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31 Days of Halloween: Day 20: Child’s Play (1988) – Not shocking, but still in the top 5 of Horror Villains of the 80s

Child's_PlayCategory: Thriller/ Mystery
Actors: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent
Duration: 88 min
Rated: R

You might like this movie if you enjoyed:
Gremlins (1984), Wishmaster (1997)

Long Story Short:
A single mother gives her son a doll for his birthday, but soon strange things happen, and everything seems to connceted to the doll named Chucky. Is it possessed?

Child’s Play is by far not a horror movie that makes you feel uneasy or unpleasant, it is actually quite funny to watch it, nonetheless it is categorized as a horror movie, and considered that the My Buddy doll, which was quite popular in the late 80’s/early 90’s, looked a little bit like Chucky, probably gave parents mixed feelings when buying this doll for their children. I would say it’s a movie that came out at the right time, and good timing is everything. While Child’s Play tries to stay as serious as possible, the sequels that followed, especially Bride of Chucky from 1998 play off the comedic side of the franchise. I mean, after all it’s a tiny doll that weighs maybe 3 pounds. The actors are very committed and while watching, you’ll get the typical dark big city feeling that one either loves or hates about 80s movies. What makes it stand out from other films of that time frame is the fact, that it not as brutal or violent as let’s say Friday the 13th for example. But even though Chucky doesn’t have the scare factor he used to have in 1988 – or ever – he is still one of the most memorable horror villains of that time, amongst Jason, Freddy, Candyman and a few others. And just because of that, it is worth watching it. By the way, there is a sequel/remake of Child’s play coming out in DVD in October named Curse of Chucky, which I think looks a little darker, so this could be interesting. Check out the trailer by clicking here.

Rating: 6/10


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