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810 Ratings

Child's Play

Directed by Tom Holland
United States, 1988
Horror, Thriller


A single mother gives her son a much sought-after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.

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Child's Play Directed by Tom Holland

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  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Child's Play

    Having only ever caught bits of the original "Child's Play" on cable, I was impressed by how well this film holds up - "Fright Night" director Tom Holland devotes the first half of the film to generating suspense, as poor six year-old Andy is blamed for the crimes of his murderous doll Chucky and slated for the psych ward, before the third act erupts into an almost "Terminator"-esque battle with the killer toy.

  • Nick Schwab's rating of the film Child's Play

    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.

  • Gylfi's rating of the film Child's Play

    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.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Child's Play

    Yes - I'm giving it five stars. It incorporates everything that a horror movie should and still is a bit creepy today.

  • LibertyCapz's rating of the film Child's Play

    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.

  • Dan Kenneth Gigernes's rating of the film Child's Play

    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.

  • Nolan Barth's rating of the film Child's Play

    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.

  • Rocco's rating of the film Child's Play

    Quite moronic but Andy and his mother are really quite extraordinary. I also respect Chucky because he was a scary AND hilarious from the start unlike other slashers who had to grow a funny bone as their respective series began to lose steam.

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