"Bride of Chucky" is the fourth installment of the "Child's Play" series, following "Child's Play" (1988), "Child's Play 2" (1990), and "Child's Play 3" (1991). It revived the Chucky franchise after a seven year absence and became a box office success. The producers of the film wanted to attempt something new to refresh the series and "Bride of Chucky" was made with a very different style than the first three films.
The film is directed by Ronny Yu and features a plot that is a significant departure from the previous installments of the series. Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) is Chucky's old girlfriend from his former human life, when he was a serial killer named Charles Lee Ray. She steals his remains after he is seemingly killed at the end of "Child's Play 3" and brings him back to life. However, Chucky eventually kills Tiffany and transfers her soul into a female doll. Now that both of their evil souls are inhabiting dolls, the two go on a "Bonnie and Clyde" style killing spree. Tiffany has a neighbor named Jesse (Nick Stabile). Jesse has a girlfriend named Jade (Katherine Heigl). Chucky and Tiffany decide to kill the couple and transfer their souls into Jesse and Jade's bodies. That way, they can become human again and start their lives anew.
The plot thickens when Chucky asks Tiffany to marry him and she accepts. Tiffany soon becomes pregnant with Chucky's child. Meanwhile, the police are blaming Jesse and Jade for several murders that Chucky and Tiffany committed. Chucky needs an amulet to help him and Tiffany use voodoo to transfer their souls into Jesse and Jade's bodies. The amulet was buried with Chucky's human body ten years earlier. The film ends with a final confrontation involving Chucky, Tiffany, Jesse, and Jade at the graveyard where Charles Lee Ray was buried.
"Bride of Chucky" is filled with humor and contains many references to other famous horror films, including "Nightmare on Elm Street", "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "Friday the 13th", and "Hellraiser". This type of self-aware, self-referential humor was common among horror films of the late '90s.
The producers of "Bride of Chucky" are able to take advantage of the more technologically advanced special effects that existed by 1998. Chucky is much more lifelike and convincing than he has ever been before. In the previous films, Chucky's screentime was limited due to the special effects limitations that existed at the time.