Child's Play

Child's Play

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:
09/13/2011
UPC:
0883904250890
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Time:
1:27:00

Special Features

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 Commentaries; Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child's Play Vintage Featurette; Evil Comes in Small Packages Featurettes: The Birth of Chucky, Creating the Horror, Unleashed; ; Chucky: Building a Nightmare Featurette; ; A Monster Convention Featurette; Original Theatrical Trailer; ; 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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