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Child's Play (1988)

R | | Horror | 9 November 1988 (USA)
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A single mother gives her son a much sought after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.



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When Charles Lee Ray needs to get quick escape from cop Mike Norris, he takes his soul and buries it into playful, seemingly good guy doll Chucky. Little does he know a little boy by the name of Andy Barclay will be the new owner of him soon-to-come. Charles confides in Andy while he commits numerous murders. Once the adults accept Andy's story as truth, it's too late. Written by Kris Hopson <kris.hopson@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

9 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$9,000,000 (estimated)


$33,244,684 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Don Mancini and John Lafia were barred from the set after threatening to sue Tom Holland over a writing credit dispute. See more »


When Andy is hit by the baseball bat by Chucky you can see that the bat doesn't make contact. See more »


[first lines]
Mike Norris: I got the strangler! Wabash and Van Buren.
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Referenced in Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2012) See more »


Written & Produced by Mike Piccirillo
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User Reviews

Original and scary.
8 November 2000 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

I've seen this brilliant horror movie over twenty times so far and it is still great."Child's Play" is wonderfully original-a great concept(the soul of a serial killer in the puppet)and villain(Chucky!)are perhaps the keys to it all.Plenty of shocks and scares,pretty good acting and lots of violence.The direction and editing are so tight and carefully done.Now I can see why this movie was such a huge success in 1988.Managing to be both frightening and classy,this is a nerve-wracking experience.I actually found "Child's Play" to be a very scary film.I did not find it too gory,but what gore there is it was done to heighten intensity levels to the extreme.All in all,I wholeheartedly recommend it to any open-minded viewer,who likes to watch horror movies.The hammer in the head scene still gives me goosebumps.

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