POISONOUS PARENTS: Chucky &Tiffany Ray (Bride & Seed Of Chucky)

Posted in Uncategorized on June 26, 2014 by youngnstrange

Glen: Why do you kill people?

Tiffany: ‘scuse me?

Glen: Why do you kill?

Chucky: It’s a hobby really…it helps us relax.

Glen: Am I going to be a killer?

Chucky: Of course! It’s been a family tradition for generations!

-Glen asking Chucky & Tiffany about their killing habits in the 2004 film, Seed Of Chucky

Poisonous Parents are going to be a series of blog posts I’ll be making on the worst parents or parental figures in pop culture. Anyone who knows me personally knows I’m a huge fan of Runaways by Brian K Vaughan about six kids who find out their parents are super villains and end up running away from home, vowing to reject their evil legacy by becoming heroes. No worries, friends. I will get to The Pride in due time.

Today: I focus on Chucky and Tiffany aka Charles Lee Ray and Tiffany Valentine-Ray of Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky, two of my favorite characters of all time played by the fabulous Brad Dourif and Jennifer Tilly; and written (and directed) by the very talented and creative Don Mancini.

Before I began, I will say that instead of completely 100% focusing on Chucky and Tiffany and what makes them the worlds worst parents, I also want to add that I’ll be looking at the psychs of Glen and Glenda and how they’re affected by the psychotic reckless actions and behavior of their parents.

I once asked Don Mancini, (writer/director) of the Child’s Play/Chucky franchise “Don, why didn’t Chucky and Tiffany ask Glen about his very obvious British accent?” For whatever strange reason, I found it odd that Chucky–the very killer doll that finds his victims, stalks them, & then goes for the kill– didn’t take two seconds to ask his only son/daughter “Glen, why do you sound like a character from a Charles Dickens novel?”

Don’s response?

“….They just weren’t very good parents.”

I mean…lets face it…

Oh heck, let’s put ourselves in Chucky and Tiffany’s shoes:

You’re parents.

–*Newlyrents,* actually…as I like to call people who just discovered their offspring, after said offspring brings them back from the dead.

You’re busy.

Between figuring out who you’re next human vessel is going to be, hiding those bodies, batting those plastic doe eyes at Jennifer Tilly, and using your Tiny Tim accented kid as the peddle worker of the getaway car in your human poaching shenanigans, who actually has time to ask their child those basic essential questions every parent who just discovered they had a child they didn’t know about.

*Catches my breath*

Questions like: Where have you been for the last six year? Who raised you? And how were you able to acquire such an exquisite British accent? Did you travel with ‘The Doctor’ in the Tardis? Were you his companion?! Is that where the accent came from?

It’s understandable.

We get you. ;-)

AintNoOneMeme

In fact, with Chucky and Tiffany this scenario is more likely:

NoTime

All the while Glen is standing there, taking it all in:

GlenNoMeme

If it wasn’t enough that Glen was raised by a mean spirited and creepy ventriloquist wannabe the first six years of his life, he had to face even more negativity and violence upon meeting his biological parents, Chucky and Tiffany. It might come as a surprise to many that Glen didn’t end up jaded or become mean spirited himself.

Depressed? Yes. Sad? Sure. Damaged? Definitely.

At our very core of what make us…well…US. We have our own personalities, our own experiences, and our own thoughts.  We all come from somewhere, and to an extent we all carry at least a little bit of influence from our parents or the individuals that helped raise us; be it a guardian, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, etc. Even if the latter of these people didn’t raise us, surely some of them were within orbit, and contributed somewhat to the climate of the environment for better or for worse.

I love Glen. He’s really not what you’d expect as the love child of Chucky and Tiffany. And by that I don’t mean “He’s good, their bad” type of of expectation. Glen is Glen. He’s compassionate, kind, gentle, loving. He has all the makings of a perfect pacifist. And that’s part of who he is.

All Glen really wants is a family.

More specifically:

A loving family, with all the makings of every Dickensian orphans’ dream: A turkey on the table, snow fall outside, kind parents, and..well…love. All around.

Glen sees the best in everyone.

There’s nothing wrong with that, except that it has the potential to become and is a real problem when you’re surrounded by individuals that are so dark, there’s no redeeming qualities about them.

