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POISONOUS PARENTS: Harv and Marj Wiener (Welcome to the Dollhouse)

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Principal: Now what exactly did you do, Dawn?

Marj: Dawn?

Dawn: (mumbling) I shot a spit ball…

Principal: Speak up, I can’t hear you.

Dawn: I shot a spit ball.

Marj: You shot a what?!

Harv: She shot a spit ball!

Principal:  A teacher was almost blinded. 

Dawn: I was fighting back.

Marj: (aggressive) Whoever told you to fight back?!

Principal: Dawn, are you having social problems?

Dawn: No.

Marj: Yes! She’s got no friends.

Dawn: I’ve got friends.

Marj: (aggressive) Who?!

Dawn: Ralphie….

Marj: Case closed. She’s a loner.

Willkommen im Tollhaus / Welcome to the Dollhouse

(Dawn Wiener; the soft spoken main protagonist of Welcome to the Dollhouse, played by Heather Matarazzo)

Ugh…God damn it, Marj….Who said being a loner was a bad thing?

Welcome to the Dollhouse is one of those films that’s pretty triggering to watch, especially if you’ve had the experiences that come along with being bullied in grade school. But that’s not the worst part…

Writer, producer, and director, Todd Solondz gives his audience a pretty painfully realistic depiction of what life can be like for a social outcast, preteen girl. It’s almost too painful…mainly because he beats us over the head with what he thinks is realistic. …Yet, it’s a Todd Solondz film. Things seem to be pretty bleak and bad in general–at least atmosphere & tone wise. …And by bad, I mean brutal. When you think about it…Dawn isn’t to blame for her surroundings, lack of friends, negligent family, and the heat she takes at school from her peers. In life not everyone will like us, but we don’t need to add fuel to the fire either by engaging in the same mudslinging tactics that the bullies use….which is exactly what Dawn did.

Yet, Dawn probably wasn’t aware of any other way to handle her tormenters. With no guidance, a mentor, or an older teen or adult to encourage her in someway, she was on her own to figure things out. In real life, that’s how it is for many of us. Not one person in Welcome to the Dollhouse had any compassion whatsoever for Dawn. Everyone, with the exception of a couple of people, came off as either a heartless asshole or just flat out didn’t care. To be fair though, she had every right to protect herself. No one deserves to be treated with such hate or neglect.

Ever.

Yet, Dawn gets a nuclear blast of rage and hate from her peers and an indifferent, nonchalant, neglectful attitude from her entire immediate family. It makes me wonder what was going through Solondz head when he wrote and directed Welcome To The Dollhouse, and it’s sequel, Palindromes.

Dawn dealt with the cards she was dealt at that particular point in time the events of Welcome to the Dollhouse took place. She was a sweet, soft spoken kid. All she was trying to do is find her place in the world. And it’s really tough and challenging to do that when you are constantly being shit on day in and day out.

One thing is definitely for certain:

Depression

Let’s face it:

Dawn was surrounded by assholes. …More than she could count. And I don’t use that term loosely. My guess is that many of you, whom have found your way to this blog entry, have seen Welcome to the Dollhouse and know exactly what I’m talking about. Those preteens & the teachers were just plain awful. Junior high school is bad enough with all of the growing up, hormones, & confused emotions flying around. But Dawn? She couldn’t catch a break. And every attempt at fighting back was met with opposition to the maximum.

 

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(Harvey & Marj Wiener; Dawn’s parents played by Angela Pietropinto & Bill Buell)

And these two? ‘Harv & Marj’; they saw Dawn as more of an inconvenience, than an actual priority….

…Or at least that’s how it seemed.

In truth, like many parents, Harv & Marj didn’t connect with Dawn as strongly as they did with her younger sister and older brother, Missy & Mark. It’s easy to say that Missy was the ‘favorite child;’ …and she was. 😉 Yet, it was made very clear that Harv and Marj did very little to get to know their oldest daughter. And when you don’t get to know your own children…well…. saying ‘there’s bound to be a communication barrier between both parties’ is quite an obvious understatement.

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(Missy Wiener & Marj Wiener)

The first dinner table scene in Welcome to the Dollhouse brilliantly demonstrates the conspicuous double standard certain parents have for one of their children, versus the other. Marj adoringly looks at Missy as she suggests that Dawn be enrolled in a ‘reform school’ after Missy claims that Dawn was bothering her. …Well…Dawn was mouthing ‘fuck you’ over and over again, mimicking her tormentor, Brandon McCarthy from earlier that day in hopes that it would bother her younger sister.

