Child's Play (1988)
Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 10
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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1
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Child's Play seems to have been concocted by a parent who went berserk after standing in line for hours on end to purchase a Cabbage Patch doll in the early 1980s. The film opens with serial killer Brad Dourif taking refuge in a doll factory. Dourif is killed by the cops, but not before he has invoked a voodoo curse which transfers his soul into one of the dolls. That particular doll, nicknamed Chuckie, is unwittingly purchased by Catherine Hicks for her son Alex Vincent. Several murders occur
Nov 9, 1988 Wide
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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.
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.
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
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- Charles Lee Ray: Oh god I'm dying.
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- Karen Barclay: I said talk to me, damn it. Or else I'll throw you in the fire. [Chucky comes alive]
- Chucky: You stupid bitch! You filthy slut! I'll teach you to fuck with me!
- Chucky: It hurt. It hurt like a son of a bitch, it even bled!
- Chucky: Fuck you.
- Chucky: Hi Mikey!
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