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Child’s Play 3 (1991)
Dust and spider-webs have completely enveloped the factory in which the final scene took place from Child’s Play 2. We see a group of men cleaning up with Chucky’s mutilated body lying within the rubble. As he’s lifted and carried away, his blood falls inside a batch of plastic that is able to rebuild him once again, though now eight years after the last incident. The executive behind the Good Guy dolls having made up his mind that they are to be put out into the market again with hopes of this Andy kid long forgotten by now. Receiving a gift of the first doll just off the factory line, Sullivan (Peter Haskell) heads home for a celebratory drink and some practice putting. Making for a rather appropriate first victim in that it was his bright idea to even begin the line once again. His greed not surprising though, he is the head of a toy company after all. “Nothin’ like a good strangulation to get the circulation goin.”
We catch up with Andy who is now 16 and been sent to Kent Military School for his “delinquent” behavior. First stop after enrollment is the barber to do away with his long locks. Panic running over Andy when a Good Guy commercial begins and he’s taken back to the root of all his problems. Unaware that another danger awaited him in Napoleon form. Shelton (Travis Fine) was a soldier clearly not hugged enough as a child and thus took out his inner anger at anyone he could get away with doing so. Something of which De Silva (Perrey Reeves) had a problem with and intervened upon him trying to embarrass the new guy who was unaware of how to respond in military fashion. All the while Tyler (Jeremy Sylvers) is given a job of delivering an all too familiar package to Andy when bumped into and it falls down the stairs. Taking notice to the symbol for the doll having caught his interest, he takes it aside to a secret location to further look at with Chucky not too happy at first. Although, recalling technically in a new body, no one knew of his secret at this point and at this location. Deciding to play “hide the soul,” he’s interrupted once again as Colonel Cochrane (Dakin Matthews) retrieves the doll while reminding Tyler that one shouldn’t play with toys.
While running drills and told to fall out, Andy takes notice of the Colonel walking by and his new possession, making eye contact with in a rather eerie scene. Taking the doll to a garbage truck and tossing him in, Chucky yells for help as though thrown in by mistake to claim his second victim. Later that night as Andy unpacks he receives a late night visit from his old pal who speaks about having a new body lined up and not letting him get in the way this time. “Just think, Chucky’s gonna be a brother.” Shelton walks in to see Andy fighting with the doll that he takes in his possession stating to have a sister with a birthday coming up. Rummaging through his room later and letting Chucky get away who goes searching for Tyler; who had decided to play a game of hide and seek with “Charles.” Simultaneously De Silva and a friend break in to the Colonel’s office to obtain Andy’s file and see what he was in for. They find Tyler hiding and take the doll as they mess with him, leaving in a hurry after they hear the Colonel coming back to his office. Once inside and left alone with the doll, the sight of him springing to life is all too much and causes a heart attack.
School doesn’t get any better for Andy whose public displays of embarrassment only worsen as he tries to persuade Tyler to give up the doll who believes jealousy is to blame for his behavior. The next to receive a visit from Charles is the barber who discovers him while putting some things up and decides he would be the next soldier to get a trim. Spotted after by Whitehurst (Dean Jacobson) who seemed to succumb to shock as he returned outside where the annual war games would shortly begin. Chucky configuring a better plan of replacing paint ammunition with live bullets. That night they tell scary stories by the campfire and Andy steals the map to go find Tyler, who was on the red team. While lost in the woods and the blue team trailing close behind, Tyler makes his escape from Chucky and begins shouting for help. The doll takes De Silva hostage and calls the red team to make them aware that the blue team was gaining leverage of their next location. Everything starting to come together for Chucky with Tyler lying on the ground beneath him and both teams approaching; the red team being the one with real bullets. Shelton’s killed immediately and Whitehurst jumps on a grenade tossed to save those around him. Tyler runs off to a nearby carnival where Chucky catches up (surprised?) and they hide out in an employees only closet that leads to a bone-chilling ride where a grim reaper chops off half of the doll’s face. It’s a fight to the top of the ride and they find themselves with the ritual almost complete until the dolls shot. Andy makes it to the top and begins fighting with Chucky as he grabs a hold of his back and Tyler hangs on by a thread at the edge. Holding on, Andy’s given a knife to stab the doll as he then tosses him into the fan down below and explodes with blood and little guts flying everywhere.
I enjoyed the opening credits for this film. They run them while the doll is being made in the background but done so in a matter that makes me think of Jawbreaker when I see it now. Taking place 8 years after the sequel was another add to the story that made a lot of sense in where they choose to take Chucky’s adventures. Although the character of Tyler was a bit too innocent and annoying for me to favor, in any way. Travis Fine, who you may remember in Girl, Interrupted as the male nurse that spent the night with Susanna. Any who, he was a good adversary and had the whole “aura” of being an asshole down; whether a stretch in his actual personality or not, who knows. It was also good to see it from that aspect, with Andy’s own peers adding to his sense of paranoia and how life as a young adult was still hell (more so than expected) and had been shaped from a childhood experience in which still was believed by no one but his mother. You may recall Reeves as Frank the Tank’s wife in Old School. Frankly, she wasn’t something that added to the film or made it any worse by being in it either way. I liked that her character would stand up to Shelton and wasn’t afraid to not only do so in front of the entire platoon but gladly take the punishment standing behind her words.
So was Whalin a good choice as Andy? This came out a year after the second so it wasn’t like they could just wait for Alex Vincent to grow up and then make the installment. They would have lost a lot of people who appreciated the franchise I think, if had. It also just seemed the thing to do when up against other Horror series that were breezing through their sequels in the 80’s and establishing those most known in horror today. The doll looked the worst out of the first 3 films but with no Ed Gale or Kevin Yagher, that didn’t surprise me at all. Those pesky computers came around and took away all the hard work that was required for perfection; Go figure. Hard to imagine what they could come out with next after seeing the story unfold as had. However much as in the tradition of Halloween, years went by before deciding to bring back the series in a way to pull in younger audiences and for Chucky to attempt to regain his legacy once again.