Child's Play 3 is a 1991 American slasher film and the third installment in the Child's Play film series. The film is written by Don Mancini and directed by Jack Bender, with Brad Dourif returning as the voice of Chucky. Although released only nine months later, the story takes place eight years following the events of Child's Play 2 and one month before the events of Bride of Chucky (which was made seven years later). It was executive-produced by David Kirschner, who produced the first two Child's Play films.
The film became notorious in the United Kingdom when it was suggested it might have inspired the real-life murders of British children James Bulger and Suzanne Capper, suggestions rejected by officers investigating both cases.
Plot: Eight years after Chucky's second demise, the Play Pals company has recovered from the bad publicity brought about by Chucky's murder spree and resumes manufacturing of the Good Guys dolls. The company restores the abandoned factory (where Chucky's mutilated body still remains) and starts releasing a new line of Good Guys dolls. However, the workers accidentally mix Chucky's blood into a vat of plastic. Since the soul of serial killer Charles Lee Ray still inhabits the remains, the mixture causes Chucky to be reborn. Chucky is unwittingly given to Play Pals' CEO Mr. Sullivan, whom he kills with a variety of toys. He then uses computer records to locate Andy.
Meanwhile, 16-year-old Andy Barclay, still troubled by his past encounters with Chucky, has been sent to Kent Military Academy after failing to cope in several foster homes. Colonel Cochrane, the school's commandant, begrudgingly enrolls Andy but advises him to forget his "fantasies" about the doll. Andy befriends cadets Harold Aubrey Whitehurst, Ronald Tyler, an 8-year-old cadet he met on his way to Kent, and Kristin DeSilva, for whom he develops romantic feelings. He also meets Brett C. Shelton, a lieutenant colonel who routinely bullies the cadets.
Shortly after Andy arrives, Tyler is asked to deliver a package to his room. Tyler realizes that the package contains a Good Guys doll and, excited, takes it to the cellar to open it, only to have Chucky burst free from the package, intending to possess his now teenaged nemesis. When Chucky sees that Andy is not there, he is furious that Tyler took the package. Remembering the rule from his late voodoo instructor John Bishop that he can possess the first person who learns his true nature and that he has a new body, Chucky tells Tyler his secret, and decides to make Tyler his new target. Just as Chucky is about to possess him, they are interrupted by Cochrane, who takes the doll away. Cochrane throws Chucky into a garbage truck, but Chucky escapes by luring the driver into the truck's compactor and crushing him. That night, Chucky attacks Andy and tells him his plans for taking over Tyler's body instead of Andy’s and tells Andy to stay out of his way. Before Andy can attack Chucky, Shelton comes in and takes the doll from him. Andy tries to get the doll back by sneaking into Shelton's room (where Chucky steals a dagger from a wooden wall mounted plaque containing blades), but Shelton catches him in the act. Upon realizing the doll has vanished, Shelton suspects it stolen and forces all the cadets to do exercises in the courtyard as punishment.
Andy unsuccessfully tries to warn Tyler about Chucky. At one point, Chucky lures Tyler into playing hide-and-seek in Cochrane's office, where he attempts to possess Tyler again. However, they are interrupted by DeSilva and Ivers, and, moments later, Cochrane himself. When the cadets leave, Cochrane is suddenly confronted by a knife-wielding Chucky. The resulting shock causes Cochrane to suffer a fatal heart attack. The next morning, Andy tries to convince Tyler that Chucky is evil, but Tyler refuses to believe him. Meanwhile, Chucky kills the camp barber Sergeant Botnick by slashing his throat with a razor after Botnick tries to shave Chucky's hair off.
Despite Cochrane's death, Sgt. Clark declares that the school's annual war games will proceed as planned, with Andy and Shelton on the same team. However, Chucky secretly replaces the blank paint bullets of the Red team with live ammunition. When the simulation begins, Chucky accosts Tyler. Finally realizing that Andy was telling the truth about Chucky, Tyler stabs Chucky with a pocket knife and flees to find Andy. Chucky then attacks Kristin and holds her hostage, attempting to lure the teams into fighting each other to save her. Chucky forces Andy to exchange Kristin for Tyler.
