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CHILD'S PLAY
1988 / Horror
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Directed by Tom Holland
Written by Don Mancini, John Lafia and Tom Holland
Starring Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif, Dinah Manoff and Tommy Swerdlow

A single mother gives her son a much sought-after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.

The following tags are associated with this movie: killer doll, slasher, voodoo
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Child's Play (1988)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

10 / 10
This is my all-time favourite movie. Brad Dourif's voice acting for the Chucky doll is as perfectly fitting as could be and would be near impossible to improve upon. The amount of work that went into bringing this doll to life for the screen only makes this movie even more impressive. The movie is so well-made that it almost makes you forget the absurdity of a doll running around and killing people.

If you haven't seen this movie yet, drop everything and watch it now!
Child's Play (1988)
Review by Michael Mahoney

9 / 10
This classic flick gets many things right, and very little wrong. Despite the nature of the movie, believe me, it's not at all as silly as you might think (or what later sequels would lead you to believe). I won't have a lot to say on this, so bear with me.

The story is pretty fun and captivating throughout, not to mention original. Certainly didn't really feel like other movies around the time, and still stands out to today (despite some not so great sequels). Both tense and well-paced, everything seems to work out fine in this department.

The acting is pretty top-notch all-around, also. Catherine Hicks does a fantastic job as a mother worried sick for, at first, the mental health of her child, and then about a doll trying to take over her son's body. Hicks has never been a big name, but she does beautifully here. Chris Sarandon, as a police detective, does a fine job also. It actually took me until this re-watch to realize he's also in the 1985 classic Fight Night. Big duh moment then. He was a fun character though, and certainly got his licks in.

Despite being a young kid, Alex Vincent does extremely well as Andy. The scene in which Chucky's coming for him while in the institution is perhaps one of my favorites in the film, and Vincent shows very strong acting both there and pretty much throughout the film, all without turning into an annoyance, which I appreciated. And need I mention Brad Dourif? His voice makes Chucky the memorable mofo that he is, and really helps the movie stand out from it's peers.

As aforementioned, there's more than a few kills that aren't great (keywords: window, house), but others make up for it, such as that voodoo scene. The car scene too, with Sarandon, was a fun ride (for us, not Sarandon), with Chucky trying to stab him through the seat (another scene that's stuck with me since I was a kid).

There's very little that Child's Play doesn't get right. I suppose at times Chucky could be a bit much, but really, that's part of his nature, it seems. The movie doesn't waste any time, and just throws us into the action, which I always appreciated. It never really lets up, either. A solid movie all-around, Child's Play is one that, if you've not yet seen, you no longer have an excuse to avoid. 8.5/10 (rounded up to 9/10 to fit site's format).
Child's Play (1988)
Review by Gary Dailey

8 / 10
Child's Play was one of those horror movies I recall knowing about as a child, before ever even watching it. It was a movie all the kids talked about because, of course, it was a murderous doll! This movie's reputation preceded it, and for good reason. An interesting premise, fantastic practical effects in the form of Chucky himself, and (as mentioned by so many others) Brad Dourif's performance, are able to take what could have very well been another one-off cheesy horror movie, and turned it into a series that is still cranking out films even into the not-so-distant past.
Child's Play (1988)
Review by Alex Martel

8 / 10
Out of all the horror movie concepts that ended up being dumb garbage, who would have expected that the killer doll one would stand head and shoulders above many of its peers?

Child's Play takes it's silly premise and builds a smart, funny and suspenseful slasher upon it, with solid directing and performances to boot.

The most surpsing thing about it is not only how good it is, but the level of quality its sequels have managed to maintain.
Child's Play (1988)
Review by Chris James

8 / 10
Child's Play was another horror movie I watched when I was way too young. I think my logic was something like "it's about a doll, it's probably okay for kids to watch...right?". It didn't leave scars like "IT" did, but I remember the scenes of a burning, pissed off Chucky causing me some sleepless nights.

Nowadays, whilst not scary, it's still a remarkably good movie considering the goofy premise. It's pretty much all down to Brad Dourif's performance as Chucky. Honestly, I consider him one of better movie monsters from the 80s. What he obviously lacks in physical presence, he more than makes up for in charisma and pure malice. He should be laughable, but he isn't (not yet, at least). And he still holds up well today, to the point where he's still getting sequels.

The first entry isn't actually my favourite. I like the second Child's Play a little better, but you can't go wrong with the one that started it.
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