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Old 12-28-2011, 12:05 PM
Child's Play Series - very good to complete *expletive*

Child's Play '88

Child's Play is done very well, considering it's about a serial killer who uses voodoo magic to transfer his soul into a doll. The acting is above average for a horror movie and the momentum builds nicely. The viewer is forced to wait quite awhile before they actually see Chucky kill anyone. If anyone has seen VH1's "I Love the 80s" then you've probably seen Dee Snider mock the movie: "It's a doll! Step on it! It's over!". If Chucky tried to go on a killing rampage, this would work. But he doesn't. He uses stealth and cunning to make up for the failings of his diminutive body. He reveals his true self only to young Andy, the boy who gets him as a birthday present. He kills all his hapless victims without much trouble.

Perhaps the biggest problem with Child's Play is that it was billed as an evil doll movie. Chucky was on all the posters and commercials, knife in hand. It could have worked better as a suspense thriller, where you suspect that little Andy Barclay is the murderer until Chucky comes alive somewhere during the 45th minute - the fireplace scene with Catherine Hicks.

Child's Play is still a great movie because it paints an accurate picture of the 80s: the frustration of single parenthood [scary thing is during this year I was living in an apartment with my mother too], the dark dangerous inner cities, and trying to get your kid that overpriced toy that they just *have* to have. Child's Play also came at a time when dolls were really popular: Teddy Ruxpin [Had this one], Cabbage Patch Kids, My Buddy [Had it! Never used it], and Kid Sister were all hot items. Little kids loved these things, but there's something... Those glassy eyes and perma-smiles seem insincere.

Overall, Child's Play is a movie that probably succeeded because it was in the right place at the right time

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Child's Play 2 '90

I saw this in 1990 after seeing the original in 1989! I did not like this movie the night I saw it at all. I had to be about 9 years old. I can see why it underperformed compared to the '88 original. Also, why did MGM even sell this series to Universal when the first movie was a hit. I would have liked to see the MGM sequel as hopes that it would be better

2 out of 5

Child's Play 3 '91

Worse than Part 2! Andy is now into pornography and a military school student. An African American takes over the kid role and is just no good at all.

1 out of 5

Bride of Chucky '98

A step ahead of parts 2 and 3 - though I thought so at the time. I was never able to get into this movie again after 1998 but I did like it the first time I saw it. So, I'll be fair

3 out of 5 [2 out of 5 now]

Seed of Chucky '04

This made my worst of 2004 list!

0 out of 4 - Bomb!
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:40 PM
I have not watched the films in a long time, but I was always a fan of them. After the first two of a movie about a killer doll chances are the horror will be gone, and then the minds behind them need to do something different.

1 was very good, as most will agree with. 2 had its moments, but was not as strong. Now 3 was a rushed film, it tells, but I had a lot of fun with it. You could tell the writer, who wrote all the films and directed Seed, was beginning to move the series into comedy. Bride was the first one of the series I saw in theaters, and it was a blast. It was funny and entertaining. Seed I also saw in theaters and was not at the same quality as Bride. I did like Seed, but I always felt the writer was not sure if he wanted it to be a comedy or a horror film, and the son/daughter element was lame.

This is a franchise that has its ups and downs. With a doll as the killer you have to suspend your belief. At times you need to leave your brain at the door, maybe for all the films, and just enjoy them for what they are.

There was rumors of a remake of the first one, but nothing seems to be known about it now.
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:01 PM
I LOVE the Child's Play series. Brad Dourif as Chucky is fucking phenomenal. They're just fun movies and I enjoy the hell outta all three of 'em. I'd rank them this way:

-Seed of Chucky
-Child's Play
-Bride of Chucky
-Child's Play 2
-Child's Play 3


If they DO in fact remake the original Child's Play, I am OK with it ONLY IF Brad Douriff is coming back to voice Chucky. If not, I won't bother watching it. Much like I didn't bother watching Jackie Earl Haley as Freddy in the remake of NOES or the newest Hellraiser without Doug Bradley. Fuck that!

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Old 12-28-2011, 08:12 PM
I really enjoy this series. Actually, the only film that I'm not crazy for is Seed of Chucky and even that is entertaining in its own way! I would rank them this way:

Child's Play,
Child's Play 2,
Bride of Chucky,
Child's Play 3,
Seed of Chucky

My list tends to vary, though! I'd give the remake a fair chance if Douriff reprised his role as Chucky. Otherwise, no thanks!
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Old 12-28-2011, 08:37 PM
Love the series. I grew up on Chucky moreso than any of the others and I believe the original was actually the first horror film I ever saw. And my preference for the series, it would be the same as MisoGenie.
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:15 PM
^^Child's Play was my first Horror film when I was younger as well. Before I even saw the film my parents told me about it and I couldn't sleep for weeks until we rented it, and that didn't much help my case!

I've been addicted to Horror ever since...
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Old 12-28-2011, 10:57 PM
I too remember hearing about "Chucky the Killer Doll" on the playground in early elementary school. I believe I may've saw bits and pieces of the first and/or second flick. Great stuff.
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:08 PM
I, too, love the series. You are awfully tough on the series, cooperbradley, but you have every right to feel the way you do.

