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The second film of the Child's Play series.

The Barclays may have survived the previous movie, but Karen's story about a killer doll resulted in her being taken away for "psychological evaluation". The 8-year-old Andy has been placed in the foster care system. He is placed in the care of Phil and Joanne Simpson (Cult Classic veterans Gerrit Graham and Jenny Agutter) alongside their foster daughter Kyle (Christine Elise). What's more, however, is that's not even the real bad news: The Good Guy doll host has been rebuilt, with Charles Lee Ray's spirit living on once again... and this time, he's not playing around. Chucky soon locates Andy and the incidents start again. With no outside help, Andy must step up and face the killer doll on his own.


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  • Aborted Arc: Chucky was originally going to reincarnate right away, as an epilogue present in both the TV cut and the film novelization shows pieces of Chucky (most notably one of his eyes) falling into the machines making a new Good Guy doll. This epilogue was scrapped, as the sequel reveals Chucky ultimately had to wait eight years before getting a new body.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Grace Zabriskie's character get killed by Killer Doll Chucky aka "The Lakeshore Strangler" at the film's climax, which is funny as a decade earlier prior to the release of this sequel, Grace had played an alleged murder victim in the climax of the Don Knotts and Tim Conway mystery comedy The Private Eyes, where her character is found with a doll staged to look like it was strangling her, before it's revealed she and the other seemingly murdered victims have faked their own deaths.
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    • Gerrit Graham's character Phil drives a red Ford Taurus station wagon, ironically a decade ago, Graham's previous character Jeff was superstitious about red cars being bad luck in Robert Zemeckis' Used Cars. Considering Phil would later get killed, maybe Jeff was right about red cars being bad luck if associated with one. Also, Graham's past character Jeff mentions he takes Valium, which Phil jokingly responds to Joanne's question to calm Andy down, that makes him rattle when he walks.
  • Adaptation Deviation: A novelization of the film exists, and is roughly faithful to its source material, but also takes several deviations, adding some new scenes and changing others. The changes are mostly of the minor sort, though the Aborted Arc epilogue detailed above is included at the end.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • Corrupt Corporate Executive Tom Sullivan isn't quite as evil in the novelization as he is in the film, retaining enough humanity to care when the technician Bob Meyer is electrocuted and thrown through a window while reconstructing Chucky. He reacts the way a normal person would, screaming for someone to call an ambulance, while in the film he is coldly detached.
    • Phil Simpson is more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold in the television version than the theatrical version, showing how his Jerkass moments spawned from his Anger Born of Worry for his wife and the Pet the Dog moments he has with her.
  • Adaptational Jerkass:
    • Phil Simpson is somehow even more of a Jerkass in the novelization. He gets some new Deadpan Snarker lines of a pointedly cruel sort, and Andy senses the first time he meets him that "there was something about this man that he didn't like".
    • And to contrast with his boss Sullivan, The Dragon Boyd Mattson is made more evil in the novelization (as well as the film's television cut) by being shown to be a cheating cad running around on his wife.
  • Adult Fear: The way Chucky first approaches Andy has some serious shock.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Stuck on the conveyor belt and being sent towards a grisly fate, Chucky begs Andy and Kyle to get him off under the guise that his prior Villainous Breakdown was all for show. They don't buy it.
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's unknown how Joanne is Killed Offscreen by Chucky, either by getting her Throat Slashed with an unknown sharp weapon (which Chucky somehow did not have when ambushing Kyle), while being Bound and Gagged with fabric or if she was strangled with the fabric to a point it dug into her throat that she bled.
  • Artificial Limbs: Chucky replaces his hand with a knife after tearing his old one off to escape.
  • Asshole Victim: In a recurring series trend, most of Chucky's victims fall under this:
    • First is Boyd Mattson, a Smug Snake who is somehow made even more of an asshole in the novelization and television cut.
    • Then there's Miss Kettlewell, a Sadist Teacher if ever there was one, and even shown to be outright abusive before crossing paths with Chucky.
    • Phil Simpson is sold as a Jerkass Obstructive Bureaucrat to viewers to make his death feel somewhat deserved. Subverted in the TV cut, however.
