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Child's Play 3: Look Who's Stalking

Theatrical poster
Directed by Jack Bender
Produced by Robert Latham Brown
Written by Don Mancini
Starring Justin Whalin
Perrey Reeves
Jeremy Sylvers
Peter Haskell
Dakin Matthews
Travis Fine
Dean Jacobson
Matthew Walker
Andrew Robinson
Brad Dourif
Music by Cory Lerios
John D'Andrea
Cinematography John R. Leonetti
Editing by Scott Wallace
Edward A. Warschilka
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) August 30, 1991 (1991-08-30)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $13 million
Gross revenue $20,560,255
Preceded by Child's Play 2
Followed by Bride of Chucky

Child's Play 3, also known as Child's Play 3: Look Who's Stalking, is a 1991 horror film. It is the third installment in the Child's Play series with Brad Dourif returning as the voice of Chucky. The film became notorious in the United Kingdom, when it was suggested that it may have inspired the real-life murder of British child James Bulger, a suggestion rejected by officers investigating the case.[1]

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Plot summary

The toy factory is reopened and the workers create a new good guys doll from Chucky's (Brad Dourif) remains due to it still being plastic; unfortunately, Ray's soul still inhabited what was left of it and Chucky is revived. Play Pals Inc. re-releases its old "Good Guy" toy line, believing that their bad publicity should have abated after so many years. Sullivan takes Chucky into his office, where Chucky tortures him to death with dangerous toys before using a computer in the room to relocate Andy.

Andy (now played by Justin Whalin) has grown up into a good-looking[citation needed] 16-year-old, and has been sent to military school, having failed to cope in several foster homes. Colonel Cochran, head of the military school, unsympathetically agrees to let Andy in because he's had a rough life but tells him to grow up and forget the killer doll fantasies. Andy first has to have his hair cut by Sgt. Botnick.

A younger recruit, Ronald Tyler (played by Jeremy Sylvers) is asked to deliver a package to Andy's room, containing Chucky. Recognising him as a Good Guy doll, Tyler takes him to the cellar and opens it there. Chucky, with a sudden thought remembers that he has a new Good Guys body now and he doesn't need Andy, only Tyler, whom he reveals his secret to. Outside, a female soldier named Kristin De Silva (played by Perrey Reeves) quickly becomes Andy's girlfriend. Meanwhile, Chucky is about to possess Tyler whom he tricks into lying on the floor while Chucky places a hand on his forehead to transfer his soul into Tyler's body ("playing hide the soul"). Unfortunately for Chucky, he is interrupted by Colonel Cochran. The Colonel shows disapproval of Tyler playing with dolls and takes it away. As the Colonel is walking with Chucky across the soldier's training field, Andy is shocked to see Chucky. Colonel Cochran throws Chucky into a garbage van; Chucky kills the driver and escapes.

Back in Andy's room, Chucky (who sneaked into his room while he was outside) swipes Andy's ankle with his knife. Andy staggers to the ground and looks up horrified to see Chucky once again. Chucky tells him he's got someone new and is here to kill and not possess Andy. With a look of horror, Andy realizes it's Tyler and fights Chucky. Shelton suddenly enters the room to find Andy slamming Chucky against the floor. Shelton rudely takes Chucky from him for his nephew's birthday; he escapes from his room the following night.

Tyler and Chucky end up in Colonel Cochran's wardrobe while playing hide and seek. De Silva and a friend also enter the Colonel's office as De Silva wants to find out more about Andy. The two girls discover Tyler and Chucky, ruining another transferring attempt. Colonel Cochran enters his office after they leave and discovers Chucky, at which after seeing chucky wielding a knife at him, suddenly has a heart attack and collapses to his death. The next day, the soldiers are in the canteen and have a moment of silence for Colonel Cochran and, after breakfest, Botnick discovers Chucky and tries to shave him, but Chucky slits his throat with a razor in the chair. As Chucky is laughing, Whitehurst walks in to discover Botnick dead and Chucky turning to look at him. Whitehurst runs away with fright.

