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Child's Play

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tom Holland
Produced by David Kirschner
Written by Screenplay:
Don Mancini
John Lafia
Tom Holland
Story:
Don Mancini
Starring Chris Sarandon
Catherine Hicks
Alex Vincent
Brad Dourif
Dinah Manoff
Tommy Swerdlow
Jack Colvin
Music by Joe Renzetti
Cinematography Bill Butler
Editing by Roy E. Peterson
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) November 9, 1988
Running time 87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $9,000,000[1]
Gross revenue $44,196,684[2]
Followed by Child's Play 2 (1990)

Child's Play is a 1988 American horror film written by Don Mancini and directed by Tom Holland. It stars Chris Sarandon and Brad Dourif, who were both nominated on the same year in 1975 for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. It was released on November 9, 1988. The film met with moderate success upon its release, and has since developed a cult following among fans of the horror genre. The film is the first in the Child's Play film series, which was originally a whodunit film in contrast to the latter sequels. This was the only film in the series released by MGM/UA, as the rights to the series were sold to Universal beginning with the sequel.

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Plot

While being chased by Detective Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon), Charles Lee Ray, a serial killer known as "The Lakeshore Strangler" (Brad Dourif), is shot and mortally wounded. Before dying, Charles takes cover inside a toy store, finding boxes of "Good Guy" dolls and uses a voodoo ritual to transfer his soul into one of the dolls. The store is then struck by lightning and it burns to the ground.

Later that morning, 6-year-old Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) tells his widowed mother Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks) that he wants a Good Guy doll for his birthday after watching a TV commercial for it. Unable to afford the full price, Karen buys a stolen doll from a street peddler, which is the same doll Charles Lee Ray had earlier transferred his soul into.

That night, as Andy is playing with the doll (who has introduced himself as "Chucky" through the talking feature of the doll), Karen's friend, Maggie Peterson (Dinah Manoff), who is babysitting Andy, scolds him for turning on the evening news and placing Chucky in front of the TV. When Andy tries to tell Maggie that he did not put Chucky in front of the TV, she doesn't believe him. Maggie is then viciously struck with a toy hammer and falls out of the apartment window, falling several stories to her death. The killer's identity is left ambiguous. Andy, when questioned, insists that Chucky has revealed himself to be alive and that he killed Maggie, though he defends Chucky's decision by stating that Chucky told him that "Maggie was a real bitch" and that she "got what she deserved".

The next day, Andy, apparently upon Chucky's request, visits the house of Eddie Caputo (Neil Giuntoli), Charles Lee Ray's accomplice, who had betrayed him and led him to his death. Chucky is revealed as being alive. He sneaks into Eddie's house and blows out the pilot light on the stove and turns up the gas; Eddie, in panicked self-defense, fires his gun and the house explodes, killing him.

Later, authorities place Andy in a psychiatric ward after he is found near the crime scene. Karen believes the doll to be the culprit after she realizes that his batteries had never been put in and she threatens to throw him into the fireplace unless he reveals himself to her. Chucky comes alive in her hands, bites her and runs out of the apartment. She contacts Detective Norris, who is now investigating Maggie's death. Although he initially doubts her story, the homeless man who sold Karen the doll confirms that he retrieved it from the burnt down toy store where Charles Lee Ray was killed. Norris becomes a firm believer after he is attacked by Chucky in his car and survives only by shooting the doll.

Chucky later meets with John Simonsen (aka Dr. Death), his voodoo instructor from years past, and asks why his gunshot wound bled. John, under torture via voodoo doll, informs him that his body is slowly conforming to that of a human's and that he will soon be trapped in the body if he does not transfer his soul into the body of the first person he revealed himself to, which is Andy. Offhandedly remarking that he will "get to be six years old again," Chucky stabs the voodoo doll in the chest and leaves John to die. Karen and Detective Norris, following leads from Charles Lee Ray's case file, find John as he lay dying and receive instructions on how to kill Chucky; although Chucky is a doll, his heart is fully human and vulnerable to fatal injury.