Chucky’s a psychopath & a homicidal maniac. Plain and simple. He’s ruined and continues to ruin so many lives; Both Chucky & Tiffany have ruined lives. Tiffany may have a sweet side to her, but even she is sour as death on the inside–(Paraphrasing Detective Vera Cruz from the 1999 film, Jawbreaker.)

I’m sure Glenda, Glen’s twin sister isn’t too far behind–if not already ahead and worse and more unpredictable than her parents.

Glen was six years old during the time period Seed of Chucky was set in. As smart and brave as he was and I’m sure still is, he’s going to have to learn to be fully aware of the darkness that exists in others. Especially the darkness that lies within himself. Personally, I thought it was out of character of Glen to kill Chucky the way he did at the end Seed. I like to think he snapped and blacked out when he chopped off his fathers limbs. I also felt like a part of Glen’s humanity died along with Chucky right there in that hospital room; he seemed to compromise himself. I mean….Chucky never truly dies. Still to this day I have no idea what to make of that scene. It’s complicated. But complications can be blessings in disguise because we as humans aren’t all black and white, and Glen is no exception. He will learn the truth in time. He will learn to face his shadow self. There’s always hope he will become a better person because of it.

…Hopefully…

For now, he’s going to have to learn through his experiences and hopefully become all the wiser for it. And that might unfortunately involve something being taken from him in some form at the hands of his parents; namely Chucky.

Either way, I salute Glen for not running away from who he is; even though he really shouldn’t be anywhere near his parents.

He’s a loving soul and that deserves at least FOUR candy cane grams!!!

(Namely for putting up with your parents shit and winning at life–so far!)
FOUR FOR YOU, GLEN COCO! YOU GO GLEN COCO! XD

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…Come on! You all knew that I couldn’t resist posting this. ;-)

Although they’re irredeemable psychopaths and serial killers, one thing is for certain:

Chucky and Tiffany are both well invested in their children.

For Chucky, it’s a way to pass on his sick twisted ways, as well as have another outlet and an excuse to go out and kill and ruin more lives as he sees fit.

For Tiffany, it’s her dream fantasy with Chucky come true: Married, cooking for Chucky with a couple of little ones running around; not to mention Tiffany’s need and desire for a family, as seen in Bride of Chucky with the play pen.

Ever since Chucky said in Child’s Play 2 “I hate kids,” when referring to his soul transferring shenanigans with Andy Barclay I secretly wanted to know EXACTLY how he would react to having a child or children.  The end of Bride of Chucky gave me hope to see yet another dimension to Chucky’s personality.  Bride of Chucky was one of my favorite films for that very reason. We were able to see a humanized aspect of his  personality we hadn’t yet seen before. We also got a glimpse into his past through his interactions with Tiffany, whom he had lived with for years previous to being gunned down by the police. Bride & Seed of Chucky humanized Chucky as a character.
I was almost certain that Chucky would be just as mean and nasty to Glen as he was to Andy Barclay. I was actually a little surprised to find almost the opposite. Emphasis on almost! I say *almost* because Chucky seemed to work or possibly level a little more with Glen. Of course, Chucky was still verbally abusive, as shown at the beginning of this scene:

Nonetheless, Chucky–in his own sick, twisted way–saw ‘potential’ in Glen to be a killer.

…Though, perhaps it was Glenda he recognized deep inside the psych of Glen as the one that has the ultimate potential.

I must say that I was a little disappointed to not see too much interaction between Chucky and Glenda. Based on the brutal way in which Glenda killed Joan and all that we heard from the mouth of Fulvia, I’m willing to bet Glenda is going to outdo both of her parents in the killing, manipulation, and strategy department….or could just end up in a straight jacket. All of it is possible. Either way, Chucky and Tiffany’s joint reaction to Glenda’s hair spray firebending is both priceless and enough to put even Princess Azula of the Fire Nation (from Avatar: The Last Airbender) to shame.

One thing to note is that Chucky doesn’t engage Glen in a fight until Glen engages him in Seed of Chucky. I find it aspect interesting, considering he would kill Tiffany without a second thought; and we know Chucky and Tiffany can both be brought back, so I’m not sure if that even counts. We may have to see more interactions between Chucky and his children to get a better look at what he’s capable of doing to them; namely what lines Chucky is willing to cross regarding his deadly impulses and his children’s lives. Either way, the twisted and fucked up family dynamic of the Ray family is something I’ve always found interesting having analyzed these characters for quite sometime.

