I honestly don’t remember when I finally got around to watching this film. In fact, I definitely remember Child’s Play 3 being the first one I watched, because I taped it off of the USA Network when I was a kid. For the longest time though I was pretty fucking scared of Chucky, and had a deep irrational fear that my toys would come to life while I was sleeping and attack me at some point. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that the fear started after watching the 80s Disney Movie “Where The Toys Come From”. If you have never seen it, the movie is like a live action “Toy Story” about two toys who are trying to figure out where they came from (no shit it’s in the title!), and they find their way to Japan where they witness different versions of themselves being made. I can’t remember if the toys were horrified by this, but I would imagine so. I recently watch the RL Stine Masterclass, and he was saying something about how he couldn’t understand why people were afraid of Slappy. I’m thinking why the fuck wouldn’t he be? Dummies are creepy as shit to begin with.
The original movie serves as the origin for the Chucky doll as we’re introduced to the antagonist, Charles Lee Ray (aka The Lakeshore Strangler) as he is being chased on foot by Chris Sarandon’s character Detective Mike Norris. The two enter a toy store, and while bleeding to death from a fatal gun wound, Charles uses a Voodoo spell to transfer himself into a Good Guy Doll. From here the point of view shifts and we’re introduced to Andy and his Mom. Andy’s Mom gets him a Good Guy Doll for his birthday, and sure as shit it turns out to be Chucky. He uses his new vessel to carry out revenge against the people who fucked him over as well as anyone who gets in his way. At one point Chucky discovers just because he transferred into the doll doesn’t mean he’s not bullet proof, and this is where Chucky decides he needs to use Andy as a new vessel.
This was only Tom Holland’s (not Spider-Man) second Horror Feature, with Fright Night being his very first film, and they are both phenomenal films in their own right, and classics of their chosen horror sub-genres. Granted the dude was responsible for some pretty awesome screenplays before he got behind the camera, but goddamn that’s an incredible achievement. Obviously the dude is not alone in this category, but it’s not like either one of those films were just slopped together. They’re both very well done, with great performances and memorable scenes. Speaking of performances, Brad Dourif’s voice really makes Chucky come to life. Sure the practical effects in the movie were spectacular, but yeah Brad Dourif owns that role for sure.
My fears of toys coming to life have dissipated since my youth, and the first Child’s Play movie has become a personal favorite of mine since, and is one of those films I try to re-watch once or twice a year. I just really love the whole notion of no one believing the protagonist, despite the killer being in plain sight. Tom Holland also did this in “Fright Night” which is also a personal favorite of mine, except this time around the monster is obviously plastic. I’m also pretty sure Chucky’s height plays an important role in what makes him so terrifying to me. You could also lump Gremlins and the Puppet Master puppets in there as well. While the kills in the movie aren’t heavily steeped in gore, the movie relies more on suspense, as Chucky’s new doll body is a secret. As the films in the series went on, the kills become more over the top with amped up gore, as well as newer ways to keep the suspense of Chucky’s secret fresh to audiences.
I really did enjoy the last Chucky movie “Cult of Chucky” and I was excited to see there was a TV Series planned, and without spoiling the ending of the film I was hoping the Series would use it as their jumping off point. However, there is now a remake that is currently in production at MGM without the movie’s original creator Don Mancini not being involved. More often than not these remakes of Classic Horror Icons tend to be stale, as they lack the heart of the originals. We sometimes get New Classics like The Fly, The Thing, and Invasion of The Body Snatchers, but more often than not they’re duds. I guess I’ll have to wait for a trailer or two to make a final verdict. As far as I’m concerned Chucky is the king of the killer dolls. Don’t fuck with the Chuck! Cheers! -Samir
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