Child’s Play (MGM/United Artists, 1988)
My first memories of this movie was in a video rental store that I bought candy in the 90s. When I was finally un-traumatized enough to watch the entire film, I was never able to look at my Cabbage Patch Kids the same way again!
This horror film plays out like this: Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif), the Lakeshore Strangler, is being pursued by homicide detective Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon). Shot in the leg, he ends up in a toy store and realizes that he’s bleeding to death, Ray swears revenge on Norris and his partner (Neil Giuntoili) and transfers his soul into a “Good Guy” doll. The next day, Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks) buys that same doll for her son Andy’s (Alex Vincent) 6th birthday. That same night, babysitter Maggie (Dinah Manoff) falls to her death while Andy is asleep, but Chucky, the Good Guy doll, is not. Andy then has to prove that Chucky is behind the evil deeds that begin occurring and not him.
In its opening weekend, Child’s Play took in just over $6.5 million. In total, worldwide over $44 million.
Child’s Play spawned a series of films: Child’s Play 2 (1990), Child’s Play 3 (1991), Bride of Chucky (1998) and Seed of Chucky (2004). In June 2012 it was announced that the next installment would be a direct-to-video release. In October 2013, on the 25th Anniversary of Child’s Play, the franchise was renewed by Curse of Chucky.