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Child's Play

Updated: Jul 19, 2021

The 1st review!

I started this note at around 1:15 AM but got sidetracked in a conversation about how Optimus Prime is a son of a bitch, morality, and how Jake Kohne, or Jake Kohne-Head as he prefers to be called, loves to troll. It is now almost 2:30AM and hopefully I can get this done soon.

I don't really have a name for it, and that just popped into my head so if you don't like it, I will fight you.

Anyways, a couple of months ago I was watching James Rolfe videos where he was reviewing 31 horror movies for October, and I thought that would be fun. As an aside, I enjoy when he's a nerd with his movies more then I do when he's Angry Video Game Nerd. In any case I decided I was going to give it a whirl and give the Facebook users my thoughts for FREE, which is quite the steal because they can get pretty expensive.

Firstly I'd like to thank the lovely Becca because I actually forgot all about it and her text was the reason I remembered. Sadly auto racing went 1,000 hours and by the time I got home Becca was sleeping because she works in the morning. So I picked a movie that I knew she would not want to watch. So, without further adieu day one...

Child's Play (1988)

You all know the basic story of this franchise, so long story short this movie introduced us to Chucky. I will say that whoever was in charge of casting, Brad Dourif was the absolute PERFECT pick to play Chucky. So much so that when they make the reboot the guy in charge said that Brad Dourif would reprise his role, "because Mancini believed no-one else would fit the part."

This movie did have some good scares, but unfortunately I've been desensitized to a lot of it, so it didn't have the same effect to me now. But at the same time, to a kid, the idea of a doll being alive, was a terrifying thing, so these movies really did scare me when I was younger. The mood was good, the kills were mostly believable, and Chucky's humor didn't subtract from the movie like it would in later films.

My biggest gripes, and the first is a taste one, I don't like movies where one person knows what's going on and nobody believes them. This is just a matter of preference so I won't spend any more time on it.  The other one, I don't like how Chucky can pin people to the ground. I can accept that MAYBE he kept his strength, but when it comes down to it, he can't weigh more than 10 pounds (and that's being generous). And seeing him overpower adults isn't believable. Then again, I'm complaining about believability about a movie with a man transferring his soul into a doll to cheat death... Moving on.

But these are minor nits towards a very solid movie that did a lot more right than it did wrong. I guess I need a ranking system, so I'll give it an 8 out of 10... I guess skeletons. Yes, this movie gets

8 out of 10 Skeletons.

Post Script, I'm sleepy and I didn't want to write too much because my intro was already multiple paragraphs, and everything I can say about Child's Play has been said before. I don't know if I'm going to be snooty and talk about these as a critic, because I run the risk of being tricked into liking a bad movie. So I will probably judge them simply on how they entertained me. Oh well, we'll see...

Favorite line...

"I didn't think anybody could hurt me. But, last night I got shot. And you know something? It hurt. It hurt like a son of a bitch, it even bled! Why is that, John?"

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