67: “Hi, I’m Chucky, Wanna Play?” – Child’s Play

Some movie characters become way bigger than the movies they’re in, and that definitely holds true for Chucky. The redheaded murder-loving doll is no doubt one of horror’s most recognizable villains, but how often do you hear people fondly talk about the films he stars in? (There are seven and counting!) Inspired by a fresh reboot releasing this month in theaters – the first Chucky film without creator Don Mancini – we take a look back at CHILD’S PLAY (1988) to see if Chucky’s introduction to the world is deserving of any modern day recognition from horror fans.

We follow that with a viewing of CHILD’S PLAY 2 (1990) and BRIDE OF CHUCKY (1998), two sequels that could not be more different from one another despite being made by the same person. We also reveal our favorite childhood playthings, discuss Chucky’s, um, problematic behavior towards women, and debate just how young is too young to enjoy schlock horror movies. Wanna play?

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