Shelton has later gathered all the soldiers together to tell them the planned war games will continue with half the soldiers on a red team and the others on a blue team. Chucky takes the red team's rifles, originally loaded with paint bullets and replaces them with live rounds; he also asks Tyler to play "Hide the Soul" but Tyler doesn't want to. After Chucky swears and threatens him with his knife for calling him his real name "Charles" which he hates, Tyler finally realizes Chucky is bad after all and Andy was telling the truth. Tyler stabs Chucky in the chest but not the heart and runs off to find Andy. He finally finds him and Chucky's voice comes over Shelton's radio, telling Andy to bring Tyler to him or he'll kill De Silva. Chucky pretends to be a fellow soldier and calls the red team on the radio to come to the abandoned jeep, where he is holding De Silva hostage. Shelton tells Andy to take Tyler to Chucky and he and the others will circle them. Tyler and Andy both express fear as they approach Chucky, but Andy stops Tyler going to him. Chucky pulls the tag from a grenade and threatens to throw it, so Tyler moves forwards. Chucky lets De Silva leave as Tyler takes her place. The blue team soon advances forward and take a couple shots at the jeep, and one which hit Chucky. In a few seconds, the red team appears, and fires a shot which kills Shelton. Chucky is thrilled and falls into a hysterical fit of laughter as the red team fires their live rounds at the blue team. The captain of the red team soon realizes the shots are live and tells the team to stop. Andy is once again accused of Chucky's evil deed and is blamed for Shelton's death, but De Silva defends Andy. While Chucky is still in hysterics, Tyler makes a sneaky getaway and by the time Chucky has stopped laughing, Tyler has gone. He angrily throws the grenade at the arguing soldiers and chases after Tyler. Whitehurst seems to be the only one who sees the danger and bravely leaps on top of the grenade and sacrifices himself to save the others. Andy is shocked, and sees Chucky getting away and runs after him; De Silva follows him while her friend cries over Whitehurst's lifeless form.

Tyler has found the fun fair and tells a security guard Chucky's after him. But horribly enough, in an aid to cheer Tyler up, the guard gives him a doll which is actually Chucky. Andy and De Silva also manage to find the fun fair, but the security guard was dead. De Silva takes his gun for safety.Tyler is holding Chucky as he is holding a gun at Tyler's chest (Chucky possibly killed that guard off-screen and nabbed his gun), he tells him to go into a haunted house. Andy and De Silva manage to find Tyler and Chucky, but Chucky shoots De Silva in the leg and Andy has to fight Chucky alone. As Chucky is chasing Tyler, a huge Grim Reaper statue swings its scythe, slicing off half of Chucky's face; this still doesn't stop him from hunting Tyler, and when Tyler is knocked out by the wing of a giant plastic figure, Chucky begins his chant. Andy climbs the fake skull mountain and sees a giant fan below it. He manages to shoot off one of Chucky's arms, then his chest, and stops his chant. Chucky angrily puts his arms around Andy's neck. Tyler gives Andy a knife and he cuts off Chucky's other hand, causing him to fall into the giant fan, cutting him to pieces. Andy, is taken away by the police for questioning, while De Silva is taken to the nearby hospital, but not without Andy reassuring her that he has been through this before and tells her not to worry. A garbage collector is then last seen salvaging Chucky's remains.

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Reception

Released less than a year after Child's Play 2, the film performed poorly at the box office, grossing $20.5 million worldwide. Mainstream critics gave the film mixed to very negative reviews, and horror fans usually regard it as the worst of the series, a sentiment shared by series creator Don Mancini who said he ran out of ideas after the second film. Critics referred the film as "the oddest, darkest and saddest of all Child's Play films".[citation needed] However, Brad Dourif was again praised for his voice-acting of Chucky, but it had a lower rating 'Rotten' rating of 30% on Rotten Tomatoes,[2] while its predecessor, Child's Play 2, received a score of 38%.[3] Due to the negative feedback, Don Mancini wouldn't make another entry to the Child's Play series until 7 years later which would be later known as Bride of Chucky.

Despite this film's failure, in 2009, a haunted house inspired by the climax of this film ("Chucky's Fun House") was featured in Halloween Horror Nights.

James Bulger Controversy

The film also has become controversial because it has been indirectly linked to the very brutal murder of James Bulger. The killers, who were 10 years old at the time, were said to have imitated a scene in which one of Chucky's victims is splashed with blue paint. Although these allegations against the film have never been proven, the case has led to some new legislation for video films[4]. Psychologist Guy Cumberbatch has stated, "The link with a video was that the father of one of the boys - Neil Venables - had rented Child’s Play 3 some months earlier. However, the police officer who directed the investigation, Albert Kirby, found that the son, Jon, was not living with his father at the time and was unlikely to have seen the film. Moreover, the boy disliked horror films - a point later confirmed by psychiatric reports. Thus the police investigation, which had specifically looked for a video link, concluded there was none.

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