child's play movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Despite some horror violence and language, 1988’s Child’s Play is appropriate for young but mature teens. The featured Chucky doll might not scare them, but will give young children nightmares.


Karen buys her son Andy a sought-after doll for his birthday named Chucky. Things take a turn for the worse when Andy and his mother experience a series of murders and discover that Chucky is possessed by serial killer Charles Lee Ray.

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Movie details

Director: Tom Holland
Cast: Catherine Hicks, Brad Dourif, Alex Vincent, Chris Sarandon, Dinah Manoff
Writer: John Lafia, Tom Holland, Don Mancini
Release Date (Australia): 26 January 1989
Runtime: 87 minutes/1h 27m
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film’s horror themes include the possession of a doll by a serial killer, as well as thematic content relating to murder and sexual harassment.

Violence (M)

The film includes bone-breaking detail, as well as shootings and stabbings that are frequently accompanied by bloody detail.

Coarse Language (M)

There is infrequent use of the word “f**k”, as well as occasional use of the words “damn”, “hell”, “ass” and “s**t”.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Although the filmmakers executed the carelessly average ‘creepy-killer-doll’ horror film, it’s generally pretty fun for just a sloppy horror-viewing. If you’re searching for something solid that’ll truly grip your care towards the characters or the issues, there’s plenty of classics and original masterpieces of the horror genre, but Child’s Play is not one of them.

Alike most seriously-themed horror movies, there’s the creatively thought out killer whose out committing murders and beginning a mystery. However, the killer in this tale is the innocent-appearing doll named Chucky, who was possessed by a serial killer. Considering it’s basically just the child-who-was-telling-the-truth-all-along sort of story with the rest of the adult characters slowly coming to realise he’s right, this idea is very average, stereotypical and predictable.

The film is also briefly lazy when it comes to being clever. For example, each of the characters sort of have to dumbly speak out loud to themselves to have the audience understanding what’s exactly happening. And with all the silly components to the plan, the majority of this film is just very difficult to perceive seriously.

Thankfully, it just slightly manages to pace well and appeal to horror audiences. It’s more dumb than clever and more chucklesome than scary, but a fair amount of people will enjoy that. What’s lest is the very satisfactory acting and the fact that it’s mostly forgettable.

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