Child's Play (1988) 1988 R CC

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Young Andy Barclay gets the doll he wanted. However, he did not know it was alive!

Starring:
Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon
Runtime:
1 hour 28 minutes

Child's Play (1988)

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Mystery, Horror
Director Tom Holland
Starring Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon
Supporting actors Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif, Dinah Manoff, Tommy Swerdlow, Jack Colvin, Neil Giuntoli, Juan Ramírez, Alan Wilder, Richard Baird, Raymond Oliver, Aaron Osborne, Tyler Hard, Ted Liss, Roslyn Alexander, Bo Kane, Leila Lee Olsen, Ed Gale, Lena Sack
Studio MGM
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

I still love this movie all these years later.
A. Estes
Oh Chucky...talking dolls killing people is not scary when you think about it, but watching chucky is funny by all the things he says.
Angelic Scars
Like all horror flims it had three sequels and the first one is still the best.
Lauren B. Floss

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A worthy edition of Child's Play hits shelves on September 9th as a nice appetizer before Halloween which is most horror fans version of Christmas. What better gift then a good guy doll.

Chucky has become a horror icon over the years. Directed by horror contributor Tom Holland who also directed Fright Night. Holland also wrote Psycho II and the screenplays for the brutal Class of 1984 and the classic 80s film Cloak & Dagger. Another horror regular Brad Dourif and that voice, he makes Chucky a doll version of Samuel L. Jackson's, Jules, from Pulp Fiction. Most notably his response to being thrown in the fire. Dourif along with the Fx team helped create one of the best doll horror movies. Other good one's that come to mind are the Zuni fetish doll from Trilogy of Terror and Stuart Gordon's Dolls.

The original dvd:
Originally Child's Play contained a non widescreen edition. As for special features it contained a collectible behind the scenes booklet that wasn't very collectible. If you'd like a real write up on Child's Play check out the somewhat new magazine HorrorHound. In issue #10 they do a in depth retrospective on the Child's Play series.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Robertson on February 29, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
A serial killer has mysterious disappeared from the cops and found tumbled into a toy store after being shot by one of the policeman. He must find something to transfer his soul into another form of a body that will keep him alive until he can a living host. So he finds one of the childrens most favorite dolls known as the Good Guy dolls. He tranfers his soul into the doll and find a person to retransfer it into a human. If you ask me, I'd say this movie had suprisingly good special effects in the movie. Especially on the Chucky doll. Brad Douif does a great job on the voice of Chucky as he goes killing people without anyone knowing who he really is, except for the fact that he is a walking, talking, stalking, doll. The trouble starts as a little boy's dream was to get a Good Guy doll for Christmas and so the mother starts to panic, that she can't find one. But a strange man as just apparently had a Good Guy doll for sale. When the little boy gets the doll for Christmas...and well, you should know what happens from then on! Chucky's back, Jack!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Suzette Nelson on September 23, 2007
Format: DVD
This is the best Child's Play/Chucky movie of all time! It was actuallly HORROR and scared me when I was a kid. This movie deserves to be bought, great acting, great entertainment, great horror. Watch this!!!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 21, 2005
Format: DVD
Yes, this is the one that started it all, way back in 1988, and has survived through the years to give us SEED OF CHUCKY this year. Tom Holland, who gave us the delightfully campy FRIGHT NIGHT, also helmed this first in the Chucky series. Considering this is pre CGI, the effects are very good, and the story creepy in itself. Chucky of course is the embodiment of a serial killer, played with delightful relish by Brad Dourif. Killed by detective Chris Sarandon (who was also in FRIGHT NIGHT), the madman uses a voodoo chant to send his spirit into a Good Guy doll in the toy store in which he is killed. Single mom Catherine Hicks (quite good in her role) buys the doll for her son's birthday. Best friend and babysitter Dinah Manoff (Soap) is the first victim to feel the wrath of the vengeful Chucky. Holland keeps things moving quickly and the movie has some fairly suspenseful moments; the Chucky doll is a real killer! Obviously, the sequels couldn't keep up the innovative thrills of this first movie, but CHILD'S PLAY is a vintage horror thriller.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Seifer on August 6, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Note: does contain spoilers.
Child's Play is an excellent slasher movie that introduced Earth to the world of killer dolls.It also introduced us to Chucky,the king of murderous play things.CP has a lot going for it.The story for it's time was highly original and added a very refreshing twist to the slasher genre.It isn't very original anymore due to countless imatations that have followed (Puppet Master,Small Soldiers,etc).The special F/X,though a bit corny compared to some of the advanced F/X these days,are still great.The Chucky F/X are terrific,and to this day I still wonder how he did all those crazy things (imploding house,returning as a burnt zombie doll,etc).The music is also wonderful.It's very suspensful,and adds an additional element of fear.The acting is brilliant. Brad Dourif is devilishly good as the voice of Chucky.The human actors are very convincing as well.And although many people say CP is very funny,beware.Unlike the three sequels that followed, the original CP has plenty of thrills and chills.The beginning and ending sequences really freaked me out when I first saw this. It still does oftentimes.The photography is also slightly "filthy",adding some more suspense.The three following sequels did not have a "filthy" picture.There are some pretty humorous moments too,but CP relies more on scares than humor.Overall, Child's Play is a brilliant slasher movie that's a very welcome addition to a horror fan's library.It may be a bit childish for some considering that the star of the show is a doll,and gore hounds may be a bit disappointed as the level of gore isn't very high (though some killing scenes are gross,like the voodoo doll sequence and Chucky's demise).Also,Chucky has hardly any one-liners,which in Child's Play 2-4 are absolutely loveable. Still,this is a slasher flick well worth your time and cash. Buy it.
Rated R for some gory slasher violence and language.
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