Child's Play

Child's Play

DVD - 1999
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Voodoo and terror meet when an innocent-looking doll is inhabited by the soul of a killer who wasn't ready to die.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : MGM/UA Home Video, 1999
ISBN: 9780792841319
079284131X
Branch Call Number: DVD CHI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (87 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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franklinclinton
May 07, 2019

i believe the age limit should again be 11 or 12

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ManMachine
Nov 15, 2017

Favourite Movie Quote: "Hidey-Ho!"

Could Child's Play (from 1988) really be a dire message, warning parents about caving into their child's demands, while (at the same time) trying to save themselves a few lousy bucks on the price of a toy?.... I don't know. Maybe it's so.

When it comes to the movies (and, yes, the genre of horror, in particular), it sure seems to me that there's definitely nothing new under the sun.

A doll (or dummy) taking on a life of its own and then committing unspeakable acts of mayhem and murder goes all the way back to 1945 with Dead Of Night. In this first-rate, supernatural Thriller, Hugo, a ventriloquist's dummy, starts giving its owner/operator some pretty tall orders, which inevitably leads to some mighty deadly business before the show is over.

Anyway - As horror movies, in general, go, Child's Play's two assets (the things that kept it from sinking down into the "fright flick" dregs) were its devilishly clever manipulations of the "Chucky" doll, and its overall snarky and, often times, wicked sense of humour.

All-in-all (in spite of its obvious flaws) - Child's Play was a fairly fun horror flick that actually managed to pack a considerable-sized wallop and even score itself some genuine points (in my books) for, at least, trying to be original.

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RosyHorror
Jul 18, 2017

More funny than scary. Great to watch with family or friends. Also, this DVD comes with audio commentary from Chucky himself, which is really fun to listen to.

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Nursebob
Sep 23, 2016

Not since Karen Black peeked under the couch in "Trilogy of Terror" has a creepy dolly elicited so much frightened laughter—but at least her wooden nemesis simply grunted. Child’s Play forces us to endure a huggable cabbage patch kid screaming, “You have a date…with DEATH!” and other assorted obscenities while throwing little plastic tantrums. The animatronic effects are pretty effective though and blend seamlessly with the few live stand-in performances. The script is beyond hokey however with 80s good girl Catherine Hicks playing the hysterical mother, Brad Dourif hamming it up as the voice of evil Chucky, and Chris Sarandon as the cynical cop who has a change of heart when Chucky decides to hitch a ride in the squad car. But it’s Alex Vincent, only seven at the time, who keeps things form spinning into total inanity by playing Andy with a supremely straight face and sense of childlike terror. Hicks wrestles a stuffed doll with wild abandon, Sarandon fires at it with all the solemnity of a wild west duel, and the skies above Chicago roil and rumble with matte lightning bolts. Schlock cinema doesn’t get much better than this.

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jazeebelle
Jun 07, 2014

This first one is a classic. The sequels, not so much, don't waste your time... But if you want a fun horror movie that doesn't take itself too seriously, but still has some great old fashion 80's horror moments there are fewer better than this.

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BlueMoonGirl
Nov 26, 2013

Cheesy goodness.

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bdls206
Jul 24, 2012

This is one of those movies that I can never figure out exactly why I enjoy it so much (I've probably seen it 20 times since it came out). The acting isn't very good, the plot isn't that great, and the movie is well just horrible. That being said it is something I would recommend seeing if you haven't already seen it. This movie is for fans of B type horror movies.

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RosyHorror
Jul 18, 2017

RosyHorror thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

olive_wombat_8 Nov 04, 2014

olive_wombat_8 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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bdls206
Jul 24, 2012

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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bdls206
Jul 24, 2012

Chucky: Hi, I'm Chucky. Wanna play?

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bdls206
Jul 24, 2012

Chucky: We're friends 'til the end, remember?
Andy: This is the end, friend.

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bdls206
Jul 24, 2012

Andy Barclay: Chucky says Aunt Maggie was a bitch and got what she deserved.
Karen Barclay: Andy. How can you say something so horrible?
Andy Barclay: I didn't say it, Chucky did.

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RosyHorror
Jul 18, 2017

Violence: Chucky stabs people, breaks people's legs, strangles a cop, and electrocutes a doctor. Some blood is shown.

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RosyHorror
Jul 18, 2017

Coarse Language: "f**k", "s**t", "b***h", etc.

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bdls206
Jul 24, 2012

A single mother gives her son a beloved doll for his birthday, later they find out that the doll is possessed with the soul of a serial killer, who try to put his soul into the boy's body in order to become human.

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