The first movie gives the series a solid start. Very suspenseful. After that, the cat was out of the bag and anything to follow could not be taken seriously - especially by critics like Roger Ebert who liked the original! *** out of 4

Part 2 is considerably suspenseful as the first sequel reduced to a pure horror film. Very entertaining. ***

Part 3 is the middle broken finger in the whole hand. It was a rushed production that shows. It was apparently released 9 months after Part 2! However, it is fairly watchable and does have its moments. It must also be said, it was still trying to play it somewhat straight and nobody was buying it anymore. If only they had taken their time...but they didn't and it stopped the series dead in its tracks. **1/2

We were damn lucky to have "Bride of Chucky" at all. After Part 3, nobody took the series seriously. And neither were the filmmakers. They knew it couldn't be taken seriously anymore and gave it a perfectly dark comedic tone to make us care about Chucky and his former girlfriend-turned-doll Tiffany. It is wickedly entertaining and brought the series back to life. It evolved into a dark comedy, but it was necessary to move on after the ashes of Part 3. ***

At 14, I had a mature frame of mind for horror movies and was desperate to see this movie in the theater. It wasn't fair of my parents to forbid me from seeing it. I lied to the ticket holder about my parents letting me see it (I wrote a handwritten note). Seeing this movie by "breaking the law" was one of those rite-of-passage things in childhood. Sitting in that theater and awaiting the movie is a magical moment I will never forget and it was worth it.

"Seed of Chucky" is one hell of an ending to the series. It was another dark comedy, and it worked. It features the love-it-or-hate-it "movie-within-the-movie" gimmick. However, it doesn't pass the four previous movies as never happening. There just happens to be a "mini-movie" being made about the killer doll stories. I was dying for this movie to finally be made. It was held back by a studio head who was ashamed of the previous sequel or the whole series.

This movie is perfectly entertaining and cannot be taken seriously. It is funny, it is gory and the family dynamics among the dolls is priceless. On top of that, it pokes fun at Jennifer Tilly's image and she has so much fun with it. This film is very far removed from the original movie, but it takes the series full circle. At the end, Chucky finally realizes that he is happier as a living doll than a human being with growing old problems. the closure at end - minus that stupid final scare - completes the series. ***

It has now been 7-going-on-8 years. There is not going to be another sequel. It's over. Chucky went full circle. They can leave it alone or re-launch it with a new voice-actor to play Chucky.

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Old 12-29-2011, 11:46 PM
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They can leave it alone or re-launch it with a new voice-actor to play Chucky.
If a new actor voices Chucky, then they might as well call it something else. Just as Robert Englund IS Freddy Krueger (which is why I've never seen the NOES remake and never will) - Brad Douriff IS Chucky. End of story. Some shit, I don't mind if it gets remade if it's done right. (Amityville Horror, Hills Have Eyes, Last House on the Left, etc.) - But other movies have absolutely NO RIGHT to be remade or have a sequel (Looking at YOU Hellraiser 9), if the primary lead actor in the series is not going to be in it.
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:23 PM
I used to be that guy who couldn't grasp the concept of somebody like Rob Zombie (the complete anti-John Carpenter who cannot write) re-launching the "Halloween" series. I accepted it, opened my mind to both films, and felt they were average on initial viewing (and haven't seen them since). When it came time for the NOES remake, it didn't matter to me if Robert Englund was in it or not, because his time had passed (and it was a great run). I don't like change either, but even the big franchises aren't safe from it. That was a tough lesson for me to learn.

If they re-launch "Hellraiser," I will be surprised if it is Doug Bradley behind the make-up. And I will be surprised if Brad Dourif is playing Chucky in a "Child's Play" remake. But I don't see it and can accept completely fresh directions in those franchises. They're getting older and probably want to move on. Bela Lugosi used to be Dracula, and then it was Christopher Lee and other actors down the line. This is the kind of thing that doesn't change.

The Chucky saga went full circle and ran its course. At least Brad Dourif ended his run as Chucky on an IMO good note.

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Old 12-30-2011, 09:09 PM
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And I will be surprised if Brad Dourif is playing Chucky in a "Child's Play" remake. But I don't see it and can accept completely fresh directions in those franchises.

Why? Brad Douriff sounds exactly the same - it's voice acting. It's a bit different. No fucking body else is going to have the same pizzazz/attitude/crassness that Douriff gave to the Chucky character. It would be bullshit, and I wouldn't waste my money on it, to be honest.

With other icons like Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees - They're masked characters who don't speak and essentially have no personality. They can be played by anyone, and I'll still check out the remakes. I actually really enjoyed both Zombie's Halloween films, and the 2009 version of Friday the 13th as well.
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:04 PM
It's the principle of the matter. All these actors, stuntmen, and voice actors as well, most likely want to move on at some point. In the case of Chucky, Brad Dourif absolutely could continue his easy gig - unless the remake potentially calls for Charles Lee Ray to appear in human form in the beginning. What are they going to do, cast some young guy and dub all his lines with Dourif? That is a little unrealistic.

Nobody else having the same pizzazz/attitute/crassness as Chucky? Admittedly, Brad Dourif is no dime-a-dozen actor. This is true. But I don't quite see the impossible task in finding another actor that can bring that edginess to Chucky.

If Brad Dourif was up to the task, and the remake was its own unique re-telling, I'd check it out. I've seen all these remakes and relaunches, and given them a fair shot. They are all well-made, but simply not the same. So far, I have found them to lack the hearts of the originals.
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:34 AM
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I've seen all these remakes and relaunches, and given them a fair shot. They are all well-made, but simply not the same. So far, I have found them to lack the hearts of the originals.
I agree with you on this, for the most part. There have been some remakes that I've enjoyed far moreso than the originals. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror and The Hills Have Eyes to name a few.
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