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Hi i'm chucky wanna play?

Child's Play is a 1988 American supernatural slasher film directed by Tom Holland (not the guy who plays Spider-Man in the MCU, but the guy who directed Fright Night), and the first film in the Child's Play/Chucky series. It stars Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, and Brad Dourif. The film was released on November 9, 1988 and currently holds a 69% "Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.

Plot[]

One night, a serial killer named Charles Lee Ray is fatally shot by a police officer named Mike Norris, and casts a voodoo spell that he learned from a witchdoctor to transfer his soul into a "Good Guy" doll. A single mother buys the doll from a street peddler to give to her son Andy as a gift for his sixth birthday, only to discover that the doll is possessed by the serial killer.

Why It Rocks[]

  1. Brad Dourif does an awesome job as Chucky and his original human form Charles Lee Ray because he not only can be scary, he can be entertaining at the same time.
  2. The effects and animatronics for Chucky are impressive for 1988.
  3. Underrated and pretty scary score by Jon Renzetti.
  4. Great opening scene.
  5. Likable characters, especially Mike Norris and Andy Barclay.
  6. Nice setting.
  7. Exciting final confrontation between Andy, Mike, and Karen against Chucky.
  8. It provides excellent entertainment for splatter fans with very gruesome scenes like John and Dr. Ardmore's deaths.
  9. The story idea of a serial killer transferring his soul into a doll is original.
  10. The acting is decent.
  11. Nice directing and writing by Holland, Don Mancini (the creator of Chucky and the series), and John Lafia.
  12. Memorable quotes like "Hi, I'm Chucky wanna play?" and "This is the end, friend!".
  13. Good dialogue.

Bad Qualites[]

  1. The voodoo doll scene is pretty ridiculous. Also, why would John have a voodoo doll of himself in his own house?
  2. Continuity errors like Chucky's overalls sometimes having buttons and other times don't.
  3. A lot of the special effects did not age well.

Reception[]

Box office[]

The film grossed over $44.2 million against a budget of $9 million.

Critical response[]

Child's Play received generally positive reviews from critics. The film currently holds a 68% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 37 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10, but it doesn't hold a consensus. The film also got a 6.6/10 on IMDb. The film has a 58/100 on Metacritic based on 18 reviews. Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave it 3 stars out of 4, calling it an "cheerfully energetic horror film." Alex McLevy of The A.V. Club gave it a B, saying "Director Tom Holland keeps things moving along, turning the entire film into a pretty ruthlessly efficient scare delivery system."

Awards[]

Child's Play won a Saturn Award for Best Actress for Hicks and got nominated for Best Horror Film, Best Performance by a Younger Actor for Vincent, and Best Writing for Holland, Lafia, and Mancini, but lost to Beetlejuice, Fred Savage for Vice Versa, and Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg for Big.

Trivia[]

  • Chucky's real name Charles Lee Ray is derived from the three infamous killers; Charles Manson, Lee Harvey Oswald and James Earl Ray.
  • There was supposed to be a scene that shows Chucky's former mentor John/Dr. Death in voodoo priest clothes performing a voodoo ritual with an amulet placed on a staff to heal an infant. Later, John gives the cured infant the amulet and the infant's family pays him before Chucky arrives, but this was scrapped for timing.
  • There was also supposed to be a scene that took place before the regular opening scene, where Mike Norris in drag attempts to catch Charles Lee Ray. After Mike leaves a bar, Charles Lee Ray confronts him, and later throws a trash can at him, which leads to the regular opening scene. If you see the regular opening scene closely, you'll see that Mike throws the dress on the ground as he pursues Ray down the street.

External Links[]

  • Child's Play at the Internet Movie Database
  • Child's Play on Rotten Tomatoes
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