It may be a while before we see Chucky, Tiffany, Glen, & Glenda together again. It’s something I’m holding out for and hope will happen in the coming sequels.

I feel the more we see Tiffany, Glen, and Glenda the more of Chucky’s personality we’ll discover.

Because Damballa knows Glen and Glenda are going to drive Chucky bonkers in their teen years!

Namely Glenda…Exhibit A:

Or worse, Glenda messing with Damballa:

Who knows, maybe someone can put together a web series on Glen and Glenda and how they deal with the throws of high school and/or college life. I would help make and watch it. :)

For now, I leave you with a video of the birth of Glen(da).

This Cathartic Universe; A Monlogue by Elena Fried

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2014 by youngnstrange

“Stop. Right there. You had plenty of time to get in touch with me. In fact, you had years. Don’t tell me you’re filled with regret. My heart has always been open to you…and you turned your back. *shrug* I can’t help you. I surrendered the bruises left on my heart a long time ago. I learned how to fulfill myself; to make my own heart feel whole. And I did that on my own.

I slit my wrists in a dream last night while being taunted by my family. It was rather cathartic. Considering what I’ve been through…

What am I saying–I don’t really need to tell you this because it’s a possibility you probably already know. Either way, I don’t care. Your losses, regrets, & emotions are your own. You were cruel. Nothing you say or do can take it back. If you left tomorrow, I would be alright. I let you go a long time ago. I should have told you before, but I couldn’t bring my heart to drudge up old nightmares. It was too awkward for me before. Not anymore.

This is my heart. I ripped it out. You like your handy work?

Nor do I.

Well,  you left a mark on my soul. For better or for worse.

(Long pause; a tear rolled down her cheek. She took a deep breath & exhaled optimistically.)

I have to go.

(She smiled. She let go.)

I learned something. Maybe you did too.”

She left. Happy.

Then she walked into the light.

Free to be guided towards new destinies. 

Credit To The Artist Of The Background On This Blog

Posted in Uncategorized on January 7, 2014 by youngnstrange

If you’re out there, can you please let me know your name so I can give you credit? I could take this image down if need be as well. I found this on Deviant Art under ‘eyes’ a while back. I thought it was a stock image. Thank you!

“It’s more than…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2013 by youngnstrange

“It’s more than a tradition, it’s a legacy. Take in those like us, mentor and train them. Never turn away someone with the hunger to become what we are.” -Oracle (Bird’s Of Prey tv series) on training young heroes.

 

Controlling Fear

Posted in Uncategorized on July 14, 2013 by youngnstrange

From July 9th, the day I got my wisdom tooth out.

You know what?

I learned something very valuable today:

For the past eight years I had been deathly scared about getting my wisdom teeth out. So scared–in fact–that for about a year I had these constant panic attacks, followed by impulsively asking anyone I knew what their experience was with removing their wisdom teeth. I have no idea where this fear came from, and I don’t know why I freaked out the first time the dentist told me they were coming in impacted. All I could see at the time was that there was a chance I’d have to eventually have all of them, or at least one or two removed. Intuitively, I knew I would have to get at least one removed.

Was it destiny that lower left last molar cracked on July 4th? Perhaps. If that hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t have found out I needed a root canal, & the dentist might have never told me that it there was a possibility of having to get the wisdom tooth next to it removed.

What’s my point about all of this?

Fear. It will control us.

…If we let it.

We’re all afraid of something. Be it a minor thing or a possible life changing event. Chances are that there’s something out there or in our minds that either has or does scare the shit out of us. Something we don’t want to face. Ever.

A lot of us have a fear of the unknown. In fact, The Unknown is possibly the biggest fear out there that keeps many of us from taking that leap of faith to meet our highest potential as human beings.

Today, I conquered my one of my biggest fears:

Removing a wisdom tooth.

And I am damn proud of myself for taking a chance.

I’ve never really thought of myself as ‘brave’, but the more I hear others tell me what they’ve seen me do, and the more I ‘feel the fear but do it anyway,’ the more confidence I feel within myself.