    • The most tragic and yet pointed case is that of Joanne Simpson, who is made to Took a Level in Jerkass by having her turn on Andy and blame him for her husband's death shortly before Chucky puts her out of her misery.
    • Downplayed for Grace Poole, who fits more along the lines of Too Dumb to Live, as she just simply picked the wrong time to understandably reprimand Kyle (and presumably also Andy) for a fire alarm prank, which actually was caused by Chucky, who not long after kills Grace after ambushing her by speaking "Amazing! Isn't it?"
    • And finally there's the poor schmuck at the Good Guy factory, who outright subverts this by being a regular old Mook who nevertheless gets the most horrifying death in the entire film.
  • Big "NO!": Chucky gives out a very big "No!" when he finds out that it's too late to bodysurf into Andy. Doubles as Skyward Scream when his "NO!" is heard as the camera zooms to the outside of the Good Guy factory.
  • Bittersweet Ending: At the end, Chucky is dead yet again, but so are several innocents as well. Andy and Kyle are also left homeless after Chucky killed off the Simpsons and Grace, so they can't live in the foster home anymore. Though Kyle did say she saved up money from working part-time jobs, so they can at least use that to live on in the meantime.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Chucky improvises one with a knife after one of his hands gets ripped off near the film.
  • Blood Upgrade: Chucky starts to take things more seriously when he sees that he's getting nosebleeds, indicating his time to possess Andy is running short.
  • Bound and Gagged: Chucky ties up Andy the very first chance he gets in order to conduct the soul transfer between them. Only the timely arrival of Kyle saves him.
  • Bourgeois Bohemian: Both of the Simpsons, which is hinted at in the film hence why they have an appearance of stereotypically ideal model Nuclear Family despite being Not So Above It All and expanded upon in the novelization. Phil is a bit of a health nut and they're both big on gardening.
  • Broken Bird: A thoroughly unsympathetic case. Joanne, after feeling completely lost by Phil's death, but in turn Took a Level in Jerkass and not long after ends up an Asshole Victim.
  • Child Hater:
    • Chucky says "I hate kids" during the finale.
    • Phil (in the theatrical cut only) and Miss Kettlewell seem to be this.
    • Joanne starts to become this out of grief after her husband is killed and she falsely accused Andy as well as vindictively spurning Kyle's attempt to reason with her due to her newfound Irrational Hatred of burdening foster children and likely planning to immediately quit the foster parenting business due to her latest loss, but not long after, she gets hers.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In the novelization Chucky muses in his internal monologue about the advantages of his doll body and how it puts him at perfect height for "slashing people's legs, cutting them just behind the knees or severing their tendons".
  • Conveyor Belt o' Doom: The climax involves some near misses with one in the Good Guys doll factory. There's a gruesome moment in the novelization where one of Chucky's victims (the poor sap who gets the Eye Scream) is pulled into one, with predictable results.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Tom Sullivan, the head of the Good Guy company, and his The Dragon Boyd Mattson.
  • Covers Always Lie: The dvd cover shows Chucky about to decapitate a terrified looking jack in the box with a pair of scissors, which also suggests that Chucky isn't the only living toy in the movie. Unfortunately, not once does a jack in the box ever appear in the actual movie.note 
  • Crapsaccharine World:
  • Creepy Basement: The Simpsons have one, and there's a scene of Andy hunting for Chucky in it that leads to Phil's death.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Chucky's own death being horribly mutilated by factory hazards, then dowsed with molten plastic, and finally having his head exploded using an air hose
  • Darker and Edgier: In a way, despite having slightly more humor than the first film, it shows the death scenes to be uncomfortable to watch (including more bloody and violence-inflicting closeups), Chucky's Rasputinian Death to be more Bloodier and Gorier and Chucky dropping his Faux Affably Evil facade and acts more mean-spirited towards Andy then the first film that at the climax when he realized it's too late to Body Surf into Andy, he tries to kill 8-year-old Andy, plus the terrorizing and brooding orchestral music score by Graeme Revell further adds up the intense, creepy and scary mood.
  • Dead Star Walking: Jenny Agutter, the most known name in the cast who is given second billing, is one of Chucky's victims. To a lesser extent, Gerrit Graham, a character actor who is well-known in cult film circuits such as Phantom of the Paradise and is billed beneath Agutter, ends up part of the body count too.
