After the original ending any further continuation would seem ridiculous. And even though it suffers from illogical story turns (resurrected doll not included), it manages to take the direction even bleaker than the original. Gone is the safety of family warmth, enter the child in a foster homes. The most uncomfortable parts are actually when someone too young is being rejected, while Chucky ends up as a comic relief
By virtue of being a sequel, "Child's Play 2" loses the very thing that helped make the original so effective: the suspense. But the larger budget was clearly put to use by cinematographer Stefan Czapsky, who utilizes low angles, wide lenses, and a varied color palette to depict Andy's child-like but tormented world. It's little wonder Tim Burton would secure him as DP for "Edward Scissorhands" and "Batman Returns."
Sequel helped by the fact that the excellent Chucky doll and it's mimics combined with Brad Dorif voice still do wonders even if this now has become a movie about Chucky being an anti-hero spewing out one-liners. The ending at a factory that spews out dolls feels inspired after the rest of the film go through the motions. Good casting also help and Christine Elise is an attractive babysitter than any men would hire.
The bookends of this sequel-- both in the toy factory-- are not just its best moments but are really its only inspired ones. The rest of Child's Play 2 repeats the mechanics of the first one-- sans the psychological mystery-- with no one believing Andy at first until some characters do. It gets stale quickly. This sequel more works as a vessel to make Chucky a horror character further embedded into popular culture.