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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 (128 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it July 23 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Child`s Play July 5 2013
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The movie was a bit suspenceful and Chucky although sinister had a bit of jocularity about him.Worth seeing, just for the special effects.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very displeased June 1 2013
Format:DVD
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. Why would I want to watch this movie and their sequels? Other than that, I will not bother watching the first, second and third Child's Play movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YES! May 8 2013
By KO-- TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars my brother loved this movie Dec 10 2009
Format:Blu-ray
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.
I rate 'Child's Play' with four stars only because my bother loves chuckie. He is younger and does not have the same appreciation for films...as I do..but taste you know...is in the eye...of the film goer...
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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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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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