  • Deadly Nosebleed: Chucky has periodic nosebleeds throughout the film as his doll body grows more human, and a big one towards the end where he attempts the soul transfer ritual only for it to fail because he took too long.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kyle:
    Chucky: Floor it!
    Kyle: Get real. This is a station wagon.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Joanne (thanks to Jenny Agutter's second billing), but only in the television cut due to more scenes that involves more insight to her and Phil. Phil is a Deuteragonist example, but like Joanne, only in the television cut. When they are killed, Character Focus goes to either Kyle or back to Andy.
  • Disappeared Dad: A bit of a recurring theme. Andy and Kyle both have MIA dads and even Chucky's father is mentioned in the novelization as having walked out before he was born.
  • Expansion Pack Past: The novelization expands a great deal on Chucky's past as Charles Lee Ray, giving him a sort of Freudian Excuse mixed in with some healthy Irony: turns out his mother was a dwarf with psychotic resentment for "all the big people", and being raised under such a pillar of mental health took its toll on the budding young Charles Ray. At thirteen, he started his career of murder with her as his first victim.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: In the novelization Chucky runs into a German shepherd on the way to Andy's new home. It gets scared and runs away.
  • Eye Scream:
    • It opens with a close up of Chucky's eye being removed. In extended footage from the TV version, Chucky's eye falls into a vat of plastic and is built into a new doll.
    • Towards the end, a security guard falls onto the conveyer line where the dolls' eyes are put in.
  • Flipping the Bird: Done by Kyle to Chucky as he's hauled down a Conveyor Belt o' Doom.
  • Final Girl: Kyle is the last of Andy's foster family to survive, and she's instrumental in Chucky's defeat.
  • Foreshadowing: In the novelization Andy has a point where he remembers his mom telling him to be "a good trooper". Cue the third film...
  • Fostering for Profit: The theatrical cut gave off the impression the Simpsons became foster parents due to this. Averted in the television cut which explains a less monetary reason behind their foster duties due to Joanne's inability to have biological children.
  • God of Evil: The voodoo entity Damballa, who Chucky refers to as "Mighty Damballa, ruler of life and death" in the novelization, is hinted to be this (contradicting both the faith of Chucky's teacher from the first film as well as the historical mythology of the loa Damballa). The novelization of the third film confirms it outright.
  • Good Is Dumb: Unlike her Obstructive Bureaucratic husband, Joanne instantly grew with compassion for Andy despite herself naturally not believing Chucky is alive like everybody else except Andy, but she does not contribute to the main storyline and Took a Level in Jerkass after Phil's death when she finally accepts Phil's Insane Troll Logic of Andy being bad luck (and probably the killer as the theatrical cut implies unlike the television cut) before ending up an Asshole Victim one moment later. Despite given more screen time in the television cut, her Took a Level in Jerkass move was worse than her theatrical depiction as while Phil's skeptics of taking care of Andy are more justifiable and reasonable that the television cut shows, it makes it look like her blaming Andy for being a killer was her Insane Troll Logic alone, not Phil's.
    • Grace Poole is also one of the few of adults who cared for Andy, but also naturally disbelieves in the existence of Chucky and understandably reprimand Kyle for pulling the fire alarm when it was in fact Chucky before immediately falling victim to him when Chucky ambushes her with his "Amazing isn't it?" liner before she had the chance to drop the Killer Doll. Even earlier, she failed to identified the man on the phone she spoken to who called himself Andy's "Uncle Charles" was not other than Chucky himself, though she had no way to know it was a Killer Doll she was speaking to.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Chucky gets bisected towards the end. He still keeps coming...
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: A good chunk of the cast believe that Andy is responsible for Chucky's murders from the first film.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: Chucky as in the first film, though the voodoo imagery is rolled back a great deal.
  • Human Sacrifice: In the novelization Chucky has a flashback to his first human sacrificial offering to Damballa, a young woman (like most of his victims).
  • Humiliation Conga: Chucky undergoes a very satisfying one at the end: finding out that he's trapped in the Good Guy doll forever, losing his hand and his legs, getting doused in molten plastic, and finally getting blown up.
  • Hysterical Woman: Joanne, when grief-stricken over her husband's death.
