Child's Play

Child's Play

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Director: Tom Holland

Cast: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent

     
 

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Child's Play seems to have been concocted by a parent who went berserk after standing in line for hours on end to purchase a Cabbage Patch doll in the early 1980s. The film opens with serial killer Brad Dourif taking refuge in a doll factory. Dourif is killed by the cops, but not before he has invoked a voodoo curse which transfers his soul into one of the…  See more details below

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Child's Play seems to have been concocted by a parent who went berserk after standing in line for hours on end to purchase a Cabbage Patch doll in the early 1980s. The film opens with serial killer Brad Dourif taking refuge in a doll factory. Dourif is killed by the cops, but not before he has invoked a voodoo curse which transfers his soul into one of the dolls. That particular doll, nicknamed Chuckie, is unwittingly purchased by Catherine Hicks for her son Alex Vincent. Several murders occur shortly thereafter; all evidence points to Alex, who insists that his cherub-faced doll is responsible. Detective Chris Sarandon, the man responsible for Dourif's death, doesn't swallow Alex's story, but he agrees to investigate because he's sweet on Alex's mom. The slasher-flick ending of Child's Play would seem to have settled Chuckie's hash for good and all, but guess again--the film spawned numerous sequels.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The concept of a killer doll is a risky endeavor for any filmmaker. The image of Raggedy Ann wielding a butcher knife is easy to laugh at. What works best about Child's Play is that director Tom Holland accepts that the audience is going to laugh, provides over-the-top scenes that encourage the audience to giggle, and then offers some genuine chills. Like he did with vampire films in his first movie, the underrated Fright Night, Holland smartly utilizes his knowledge of the audience's understanding of the genre in order to tweak the material without sacrificing the basic structure of a slasher movie in Child's Play. Couple this smarter-than-necessary approach with a deliciously hammy performance from Brad Dourif as the voice of Chucky, toss in a wide-eyed terrified youngster, and you have a surprise hit that spawned sequels, none of which come close to the quality of the original (although Bride of Chucky has its fair share of twisted laughs).

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
UPC:
0883904112242
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
11,100

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks and "Chucky" designer Kevin Yagher; Audio commentary with producer David Kirschner and screenwriter Don Mancini; Scene specific Chucky commentary; Evil Comes in Small Packages featurette:; The Birth of Chucky; Creating the Horror; Unleashed; Chucky: Building a Nightmare featurette; A Monster Convention featurette; Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child's Play vintage featurette; Still photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Catherine Hicks Karen Barclay
Chris Sarandon Det. Mike Norris
Alex Vincent Andy Barclay
Brad Dourif Charles Lee Ray
Dinah Manoff Maggie Peterson
Tommy Swerdlow Jack Santos
Jack Colvin Dr. Ardmore
Juan Ramirez Peddler
Alan Wilder Mr. Criswell
Raymond Oliver Dr. Death
Aaron Osborne Orderly
Ted Liss George
Roslyn Alexander Lucy
Michael Chavez Bellevue Patient
Edan Gross Friendly Chucky/Kid in Animated Commercial
John Franklin Walkabout Chucky
Michael Patrick Carter Kid in Animated Commercial
Ed Gale Chucky
Neil Giuntoli Eddie Caputo

