If you really look at a lot of dolls meant for children you can really see how they are quite scary. Most of us can agree that the fear of dolls – pediophobia – is a little ridiculous, but that humourous aspect actually makes this a better film. If they were just going for the scary factor then it might have been even more ridiculous than it was. Because it’s a tiny carrot topped doll that is doing the killing here, folks!
Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks – from television’s 7th Heaven) is trying to find the perfect birthday gift for her son, Andy (Alex Vincent – Child’s Play 2). She goes in search of the hottest toy going – an interactive Chucky doll. Even though it is sold out everywhere she manages to buy one off a homeless man. He found the doll thrown in a dumpster at the scene of an explosion, police shootout and death of a serial killer. Bad karma, you think. Well, you would be right. Somehow the serial killer, Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif – Halloween II, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), has managed to get his spirit inside the doll and plans to continue his killing ways.
Andy is thrilled to get Chucky, but soon realizes that Chucky is something to be scared of. His mother believes his stories about Chucky doing things on his own are just tall tales in order to get attention. On the first night after getting Chucky the babysitter ends up dead and Charles Lee Ray is trying to figure out how to get himself into Andy’s body. Homocide officer Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon – The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Princess Bride) is called in to investigate the death and Andy has to convince him and his mother that Chucky is not the innocent doll that he seems.
You have to give director Tom Holland (Thinner, Fright Night) some credit for attempting to truly scare us. He does not let up and it is not about cheap thrills like today’s horror films. The bottom line is that we are not often scared, but “A” for effort.
Some films age well. Even some horror films are still scary, but “Child’s Play” isn’t one of them. I’m not sure that today’s audiences would find the entertainment value in this big piece of cheese.
-The Advantages of Being Chucky
-Chucky on Filmmaking
-Up close and personal with Chucky
-Evil Comes in Small Packages
-The Birth of Chucky
-Creating the Horror
-Chucky: Building a Nightmare
-A Monster Convention
-Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child’s Play
-Chucky’s Back Bitches