I’m not talking about a false egocentric cocky confidence to take unnecessary risks. I’m talking about having the confidence to do what feels right, regardless of what the rest of the world thinks.

Gaining confidence is a process. It’s not something that happens over night. Confidence has to be built up to, especially when one is navigating through a world full of deception, fear, & intolerance.

Today, I believed in myself just a little bit more. That’s one more step I made in helping realize my full potential in this life.

Today, I got to know myself a bit better and found out that I was capable of a lot more than I’ve given myself credit for.

Tomorrow, I am going to use what I know and take more chances. :)

Man Of Steel Review: ‘He Will Be An Outcast.’

Posted in Uncategorized on June 21, 2013 by youngnstrange

I liked Man Of Steel. :-)

In fact, it brought a smile to my face. By the sound of some reactions, you would think that there was actually no story behind it, and *just* destruction. It was there. Mind you, yes: There was a lot of destruction.

*SPOILER*

Metropolis was nearly annihilated. Might as well have been…

Clark definitely should have saved a lot more people. That is what he does. I didn’t see a whole lot of that in the film. …Yet, he also was trying to stop the “world machine” from destroying the entire planet, sooooo I can understand why that story and character decision/action was made.

As for the Jonathon Kent, and the actions he took to protect family, I have to agree 100% with my friend, Denny Upkins here. Sometimes one does have to remain in the closet. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having to do what you can to protect yourself from a world that might not understand you. Of course, Clark COULD have saved his father. But that wave and nod that Jonathon gave Clark was not because he wanted him to hide himself from the world. Jonathon did this A. Protect his son, first and foremost. & B. To relay the message and gift of timing. That moment was not the time. Jonathon was not about to make a compromised that could have put Clark in a dangerous position. If that’s not love, then I don’t know what is.

Originally, I was dead against the death of Zod, especially how it was handled. After conversations with my friends on Facebook, I’ve come to the conclusion that I am still very mixed on the choice made by the writers to have Superman kill him. But I do say this: Superman was put into a position where a compromise had to be made. There wasn’t anyway else in sight to stop him. At the same time, I do feel that it very much compromised Superman’s character in a way. YET, as my friend Jessica Leigh Carroll pointed out, this also could be the laying down of the groundwork for Superman’s moral compass. Since it was in self defense, and he didn’t have any other way out, perhaps compromising moment can help Superman to strive to be a better man. And perhaps he’ll spend the rest of his life making up for it. If anything, if Lex Luthor makes it to the sequel, Clark’s action of killing Zod can be ammo or a tool that Lex can use to psychologically torment Superman.

One of aspects of this film that I found to be very special was the spotlighting of Clark as the outcast teenager. Since this is one of my first blog posts, bare with me as I take a second to briefly analyze a few of the Smallville scenes from this film:

There was something that struck me when watching the conversation between Jor-El & Lara Lor-Van

Lara: He will be an outcast

Jor-El: How? He will be a god to them.

Both them of in the case with how Clark grew over the course of the movie are right.

Clark was and is, in someway, an outcast.

Lara

Lara knew this. She knew that her Kal-El would be alone in the world.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. In life, we all have to travel our own path; finding our own way. She knew though that he would be the only one who knew what he was going through in the sense that he is not human, but Kryptonian. And the humans might fear and never understand him; probably resulting in death.

While that may have been true, Jor-El believed that his son would strive towards something that others would aspire to.

Both are right. Clark’s journey in discovering who is was not easy, nor will his future be. Yet, in spite of everything Clark has been through, he still sees the good humanity and lives as best he can by the ideals of truth, justice, kindness & yes, The American way. In the face of adversity, growing up he always showed something that not many do: Restraint. He could have seriously injured all of the kids who ever bullied him. He didn’t. He knew that even though he could hurt them, that he would not  give into his lowest instincts. Even though he had to compromise that promise later in life, If that’s not strength, then I don’t know what is.

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Clark has always struggled to do the right thing. I feel Jonathan gave Clark a compass in his earlier years to navigate through the burden Clark may have felt in learning the ropes of the responsibility of having his powers. In order for Clark to be a symbol of good for the human race to strive toward, he had to make some tough decisions, namely one being not to save his father. In a way, even though he saved the bus full of his classmates, he learned a valuable lesson about the consequences of what could and would happen if other people knew about the power he possessed.

