Bride of Chucky



Grisly, tongue-in-cheek sequel isn't for kids.
  • Review Date: September 20, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Over-the-top violence and gore.


Sexual innuendo.


Strong profanity.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that teens will want to watch this movie because of its affiliation with a long-running horror franchise. The film is filled with over-the-top violence and gore and is permeated with sexual innuendo. Characters curse, runaway from home, dress scantily, practice voodoo, have sex, and kill one another. Additionally, one character is coded as gay in a very stereotypical way.

What's the story?

The first Child's Play told the story of a doll possessed by the spirit of serial killer Charles Lee Ray. In BRIDE OF CHUCKY, Chucky's former girlfriend, Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) resurrects the plasticized love of her life using Voodoo for Dummies. When she finds out that Chucky (Brad Dourif) had never intended to marry her, Tiff locks up the pint-sized psychopath and buys him a bride doll as a joke. Of course, Chucky escapes and transfers Tiff's spirit into a wedding-gown clad doll. The pair set off to try to transfer their spirits into full-sized bodies, leaving a trail of carnage.

Is it any good?


Horror film franchises, much like the supernatural killers they focus on, often just won't die. Bride of Chucky is the fourth installation in the Child's Play series, and it will not be the last. Nonetheless, not all sequels are bad, and this one successfully takes the low road to self-parody. Self-referential to an extreme, the movie pokes fun at itself and the entire horror genre.

As Tiffany, Jennifer Tilly demonstrates her ability to play a campy role to the hilt – obsessing about marriage and Martha Stewart while committing acts of unspeakable violence. The film's over-the-top plotline is echoed by a visual aesthetic that often seems to borrow from John Waters. In movies like this one, viewers see the horror genre begin to implode, and it is definitely fun to watch.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the film's place within the horror genre and the stereotyping of gender and sexuality. The film is self-referential and often campy, with gore being taken to a cartoonish extreme. How does an excess of blood and gore serve to undermine the horror? How does the film make the characters' bad behavior humorous? What makes Chucky change his mind and decide to marry Tiffany? Why is Tiffany so fixated on marriage?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 16, 1998
DVD release date:March 23, 1999
Cast:Jennifer Tilly, John Ritter, Katherine Heigl
Director:Ronny Yu
Studio:Universal Pictures
Run time:88 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong horror violence and gore, language, some sexual content and brief drug use

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Kid, 10 years old July 11, 2010

Not scary as the frist few movies

it was good but more kissing smokeing and drunks
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 14 year old Written byMarvin Martian February 18, 2011


I am 14, and watched this, and was very disturbed, I would say 18+, very sexual and graphic. I am not watching this till i'm older.
Parent Written bylolboy55 December 9, 2012

okay for teens

so scary but funny and romantic like come on a horror movie romantic but its pretty cool to watch but its scary and gives you nightmares about 16+
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