Catherine Hicks as Karen Barclay Chris Sarandon as Mike Norris Alex Vincent as Andy Barclay Brad Dourif as Charles Lee Ray
Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon) is a New York City detective with one thing on his mind: Capturing and incarcerating Charles Lee Ray.
Childs Play begins with a final showdown between Ray and Norris, and it looks as if the detective will get his wish. Norris has Charles trapped in a toy store with no means of escape, and Charles is injured to boot. And, much to the dismay of the hardened killer there are no other people close enough for him to transfer his soul to…it appears that immortality will slip through his grubby little fingers and he’s destined to spend Christmas in the Big House…but wait!
The hottest seller during the Christmas season is the “Good Guy” doll, and the toy store is stocked with loads of them. Transfer the soul of a vicious killer into a doll? Hey, this is horror…why not?
Childs Play is a completely ridiculous concept, and really isn’t scary. It is entertaining though, and has created a very popular character with the doll “Chucky”. Several sequels and millions of Internet searches later, Chucky remains a very popular and well known horror movie monster.
If you are a movie fan but not a Horror Freak, then you will like Childs Play because:
• The Chucky doll is cute and funny looking, and it’s pretty hilarious when the voice changes and he makes snide sarcastic remarks.
• The fact that the killer in Childs Play is about 2 feet tall makes him immeasurably less menacing and easier to watch for the squeamish.
• The story integrates some good tension and action with the antics of the terrible toy, so the easily scared may indeed get a bit scared.
For those Horror Freaks out there, Childs Play is likely going to be a bit light-hearted for your palate. I mean, come on…it’s a doll! Dolls have no muscles or other means of movement, and yet this one runs around wielding a knife. He has no leverage (weighing all of about five pounds as evidenced by the child (Alex Vincent) carrying him around with ease) and yet he seems to knock people down and cause scenes of severe struggle. Heck, he doesn’t even need batteries, and he doesn’t seem to eat or do anything else to gain power or strength. What’s up with that?
Childs Play is a pretty cool concept that is an entertaining watch, as long as you don’t go into the whole thing expecting to be terrified and have nightmares. There are more holes in the story than red hairs on a “Good Guys” doll head.
Chucky is not going to go away, however. There have been several sequels to Childs Play, the most recent of which has ‘ole Chucky siring a child with his girlfriend.
Of course she is a doll too! She was once a person, but then her soul was transferred into the shell of a doll. Get with the program…