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
Hello John. Over here. Hi. It's me Chucky. What do think? The gri gri work? You know, when I came here learning that stuff about how to cheat death, I thought that you were pulling my chain. But, not now. But, there is one problem.
This. I didn't think anyone could hurt me. Last night I got shot. You know something? It hurt. It hurt like a son of a bitch, it even bled. Why is that, John?
You mean I have to live out the rest of my life in this body? No f***ing way! You got me in to this, so you get me out!