Andy escapes from the psychiatric unit and Chucky brutally kills the head doctor (Jack Colvin) in the process. The authorities believe Andy killed the doctor while escaping. Mike and Karen rush back to the apartment hoping that Andy is there. Chucky reaches the apartment where Andy is and knocks him unconscious with a baseball bat to steal his soul. After a prolonged struggle, Chucky is thrown into the fireplace by Karen and is lit on fire by Andy after he throws the match in the fireplace.

Andy and Karen, thinking Chucky is dead, go to help the injured Mike Norris. After Andy gets the first aid kit from under the sink, he discovers Chucky is gone. Very burnt but alive, Chucky chases after Andy and Karen, who barricade themselves in the bedroom; Karen shoots him several times, missing his heart, but scattering his head, an arm and a leg in the hallway. After Norris' partner, Jack Santos, arrives, the scattered doll parts attempt to attack at the instructions of Chucky's screaming, severed head. Karen, remembering John's last words, tells Mike to shoot Chucky in the heart. Norris does so and makes a direct hit, killing Chucky (Charles Lee Ray), again.

An ambulance arrives to take Mike to the hospital. Karen and Jack help Mike walk out the door, but Andy stays and looks over the remains of Chucky. Karen returns and leads Andy out of the room and turns off the lights. Andy turns to look at Chucky one last time before leaving.

Cast

  • Alex Vincent as Andy Barclay: The main protagonist; a young boy being framed for Chucky's murders and the only person that Chucky can transfer his soul to.
  • Brad Dourif as Charles Lee Ray / Voice of Chucky: The main antagonist; a Chicago's Most Wanted murderer who places his soul in a Good Guy doll
  • Catherine Hicks as Karen Barclay: The female protagonist and mother of young Andy, tormented by murderous killer doll, Chucky.
  • Chris Sarandon as Detective Mike Norris: The male protagonist; a police detective and Chucky's killer
  • Dinah Manoff as Maggie Peterson: Karen's friend and Chucky's first victim
  • Neil Giuntoli as Eddie Caputo: Charles Lee Ray's former crime partner and Chucky's second victim
  • Raymond Oliver as John Simonsen: Chucky's former voodoo instructor and third victim
  • Jack Colvin as Dr. Ardmore: A psychiatrist from a criminally insane ward and Chucky's fourth victim
  • Tommy Swerdlow as Jack Santos: Mike Norris's partner and one of Chucky's enemies
  • Juan Ramirez as Peddler: A homeless man who discovers Chucky and sold it to Karen.

Production

Child's Play was filmed at the following locations:

  • Chicago, Illinois (on location) The Chicago landmark the Brewster Apartments located at Diversey and Pine Grove served as the location of the apartment where Andy and Karen lived. It is pictured on the movie poster. Silent film star Charlie Chaplin occupied the penthouse of this building when he lived in Chicago.
  • Culver City, California (in studio)

David Kirschner produced all five movies in the Chucky series. While Kirschner and others claim credit as creator of the titular character, respected special effects and make-up artist Kevin Yagher is the actual designer and executor of the Chucky doll.

Writing

It is rumored that the "Good Guy Dolls" were based on the My Buddy dolls created by Hasbro. However, during an airing of the movie on the morning of 7 January 2007, AMC claimed the creator modeled the doll after the Cabbage Patch Kids. This was confirmed by an interview with the creator, Don Mancini, which was featured on the Seed of Chucky DVD. Don Mancini has stated that his original script, which was a whodunit story, toyed with the audience a bit longer, making them wonder if young Andy was the killer rather than Chucky. The actual film does make the viewer wonder for more than a few minutes, although it grows increasingly obvious that Chucky is the murderer.

Chucky's full name, Charles Lee Ray, is derived from the names of notorious killers Charles Manson, Lee Harvey Oswald and James Earl Ray.

Maggie's death was originally going to be by electrocution while taking a bath, and though abandoned, the idea was later used in Bride of Chucky.

Box office/Reception

Child's Play had a budget worth $9,000,000 and was released in 1,377 theaters, having an opening weekend of $6,583,963. The domestic gross was $33,244,684 with it making $10,952,000 overseas. Worldwide, the film made $44,196,684 and was #1 at the box office.

