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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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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 <>

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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)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)


$33,244,684 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Child's Play (1988) was disowned by the studio, MGM/United Artists, because of qualms with the film's subject matter. Universal bought the rights for the sequels. See more »


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[first lines]
Mike Norris: I got the strangler! Wabash and Van Buren.
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Written by Rick Bell (as R. Bell) & Michael Lanning (as M. Lanning)
Performed by Michael Lanning
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The Original ''Chucky'' Still The Best
26 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a truly interesting horror flick that was so popular that sequels have been coming out ever since, none of course matching this one: the original.

The film builds up suspense in the beginning and then takes off once "Chucky" comes to life. It almost takes half the movie for that to happen. It stays intense from that point and certainly keeps your attention. The only change I would have made was to the end the movie five minutes earlier, but they tacked on something that wasn't needed.

The doll's owner "Andy," (Alex Vincent) is a cute little kid and Alex does a decent job of acting while Catherine Hicks is fine as his mom. A familiar face in the '80s, Chris Sarandon, adds his talents as a detective.

Instead of all the stupid sequels, I would have preferred to see a remake done, now that special-effects have made such great advances. For instance, at least with the VHS I have, Chuckie's lips aren't even in sync with the dialog! He walks a little too wooden-like but the other special-effects were just fine.

Nothing is to be taken seriously, anyway. It's just a silly voodoo-type story (you should hear the explanation of who "Chuckie" is) and just played for a scary horror film. On that level, it works because it IS scary.

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