Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing supernatural horror films from the 1980’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
A good reason to hate dolls!
Child’s Play isn't the first instance in which a killer doll terrorizes its owner, but the subject was mostly approached in anthology shorts and with limited animatronics, or in movies that underused the gimmick. This isn't the case here. While it takes a while for Chucky, the possessed doll, to get its reveal, our imagination fills in the blank as the story unfolds.
There is something creepy about an inanimate object coming to life, especially when it’s after the soul of a young kid. The doll’s design is terrifying and skillfully rendered. The slow pace allows for great suspense and clever jump scares you’ll never forget. There had been Gremlins before, then Critters, but nothing quite like Child's Play in the miniature department.
Both the writing and the directing come together nicely and give us a virtually perfect product. The actors all give a good, unique performance. Chucky joins Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees in the ranks of famous contemporary horror villains. He’s a strange but highly marketable product of voodoo magic and pop culture. He comes with a set of batteries and a foul-mouth...