Child's Play


Child's Play

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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 shortly thereafter; all evidence points to Alex, who insists that his cherub-faced doll is responsible. Detective Chris Sarandon, the man responsible for Dourif's death, doesn't swallow Alex's story, but he agrees to investigate because he's sweet on Alex's mom. The slasher-flick ending of Child's Play would seem to have settled Chuckie's hash for good and all, but guess again--the film spawned numerous sequels.

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Catherine Hicks
as Karen Barclay
Chris Sarandon
as Mike Norris
Alex Vincent
as Andy Barclay
Brad Dourif
as Charles Lee Ray
Dinah Manoff
as Maggie Peterson
Tommy Swerdlow
as Jack Santos
Jack Colvin
as Dr. Ardmore
Edan Gross
as Friendly Chucky/Kid in Animated Commercial
Alan Wilder
as Mr. Criswell
Raymond Oliver
as Dr. Death
Ted Liss
as George
Michael Chavez
as Bellevue Patient
John Franklin
as Walkabout Chucky
Michael Patrick Carter
as Kid in Animated Commercial
Ed Gale
as Chucky
Neil Giuntoli
as Eddie Caputo
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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.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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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.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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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.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

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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.

Tyler Robertson
Tyler Robertson

Super Reviewer

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