  • I Was Just Joking: At the climax, when Chucky is strapped to a Conveyor Belt of Doom, he calls out to Andy, "I was only playin'!"
  • Improvised Weapon: As mentioned above, Chucky fashions a knife hand for himself after getting his knife broken and ripping off his hand to escape the grate Kyle drops on him.
  • Insane Troll Logic: In the theatrical cut only, based on one's interpretation, the reason Phil considers taking 8-year-old Andy back to the orphanage is probably because he believed Andy could have committed the murders from the first film (which Grace told him about) and his recommendation to his wife to send him back was out of fear for his and his wife's lives. When he is killed, his wife immediately accused Andy of killing him, most likely based on what her husband told her about Andy possibly being the killer.
  • It's Up to You: Andy decides it's up to him to stop Chucky after a pep talk from Kyle, leading to him taking his first level up in Badass.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Phil may not be a saint, but his concerns about whether he and his wife are capable of caring for Andy and his emotional trauma and his questioning of his sanity over his overblown beliefs about a Killer Doll on the loose aren't exactly unfounded. The television version amps up the Has a Point part while reducing the Jerkass part of Phil's character.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Phil in the television cut.
  • Lighter and Softer: The television cut is this to the film's theatrical cut, due to it showing life for Andy is not much a Crapsack World that theatrical version depicts instead, including more insight between him and social workers that the social workers are genuinely caring and kind and more insight on the Simpsons (which nearly makes them Decoy Protagonists in contrast to the non-vital roles they had in the theatrical cut) that shows that Phil is in fact a Jerk with a Heart of Gold than a straight Jerkass in the theatrical cut and and less of an Asshole Victim when he is killed, while explaining the personal issues the Simpsons are going through as a result of their fostering duties. However, conversely it makes Mattson an Asshole Victim when it reveals him to be cheating on his wife with a woman named Gabrielle, something cut out in theatrical cut.
  • Minor Major Character: Those two blue-collar techs reassembling Chucky at the beginning? Yeah, turns out one of those two schlubs is the creator of the Good Guy doll. This is revealed in the novelization: his name is Hal Turner, and in classic There Are No Good Executives fashion he teamed up with Tom Sullivan to create the Good Guy only to be cheated out of all the profits and kept in a low-level technical position.
  • Moral Myopia: Kyle in her free time loves smoking cigarettes. She has Andy hold one for a second to hang laundry, and he tries it. Kyle takes it away and says he shouldn't do so. When Andy points out why she can but he can't, Kyle claims there's an age gap between them and that grown-ups are allowed to do things like smoking.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In her quest to save Andy from Chucky, Kyle does save Andy but at the end becomes homeless and her car wrecked in a crash.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The climax in the toy factory is a safety nightmare. The factory has machines which can maim, mangle, and kill and which don't seem to have any emergency shutoffs, the entire place is staffed at night by one guy, the layout seems to feature no paths between the machines (Andy and Kyle have to crawl through some of them, and even Chucky needs a vent at one point to get around), and there are pipes dripping molten plastic.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite having the stereotypically ideal appearance of a model Nuclear Family (such as a mother and housewife who cooks and clean, having an office-worker for a husband as well as having well-supplying huge house fit for a general family (which consists of two-stories and a basement) and a family station wagon), the Simpsons are character-wise flawed in a way (Phil is a Jerkass Obstructive Bureaucrat, while Joanne, while initially appearing to be more compassionate and caring then Phil, is internally uptight and insecure and have Took a Level in Jerkass towards Andy after thinking Andy killed Phil, prompting her to snap at Andy and throwing him out of her house like trash). Also see Crapsaccharine World above.
  • Nuclear Family: The Simpson foster family clearly are maintaining the stereotype to an extent, even though they are pointedly Not So Above It All.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Chucky somehow manages to get back home and into the basement from the school before Andy does, despite him running away first.
  • Oh, Crap!: Kyle, when she found the Tommy Good Guy Doll Chucky buried in the backyard.
  • Race Against the Clock: Chucky is now running out of time to Body Surf into Andy before he gets trapped in the doll.
