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Child’s Play (1988)

Child’s Play opens in the middle of a police pursuit with Detective Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon) hot on the trail of Charles Lee Ray (Brad Douriff), a notorious serial killer known as the Lakeshore Strangler who has just been abandoned mid-robbery by his accomplice Eddie Caputo (Neil Giuntoli).

The chase ends in a local toy store where, after a brief gun fight, Ray is mortally wounded. But before he dies, he performs a voodoo ceremony to transfer his soul into that of a Good Guy talking doll.

Karen Barkley (Catherine Hicks) is a single mother who wants nothing more than to provide for her 6-year-old son Andy (Alex Vincent) and Andy wants nothing more than to get a Good Guy doll for his birthday.

When a peddler behind the store where Karen works offers to sell her a Good Guy doll for $30 over the normally excessive $100 retail charge, she takes advantage so she can give her son the gift she knows he so desperately wants.

All seems fine at first and in “Chucky”, Andy now has a “best friend to the end”. But then bad things start happening around Andy.


First, his babysitter – and Karen’s best friend – Maggie (Dinah Manoff) takes a horrific plunge out of the kitchen window. Then Andy ends up in one of the worst areas of downtown Chicago where an explosion in an old abandoned building takes out Ray’s former partner-in-crime Eddie Caputo.

The police and Karen are baffled and much like them, we’re left wondering, could a sweet soft spoken 6-year-old boy be responsible for two murders?

Unfortunately, the longer Ray spends inside the body of the doll, the more human he becomes and he risks being trapped as a doll for eternity unless he can transfer his soul into the first person he told his secret to, which in this case is Andy.

Karen Barclay
Catherine Hicks
Mike Norris
Chris Sarandon
Andy Barclay
Alex Vincent
Charles Lee Ray/voice of Chucky
Brad Dourif
Maggie Peterson
Dinah Manoff
Jack Santos
Tommy Swerdlow
Dr Ardmore
Jack Colvin
Eddie Caputo
Neil Giuntoli
Mr Criswell
Alan Wilder
John Bishop, “Dr Death”
Raymond Oliver
Tyler Hard
Ted Liss
Roslyn Alexander

Tom Holland