Child's Play

Year: 1988

Director: Tom Holland

Written by: Don Mancini, John Lafia, and Tom Holland

Threat: Doll

Weapon of Choice: Knife

IMDb page: IMDb link

      Child's Play

Other movies in this series:
Child's Play 2
Child's Play 3
Bride of Chucky
Seed of Chucky

Rish Outfield's reviews
Chucky ain't scary, folks. But this is still a pretty entertaining film. It's better than Parts 2 & 3, and far inferior to the fourth installment, Bride of Chucky. Chris Sarandon is pretty good, as the non-believing almost-love interest. Catherine Hicks is really good as the mother. The kid isn't bad. I guess Brad Dourff or Kevin Yagher or whoever is to blame is to thank for what really works in the film--the doll really looks alive. It ain't scary, but it looks alive. Also, this features more Killer Doesn't Stay Dead's than any other movie besides Friday the 13th Part 7.

The tyranist's thoughts
After panning this terribly in the Bride of Chucky review, I have to retract what I said about exactly how terrible this movie is. On this viewing it wasn't really bad at all and in fact was fun to watch. I realized that these movies were never about being scary and only when I tried to view them as scary did they fall apart. If you take a relaxed attitude toward them and just enjoy them for pure camp value, they are a lot of fun. Of course, the fact that my love of Brad Dourif has increased over the years might have something to do with it. So sit back, relax, and laugh as Chucky proceeds to maim and even kill the much larger humans. I found myself kind of wishing he would butcher an entire football team just to see it done.
Lovable kids and dolls aside, this movie is really taking a stab at corporate America. The kid HAD to have a Good Guy doll. He watched the show every day. He had the pajamas, the toys, everything. And then suddenly he gets what he wants and it turns out to be homicidal. Tough luck, I guess.
Hey, what's with those Good Guys dolls anyway? Couldn't they have designed a better looking toy?

Total Skulls: 15

Sequel setup
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title skull
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
Bad execution
MTV Editing
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex
Death associated with sex
Unfulfilled promise of nudity
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise skull
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer skullskull
Victims cower in front of a window/door skull
Victim locks self in with killer
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls skull
Toilet stall scene
Shower scene
Car stalls or won't start
Cat jumps out
Fake scare skull
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence
No one believes only witness skullskull
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes
What the hell?
x years ago . . .
Dark and stormy night
Killer doesn't stay dead skullskull
Killer wears a mask
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim skull
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unscary villain/monster skull
Beheading skull
Blood fountain
Blood hits camera
Poor death effect
Excessive gore
No one dies at all
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives skull
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
Unbelievably crappy ending