Not a smart move on Dawn’s part…

Still, even if Dawn wasn’t doing anything, her mother–who technically didn’t actually see Dawn mouthing anything–assumed that Missy was telling the truth. Marj also assumes that Missy didn’t mean what she said. Instead of making both of them apologize to each other, Marj completely excuses Missy’s behavior, and makes Dawn apologize; the punishment not being able to leave the table until she apologizes and says she loves her sister. Dawn stubbornly refuses, and ends up sitting at the dinner table for hours afterward until her mother orders her to get to bed.

Regardless of Dawn’s own immature behavior, it’s Marj who shouldn’t have made an excuse for Missy manipulative behavior.

So…In that regard:

Good for Dawn for not budging.

At the same time, this was an opportunity for Dawn to take responsibility for her own behavior (in some form at least.)

I find many of the confrontational scenes between Dawn & her parents to be very relatable. The injustice dished out to Dawn, the phony behavior from Marj to keep up appearances of a perfect family, and the pressure cooker of a situation that doesn’t seem to lead anywhere–until the beginning of Palindromes 10 years later.

The chipping of Dawn’s spirit is enough to make one cringe many times over…

For example, Marj sets up a family meeting in the living room, asking Mark & Missy to back her up as she talks to Dawn about removing her club house in the backyard. Marj wants the extra room for her & Harv’s 20th anniversary party. Dawn, of course, refuses; knowing full well that’s the only safe haven & place she can truly call her own. Marj argues that Dawn’s getting too old to have a play house, yet many kids her age have tree houses. I understand that the parents need the space temporarily, but they don’t even remotely offer to rebuild a better club house for her afterwards. Nor do they care that her spirit is crushed because of it. She may be in junior high, but she’s still just a kid trying to be a kid. Parents shouldn’t be in such a big hurry for their children to grow up.

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(Dawn’s ‘Special People’s Club‘ house–RIP…Club House. You deserve to be resurrected into a much better sanctuary.)

Dawn spent most of her time inside the house during the anniversary party; spending a good chunk of time looking for her much older high school crush, Steve Rogers; the hunk Mark tutors for Computer Science class, and singer in his band. When Marj & Harv question Dawn–while she looks for Steve–about her whereabouts, Dawn responds flippantly and continues her search.

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(A perfect portrait of phony, self-centered parents)

On a personal note: I knew a girl whom lived down the street from myself as a kid, who was berated on a constant basis by her mother. This girls mother had no filters; she even berating my childhood friend in front of my own mother and I. This little girl, like Dawn, was nice at heart but often lashed out at myself and others because the years of verbal abuse smashed her spirit down to a point where she couldn’t take any sort of criticism. So I do have an objective understanding of why Dawn sporadically acts out.

To make matters worse, during the viewing of their anniversary video, Harv & Marj laugh at Dawn getting pushed into the swimming pool by Missy. They make nice comments about their other children, but laugh a moment that was pretty humiliating for Dawn. Missy requests they watch it again. Whether they do or don’t is a mystery, but one thing is for certain: This is what I would call a ‘last straw moment’ for Dawn.

Later that night, Dawn takes the tape out of the VCR, takes it outside, and smashes it to pieces with a hammer. In that moment, I believe she was able to take back some control and power through this action. As destructive as it may have been, it doesn’t end there. Not giving Missy the note Marj told Dawn to give her about getting a ride from a friend after ballet practice was a huge mistake; as it lead to Missy’s kidnapping. Even when Dawn runs away to NYC for a day to find Missy, Harv & Marj hardly notice Dawn is gone.

Dawn was far from an angel, given her sporadically rude behavior throughout the film. She still could have improved and become that angel. Yet, no child deserves to have their spirit shit on by the individuals surrounding them. And when a parent does it? Well…that must make them a real special kind of asshole.

(I’d like to think this is Dawn, after smashing the video tape, saying “I have no more fucks to give…”)

The only person that seemed to have anything remotely close to sympathy for Dawn was her brother, Mark. He takes a less emotional approach though, but does inform Dawn when she asks him questions:

Dawn: Is high school better than junior high?

Mark: All of junior high school sucks. High school’s better; it’s closer to college. They’ll call you names, but not as much to your face. 

Duh

(Mark Wiener, Dawn’s brother)

In Welcome to the Dollhouse’s sequel, Palindromes we come to find that Dawn apparently had committed suicide ten years after the events of Welcome to the Dollhouse, and had become pregnant before doing so. Personally, I call bullshit on that. Dawn had much too stubborn of a nature to kill herself. She may have been beaten down verbally, and possibly physically…but she would’ve never taken her own life. She would have risen above all that crap.

I’m willing to bet the suicide ruling was a cover up by her family.

