This film is a reboot of the original Child’s Play film which featured back in 1988, and while some elements differ, such as how Chucky the evil doll is created, the premise remains the same. A boy is given a doll that names itself Chucky and has desires to kill and murder.
The film is classed as a horror movie but if you’re expecting a scary movie you might find yourself somewhat dissatisfied. While the film does manage to have scenes that build some tension with jump scares, this remake is more focused on the gore aspect and the style that Chucky kills his victims in. The characters Chucky selects to kill are cliche- nothing new and incredibly predictable, and I found myself waiting for them to drop off one by one.
Actor Mark Hamill now takes the lead in voicing Chucky, and he was fantastic, making this doll even more creepy on screen. While I loved the voice of Chucky, I will admit that I wasn’t 100% sold on his new look when compared to the previous instalments. However, as this is a more modern remake, it allowed the writers to be far more creative compared to the 1988 version, especially about Chucky. In this particular film, Chucky is more advanced than ever. He can connect to multiple Wifi products such as alarm systems, cameras, robot vacuum cleaners and even take control and drive selected models of car vehicles.
Overall, this Child’s Play remake provides a different take on the horror icon Chucky and will gain satisfying praise from many movie lovers. With more of a focus on the gore vs scare aspect, Child’s Play feels more aimed at a generation of new teenagers and for those who wish to relive the original turned in a slightly new direction.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden