Little Andy really, really wants a Good Guys doll for his birthday. His single mom can't afford the doll, so she buys one from a street person in a back alley. Deep discount. And why? Because the street person found the doll in the burnt out toystore where the Lakeshore Strangler Charles Lee Ray was shot to death. Charles had experimented with voodoo and had been able to transfer his spirit into the doll before the store blew up. Now Charles (aka Chucky) has the perfect cover as he goes about seeking revenge on a former partner and the cop who shot him.
Danged video store! I have a pile of 4 quality horror dvds I'm dying to watch and none of them will work (the DVD player is fine, save your comments). Child's Play was available on demand, and I'd never seen it before, ergo this review. I didn't find the movie especially scary nor especially well acted despite the cast (Brad Dourif is awesome in his short on-screen appearance, the kid is mostly terrible, Chris Sarandon and Catherine Hicks are so-so). The animated Chucky effects were good, but since I didn't care too much about the characters the menace factor was low. If they'd gone with a decent child actor instead of a cute kid who couldn't act, this mighta been a much better movie.