The "Child's Play" Franchise Jun 10, 2014 21:52:34 GMT -5
Post by StevePulaski on Jun 10, 2014 21:52:34 GMT -5
Child's Play (1988)
Directed by: Tom Holland
Directed by: Tom Holland
Andy's mom (Catherine Hicks) buys her son Andy (Alex Vincent) a "Good Guy Doll" in Child's Play.
A harmless doll, possessed by a serial killer who turns evil and is now looking to place is soul in a human boy. That's pretty much Child's Play, but yet its more. Its a scary, jolting, rollercoaster landmark of 80s Horror and has more jump scares than its follow ups. This movie is a frequent player on the Chicago based Horror show Svengoolie and is seen on Chiller sometimes too. Who would have thought this would become such a famous movie and pave the way for four sequels to follow? When it comes down to Chucky, this is the movie that started it all.
The plot involves Charles Lee Ray, a serial killer who is robbing a toy store in the beginning of the film. When realizing he cant win, he transfers his soul into a Good Guy doll, with the doll taking the name of "Chucky". A joyful, six year old boy, Andy Barclay is greeted with mediocre gifts for his birthday after expecting a Good Guy doll. His mom then buys him one from the back alley of her workplace and gives him the doll. But neither know the possessed characteristics the doll holds. The doll is now on a murder rampage trying to but his soul into Andy Barclay's innocent, six year old body so Charles Lee Ray can live on unsuspected.
This movie was one of the first films where a young boy was the main target for a psychopathic serial killer. This movie caused controversy for that and the fact that dolls were a popular toy in the 80s, many kids were scared of dolls because of the advertisements for this film. This movie also was the second Horror film I believe, the first being A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984, that combined a scary film with creepy elements and satire jokes and smart-ass phrases by the killer too. Both were a unique combination for the first two Chucky films, but the rest of them seemed more comical and almost ruined the overall creepy fun which made the first two so great, same goes with Freddy. After around the third movie the creators ruined his creepy image giving him stupid jokes to say. Though we can look up to this as a well made Horror film that is sure to live on with the genre.
Starring: Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, and Brad Dourif. Directed by: Tom Holland.