  • Schoolmarm: The Sadist Teacher Miss Kettlewell's physical appearance, her strict (though it's more an extreme take to the point of child abuse) approach and her chalkboard classroom fits the stereotype very well, with the exception the school she works at is a public elementary school unlike most examples of this trope, which makes her one step away for fulfilling the 100% stereotype and almost gives an impression she was Born in the Wrong Century.
  • Rasputinian Death: Chucky's hand is detached, his legs are ripped off, he's doused in melted plastic and finally his head is inflated by a high pressure air tube and blows up.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Chucky forces Kyle to drive him to Andy at knife point, but she is speeding and a police officer signals her to pull over. The officer starts to reprimand Kyle, but catches sight of Chucky nosebleeding, and he is freaked out over a "plastic" doll bleeding that he lets Kyle go out of fear.
  • Sinister Minister: Chucky in the novelization, which expands upon his devotion to the voodoo entity Damballa (said belief is genuine, to the point of Chucky's very first thoughts being praise to Damballa for giving him another chance to live, but it only makes him Egocentrically Religious as his faith is borne entirely out of gratitude for being allowed a sort of immortality to keep killing willy-nilly and there's no higher reason to it at all).
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The technician Bob Meyer survives being electrocuted and thrown through a window in the novelization, whereas in the film he is not so lucky.
  • Stepford Suburbia: The Simpsons' foster home's neighborhood. Also see Crapsaccharine World above for more detail.
  • Suburban Gothic: The Simpsons' foster home's Stepford Suburbia of a neighborhood set in a Crapsaccharine World/World of Jerkass-esque atmosphere with a Killer Doll on the loose in an installment of a Gothic Horror Slasher Movie Villain-Based Franchise.
  • Super Strength: Chucky is able to knock out Andy with his arm, even with a doll's body. The novelization notes several times that Chucky is abnormally strong relative to a doll, or even to a human.
  • Supernatural-Proof Father: The Simpsons naturally do not believe Chucky's alive and out to get Andy. This caused them to be Locked Out of the Loop of the actual danger that bestows upon the foster family.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In the television cut, the Simpsons apparently act as this to Karen Barclay from the original film, for being concerned parents wondering why Andy is blaming an inanimate doll for the crimes, even the foster mother Joanne is played by an established actress Jenny Agutter and is second billed under Alex Vincent, Andy's actor. However, the Simpsons are proven to be Decoy Protagonists when they fall victim to Chucky, while Kyle is the true Supporting Protagonist of the film next to Andy being the lead.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Mattson, Joanne, the Play Pals factory workers and Grace Poole.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Joanne, leading her to become an Asshole Victim.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Andy, at least from the POV of most of the other characters. As it turns out he's just reacting the way any child would to being stalked and terrorized by a killer doll, but since his story is so unbelievable most of them suspect him of being crazy instead.
  • Underside Ride: Chucky does this with a school bus.
  • Undignified Death: Several of Chucky's victims, but special mention goes to Mattson: he's held up by Chucky with a plastic water gun, has his hands tied behind him in his car with jump rope, and then gets suffocated with a little plastic bag as Chucky laughs at him like a loon.
  • Vanity License Plate: Corrupt Corporate Executive Sullivan has one on his limo as a Freeze-Frame Bonus, it reads: FUN ONE. Darkly ironic, given Sullivan's grim disposition.
  • [Verb] This!: After Tommy the Good Guys doll says that he likes to be hugged, Chucky says "Hug this!", before bashing his face in.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Chucky goes completely nuclear when he fails to transfer his soul into Andy's body.
  • Who Needs Their Whole Body?: Chucky loses his legs but doesn't stop trying to kill Andy and Kyle.
  • Widow Woman: Joanne, after Chucky killed Phil, she would follow not long after.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Chucky, obviously. Aside from the terrorizing Andy show, there's also a really horrifying moment in the novelization where he's burying the Tommy doll and thinks to himself about the last time he had buried something that small. "She had been a bit bigger than the doll", the narration tells us. "But not much. Not too much."
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When Chucky discovers that it's too late to use Andy as his new Soul Jar, he decides to kill him instead.
  • Your Cheating Heart: In both the book and television cut of the film Boyd Mattson is cheating on his wife, making him an Asshole Victim when Chucky kills him.
  • Your Head A-Splode: This is how Chucky is done in.


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