Critical reviews were very positive. Roger Ebert gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, calling it "cheerfully energetic horror film".[3] The film currently holds a 70% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 27 reviews (19 positive, 8 negative).[4] Areas of the film that were commonly praised were the original concept, the special effects,and the acting. The young Alex Vincent, who played Andy Barclay, was said to have played a generally convincing role as a terrified boy. Brad Dourif was praised for his creepy and realistic voice-acting of Chucky.

Foreign Film Market

While at the MIFED film market in Milan Italy, film business consultant Jeffrey Hilton noted a lack of sales for Child's Play at the MGM/UA tent. Hilton confronted the MGM/UA sales rep, who was not aware that Child's Play was in his inventory - and had not even heard of the film, despite its recent box office success. Hilton sourced a theatrical poster and had the rep hang it himself prominently on the concourse so that the rep would remember the film.

Controversy

During the initial release, a large crowd of protesters formed at the main entrance of MGM calling for a ban on the film because, they claimed, it would incite violence in children. Local news reporters from two TV stations were broadcasting live from the scene and the adverse publicity could undermine the primary theatrical audience. The producer, David Kirschner, was watching the demonstration on TV and was disturbed. Jeffrey Hilton, who had been working in Kirschner's office at MGM, indicated that he could quell the disturbance in 10 minutes. While Kirschner was watching from the safety of his office, Hilton spoke to the group's leader, shook hands, and the group instantly disbursed, much to the chagrin of the newscasters. Hilton did not reveal to Kirschner whether it was a threat or simply diplomacy that saved the day.

Hilton's diplomacy notwithstanding, the film's franchise was plagued with accusations of inciting violence in children. Child's Play 3 was cited as the inspiration for the murder of James Bulger.[5] A gang in Manchester England kidnapped and murdered a 16 year old girl. While they tortured her they forced her to listen to recordings of the gang leader repeating the catch phrase "I'm Chucky, wanna play?"[6][7][8] Tom Holland, in response to both murders, defended the film stating viewers of horror movies could only be influenced by their content if they were 'unbalanced to begin with'.[9]

Promotion

Soundtrack

The soundtrack for Child's Play was released in the US for the first time on October 28, 2009 but it is a limited edition of 1200 copies made. The soundtrack is now discontinued.

  • "Opening Chase (Main Titles - Child's Play)"
  • "Maggie Gets It / Maggie Out the Window"
  • "Chucky's Shoes / Just a Doll"
  • "El Ride"
  • "Batteries Included / Mamma Walk / Street Music" (Not Used in the Film)
  • "Good Night A.H. / Mamma Visits"
  • "Chucky Kills the Doctor"
  • "Chucky Goes to the Hospital"
  • "Batter Up / Chucky's Chant / This Is the End / Chuck Roast"
  • "Chucky Goes to Pieces / Chuck In a Box"
  • "Goodbye Chucky / Child's Play - End Credits"
  • "News Cast"
  • "Child's Play - End Credits" (Without Vocal)
  • "The Chucky Song" (Not Used in the Film)

The soundtrack for the film was only released in France in 1989 with different tracks.

  • "A Chucky Is Born"
  • "Chucky Blows Up A House"
  • "Speak Up, You Little Bastard"
  • "Momma: Lookin' For A Bum"
  • "Chucky Takes A Drive"
  • "Chucky's Chant"
  • "This Is The End, My Friend"
  • "Chucky Goes To Pieces"
  • "At The Hospital"
  • "The Doctor Is A Shocker"
  • "It's Only A Doll"
  • "Batter's Up"
  • "Chucky: His Last Days"
  • "End Titles: When The Composer Sings"

Comics

Child's play has been adapted into two comics:

DVD releases

The film was first released on DVD by MGM in 1999. The film was presented in an open-matte full screen presentation and included a theatrical trailer and a "Making Of" booklet. However the Australian DVD release by MGM featured the film in non-anamorphic widescreen transfer. The DVD was re-released in 2007 with a lenticular cover.

