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Child's Play (1988)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  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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No one believes the truth...or lives to tell it. See more »


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Release Date:

9 November 1988 (USA)  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)


$33,244,684 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The name of the TV channel announcing the death of Charles Lee Ray at the beginning of the movie is W-DOL. See more »


When Andy and Chucky are on the train, the white stripe around the bottoms of Chucky's shoes are suddenly red. The shade of red is also brighter. See more »


[first lines]
Mike Norris: I got the strangler! Wabash and Van Buren.
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Written by B. Boyle
Performed by D.B. Night
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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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