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Child's Play (1988)

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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Original workprint of the movie was over 2 hours long. Other sources mentioned that original cut was two and a half, or near 3 hours long. Some of the scenes that were deleted or cut down are: 1. Original opening in which Mike is dressed in woman's clothing in order to catch Charles Lee Ray (if you watch normal opening scene closely, you can see that Mike throws the dress on the ground when he chases Ray down the street). 2. Andy celebrating his birthday with Chucky. 3. Andy falling into a ditch in front of Eddie Caputo's hideout as it explodes. 4. Chucky's witchdoctor friend John/Dr. Death performing a ritual dressed in voodoo priest clothes. 5. Andy befriending a young girl during his time in mental hospital; later on, Chucky tricks the same girl to help him out to find Andy. 6. More footage of Chucky stalking Andy at mental hospital. The DVD commentary also mentions alternate ending in which Mike is the one that kills Chucky by decapitating him with baseball bat. The deleted scenes in Child's Play (1988) are gone forever. Director Tom Holland says the scenes were in his script, he shot them, but was deleted as he cut movie. See more »

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When Chucky goes to see John, the voodoo man, he is sitting on John's counter. Between shots, one of the cupboards, above the counter, opens itself. See more »

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IS IT REALLY LOVE
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No Baby Doll Eyes Here

Director Tom Holland does quite a good job scaring us with this cliche-ridden, unoriginal story of a serial killer transferring his soul to a toy store doll. The doll is incredibly eerie with its red hair and deep eyes, and goes by the name of Chucky saying things like, "My name's Chucky...wanna play?" Although much of the plot is very predictable(especially the ending), the execution of the plot is first-rate. Add to this some earnest acting from CatherineHicks, Chris Sarandon, and especially Alex Vincent playing a six-year old, and you have a pretty entertaining feature. The special effects are also first-rate, and the doll seems to actually be alive. Brad Douriff adds his voice to the demented Chucky, and his voice is evil personified. Dinah Manoff has a small role, but it is an important role which she plays very well. The atmosphere is definitely set on suspense and it is a rollercoaster of a ride as we see the doll slowly become human and seek out his only murderous hope for salvation. Good scares!


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