Suddenly, the Red team descends upon the area and obliviously opens fire with their live rounds, with Shelton being killed in the crossfire. Amidst the chaos, Tyler makes a quick getaway, but before giving chase, Chucky tosses a live grenade at the quarreling cadets. Recognizing the danger, Whitehurst (who had been too scared to say anything after discovering Chucky's existence) bravely leaps on top of the grenade and sacrifices himself to save the others. With no time to mourn his friend, Andy heads off in pursuit of Chucky, with Kristin close behind.
Eventually, the chase leads the group into a fake haunted house at a nearby carnival. Tyler tries to get a security guard to help him, but Chucky kills the guard offscreen and kidnaps Tyler. In the ensuing melee, Chucky shoots Kristin in the leg, leaving Andy to fight Chucky alone. Chucky also gets half his face cut off by a scythe. When Tyler is inadvertently knocked out, Chucky seizes the opportunity to possess him, but Andy intervenes, firing at him several times and landing two shots. Enraged, Chucky springs back and attempts to strangle Andy, but Andy uses Tyler's knife to cut off Chucky's hand, then hurls the killer doll onto a giant fan which ultimately destroys him. Afterwards, Andy is taken into custody by the police for questioning and Kristin is rushed to the hospital, leaving Tyler's fate unknown as the carnival shuts down.
WHY IT ROCKS:
Chucky is still a pretty good villain. 2. Andy and Tyler are good protagonists. 3. DeSilva and Whitehurst are pretty decent side characters. 4. There are still a few suspenseful and scary moments. 5. The music is very well done and eerie. 6. The doll effects are still pretty decent. 7. Botnik is a very memorable minor character. 8. Decent performances from the cast. 9. The final act at the carnival is interesting. 10. Most of the kills are still pretty neat.
The overall plot is just a retread of the first two films, only with very little to no surprises, and very predictable. 2. Shelton is just a generic bully. 3. Chucky's quips are hit or miss. 4. There are several boring moments. 5. The military school setting doesn't sit well for a Chucky movie, and doesn't mix well with the horror elements. 6. The other characters are easily forgettable. 7. The part where Chucky switches the paintball rounds with real bullets is completely nonsensical. I know very little to nothing about guns, but i know that doesn't work.
Trivia | edit source
- This marks the last appearance of Andy Barclay until Curse of Chucky.
- This is the last film to have "Child's Play" in the title.
- The war games scene where Chucky replaces the paintball bullets with live ammunition was originally written as a blood bath scene, with many more casualties involved.
- This was the first film in the series to use computers to aid in Chucky's puppetry, in order to perfect the lip-syncing.
- Peter Jackson was asked to direct the film, but declined.
- John Ritter was originally supposed to make a cameo appearance as a security guard at the Good Guy doll factory in a sequence where some kids sneak into the factory and discuss the Chucky myth. Although that scene was cut, Ritter later appeared in Bride of Chucky as police chief Warren Kincaid.
- Don Mancini faced constant pressure from Universal to get the third film going before the second was even released. Mancini said because of that pressure, this film was his least favorite because he was out of ideas so soon after Child’s Play 2.
- Don Mancini stated in an interview that originally there were going to be multiple Chuckies in this film but it was used in Cult of Chucky instead.
- Upon its British release, this film found itself in the center of a tabloid panic, with one newspaper, "The Sun", even demanding copies be burned. Journalists claimed the film had influenced two young boys in their murder of a two-year old child, but it was later determined that neither had actually seen the film to begin with.
Original Score | edit source
- Opening Titles
- Good Guy of the 90's
- Don't Fuck with the Chuck
- Friend 'Till the End
- Welcome to Hell Barclay
- The Package
- Hide The Soul
- Barclay Sees Chucky
- Garbage Truck / Reunion of Old Friends
- Hide And Seek Tyler / Colonel Cochrane's Heart Attack
- Presto You're Dead
- Chucky Interferes with the Ammo
- Tragedy In the Woods
- Carnival Ritual
- End Titles