Child's Play is directed by Tom Holland(not Spiderman) and stars Catherine Hicks and Alex Vincent as a mother and son trying to uncover the mystery of a toy doll come to life. This was back in the good old days when Chucky was taken seriously as a legitimate horror threat. I like some of the goofyness of the newer installments, but to me they've taken it a little too far in some aspects and the first couple Child's Plays will always be the pinnacle of what makes Chucky a terrifying movie monster.
The main thing this film has going for it, is the voice of Chucky played by Brad Dourif. The cadence of the sinister voice work along with that high pitched laugh and scream can just send shivers down your spine. You don't even hear it until halfway through the film, but when you do, it is so impactful and really works, because they set the whole movie up making you believe that this doll may not be alive. Which is another huge strength of the film, they don't give it away too early. For awhile, if you didn't already know better, it really could be the child commiting these murders. It's all shown from a POV of the killer, which leaves you guessing until that glorious moment by the fireplace, which probably goes down as one of my top horror moments of all time. The performances by everyone are also pretty high in quality for a low budget horror picture, with the mom being the real standout of the film. This also has some great practical effects and the design work on the doll itself is so well done that it's no surprise Chucky has become so iconic over time.
Overall, this is not my favorite of the series, but it's horror done at it's best and a great start to this series. Just a shame it didn't end up in better places, but maybe they'll fix it someday? We can hope.
SCORE - 8.5/10