Although released shortly after 1990’s “Child’s Play 2,” this second sequel to the original smash has a different feel than its predecessors, which works in favor of the narrative as it’s set many years following the events of the first sequel. Here we find a teenaged Andy (this time played by Justin Whalin instead of Alex Vincent) arriving at a military academy, with Chucky in close pursuit. It’s a relatively unique setting for a horror sequel, and while a lot of it is poorly handled (up to and including genre favorite Andrew Robinson’s strangely lecherous performance as the academy’s barber) there’s enough of a narrative hook to keep the viewer interested. The kill scenes are underwhelming but the plot moves pretty quickly, and it has a neat climax not to mention surprisingly compelling dynamics among the characters, all of it making for a nifty slasher sequel.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)