andy takes the blame and Chucky comes about and murders the women, locking Kyle out of the office. Taken captive and heading inside a truck they set off in a hot pursuit with Kyle not too far off, making their way to the Good Guy factory. Starting the spell with Andy unconscious, he’s able to summon a storm that almost worked if not for the fact that it was already too late. Too much time had been spent in the doll’s body as boxes fall atop him and Andy comes to, running off towards Kyle. The doll falls apart a bit more while attempting to catch up with the two. A long and exhausting chase around the factory ends with Chucky being nailed to a platform on the conveyor belt as his body is mutilated by the adding of other doll parts. But ain’t nobody gonna break ah his stride and he comes back to life with one final hit that blows him to bits with the help of melted plastic and an air hose.

  I usually prefer when a series is able to pick up right after the original, in this case, Mancini stuck with the whole series so I liked that even more. In a ten-year time span Jenny Agutter was able to star in two movies that were both equally important to the horror genre…lucky girl. Not so lucky of the events that happen behind her characters but…semantics. Gerrit Graham played the role of the uptight prick rather well I thought. I can completely understand being weary of the fact that the new foster child you’ve offered to care for has a possibility of having a killer doll as a “friend to the end.” However flat-out rude about the situation and made little effort to show Andy any empathy, so I didn’t mind at all to see his neck finally get broken. Wanted to do it myself at moments. Elise, as the “punk rock” rebel whose too cool for school attitude got her in more trouble than recognized for was an okay choice but simply another character within the world; none of the “family” members taking too much away from Andy and the doll. These first three movies are more about Chucky and Andy’s relationship. Alex Vincent had just been there, done that with the first film so had it a bit easier than the other actors. Dourif returned in this film (every film) and that’s what helps sell it as well. The day they start making movies about Chucky with no Brad Dourif may be the day they encounter my fury!…moving on. The story was great in that it completely made sense of what would occur following the first installment events. Not to mention the further psychological damage and fact that now, no parent would want a child that comes with this much baggage, at least not in the killing sense. Which led us to the third installment to complete Andy’s story-line having ended up in Military School.