Horror fans celebrate anniversary of Child’s Play

Riley James, staff writer

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 In honor of the 29th anniversary last week, Child’s Play was released on November 9th, 1988. This film is about Charles Lee Ray, the Lakeshore strangler. His name is infamously named after three real-life serial killers, Charles Mansion, Lee Harvey Oswald and Earl Ray.

The movie opens with Detective Mike Norris (played by Chris Sarrandon) chasing after Charles lee Ray (Brad Dourif) down the streets of Chicago. Charles eventually gets gunned down and is killed by police. But right before his death, he repeated an ancient voodoo chant to transfer his soul into a nearby “Good Guy” doll.

Enter Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks) who is a mother trying to buy her son, Andy (Alex Vincent) a birthday present. She ends up buying the same doll that Charles Lee Ray transferred his soul into. While Andy’s mother is working late, and six year old Andy is being babysat, Chucky comes to life and murders his babysitter. Karen comes home to a police investigation in her apartment and the police think that Andy murdered Maggie, the babysitter.

Throughout the film, you’re wondering if Chucky the doll is the killer or if Andy is. Maybe, the whole doll scenario is just in his head. This is the movie that popularized the “Killer Doll Genre” and spawned six sequels. Chucky is one of the most famous horror movie slasher icons, up there with Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface.

Child’s Play is one of the most celebrated horror franchises and it has many die-hard fans. This movie is scary but also has some very funny moments, sometimes not on purpose.

This film feels like a time capsule of the 1980s and I highly recommend it. 10/10 stars.

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