killer Charles Lee Ray is mortally wounded in a police shoot-out, he uses
a voodoo spell to transfer his soul into Chucky, a "Good Guys" doll. Andy
receives the doll as a birthday gift, and Chucky soon resumes his killing
spree. However, Charles doesn't want to be trapped in the body of a doll
forever. His only escape would be to transfer into the first human he revealed
his true identity to... which places Andy in mortal danger.
"Hi, I'm Chucky. Wanna play?"
is built upon a pretty laughable premise – some hardened criminal finds
himself wounded and cornered by the police, so he chants some mystical
words, lightning clouds form in the sky, and he transports his soul into
the body of a kid's doll of the My Buddy variety. But the movie is so well
made that it is able to remain effective despite its questionable premise,
kind of like Darkman
, another movie with something of a goofy plot
but that still manages to come off as a great action horror film.
Some of the
best moments in the film come early on, before anyone but Andy realizes
that Chucky is alive. Kind of like what Steven Spielberg did in Jaws
director Tom Holland leaves Chucky as a lifeless doll for a good portion
of the beginning of the film. As is to be expected, it's much more difficult
to show a living, running, stabbing, screaming doll than it is to show
a regular doll, which itself manages to stare blankly in such a way that
you know there's something going on in its head.
worse than hearing someone criticize the acting skills of a little kid,
but I have to admit that I found Alex Vincent's performance as Andy a little
trying at times. Granted, the kid deserves a lot of credit for performing
reasonably well in a horror film at the age of 7, which is certainly more
than I could have done at that age, but for every time that he effectively
portrayed a scared little kid, which happened often, there were at least
as many times when he spoke with the wooden monotone generally associated
with reading a cue card.
That being said,
the effects in the movie are very impressive. There are a few goofs in
there, but you have to look pretty hard to find them, and the doll itself
was very well done. Brad Dourif makes one of his earlier appearances, showing
up in Child's Play
just long enough to get shot and then transfer
his body into the doll, and then spend the rest of what is now a total
of five movies trying to get out of it, which may have something to do
with the fact that his voice is more famous than his face. He was mostly
known as the timid Billy Bibbit from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
before he did Child's Play
, and the success of this movie clearly
had a significant impact on the rest of his career, since so many of his
later performances were in decidedly dark roles such as Grima Wormtongue
in The Lord of the Rings
for the only funny scene in the movie, which itself is so funny that any
other comic relief isn't even necessary. As Chucky ascends in an elevator,
and elderly woman notices him, but her husband tells her to just leave
it, whoever forgot it is bound to come back for it. When she exits the
elevator, she looks back with a grimace and says, 'Ugly doll…' Chucky's
response is hilarious.
full name, Charles Lee Ray, is derived from the names of notorious killers
Charles Manson, Lee Harvey Oswald, and James Earl Ray.
Karen Barclay is looking at the Good Guy box where it says "Batteries Included",
it says "Play Partners Toys" in the bottom left-hand corner. The company
that produces the Good Guy dolls is called "Play Pals Toys", not Play Partners.
- The babysitter's death scene originally had her being electrocuted while
taking a bath. The scene was used later in Bride of Chucky.
- Filmed on a budget of $19,000,000.
writer Don Mancini stated in an interview that his original script toyed
with the audience a bit longer, making them wonder if young Andy was the
killer rather than Chucky. This idea was used by Kevin Tenney in Pinocchio's
- At the beginning, Andy makes his mother breakfast in bed - sugar
cereal, burnt toast, and a glass of orange juice. When he is in her bedroom
the orange juice has transformed into a glass of milk.
name of the TV channel announcing the death of Charles Lee Ray at the beginning
of the movie is W-DOL.