Starring Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Dinah Manoff, Tommy Swerdlow, Jack Colvin
Creepy. Humorous. Safe.
Chucky: Hi, I’m Chucky. Wanna play?
Chucky is one creepy doll. Hat’s off to whoever built the iconic horror character because I’d say just the design alone propels much of this film. The story is secondary. A deranged serial killer, Charles Lee Ray (Dourif), transfers his soul to a nearby children’s toy. Young Andy Barclay (Vincent) is the lucky boy to get stuck with the result. Convinced that Chucky and he are destined to be friends until the end, Andy is quickly disillusioned after a couple of violent deaths materialize. Catherine Hicks plays his worried single mother, Karen, and Chris Sarandon plays the selectively effective cop, Mike, and they do dutiful work, but it’s the boy and Chucky’s movie, and they carry this film. The boy is very good and Brad Dourif is always excellent. Though existing mainly through voice work, his brief early appearance and exit make an important, lasting impression. Child’s Play is big on laughs and light on scares which is slightly disappointing. I feel it grows complacent over the course of the story, relying almost entirely on its superficial brilliance and shirks in the suspense department. That being said, there are some quality scenes and, overall, Child’s Play is fun and memorable.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-