Absolute Horror Wiki
Advertisement

Child's Play 3 poster.jpg

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 after Child's Play 2, the story takes place eight years following the events of that film, 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 of Chucky's murder sprees and resumes manufacturing of the Good Guys dolls. The company restores the abandoned factory, where Chucky's mutilated body is recycled into a vat of plastic causing him to be reborn. Chucky is given to Play Pals' CEO Mr. Sullivan, whom he strangles with a yo-yo. He then uses computer records to locate Andy.

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 takes it to the cellar to open it, only to have Chucky burst free from the package.

Chucky is incensed to find Tyler instead of Andy, but remembering that he can possess the first person who learns his true identity, Chucky tells Tyler his secret. Before Chucky can possess him, Cochrane interrupts them and confiscates the doll, later throwing it into a garbage truck. However, 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 his. Before Andy can fight back, Shelton comes in and takes the doll from him. Andy then sneaks into Sheldon's room to recover it, but Sheldon awakens to confront him, only to find that Chucky has vanished.

Suspecting the doll was stolen, Sheldon forces all the cadets to do exercises as punishment. Tyler and Chucky play hide-and-seek in Cochrane's office, where Chucky attempts to possess Tyler again. However, they are interrupted by DeSilva and Ivers, and moments later, Cochrane himself. The cadets sneak out undetected, but a knife-wielding Chucky confronts Cochrane, shocking him into suffering 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. Whitehurst witnesses this, but runs off after being taunted by Chucky.

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 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; Sheldon is killed in the crossfire.

Tyler escapes amidst the chaos, but before giving chase, Chucky tosses a live grenade at the quarreling cadets. Recognizing the danger, Whitehurst leaps on top of the grenade and sacrifices himself to save the others. With no time to mourn his friend, Andy heads off to pursue Chucky, with Kristin close behind. Eventually, the chase leads the group into a 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. Chucky shoots Kristin in the leg, leaving Andy to fight Chucky alone. When Tyler is inadvertently knocked out, Chucky seizes the opportunity to possess him, but Andy intervenes by shooting Chucky several times.

Enraged, Chucky springs back and attempts to strangle Andy, but Andy uses Tyler's knife to cut off Chucky's hand, then hurls him into a giant fan, shredding him to pieces. Afterwards, the police take Andy into custody for questioning and Kristin is rushed to the hospital, leaving Tyler's fate unknown as the carnival shuts down.

Advertisement