Child's Play (1988)
Thanks to a voodoo curse, the spirit of a serial killer possesses Chuckie, an innocent-looking child's doll which proceeds to go on a killing spree. The doll's owner, a young boy, must stop Chuckie and prove that he is not the killer in this popular and fast-paced, if familiar, slasher.
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Critic Reviews for Child's Play
Making a good horror-thriller, or even a good horror-comedy, is not child's play, as this schizoid film all too unfortunately proves.
Holland's sure handling of the suspense and shock moments lends the film a sharp and scary edge.
Director Tom Holland keeps things moving without rushing them. Unfortunately, Child's Play gets a little ugly at the end.
Child's Play is a cheerfully energetic horror film of the slam-bang school, but slicker and more clever than most.
With equal portions of frolic and fear, Child's Play is a hilarious hair-raiser that is highly recommended for horror fans.
It's no surprise that this strange, unique, demented picture spawned a whole series of follow-ups; it's just a shame their increasing gaucheness mostly deters people - including myself - from going back to where it all began.
The things that redeem the film, at least slightly, are Dourif's nasty, insinuating vocal performance and Kevin Yagher's design of the Chucky doll itself.
It's nothing wildly original, but it is pacey and entertaining when it gets going.
It does, however, have some decent scares, a lot of good lines and a memorable villain.
Is anyone ever going to make a really good movie about toys coming to life to kill people?
With humor taking a backseat to good, old-fashioned suspense, Child's Play is an impressive horror highlight of the late-'80s film scene.
While the sequels may have gotten progressively more campy, I'm pleased to note that the original Child's Play holds up just as well as I'd hoped. (And the new DVD rocks.)
I'm sure Child's Play was far from the only film of its era sold as one of the great scareshows of all time.
Even after twenty years, Child's Play shows no ring rust. The little flick plays just as well now as it did in its heyday.
An inadvertently silly but effective shocker. Director Tom Holland definitely knows how to spin a scary yarn.
A gem, with one of the best "sudden reveals" ever committed to celluloid
Audience Reviews for Child's Play
Child's Play is one of the cheesiest horror flicks of the 80's, but damn does it know how to entertain. With laughably original dialogue, some decent acting, a twisted doll, and a possessed plot line, Child's Play is just a fun movie. I was a bit disappointed and I did expect to actually be scared, but the film is far too cheesy to be a classic. Yes, it is known as a horror classic, and I can see how, but the fact that I can laugh during it, definitely makes it not worthy of calling great. It has it's thrills and chills, and when it does it's pretty freaky, but overall, Child's Play is just well made above average film.More
I must be a bit twisted - I love this one, it always makes me laugh. Just can't take Chucky seriously. It is a really good horror, though.More
Child's play follows a young boy named Andy who obtains a "Good Guy" doll for Christmas from his mom and discovers that this doll he got for Christmas may be doing things that are causing suspicion in the household after the murder of his aunt.
Child's play is one of those movies that the acting is nowhere near perfect in a horror movie such as in "Psycho," but I would come to expect worse from a movie involving a doll that kills people
But overall the best performance, like in most slasher films, is the slasher in general, Brad Dourif as Chucky. Dourif does a magnificent job at making Chucky both a hysterical character and even a tad creepy character. The other actors do decent jobs as well. The child who plays Danny does a good job and Catherine Hicks does a decent job as well as Danny's mother who's trying to cope with all this chaos going on. Chris Sarandon does a exceptionally good job, which you may remember Sarandon from Fright Night and Nightmare before Christmas. Overall, decently acted but nothing spectacular.
Child's play is pretty light on effects for a horror movie but when that doll comes to life the effects actually look pretty decent, and by that I mean two levels up from a Muppet. The effects do look cheesy compared to the movies now but the effects make the film enjoyable and at least pleasing to sit through and even after the doll is burned up the effect looks pretty good, especially when parts of him start coming off. Even if it was meant to be scary or not.
Overall Child's play may not be one of the best horror movies I've seen and it definitely is goofy compared to a lot of other horror movies at the time, but it does a decent job at setting up the story early on and the acting is pretty good for a movie with this goofy of a premise. While this film does fail bad at trying to be scary it at least is enjoyable and entertaining for any fan of these kind of films. So overall I'd give this movie a watch if you have the time for a cheesy but enjoyable film, even if it isn't that scary.
It's almost unreal how a movie based off a killer doll can have such a cult following. Chucky is definitely well remembered in terms of horror killers. The series itself is somewhat disjointed, but the first movie is easily the best. Child's Plat revolves around a boy named Andy who recieves a possessed doll as a birthday present from his mom. The doll is possessed by the soul of a serial killer who transferred himself there and now he wants his soul in Andy's body. The set up for the movie actually is quite clever. The situation is clear, concise and simple. It also sets up for some pretty suspenseful scenes. The thing about the movie is that the scarier parts of the film are in the first half and the more entertaining parts are in the second half. Chucky is voiced by Brad Dourif and he's great in the role. He's scary, angry and even funny in his role and that makes Chucky a likable murderer. (That sounds weird) The used for the movie is a puppet and getting it to move involved using animatronics. The effect of the moving doll looks awesome and it's a relief they didn't bother with the early stages of CGI. One problem with the movie is that it would've been better if it played with the audience. I would've liked to see the movie make us wonder whether the doll really is killing people or if it's young Andy and he's just a really psychopathic 8 year old. The climax of the film is also somewhat dissapointing, but it was still watchable. With the combined efforts of well built suspense, really good acting from the cast, a well paced story and great special effects, it makes for a good horror movie...until the sequels come along.More
Child's Play Quotes
- Charles Lee Ray:
- Oh god I'm dying.
- Well, John, it's been fun, but I gotta go. I have a date with six-year-old boy...
- Karen Barclay:
- I said talk to me, damn it. Or else I'll throw you in the fire. [Chucky comes alive]
- You stupid bitch! You filthy slut! I'll teach you to fuck with me!
- It hurt. It hurt like a son of a bitch, it even bled!
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