ChildCare Action Project: Christian Analysis of American Culture (CAP)

Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Bride of Chucky (1998), R
CAP Score: 21, CAP ID: 2.52

Thomas A. Carder
CAP President

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Bride of Chucky was stupid. In addition, it was as evil as Child's Play (1988) when Chucky first appeared. But in this version, hi tech imagery and choreography boosted the impact. The movie was replete with satanic doctrines such as transferring souls from humans to inanimate objects and back again. Chanting to invoke unholy power to give life to dolls, satanic and sensual dress, and graphic bloody murder with high intensity gore made this movie invasive of righteous and calm thought. Fifteen uses of the most foul word PLUS 45 additional uses of other three/four letter words oozed from just about every scene nearly once per minute. God's name in vain was used 13 times, once with the four letter expletive. Chucky was praised for his ingenuity and creativity in devising ways to commit murder. Sexual offers, vulgar sex talk, doll sex, homosexual innuendo, and sleeping next to a scantily dressed dead body freckled the movie. "I will kill anybody, but will sleep only with someone I love" explained the character of Tiffany, who became the female "living doll."

Moulaging was incredible though. John Ritter looked like he really did have about two dozen nails impaled into his face. A thieving couple was sliced like baloney by overhead mirror shards (tells you what they were doing at the time of death). I was a medic for twelve years and have never seen gore as that presented in this movie. Multiple murders, once by multiple stabbings, would likely make your adolescent think in ways he should not think. Also, in those twelve years of emergency medical service (and eight concurrent years of teaching police, fire and rescue) I have never met cops with such low character as the ones in Bride of Chucky. I suppose they exist, but this movie (indeed ANY movie) is not a good way for kids to be exposed to extremes. And to fortify the pormotion of arrogance and impunity, lies and cheating, flippant disregard for what should be fair authority, and running away to avoid telling the truth colored Bride of Chucky very dark and sinister.


FINDINGS/SCORING: Bride of Chucky (1998) CAP Thermometers

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) earned intermediate level point loss six times due to presentation of mutilated bodies, graphic attempted murders, praising ingenuity and creativity in murder, gore of scorching, graphic fighting, and attack of a cop by evil. This Investigation Area found no programming warranting maximum level loss of points.

Impunity/Hate (I)(1) earned intermediate level point loss twice due to sadomasochism and removing a ring from an amputated finger with the teeth. This Investigation Area earned maximum level point loss fifteen times due to the use of the most foul word of the three/four letter word vocabulary.

Sex/Homosexuality (S) earned intermediate level loss of points once due to a couple in bed together with the sounds and movements associated with sexual activity. This Investigation Area found no programming warranting maximum level loss of points.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) found no programming warranting the intermediate or maximum level of point loss.

Offense to God (O)(2) earned intermediate level point loss eight times due to chanting to invoke satanic powers to 'restore' life to an inanimate object, portrayal of possession of dolls by human souls, and the dolls moving the souls in their bodies into human bodies. The maximum level point loss was earned once by the use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive.

Murder/Suicide (M)(3) earned intermediate level point loss seven times due to graphic and bloody murders with high intensity gore. This Investigation Area found one three examples of exceptionally graphic murders which warranted maximum level point loss.

Additional examples of unacceptable programming, each warranting the minimum level point loss, included:

  • 45 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary in addition to the 15 uses of the most foul word
  • presenting police as crooked and flippant disregard for what should be fair authority, and attacks of police personnel
  • 12 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • inappropriate dress, satanic dress, excessive female breast exposure
  • satanic background music
  • lies and cheating to enable a meeting against what should be rightful authority
  • preparing/planning to commit murder
  • sexual offers, vulgar sex talk, sexual innuendo, and sensual mannerisms
  • the use of satanic symbolism, i.e., the inverted Cross
  • "Will kill anybody but will sleep only with someone I love"
  • sleeping next to a dead body scantily dressed
  • drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking dope
  • brief nudity
  • talk of a homosexual relationship
  • obscene gestures
  • running away to avoid telling the truth
  • masked doll sexual intercourse (shadows on the wall with associated sounds and movements)
  • assaults and intimidation with firearms, including the taking of hostages

    In accordance with the numeric comparative baseline database of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model, Bride of Chucky (1998) presented programming equivalent to R-rated material in Wanton Violence/Crime, Impunity/Hate, Sex/Homosexuality, Offense to God, and Murder/Suicide. The movie was equivalent to PG-rated programming in Drugs/Alcohol. Thus, Bride of Chucky is equivalent to 83% R-rated programming, 17% G-rated programming.

    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impunity/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name is incorporated into the Impunity/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain, whether literal or euphemistic.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Presentation of attempts to commit murder or suicide, deaths by police action, and deaths by war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

    Please remember we believe that if even one of the six Investigation Area scores for a movie is equivalent to the CAP comparative baseline database scoring range for R, PG-13, or PG material, the entire movie should be regarded as so rated.  For example, if only Wanton Violence/Crime earns a score equivalent to R but all other Investigation Areas earn a score equivalent to G, THERE IS R-RATED MATERIAL IN THE MOVIE AND YOUR KIDS WILL SEE IT AND HEAR IT IF THEY WATCH THE MOVIE!

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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