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Childs Play

Catherine Hicks , Chris Sarandon , Tom Holland    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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Horror maestro Tom Holland (Fright Night) brought wit and devilish energy to this 1988 scarefest about a murderer (Brad Dourif) who wills his soul into an innocuous doll named Chucky, and reveals himself only to the toy's owner, a frightened little boy. Catherine Hicks plays the child's mother, and Chris Sarandon a detective; neither of them knows what to make of the kid's story. Monster-doll stories are always wonderfully surreal, and Child's Play is no exception. Holland oversees some finely tuned special effects that allow Chucky to express himself and do some damage--it is truly unnerving but somehow good, subversive fun. --Tom Keogh


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5.0 out of 5 stars Ready for a horror - ific night? July 13 2004
By Laura
Format:DVD
This DVD is the first of the Child Play series and is by far the best. Chucky, a sadistic, smart and persuasive doll who has been possessed by the ghost of Charles Lee Ray is the star and is actually a pretty freaky looking doll. The young boy Chucky needs to hurt/kill in order to obtain his body is played by a wonderful (young at the time) actor Alex Vincent, a very intelligent first move.
There are a few good scares in this first one, unpredictable since it's the first, a good start and a must see for horror fans. Chucky will sure be a classic of our times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Guy or Killer? July 5 2004
Format:DVD
When young Andy finally gets the doll of his dreams for his birthday, he doesn't know that his mother bought the doll from a peddler in the alley behind the department store where she worked. His mother didn't realize that the doll came from a burned down toy store where the notorious Lake Shore Stranger Charles Lee Ray was gunned down.
When Andy is left with his mother's friend Maggie, she is mysteriously thrown out of the apartment window to her death. No one believes Andy when he tells them the truth: "Chucky did it" Andy's doll turns out to be Charles Lee Ray, who moments before he died transferred his soul to the doll using voodoo.
When Chucky finds out he has been in the doll too long and is now turning human, he is told the only way to get out of the doll is to transfer his soul to the first person he told his true identity to, who is, you guessed it, Andy.
Now Andy and his mother must stop the notorious killer before he takes Andy's soul forever.
An edge of the seat thriller! This is the best one of the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good attempt... July 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This is pretty good. I mean, it sets a good scene, and the suspense when it finally picks up is good. The downside is the pacing. The movie goes along very slowly and of the playing time of around 90 minutes, I'd say 65 or so was dry, boring moments. That aside, the acting is pretty lame -- Catherine Hicks and Alex Vincent are the exceptions. But Maggie's fall out of the window looks particuarly fake.
All that aside, the movie is good. I mean for a late 80's flick, the SFX deliver pretty well. Chucky looks a little less realistic than in the next couple, but he really is spooky. The movie was a good concept.
A good starter to a great series. Yes, you should rent or buy it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hahahahah!! A doll will kill you! aaaaHAHAHAH!! June 1 2004
Format:DVD
I was talking to a friend of mine about Lord of the Rings; The Two Towers, and the fantastic new HBO series Deadwood that both have Brad Dourif playing small but very effective, and expertly perfomed supporting roles. My friend mentioned that he also played Charles Lee Ray a.k.a. Chucky, in "Child's Play", and I remembered ditching a day of high school, breaking into the back door of the theater with my friends and watching it. This movie was scary... When I was a teen.
Only to see Brad Doruif, I rented it again and watched it with my fiancée, and warned her that it was scary, but we both ended up cracking up through the whole thing. I felt really stupid telling her how scary it was. It made no sense to me that a plastic doll, the equivalent of a Cabbage Patch Kid, could overpower even a little boy.
The only thing that really saves this movie from being a complete waste of time was Brad Dourif, as Chucky. The little boy was just horrible. The cast, save Dourif, couldn't act their way into or out of a wet paper bag, the mother, the mother's friend, the police man who didn't buy her story about the living killer doll, the doctor who thought the boy was a nut; NONE of them could be considered good actors except for the damn doll! So it was a typical horror movie, minus the horror, but it was damn funny and I can understand all the sequels being made.
But I certainly will never understand how a plastic doll could be such a tough customer to people ten times bigger and stronger. If you see this movie you might notice that Chucky's victims often find excuses to be on their hands and knees, or prostrate on the ground so that Chucky can attack them and not get punted out of the room. This movie is good, but not great and nowhere near scary. You would have to be a teenager or a dummy like Chucky to think it is.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Second Worst April 29 2004
Format:DVD
This is the second worst horror series ever made. The first one is good but after that they get stupid.. I thought the part at the end of Bribe of Chucky when his girl friends gives birth to a baby was stupid.
Basically move is about Charles ray a wanted murder. At the beginign ray runs from a police cop into a toy store. Where he is shoot as his body is dying. Ray not wanting to rest until the cop and his double cross partner Eddy Copbal is dead. Peforms a vodo ritual which trasnfer his soul into a good guy doll named chucky.
He is sold to a little boy name andy. He goes on a kill spring. No body believes the truth that Chucky is reponsible for the killings. Final the mon and the cop
Chucky than sets of to transfer his soul into Andy body before he becomes human and becomes stuck in the doll for ever.
In the end after chuck is bably burned and his head arms and feet are blasted of his body. By then his body is almost human. The cop agains his gun and shoot Chuckey in the heart killing him instantly.
Rays soul descend into hell where it remains untils the doll is remade in the squel. If you like this movie I recommend Child Plays 2, 3 and the Bride of Chuckey also. Andy is in every movie in the Child's Play series except bride of Chucky the worst of the four by my opion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase!
Great purchase !
Published 2 days ago by Stephane
4.0 out of 5 stars i saw one of the Chucky movies out on cable ...
i saw one of the Chucky movies out on cable TV and thought that i should order the original. this movie is worth watching
Published 2 months ago by Yannic
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!!!!
I absolutely LOVE THIS...so much more material that makes this worth buying. I LOVED the audio commentary and special features, especially the behind-the-scenes footage and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by KOKO84
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Great to have for my Child's Play/Chucky Collection. I have all the movies now and loved watching them before Halloween and on Halloween night.
Published 14 months ago by Amanda Martin-Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Child`s Play
The movie was a bit suspenceful and Chucky although sinister had a bit of jocularity about him.Worth seeing, just for the special effects.
Published 15 months ago by Robert Bockus
1.0 out of 5 stars Very displeased
Although I have seen the first, second and third Child's Play movies, I find them as horrible as if I did not care about these movies. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kevin Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!
This is a classic, I love this movie. This will never get boring and I will watch it a thousand times over.
I recommend it to everyone... NO COMPLAINTS!
Published 17 months ago by KO--
4.0 out of 5 stars my brother loved this movie
Allthough I came to know and appreciate the films of Hitchcock and Cameron and Scott well into and beyond my adolescence, I was first a stolid virgin for Carpenter. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2009 by Howard L. Pomeranz
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Child's play re-issue it's long over due,but where's the blu...
I bought this the day it came out and watched it the same night.Wow what a difference! I had the cheap pathetic standard screen original version on dvd and eventually sold it. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2008 by Richard Reeves
1.0 out of 5 stars "The 80s" is not a viable excuse for a bad movie
It had been years since I'd seen this film (1988), and honestly, I don't recall what my exact impressions were then, although I do recall thinking that the antics of a murderous... Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Jonathan Appleseed
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