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Child's Play
Chucky - Die Mörderpuppe / Blood Brother / Blood Buddy

USA 1988
produced by
David Kirschner, Barrie M. Osborne (executive) for United Artists
directed by Tom Holland
starring Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif, Dinah Manoff, Tommy Swerdlow, Jack Colvin, Neil Giuntoli, Juan Ramírez, Alan Wilder, Richard Baird, Ray Oliver, Aaron Osborne, Tyler Hard, Ted Liss, Roslyn Alexander, Bo Kane, Leila Lee Olsen, Ed Gale, Lena Sack, Tommy Gerard, Michael Chavez, Jamie Gray, Erin Munz, Jana Twomey, Suaundra Black, Edan Gross (voice), John Franklin (voice), Michael Patrick Carter (voice)
story by Don Mancini, screenplay by Don Mancini, John Lafia, Tom Holland, music by Joe Renzetti, Chucky designed by Kevin Yagher

Child's Play, Chucky

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Abandoned by his partner Eddie (Neil Giuntoli) when on the run from the police, serialkiller Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) hides in a toy store, but detective Norris (Chris Sarandon) catches up with him and ultimately shoots him dead in a shoot-out - but not before Charles can transfer his soul into a Good Guy doll.

Little Andy (Alex Vincent) wants nothing more than a Good Guy doll for his sixth birthday, so his mom Karen (Catherine Hicks) gets him one - only that this particular doll, Chucky, is of course possessed by Charles Lee Ray (and thus voiced by Brad Dourif), and it doesn't take Chucky long to start committing evil deeds, like killing the babysitter (Dinah Manoff) and convincing Andy to skip school to help him track down Eddie in order to kill him. Both murder cases are investigated by detective Norris, who can't make heads or tails of it, and neither can Karen - until she accepts that it's really Chucky who's behind it all. Eventually even detective Norris has to come to the same conclusion, and the two try to track down the murderous doll - not taking into account that the doll might actually be after them ...

 

At the time of its release, Child's Play was considered controversial and having the potential to incite violence - which watching the movie seems to be complete tosh, this is just a silly movie about a murderous doll for crying out loud! And I do mean "silly movie" in the best possible way of course, with silly referring to the fact that the film's about a murderous doll, but what the writers and director made out of this premise is actually a very solid and completely entertaining piece of horror: It's a very energetic movie that keeps things moving at a steady pace, but it doesn't take itself too seriously, being well aware of the silliness of its premise (and making good use of it), while the special effects actually live up to the story's demands, making Chucky one creepy doll, especially due to its innocent looks. And the acting in this one is actually very solid, with special praise going to Alex Vincent, who especially considering his age gives a suitably subtle performance.

 

 

 

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