Child's Play

MGM Released 1988


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Tom Holland
Child's Play is a horror movie from 1988 that is written by Don Mancini, John Lafia, and Tom Holland, and directed by Tom Holland. Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif), a mass murderer who is known as "The Lakeshore Strangler," uses voodoo magic to transfer his soul into a Good Guy doll's body when he is cornered in a store by Detective Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon). Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks) buys the doll Charles used in his ritual as a birthday present for her young son, Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent). The doll, who introduces himself to Andy as Chucky, eventually starts moving on his own. When he kills Andy's babysitter (Dinah Manoff), the authorities don't believe Andy's stories about a talking and walking doll. Andy is eventually placed in a mental hospital but those close to him experience their own brushes with death at the hands of Chucky, who now realizes that his only hope of becoming human again is to transfer his soul into the body of the first person he revealed himself to: Andy. Will Chucky succeed in taking over Andy's body, or can Karen and Detective Norris stop the serial killer before it's too late? Child's Play is the first film in the popular franchise and, despite moderate box office success in the 80s, it is now considered a classic by many horror fans.moreless


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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A cheerfully energetic horror film of the slam-bang school, but slicker and more clever than most, about an evil doll named Charles Lee Ray, or Chucky.

  • 70


    Partially filmed on location in Chicago, the movie benefits from a snowy, urban setting that gives it a very different feel from most films in its genre. Hicks and Chris Sarandon (...

  • 50

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Most of the laughs seem unintentional and come too late in the movie — after several reels of serious build-up — for the audience to adjust to its tongue-in-cheek qualities. Ma...

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Horror, Suspense


Cult, ruthless killing, demonic resurrection, back from the dead, hostile monsters