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Child's Play (1988)

 -  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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9 November 1988 (USA)  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$33,244,684 (USA)
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All of Brad Dourif's voiceover work for Chucky was recorded in advance so they could match up Chucky's mouth with the words. Because of this, Dourif rarely ever appeared on set during the "doll" scenes. Instead, recordings of his voice would be played back for Alex Vincent to go by. See more »

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After Chucky is set alight, as he knocks down the fireplace guard you can see both his shoes have come off. In the following shots as he climbs across the sofa, his shoes are back on. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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CHUCKY'S ANIMATED THEME
Written & Produced by Mike Piccirillo
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A horror film that has stuck with me since I first saw it as a child **** out of 5
21 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It was always the films where a child is in peril that stuck with me the most. Child's Play was probably the top of the crop.

The film taps into all those things you remember as a child like those colorful commercials that would promote the cereal you were eating. And those big dolls like 'My Buddy', that even as a kid I knew were creepy.

Script, acting, music, mood, atmosphere, direction, scares, everything works and that's why I give it the high rating it deserves.

Brad Dourif was the perfect choice for the voice of the Chucky doll. It's sinister and angry and darkly sarcastic. He is what I consider to be one of the all time great underrated actors.

The film is bleak. There's nothing happy about it although the good guy doll commercials insist it's playtime.

After this film, the only sequel I highly recommend is Child's Play 2, which I love just about as much as this one. Part 3 wasn't bad. Bride of Chucky was an interesting new direction to go in, but the feeling of the first couple of films is long gone by then, and Seed of Chucky was about the same.


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