Is a movie plot about a killer doll ridiculous? Yes. Is it iconic? Yes. Child’s Play is the first in a line of horror films of varying quality and questionable storylines but as far as an isolated film goes, I enjoyed this film much more than I thought. Brad Dourif creates one of the icons of the horror genre with the Chucky doll used in this movie still looking impressive by today’s standards. Not to mention go performances from Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon and Alex Vincent all giving admirable performances. Usually with 80s slashers, the main characters are very disposable, and while there is the far share of those here, the main three characters opposite of Chucky are all really good. While the first act is a little jumbled I still enjoyed that and the second act, having to watch the Barclay family being affected by the dolls rampage makes you sympathize with them, especially with Andy. The third act is a little rushed but there are some good practical effects on Chucky. While the supernatural soul swapping antics aren’t really explained, what we do know is satisfying enough. A film that realizes what it is and has fun with it, even though the sequels may get worse, this one stands out as a slasher classic.
Child’s play (1988) gets 3.5 Good Guys out of 5