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Looking back on it now, there doesn’t seem to be any reason why Tom Holland’s 1988 movie Child’s Play should have worked. While it’s not the first “killer doll” story ever produced—audiences had already seen the “Talky Tina” Twilight Zone episode, Anthony Hopkins in Magic, and even Stuart Gordon’s Dolls—it is dependent on a premise so potentially silly that its success was unlikely, particularly for a mainstream studio horror film. That it is very good in addition to being financially successful—subsequently inspiring another five sequels—is some kind of magic trick.
Like a lot of high-concept horror of the ’80s, Child’s Play navigates a difficult path by having a knowing sense of humor about itself while still playing the material straight. Yes, some of this stuff may seem silly, so Holland has several of the characters acknowledge that fact and sometimes embraces »
- Patrick Bromley
Chucky comes home on October 18th with Scream Factory's Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of Child's Play, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Child's Play Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on October 21st. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
Child's Play Collector's Edition Blu-ray: "The "chills come thick and fast" (Los Angeles Times) in this riveting, jolt-a-minute thriller about an innocent-looking doll inhabited by the soul of a serial killer who refused to die. »
- Derek Anderson
On Tuesday, October 18th, Chucky will be making house calls with Scream Factory's Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of Child's Play, and we have high-def clips and a trailer teasing the deadly doll.
Child's Play Collector's Edition Blu-ray: "The "chills come thick and fast" (Los Angeles Times) in this riveting, jolt-a-minute thriller about an innocent-looking doll inhabited by the soul of a serial killer who refused to die. From the director of Fright Night, Child's Play comes complete with "excellent special effects" (Leonard Maltin) and a slew of special features that make this Blu-ray your "friend to the end!"
In this "clever, playful thriller" (The New York Times), only six-year-old Andy realizes that Chucky is responsible for a spate of gruesome murders, including that of his unsuspecting babysitter. But the real terror takes hold when the deranged doll becomes determined to transfer his evil spirit to a living human being. »
- Derek Anderson
Tom Holland’s Child’s Play, the best killer doll movie not produced by Charles Band, is getting the special-edition treatment from Scream Factory, in the form of a two-disc set being released next week. The A.V. Club has been granted an exclusive clip featuring an interview with Ed Gale, who portrayed the murderous Good Guy doll in select scenes throughout the film:
Making Chucky believable was a team effort; if audiences weren’t scared of a homicidal “My Buddy” surrogate, the entire film would collapse. Credited as “Chucky Stunt Double,” Gale portrayed Chucky whenever director Tom Holland needed the doll to move without wires through the use of oversized sets. But, in the clip, Gale explains that while he did play Chucky, several puppeteers, the writers, and the voiceover work of Brad Dourif also brought life to the horror icon. The doll sequences in Child’s Play are »
- Mike Vanderbilt
A little while back, we wrote about Twenty Essential Scream Factory Releases, which were DVD/Blurays releases that the gang at Scream Factory knocked right out of the park. It was a fun, overwhelmingly in depth project to take on, going through my Sf collection (I’m a self-proclaimed fanatic of the brand, and will continue to be) and figuring out which films and releases were ones I considered good, bad and downright Essential.It’s be a little while since that piece and the Sf crew continues to put out excellent titles, so I thought I’d do my best to turn you fright fanatics onto a few more films which I not only love, but feel like were given the “all out” treatment when it comes to home releases. Here are Seven More Scream Factory Releases You Don’t Want to Miss!!
7.) The Dead Room (Dir. Jason Stutter »
- Jerry Smith
Many horror fans have already been looking forward to Scream Factory's October 18th Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of Child's Play, and now a few new special features have been announced for the second disc to ramp up the anticipation even more.
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – Chucky is back! Child’s Play hit theatres in 1988, and forever changed the way the world saw dolls. As previously announced, on October 18, 2016, the Scream Factory™ home entertainment brand will celebrate the landmark film and the iconic character with a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release which includes a brand new 2K scan of the film and over three hours of bonus material. New bonus feature content includes audio commentary with director Tom Holland, behind-the-scenes special effects footage and interviews with cast and crew.
Scream Factory is offering a limited edition set complete with an exclusive poster, slipcover and “Good Guys »
- Derek Anderson
6 items from 2016
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