Child’s Play (1988)

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8.0 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Acting: 8/10
Visuals: 8/10

Great design on Chucky, fun script

Some dated FX

 
Movie Info
Movie Name: Child’s Play

Studio: United Artists

Genre(s): Horror

Release Date(s): November 9, 1988

MPAA Rating: R

 

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Thanks Mom…I’m going to need at least 2 sequels for my character to get over how screwed up I am from this gift

Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) is a bad man…on the run from police, abandoned by his men, and dying from a gunshot.  Charles Lee Ray escapes into a toy store and using voodoo magic manages to transfer his soul into a popular Good Guy doll.  Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) wants nothing more than a Good Guy for his birthday and when his mother Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks) finds a homeless man offering one for a deal she takes it.  Now Chucky is in Andy’s home and when people begin to die, no one believes Andy could be telling the truth about his best friend Chucky.

Directed by Tom Holland, Child’s Play was fairly well received.  The movie was well liked by critics and fans, bud did spark controversy by parents who feared that the idea of a killer doll could influence children.

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Dammit Andy! Next time you’re getting Legos like Iike I planned

Child’s Play is pretty well done for its budget and for the most part Alex Vincent does a decent job carrying the plot as Andy.  The scene stealer of course is Chucky himself.  The filmmakers did a lot to make Chucky “real”.  Sometimes forced perspective was used with oversized sets and other times little people wore a Chucky costume.  The impressive part about Child’s Play however is the animatronic doll that menaces Andy and Karen.  They do a great job in scenes giving Chucky real life and Dourif’s voice gives Chucky a real personality (which helps explain the multiple sequels).

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Seriously Andy…you’re starting to piss me off!

Child’s Play for the most part keeps moving.  It has some slow points once Chucky is introduced because you just want more Chucky.  The scene in which Catherine Hicks’ character discovers Chucky is alive is a classic and still a great jump.  Much like Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Child’s Play’s ability to balance humor and horror with Chucky is great.

Child’s Play may not have aged well in all parts, but it holds up.  A possible remake has been tossed around, but probably isn’t necessary (and would once again be like A Nightmare on Elm Street if it was remade without Dourif as Chucky).  Check out Child’s Play again if it has been a while…Chucky will be your friend ’til the end!  Child’s Play was followed by Child’s Play 2 in 1990.

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Related Links:

Child’s Play 2 (1990)

http://basementrejects.com/review/childs-play-2-1990/

Child’s Play 3 (1991)

http://basementrejects.com/review/childs-play-3-1991/

Bride of Chucky (1998)

http://basementrejects.com/review/bride-of-chucky-1998/

Seed of Chucky (2004)

http://basementrejects.com/review/seed-of-chucky-2004/

Curse of Chucky (2013)

http://basementrejects.com/review/curse-of-chucky-2013/

Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
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