A 20th Anniversary DVD was released by MGM and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on September 9, 2008.[11] The film is presented in its original 1.85:1 Widescreen format (for the first time in the U.S. in 20 years) enhanced for 16x9 monitors and includes an English 5.1 surround track and English, French, and Spanish 2.0 surround tracks. Special features include two audio commentaries with Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks, Kevin Yagher, producer David Kirschner and screenwriter Don Mancini, a "Selected Scene Chucky Commentary," "Evil Comes in Small Packages" featurettes, a vintage featurette titled "Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child's Play," and "Chucky: Building A Nightmare" featurette, Theatrical Trailer and a Photo Gallery. The film received a Blu-Ray Disc release on September 15, 2009.

Remake

In a September 2008 interview, Don Mancini and David Kirschner spoke of a planned reboot of the franchise to be written and directed by Mancini, although nothing was official yet.[12] They described their choice of a remake over a sequel as a response to the will of the fans, who "want to see a scary Chucky movie again," and "want to go back to the straightforward horror rather than the horror comedy." They stated that if the remake was made, they would want Brad Dourif to reprise his role as Chucky, because "no one could fit the part like he could".

In a subsequent interview, Mancini described the script as a darker and scarier retelling of the original movie, but one that, while having new twists and turns, will not stray too far from the original concept.

Not too long afterward, Brad Dourif confirmed that he will reprise his role in the remake.[13]

On January 17, 2010, Horrorbid.com reported that Universal has given the green light for the remake and that pre-production has already begun.

References

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Child's Play (1988 horror film). It is written by Don Mancini and directed by Tom Holland.

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Andy Barclay

  • His real name is Charles Lee Ray and he's been sent down from Heaven by daddy to play with me.
  • Look, you stay here; I have to go tinkle.

Chucky

  • You hear this, you son of a bitch! I'm gonna get you for this! I'm gonna get you and I'm gonna get Eddy, no matter what!
  • (voodoo chant [phonetically]) Ah-day, do-ee, Demballa...give me the power I BEG of you! Zacuse zintiem may poivre de mort. Mortize mella de vacure de vermose. Andale porte buasay Dembella! Zacuse zintiem may poivre de mort. Andale porte buasay Dembella! Andale porte buasay Dembella! zacula vula suka may tae dae dae zulabe!
  • Hi, I'm Chucky. Wanna play?
  • Hi. I like to be hugged.
  • I've gotta get outta this damned body. Now where are ya you little shit?
  • Sure, how ya want it? Broken leg?
  • The only person that I let in on the fact that I was still alive was a six-year-old kid. I'm gonna be six years old again. Well, John, it's been fun, but I gotta go. I have a date with six-year-old boy... and you have a date with death.
  • Kill'em! Strangle'em! Don't let go!
  • Kill'em! Kill'em! Kill'em ALL!!
  • Don't fuck with the Chuck!

Dialogue

[Chucky is sitting in the elevator going up.]

Old Woman: What an ugly doll.
Chucky: Fuck you.

Chucky [about to be set on fire by Andy]: Andy, no, please! We're friends till the end, remember?
Andy: This is the end, friend!

Karen Barclay: I said talk to me, damn it. Or else I'll throw you in the fire!

[Chucky comes alive]

Chucky: You stupid bitch! You fucking slut! I'll teach you to fuck with me!

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Wikipedia
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Gaming

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From Wikia Gaming, your source for walkthroughs, games, guides, and more!

Child's Play is a charity organization started by Gabe and Tycho of Penny Arcade. The organization raises funds from the gaming community and uses it to purchase games, toys and movies for sick children on Christmas.

The charity was started for two reasons. The first and most obvious reason is to help the kids out, because, you know, it's gotta really suck to be stuck in a hospital on Christmas.

The second reason is to reverse the negative way gamers are portrayed in the media. The gaming community is a powerful force, and the guys at PA believe that that force is ultimately benevolent. Year after year Child's Play has raised millions of dollars for sick children. This is real genuine compassion coming from a demographic that is stereotyped as selfish and psychotic.

The organization starts taking donations around early November each year and sends millions of dollars in toys and gifts to hospitals around the world.

External Links

To learn more, or make a donation please visit the official website, ChildsPlayCharity.org.


This article uses material from the "Child's Play" article on the Gaming wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.







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