Movie of the Day – Child’s Play
October 6, 2012 6 Comments
I am fairly certain that redheads/gingers/whatever slang people use for them, got a bad rap because of this movie. I can understand why, cause that doll was fucking ugly, creepy and it was then associated with the lovely redheads of society. Sorry got off on a tangent for redheads, but we can all agree that when redheads are portrayed as dolls, they look fucking creepy. Which leads me to today’s horror movie that plays on the fear that people have of redheads and terribly shitty looking dolls. I never understood why this series was classified as horror instead of comedy, cause it’s a FUCKING DOLL, but it is possessed by the spirit of a serial killer.
This movies also spawned like 5 sequels or something….sigh.
The film opens with serial killer Brad Dourif taking refuge in a doll factory. Dourif is killed by the cops, but not before he has invoked a voodoo curse which transfers his soul into one of the dolls. That particular doll, nicknamed Chuckie, is unwittingly purchased by Catherine Hicks for her son Alex Vincent. Several murders occur shortly thereafter; all evidence points to Alex, who insists that his cherub-faced doll is responsible. Detective Chris Sarandon, the man responsible for Dourif’s death, doesn’t swallow Alex’s story, but he agrees to investigate because he’s sweet on Alex’s mom. The slasher-flick ending of Child’s Play would seem to have settled Chuckie’s hash for good and all, but guess again–the film spawned numerous sequels. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
The crazy thing about this movie is that it got overwhelmingly positive reviews. I mean I guess in late 80s a murderous doll was a playful idea for a horror movie and critics remembering dolls from their childhood that they thought could be Chucky. I look at this as more of a funny horror movie about completely incompetent adults who can’t protect themselves from a doll. It’s utterly shocking how this doll is a criminal mastermind and manages to get the drop on people who are about as strong as a doll.
I completely forgot that Chucky was possessed at some point by a serial killer or whatever and I just thought that the doll was cursed and just an evil sentient ginger. I will say though that I did find that doll frightening to look at and when I did see this movie as a kid, I about crapped myself. But looking back on this movie, it’s comical. I guess perspective does change over time and now this murdering doll is just about as mean as a Furby. But as a kid, that thing was menacing he apparently was given super strength as adults were just struggling to contain the rage that this doll had. Chucky doesn’t even have a skeletal or muscular structure, so why is he going toe to toe with grown men and women in fights? It’s just too funny to not laugh at.
For me Child’s Play will always be confused with Problem Child, which coincidentally feature redheaded characters, but Child’s Play will haunt my dreams with that horrifying doll. I think maybe that is what makes it a horror movie, the look of the doll…and all the killing that happens as well. I look back on this movie with more of fondness for it’s absurdity and that no one decided that they could step on or kick Chucky to defend themselves. But I will never forget that face, the one which will haunt me forever. One last thing, the kid in this movie does get one of the sweetest ending lines ever. That kids will subsequently grow up disturbed and in need of therapy.