Even Heather Matarazzo seems to agree with myself on that point:

Dawn’s Letter

Much of Welcome to the Dollhouse feels satirical, albeit nihilistic with many elements of truth. The anniversary song that goes “Harv & Marj are the greatest couple the world has ever known….” is utterly ridiculous of course…But it highlights the phony behavior that Harv & Marj display, as well as the exaggerated nihilistic nature of this film.

All in all, Dawn’s parents may have loved her on some humdrum level, but they didn’t make her a priority–nor were they very attentive or compassionate parents. And they certainly didn’t encourage her to cultivate her musical talents as a pianist. No. They apparently had more important things to do.

I mean…shit…even Dawn’s coffin is a reflection of how her parents felt about her:

Bare.

Austere.

Trust me. If it were Missy who bit the dust that coffin would be made of pink platinum and adorned with flowers.

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(Dawn’s coffin during her funeral in Palindromes (2004))

Just goes to show that if you don’t respect, love, or value your children: You may lose them.

For Dawn’s sake, I hope she was reincarnated into a family who show her nothing but love, compassion, & kindness.

POISONOUS PARENTS: Harry & Zinnia Wormwood (Matilda)

Posted in POISONOUS PARENTS on November 13, 2014 by theladycateye

“Narrator: Everyone is born, but not everyone is born the same. Some will grow to be butchers, or bakers, or candlestick makers. Some will only be really good at making Jell-O salad. One way or another, though, every human being is unique, for better or for worse.

[Harry takes his first look at Matilda, grunts, and leaves]

Narrator: Most parents believe their children are the most beautiful creatures ever to grace the planet. Others take a less emotional approach.

[Harry and Zinnia are leaving the hospital with the baby]

Harry Wormwood: What a waste of time!

Zinnia Wormwood: And painful!

Harry Wormwood: And expensive, $9.25 for a bar of soap?

Zinnia Wormwood: Well I had to take a shower, Harry!

Harry Wormwood: $5,000? I’m not paying it. What’re they going to do, repossess the kid?”

-Matilda (1996), the day Matilda was born.

Ah…Harry and Zinnia Wormwood.

Where could I possibly start with these two?

Well, first of all:

Congratulations!

Congratulations, for taking absolutely no interest in your intellectual prodigy daughter.  She’s a human calculator, has read every single children’s library book, and has a college level IQ. I mean, look at this face:

She has a face that will one day, undoubtedly, cure cancer…and all you can do is sit there in sloth with your tainted TV dinners and your dirty car sales tricks. Yeah…I mean, who needs to read and fill their minds with knowledge right? Who needs those pesky intellectuals who move our society forward anyway?? You know…the doctors and scientists that help cure common diseases; the teachers that are partially responsible for making sure the next generation doesn’t devolve. Oh! And the engineers that build our space ships to send our astronauts into space in hopes that we might find signs of intelligent life somewhere….out there…wherever that may be. Because lets face it: We’re coming up bone dry in the signs of intelligent life on our planet; common sense becoming a common rarity. But yeah…Who needs those people, eh? Meh…

Well, the good news is that your kid is immune to your bullshittery of deceit, stupidity and ignorance with her hunger and eagerness to learn and grow as a person. She’s proof that we, as offspring, aren’t fully influenced by our environment, and/or our parents or the guardians that raised us.

Considering how many parents would deem it a god send to have a child like Matilda, one can only wonder WHY people like Harry & Zinnia Wormwood have children to begin with? Chances are Michael (Matilda’s older brother) and Matilda were the byproduct of a couple of passionate nights between Mr. & Mrs. Wormwood. I mean, that’s how it all starts out anyway, right? Perhaps Zinnia and Harry don’t actually like children. …The world may never know. And for that, I shrug.

Either way, Harry and Zinnia, between your negligence, and not caring whether your child succeeds at life, people in the real world like YOU are the very definition of why our society is heading towards a real life Idiocracy.

So again, congratulations and hats off to you!

Oh wait….

In all seriousness, Matilda is one of those stories where the book and the movie are both really good, at least in my humble opinion. I never did see the Broadway musical, so I cannot comment on that. In terms of the book and the film each has a unique vision, is stylistic, and each allow the audience to look through the eyes of this extraordinary young girl.

And come on! Who doesn’t like Danny Devito’s vision and direction? Have you seen his later film, Death To Smoochy (2002)?

Matilda is a grade A example of why we don’t need to be co-dependent on our parents for everything. Given the direction Generation Y (Millennials) are headed in at this moment in time, with the state of the economy, dwindling full time jobs, hours, and benefits, loss of healthcare. etc. it becomes more of a challenge for a good number of my generation not to depend on their parents and family in some aspect or another. Like it or not, there are many situations that are not within my generations control right now, even if we do everything in our power to be as independent as humanly possible. But that’s just where we’re at at this moment in time.

