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So you jerks think you know everything about America's favorite little stabbing doll? Well, sharpen your knives and think again! In this new installment of SYFY's Everything You Didn't Know, our fearless host Juan Cadavid breaks down Bride of Chucky (1998) and Seed of Chucky (2004), the fourth and fifth installments in the Chucky franchise that sees our murderous protagonist become a loving husband and a doting father (just kidding, he's still a deranged psychopath). With marital drama and parental hijinks galore, there's a lot to discover in this inventive double feature.
While the original Child's Play movies are more traditional horror films, Cadavid explains how Bride and Seed saw the franchise shift towards a more meta and comedic tone. He argues that Bride could be considered the first "horror rom-com" ever made, while Seed builds upon this tonal change by including various pop culture references to horror classics such as Halloween and The Shining. For instance, did you know that Bride was the first installment not to mention Play Pals, the fictional toy company that creates Chucky? Or that Seed was the first Chucky movie that creator Don Mancini directed?
But if you think Bride and Seed are just comedic, blood-filled horror romps, you might be surprised at what Cadavid has to say. He explains how Mancini uses Chucky's affinity for killing to comment on how addiction can disrupt a family unit — "a totally original take that we've never really seen in horror before." Learn all about Chucky's family dynamics and more in the above video, and be sure to stay on the lookout for more Everything You Didn't Know videos.