Child's Play

A doll possessed by the ghost of a serial killer pursues a young boy in order to trade souls with him.
Horror for Beginners
United States
1988
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Doll Film
Serial Killer Film
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Cultists: 
Worshipper
Dolls: 
Dolly
Voodoo Doll
Wizards: 
Voodoo Sorcerer
Possessor
8
A good reason to hate dolls!
8
6
7.04
7.04
4
4
4
Effects
Dialogue
Plot
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...
Alternate Titles: 
Child's Play 1
Child's Play Part 1
Chucky 1
Chucky Part 1
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