The story of Matilda is a clear demonstration of how our reactions play a crucial role in maintaining our own happiness, health, and overall well being. That’s not to say that everyone isn’t different in how they deal with stress and negativity. If you suffer from depression or any sort of mental illness, then that crucially needs to be factored into the equation. Matilda holds herself up pretty well, in spite of her parents neglect and unethical behavior. She doesn’t allow her parents to discourage her from reading,  learning or growing to her fullest potential; and most certainly doesn’t react or blame herself unnecessarily for Harry and Zinnia’s ignorance. Her maturity level is exceeded beyond her years.

Lauren Lungerich, creator of MTV’s Awkward once said: (…though I’ve heard this quote before) “You can’t always control what happens to you, but you can control how you react to it.” Something about her saying this during the making of Awkward really stood out to me. Awkward’s main character, Jenna Hamilton–which I’ll be writing about here soon in more detail–had a lot of negativity coming her way during the first couple of seasons of Awkward from school, her parents, and various curve balls that life kept throwing at this high school misfit. She managed to handle and deal with her problems with grace and tact, and turned a lot of her problems into something that could help herself, as well as others move forward. Matilda does something similar, but still manages to have fun in the process; proving you don’t have to be malicious to play a prank on someone, especially your parents. After all, it’s a possibility they deserve a lot worse than a prank scare, but that’s not for me or you to decide. 😉

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That poor parrot though…stuck in a chimney for days? Ah, well…I’d probably stick to super gluing my dads hat on his head.

There are two drastically different directions this story could have gone:

1. The actual direction it went in: Overcoming fear, discouragement, and the ignorance of others; resulting in fun times.

OR….

2.

Carrie

How I put it: Going full Carrie.

As I tweeted just a couple of days ago to Mara Wilson herself:

https://twitter.com/YoungNStrange

“. Matilda could have gone full Carrie, had she not believed in the power of Thurston Harris & Cheerios.”

Hey…anything is possible. 😉

Carrie had a much more damaging upbringing than Matilda did, so I’m not too sure this is a fair assessment… Ultimately, the choice was theirs.

Harry and Zinnia Wormwood represent the apathy that comes when society starts to take for granted the thing, situations, places, and people we should value…but don’t have an appreciation for because they’re so integrated into our daily lives. Although the book came out in 1988, and the movie in 1996, many aspects of the story of Matilda still ring true, especially in this day and age as we descend further and further into a materialistic and self absorbed society. Harry and Zinnia’s bad parenting doesn’t just come from their self absorbed and unethical nature; they allow themselves to become susceptible to the media and other societal influences by zoning out in front of the television and other forms of easily digestible consumerism.

The Wormwood’s don’t value their daughter and her intelligence, simply because they don’t value hard work, intellectual pursuits, education, or a challenge. They’d rather take the easy way out by doing the least amount of work for the largest amount of reward. Harry Wormwood’s job as a dirty car salesman makes this fact pretty obvious and overt. This extends to their parenting as well. Matilda learned instinctively very very early on that she had to become super self reliant if she were to survive in this world; especially from an emotional standpoint.

Often times, those that cannot seek emotional solace and support from within their own families often have no other choice but to seek it out elsewhere. Matilda found a kindred spirit–and later a mother–in her teacher, Miss Honey. Both of them share a similar past with abusive and negligent family members. Ms. Trunchbull being Miss Honey’s main guardian after the death of her father at a very young age.

“You were born into a family that doesn’t always appreciate you, but one day, things are going to be very different.” Miss Honey; Matilda (1996)

When we’re young, we have very little say in where we get to live, let alone who we surround ourselves with. In the US, many teenagers don’t get to leave their home until their 18th birthday. …That is unless they get themselves emancipated, or can convince social services to have them removed from whatever dysfunctional situations they’re in. Many children end up coming up with coping methods to deal with the dysfunction. Matilda’s coping method was immersing herself in her story books, school work, and surrounding herself with friends. For someone as young as six, that may have been her only option. Either way, as challenging as it can be not to get sucked into family drama and dysfunction, Matilda managed to completely focus her energies on expanding the power of her mind; using it constructively. That’s not an easy thing to do, but it can be done and is often necessary.

In spite of their bad parenting, Harry and Zinnia did at least one great thing for their daughter, and that was giving her up for adoption to the one person who loved and valued her most: Jennifer Honey; allowing Matilda to grow up in a loving family.

Everyone has to do what’s best for their children. Sometimes that requires letting them go so they can live up to their fullest potential, in a positive and loving environment.

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

Posted in POISONOUS PARENTS on June 26, 2014 by theladycateye

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. 😉

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

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

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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).