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Child's Play (1988)

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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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Storyline

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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Trivia

This is the only film in the series to feature or mention Charles Lee Ray's partner in crime, Eddie Capudo. This has since changed since the release of curse of Chucky. See more »

Goofs

When Norris chases Charles Lee Ray at the start of the film, he removes his gloves twice in the toy store. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mike Norris: I got the strangler! Wabash and Van Buren.
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Child's Play Theme
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Written by Matt FInk
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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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