Directed by Don Mancini, starring Jennifer Tilly, Redman, John Waters, Hannah Spearritt and the voices of Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly and Billy Boyd.

So, we've all heard of Chucky, right? The 'Child's Play' series became a cult phenomenon but a real-life horror when the tabloid papers created a moral panic over whether particular violent films could influence child behaviour - and whether 'Child's Play 3' influenced the child killers of Jamie Bulger. It wasn't until 1998 that the franchise returned to our screens and the producers wisely reworked the 'Child's Play' concept and came up with the lively, intentionally camp comedy 'Bride of Chucky'. It worked quite well, but merely appealed to fans. The same could be said for 'Seed of Chucky', but this time we get a little more camp, a little more mainstream and a lot more humour.

Following the courtship of and marriage to his homicidal honey Tiffany, evil doll Chucky (Dourif) now finds his family expanding further while on a wild ride through Hollywood. Tilly, who plays herself brilliantly as a desperate, plump, aloof actress, becomes a target of the two-foot-tall terrors and drags her surrounding colleagues down with her. Even Joan, her PA (played by ex-S Club singer Hannah Spearritt), can't reschedule the impending murderous reign of Chucky and co.

The casting is superb and includes a cameo from the legendary John Waters, of 'Hairspray' fame, in an albeit brief role. Redman does what most rap artists are required to do onscreen, act inane and attract the youth audience (over 18, of course). However, it's Tilly who carries the film and is a delight to watch in her over-the-top portrayal of herself. There's an air of "I don't care" about Tilly - to be so obvious about her flaws, her light-hearted jibes at her infamous role in the Wachowski brothers 'Bound' and her Oscar nomination for 'Bullets over Broadway'. It's refreshing at first, if a little overused by the end.  In fact, everything seems a little overused and the film starts to drag, as the 87 minutes begin to feel like well over two hours.

How much more can we get from the Chucky franchise? What direction are they taking now? As the gags start to wear thin, we beg for a quick ending. It's mildly amusing but stands out as the worst part of the film. The murders were far more inventive in the last outing too. However, it can't be faulted for much more than that. Mancini is excellent with his directorial debut, having served as screenwriter for the previous four films, and executive producer for 'Bride of Chucky'. The camerawork is first-rate and the references to films such as 'Psycho' and 'The Shining' are well-handled.

Fans will indeed love this movie, and in fact it's not bad for a night at the flicks. There are plenty of laughs (some of which go right over your head) and despite the odd blood and gore scene, for the most part it's comedy all the way. Don't be scared, you won't be. If you're one of those people that are scared by clowns and dolls, then this is the movie to cure all that. It's time to face your fear and laugh your heart out.

David Byrne