The first Child's Play is much scarier than it's often credited for, at least, in the first half. As that half builds its psychological angle quite well-- as to whether Chucky is alive or not-- and it's properly suspenseful and developed. When the film switches into straight-forward slasher mode is when it loses its footing, unsure whether to play it serious or straight at the expense of its wise-cracking villain.
Saw this along with Poltergeist one late evening on German TV (dubbed in German) when I was a kid, staying at my grandparents place. It scared me stiff and I remember I slept very little that night. Seeing it again many years later, it is fun to notice just what scenes stood out in my mind for all this time. Not up there with Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street in terms of fun, but still has it's moments.
When I was a kid Child's Play was undoubtedly my favorite series of "scary" movies. However, upon a recent re-watch/catch-up marathon of the full 'Chucky septology' I came to the (slightly soul-crushing) conclusion that nostalgia is a scheming weasel of a temptress...
For real though, the first one isn't bad at all. It's a perfectly competent horror movie with a lot of goof and charm, really quite enjoyable.
It takes true talent to make something watchable out of this ridiculous story of a killer doll, but Brad Dourif's voice and the Chucky Doll is a fantastic mix together that creates movie magic. The human characters are less magical, but this has to be one of the few killer doll movies out there that at least makes some sense and works on the screen.
This is a fun little 80s horror film with a cool premise. This is by no means a masterpiece, but it is entertaining enough to hold your attention for 87 minutes. Chucky doesn't make it onto the Mount Rushmore of horror legends like Freddy Krueger or Michael Myers, but he is at least a honorable mention. Child's Play is not great, but it certainly isn't bad either.