Technical Credits
Tom Holland Director,Screenwriter
Jane Alderman Casting
Shelley Andreas Casting
Apogee, Inc. Special Effects
Sharon Bialy Casting
Robert Latham Brown Production Manager
Bill Butler Cinematographer
Cloudia Set Decoration/Design
Astral Bellevue Pathe Color Cinematographer
Peter Donen Special Effects Supervisor
April Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
Elliott Geisinger Producer
Michael Green Asst. Director
Richard Helmer Special Effects Supervisor
David Kirschner Producer
John J. Lafia Screenwriter
John Loggia Production Designer
Daniel Lomino Production Designer
Don Mancini Original Story,Screenwriter
Hank Moonjean Producer
Laura Moskowitz Associate Producer
Barrie M. Osborne Executive Producer
Richard Pagano Casting
Roy E. Peterson Editor
Joe Renzetti Score Composer
Scott James Wallace Editor
Edward Warschilka Editor
James E. Webb Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Child's Play
1. Logos/Title/Credits [4:42]
2. Fiery Transference [1:36]
3. "Good Guy"/Breakfast [2:22]
4. Wake Up for Presents [2:26]
5. Buying a "Hot" Doll [1:15]
6. Bossy Boss [:58]
7. "Friend to the End" [:59]
8. News Obsession [4:18]
9. "Night Willies" [4:03]
10. Night Flight [1:00]
11. A Killer's Footprints [4:43]
12. Murder Weapon [1:07]
13. "Chucky's Alive!" [3:28]
14. School Dropouts [2:46]
15. A Gassed Rat [3:12]
16. Little Liar [2:03]
17. Not Battery Powered [2:37]
18. Talk or Burn/Escape [3:00]
19. Doll Bite [1:24]
20. A Bad Part of Town [2:43]
21. Bad Memories [1:12]
22. "Sane & Rational" [1:18]
23. Terrifying Ride [2:31]
24. "Hi, Mikey!" [1:20]
25. New Evidence [1:54]
26. "A Date With Death!" [3:00]
27. "Must Save the Boy!" [1:13]
28. "Don't Leave Me!" [1:02]
29. Electrified Exit [3:02]
30. Where's Andy? [:54]
31. "Batter Up!" [3:04]
32. Evil Incantation [1:53]
33. "The End, Friend!" [2:51]
34. Back & Really Burned [3:28]
35. A New Believer [3:58]
36. End Credits [3:22]

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Child's Play 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
A Great Horror Ckassic . both scary and funny.
Polarbearguy99 More than 1 year ago
This movie was fairly scary. Many jumps and creeps, though the only criticism I would have for this movie is that it isn't as good as the second.
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AntiYoungMoneyCashMoney More than 1 year ago
awesome movie did i also mention that this movie features the mom from the tv show 7th heaven!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i seen this movie when it first came out. i have all the child's play video's eccept for this one could you please tell me where i could get my hands on one. I live in australia and can't find it any where.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this film was superb but i dont own it and I was wondering where i could get my hands on 1. I live in the UK and it seems impossible 2 find.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Child's Play came out when I was 9 years old. I am now 23 years old and I still can't get enough of this movie. This movie made a lot of kids think twice about buying a My Buddy doll. They were so similar. It just moved people like that. So if you don't have this movie yet, get off your butts and go buy it. You will thank me later
Guest More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed this movie loads when it first came out but i can no longer get a copy of it because its banned over here in ireland. if anyone knows where to get a copy of it on dvd for region 2 email me at: garethj1@yahoo.co.uk
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting 7 years to get all of the Chucky movies on Dvd and I have just got them all. They are the best movies I seen since the Exorsist. Can the child of Chucky live up to his Dad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best one of the series. It was kind of corny but it was still cool. Chucky in his prime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie happens to be awful. The acting dreadful. But Chucky still has a place in my heart. Though it's really bad, it's still so good. I love Brad Douriff being Chucky's voice. But the worst part is the actors trying to pretend they are being attacked by a doll. But it's still a sort-of classic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Child's Play is a freaky movie The fist time I seen it I got scared Even when I was a little girl my baby dolls scared me I had a doll It was a girl doll When you presses it It would say something Well thats like Chuckie A crazy doll killing everyone Even wanting to kill Andy a five year old kid This movie is wicked but Its make belive Dolls can't talk and they can't come to life or kill people But still in all I like this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love these movies. They are the best! they will get you stuck to the TV for a while!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Child's Play is everything I look for in a horror movie. It has everything: a little magic, some vodoo, small romance, violence, chills, and pizazz. The film opens when serial killer Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) is on the run from the police. After Ray is shot down by a police detective (Chris Sarandon) Ray transfers his soul into the body of a children's Good Guy Doll. The next day, Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) is celebrating his 6th birthday with his mother, Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks). The Barclays, not very wealthy, are live in Chicago. (Mr. Barclay died before the film started) Once she gets to work, Mrs. Barclay purchases a doll from a peddler behind where she works. The doll, calling himself ''Chucky'' seems good at first, but once Andy's babysitter is brutally thrown out a window........you can guess what happens next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
that movie gave me chills the first time i saw it. i hate dolls now.