At the age of four my mother decided to show me my first horror film. This is a film that would change my life and give me the one nightmare I remember to this day. That movie was titled Child’s Play, but you may know it better as Chucky, the killer doll.
I still remember waking up in the middle of the night and seeing Chucky dolls all around me. My brother, who slept in the same bed with me at the time, was a Good Guy Doll as well which freaked me out. I immediately got out of bed and went to my mother’s room where I would sleep there for the night.
The story of Child’s Play has to do with a serial killer named Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif). The movie opens with Chucky running away from the police where he ends up running into a Good Guy Doll Factory injured. Bleeding out from his wound he ends up transferring his soul from his body to a doll that is in the factory so he can later transfer his soul into a new host, a little boy.
Child’s Play is a film that is near and dear to my heart and wonderfully written Don Mancini. Mr. Mancini has written all of the Child’s Play sequels and intends to remake the original Child’s Play so it can be scary once again. When I met Mr. Mancini I told him that I had seen the movie when I was four years old, and he politely asked me “What was your mother thinking?”
To tell you the truth, I do not know what my mother was thinking. She wanted someone to share her love of Horror films with, so I guess she decided to get me while I was young, and it stuck from then on.
When it comes to Child’s Play, it is a film that many people can look back on and say it scared them. Actually, the first three Child’s Play films are rather frightening and that’s how they are supposed to come off. The fourth and fifth installments of the series were meant to be funnier as Chucky turned in to more of a comedian as he spouts one-liners before he kills his victims.
The reason the original film works so well has a lot to do with the writing but also the director, Tom Holland. Mr. Holland is known for writing and directing the cult classic Fright Night (1985) along with Directing Psycho 2 and recently starring in Adam Green’s Hatchet 2. With his love for the horror community as a large he knew how important a cast is to making a horror movie scary and believable even when it is unbelievable. By casting Chris Sarandon (Fright Night), Catherine Hicks (Seventh Heaven), Brad Dourif (Rob Zombie’s Halloween 1&2) and Alex Vincent as Andy the little boy, they made movie magic.
With puppeteers working the Chucky doll or a little person in a costume, they were able to show real fear when the doll was coming after them. This could have easily come off cheesy and not scary, but by bringing in the talent they did, Child’s Play turned out to be one of the most haunting films of my childhood. Personally, I found this scarier then Nightmare on Elm Street when I was six years old (I had a talking Freddy Krueger doll at the age of six).
This is a classic film that still holds up today. Due to the amount of other horror films out there however, it may not scare you like it would if you had seen it when it was first released to theaters, or when you were four years old. If you want a movie to watch when it is late at night, grab Child’s Play and turn off the lights. I can guarantee you at one point or another, you will look at the dolls you have in your house with a curious eye and wonder, will that doll try and kill me tonight while I sleep? Either the answer is yes or no, remember, it is only a movie.
Please come back next time because I plan on writing Horror movie reviews, retro reviews like this one, along with interviews if I run in to individuals that are in the horror community and events that randomly pop up in the local Los Angeles, Inland Empire area. I will also post short stories that I write for your entertainment, which are usually horror themed while others are more comedy then scary. Please make sure to check out my other site Assly.tv where my anti-muppet puppet Assly does video reviews for Horror films along with a new comedy series starting in two weeks. So until next time, stay safe and sweet nightmares everyone (evil laughter ensues).