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Martha Kent’s guidance on having Clark focus on one thing, not only helped focus his senses and powers, but gave him sense of being able to block out the negativity he faced from his classmates and the bullies and bigots around him.

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Though I personally have more research to do on Superman myself, I feel Superman really is the a character everyone, fictional and real alike, should strive towards. Though we may not always be able to show compassion to those who challenge us, Superman shows us that we can still hold our ground and maintain our ideals. Even though Clark was faced with a tough choice when it came to ending Zod’s terror and ended up compromising a part of himself, I still feel Clark consistently does everything in his power to be the best he can be. In the end, that’s what will have been important. :-)

Crispin Glover’s ‘What Is It?’ Film & Privilege

Posted in Uncategorized on June 17, 2013 by youngnstrange

After seeing Crispin Glover’s films, What Is It? & It’s Fine! Everything Is Fine., and then discussing the films with Sean McKeever on Twitter, there are a couple of issues that I have with both of these films. Today I’m going to focus on What Is It?

Glover has said in many interviews, as well as in his Q&A session after his films, that What Is It? is his psychological reaction to the corporate culture that surrounds the film industry. He says that anything that doesn’t fall within or between what is perceived as good and what is perceived as evil by these corporations gets excised from films.

Having said that, there is pretty obviously much controversial imagery in his film from a man in black face, to snails being salted, & people with down syndrome getting hit on the head with rocks, and nazi imagery to name a few.

The very point of the screenings & then the question & answer session after the showing of the film is to question what was just seen. Hence the title, What Is It? Considering question like “What the hell did I just watch?” and “Should I be watching this?” or “Is this morally right?” definitely get some sort of conversation started. But how much conversation? Personally, I’m not so sure the question that are being asked really address some deeper cultural issues that exist within What Is It?

First of all, let’s address the fact that this entire film is a product of Crispin Glover’s mind & psychological processes. A mind that has its own experiences with its own world view. Now, this where people might stop me and say “Wait a second! This wasn’t his intention!” But this needs to be addressed: Let’s take a look at the privilege that Crispin Glover has as a white male.

Much of what is shown in What Is It? is imagery that was rendered long ago to be socially unacceptable. For good reason. It’s not just merely ‘offensive’ to an audience. Much of the imagery is down right degrading to people of color, women, & other groups. Historically, black face was partly used to make people of color seem less than human the other seems possibly to make fun. Note: My fellow brothers and sisters of color, let me know if I’m missing something or call me out here if you need to. Of course audiences are not going to want to watch something like black face in a film ever again.

Note: ….Though I do personally wonder just how much Robert Downey Jr. got away with black face in Tropic Thunder…but that’s a different discussion for a different time in a different place.

Sean Mckeever, award winning comic book writer, pretty much nailed it in a conversation I had with him over twitter an hour before writing this review:

“One wonders what exposure to issues of race and gender exist in the mind that produced that.”

Bingo.

Not a whole lot of artists I’ve met really take into consideration the exposure they’ve had to issues or race, gender, & gender identity.

Again, of course it’s not Crispin Glover’s *intention” to have something come off as racist or misogynistic or ablist. No one is going to make something hateful for hateful sake. …Unless one is an asshole.

But take into consideration that it’s not so much as merely questioning why images that have been rendered taboo can’t or won’t be shown in films anymore. A better question that should be addressed is this:

What lenses of gender, race, able bodied, disabled, gender identity, or a combination of any of the above, is a film like What Is It? being viewed through?

And though this is a psychological product of the mind of a Caucasian male that is part of this modern western culture, just how much has this mind questioned or sat with these thoughts & images and questioned where they come from? What lens they’re viewed through? Or asked itself “How much of my actual psychological reaction IS a byproduct of my place in this current culture?”

Unfortunately, I had to leave right after What Is It? was finished due to a stomach ache I had. So, I did not get to ask him or address this issue.

Fortunately, Crispin is returning to NYC later this month to screen his films at the IFC theater. I will do my best to address these issues of privilege with him in his Q&A session of What Is It? when I see it again.

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