Chucky: Just Let Go

4/5

Written by Luke Barnes

Summary

Chucky, voiced by Brad Dourif, is finally exposed as Jake, played by Zachary Arthur, and his friends finally decide to put a stop to the evil doll.

It is a shame that the series didn’t go down the Chucky’s apprentice route it would have made things more interesting, instead we get the fairly standard all of the characters teaming up to stop the killer, with Jake staying firmly on the light side. However that is not to say this was a bad episode, in fact I actually quite enjoyed seeing Jake and Lexi, played by Alyvia Alyn Lind, team up, I thought it was an interesting way to take their characters and having them both be honest with each other was a masterstroke. I thought the scene in which Jake is saying how he wished her dead because she is a bad person and she is actively scared of him was powerful.

I also enjoyed the continued backstory of Chucky. I like how each episode is giving us more and more of his early years thereby expanding out the Child’s Play world and building on the character.

One thing that I didn’t like was Detective Evan’s, played by Rachelle Casseus, interrogation of Jake. She has no evidence, he is a minor and she tries to force him into confessing, yet we are still supposed to like and root for her character, as she is doing it with good intentions? No, I find her and her moral outrage to be quite infuriating, with her character often just getting in the way of the story.

Overall, a good episode if one that felt a little safe.

Pros.

The team up

The ending

Chucky’s backstory

The needle kill

Cons.

It felt too safe

The integration scene  

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Chucky: I Like To Be Hugged

3.5/5

Written by Luke Barnes

Summary

Chucky, voiced by Brad Dourif, continues to push Jake, played by Zachary Arthur, down the path of murder.

I thought this episode was one of two halves. On the one hand you have the good half, which is to say everything to do with Chucky, his backstory continued his attempts to kill those in Jake’s life he doesn’t like and of course his attempts to have Jake become his apprentice. All of this is good and with regard to the backstory it helps to flesh out the Child’s Play world nicely,

Whereas on the other hand, you have all of the teen angst stuff. I understand the show wants to dive into teen issues such as bullying, sex and sexuality and that is not necessarily a bad thing, as Sex Education shows us it can be done and done well. However, the issue here is that all of the teen characters are such wet blankets that as soon as they come on screen you find yourself longing to be back with Chucky again. It was a noble aim to tackle these issues but maybe one executed poorly.

Overall, two thirds of this episode are really good sadly the teen stuff is just dragging it down.

Pros.

Chucky’s backstory

Jake’s further descent into become Chucky’s apprentice

The ending

Cons.

 The teen angst stuff is boring

The teen characters are wet blankets

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Brahms The Boy 2: Are Haunted Doll Movies Dead?

Brahms The Boy 2 is a horror film directed by William Brent Bell; it is a sequel to the 2016 film The Boy. Revolving around a family that, after a home invasion, moves to the British countryside to try and regain a sense of normality. However, they move in a stone’s throw away from The Hillshire Estate, which has one special prosocline resident that quickly becomes obsessed with the new family.

Please let this ‘franchise’ end here, there was no need for this film and my god there is certainly no need or reason for a third film. This film spends its hour and a half runtime tearing apart and ruining everything interesting from the first film and replacing it with haunted doll clichés. The first film earned my praise when they revealed that no nothing paranormal was going on, instead it was a killer in the walls.

However, this is how the second film continues that reveal, the Braham’s in the wall is just never mentioned again, and the doll is revealed to be evil or possessed or something. So, they go from a smart twist to a wannbe Annabelle film; what a waste. Rather than be a sequel that fits with the first, this feels incredibly at odds from the beginning.

The acting is nothing special either, Katie Holmes fills the Lauren Cohen role from the first film and is hugely outperformed by Cohen. The only difference between Holmes’ character and Cohen’s is that Holmes is a mother that has to worry about her disturbed kid. You would think this extra character dimension would allow for a more emotive performance, but no Holmes’s expression doesn’t change once over the course of the film, other than to occasionally shout, clearly this was just a paycheck role for her.

The kid is annoying right from the beginning and doesn’t get better, however, as I have said before I am not going to call out a child star for being bad at acting, it is low hanging fruit.

The only good thing about this film is the performance by Ralph Ineson who plays the groundskeeper who is secretly under the control of Brahms. Ineson seems to be the only person in this film that cares about giving a good performance and you can tell he is trying; he deserves better than this.

Overall, this film wasn’t as terribly bad as I thought it was going to be, that is as much praise as I can afford it. It is lazy, the cast other than Ineson don’t care, and it ruins the first film entirely.

Pros.

It is not terrible.

Ralph Ineson.

Cons,

It is lazy.

Clearly no one cares.

It ruins the first film.

2/5

Reviewed by Luke