Strange and Fantastic Tales of the 20th Century is a look back at the weirdest, most memorable, and most off center movies of the 20th century. From head turning horror to oddball science fiction, this column examines the films that will leave a lasting impression for centuries to come.
Season two of Chucky just wrapped up a few weeks ago, but I already miss it. High on Chucky madness, I decided to revisit 1998’s Bride of Chucky. At this point in the film series, we know Charles Lee Ray has left nothing but pain and suffering to those who crossed his path, but did he ever break any hearts? This week’s strange and fantastic tale is Bride of Chucky, which explores the many layers and complexities of Chucky’s ex main squeeze, Tiffany Valentine.
Jennifer Tilly gives a remarkable performance as Tiffany, a sexy trailer park lady with a penchant for murder. Tiffany is not just any woman, she is Chucky’s ex. With the help of a dismembered Chucky doll and a ritual from a Voodoo For Dummies book, Tiffany is ready to resurrect her long lost love. Things do not go as planned as Tiffany is reminded that Chucky was never a good boyfriend, to say the least. Things become complicated and Chucky kills Tiffany causing her soul to possess a doll dressed for marriage. Tiffany and Chucky team up to save their souls and preserve their immortality, but are sidetracked by a couple on their way to elopement. Chucky and Tiffany get swept up in the romance of the couple and sparks fly between them once again.
The kills are gruesome, the jokes are hilarious, and Tiffany is hands down the best character introduced to the Chuckyverse as she goes on to star in other films like Seed of Chucky and take on a major role in Chucky the television series. Jennifer Tilly is amazing. Tilly is a talented actress with stunning comedic timing. Her performance is as funny as it is murderous. Bride of Chucky leans into the comedy horror genre while still holding on to the spirit of the original films.
Brimming with the Hot Topic goth aesthetic of 1998, but also campy and on par with the traditional slasher films, Bride of Chucky serves as an excellent bridge to the Chucky films of the last twenty years. Don Mancini adapts Chucky with the times and shows an appreciation for his audience.
Doll sex, John Ritter, Alexis Arquette, and graveyard births all add to the magic and hysteria of Bride of Chucky. Watch this film with a sacrifice to Damballah.
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