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Horror - Child's Play - Chucky's 20th Birthday Edition

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Child's Play - Chucky's 20th Birthday Edition
Chucky Doll, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon
Brad Dourif, Dinah Manoff
Directed by Tom Holland
Originally released MGM/UA 1988
MGM 2008
87 Minutes

Happy birthday, Chucky! It is hard to believe but the ultimate Garbage Pail kid is 20. Being made of plastic, Chucky, the star of Child’s Play and its many DVD sequels, does not show any wrinkles or other signs of aging. This classic horror movie has been re-released as Chucky's 20th Birthday Edition DVD with loads of special features, especially commentary tracks including the occasional one by Chucky itself.

Child’s Play is ye olde bad guy’s soul gets transferred into another container story; this into a Good Guy doll named Chucky. You have to admit, by the way, the bad guy’s death scene will leave many an opera diva green with envy. The doll finds a home with Andy and his single mom. Also involved is Maggie (Dinah Manoff) the mom’s best friend at work.

Chucky wants to get revenge on his (or Charles Lee Ray’s) former crime partner and to become human again. The first thing on the list is taken care of rather quickly which means he now needs to find somebody to transfer into. Meanwhile, Andy’s mom is out to save her son by solving the doll’s mystery.

As horror movies go, Child’s Play really works. You do not have to suspend disbelief too much and the movie has an excellent pace, wasting little time to set things up and get things going. Director Tom Holland knows how to crank up the tension just right.

One of the reasons Child’s Play still works is there are few special effects here so none of them look cheesy in retrospect. The violence here is often more suggested than on screen. You have to admit, Chucky is one resourceful little guy and the sfx showing him in action are still pretty convincing. Especially inventive is how Chucky’s hairline recedes to match Charles Lee Ray’s

Special Features on the Child’s Play Chucky’s 20th Birthday Edition DVD include: A commentary track with Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks (the mom) and Chucky’s designer; a commentary track with producer David Kirschner and Screenwriter Don Mancini; Scene specific Chucky commentary; a very good three section Evil Comes In Small Packages featurette; Chucky – Building a Nightmare featurette; a Monster Convention short, a photo gallery; and a vintage The Making of Chucky short.

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