first off, I'd just like to say, i thought i had the project sussed when this word came up, and mild visions of me choking on food as a child were brought back to me. i guess i was wrong.
what does it mean? i could easily copy and paste some jargon form wikipedia, but how is that going to help any of us? I've been doing some reading this evening, and i've even asked a few people who i thought may have an idea, however, I'm afraid to report, this still seems like a hazy subject.
ambiguity, i get, its the feeling of pre-completion, its not sparse, its not empty, its there but finding it is the task, its not given directly to you. i can understand the definition, and i can find an ambiguous source i.e. Andy Warhol's transgender images, seem to have an obvious sense of ambiguity to them, they have several different meanings, the subject itself goes both ways in a sense.
however, studying the meaning of uncanny is a lot more perplexing to me. when Phil shot down Chucky as not being uncanny, i became confused. he is a familiar item, that has changed? how is that not uncanny?
there's a lot of talk about Ridley Scott's Alien holding a similar theme known as 'ABJECTION' . The almost blatant driving force of a 'female' the Phallic alien creatures, mothers laying eggs and the face huggers distinct graphic look all add to the reason why many reviewers look into this.
when the first male is impregnated by the face hugger, we are shown someone, with no child baring capabilities all of a sudden taking on this role (albeit unknowingly) and is then gruesomely killed due to it, this is one of the most obvious abjectifications of women in the movie.
i feel looking into this, could lead me to clearer understanding of uncanny. I'll update with more