Child’s Play (1988) is an American horror thriller movie that is the first of its franchise consisting of six movies and the first to have a killer doll in it. Director Tom Holland (Fright Night (1985), The Langoliers (1995), Fright Night (2011)) did an awesome job executing this movie in 1988. Child’s Play received a following of a wide range of horror fans. The movie contains nude pictures of people on the wall, sexual remarks, violence, gore, profanity, jump scares and scary scenes for kids. Child’s Play taglines are "You’ll wish it was only make-believe" and "Something’s moved in with the Barclay family, and so has terror."
Child’s Play is about voodoo serial killer Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), Dune (1984), Halloween (2007)) that is running/hiding from police officers. He is also known as the "Lakeshore Strangler" in Chicago. Detective Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon - The Princess Bride (1987), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Fright Night (1985)) shot Charles in a toy shop. Charles transferred his soul into a "Good Guy" doll by performing a voodoo ritual after he was shot. The voodoo ritual caused the store to explode, and Charles dead body was found next to the doll’s body. Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks - Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), 7th Heaven (1996)) is a single mother that buys the possessed doll from a hobo for her six-year-old son birthday. After some events, Karen’s son Andy (Alex Vincent - The N00bs (2015), Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989), Child’s Play 2 (1990)) is a suspect for killing his babysitter Maggie Peterson (Dinah Manoff - Grease (1978), Ordinary People (1980), The Amati Girls (2000)) by hitting her on the head with a hammer and throwing her out of the window. Karen kicks the police officers out of her home after they suspect her six-year-old son of the crime.
After a series of events, Andy is placed in a mental institution because he is suspected of killing someone else. His mother soon believes that Andy was telling the truth about Chucky because she realizes that the Chucky doll may have been working without batteries in it. Chucky knew Karen figured out the truth and bites Karen. Will Karen survive Chucky’s attack? Will Andy be freed from the mental institution? After some more events, Chucky returns to his voodoo teacher Dr. John (Raymond Oliver - Private Benjamin (1980), Forbidden World (1982), Fire and Ice (1983)) who is a witch doctor. Dr. John told Charles that he was becoming more human as his soul remains in the dolls body, and that is why he can now bleed. Dr.John told Chucky that he must possess the soul of the first person that knew about his secret, that turns out to be Andy, who is in a mental institution.
Will Detective Norris, Dr. John, Andy and the people working in the asylum live to see the next day? Watch the movie to see, and I am confident that possessed doll lovers would not be disappointed. The characters were chosen perfectly for their parts and did a wonderful job. The concept of the movie was purely brilliant for a 1988 movie. The special effects, pace of the movie, creepy atmosphere and kills were all executed nicely.
About Child's Play (1988)
Starring: Brad Dourif, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Neil Giuntoli, Edan Gross, John Franklin, Catherine Hicks, Michael Patrick Carter, Robert Minkoff, Leila Lee Olsen, Ed Gale, Roslyn Alexander, Tommy Gerard, Michael Chavez, Jamie Gray, Erin Munz, Dinah Manoff, Jana Twomey, Tommy Swerdlow, Suaundra Black, Jack Colvin, Juan Ramírez, Alan Wilder, Richard Baird, Ray Oliver, Aaron Osborne, Tyler Hard, Ted Liss, Bo Kane, Lena Sack
Director: Tom Holland