'Child's Play' [Blu-ray + Digital]
(Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill, Gabriel Bateman, et al / Blu-ray + Digital / R / 2019 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: Get ready for childhood dreams of talking toys to go completely sideways when Chucky, the sinister killer doll, comes home in
'Childˇ¦s Play' - a reimagining of the 1988 horror classic sure to elicit screams from a whole new generation of fans this fall.
A mother gives her 13-year-old son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature, he also kills people who disobeyed Andy.
Blu-ray Verdict: Being a life long Chucky fanatic, I went into this movie ready to pull it apart at the seams should it have been a badly made movie ... but it wasn't. Not even close. In fact, quite the opposite!
Of course, we are always going to find ourselves making comparisons between the classic slasher killer doll 1988 movie and this glossy new 2019 new-look Chucky.
But once you adapt to his new appearance you might find yourself pleasantly surprised with how loveable the all new, and yet ultimately malfunctioning killer A.I. "Buddi doll" actually is.
This time round, Chucky is not possessed by a serial killer named Charles Lee Ray, but instead has been tampered with by a disgruntled factory worker, who switches off all Chucky's safety features, before throwing himself out of the window to his death!
From here Chucky begins to learn bad habits from us humans and aims to please his new best friend, Andy at any cost. Starting with the family pet cat!
Without delving into the story too much and running the spoiler alert risk, what I will say is this movie is smart, clever and really engrossing from start to finish. Which will please most horror fans with gory deaths popping up in a timely fashion, trust me!
As for personal gripes, well, sure, playing journalistic devil's advocate here, the first would be the length of the film for it does feel a tad shorter than I would have liked. In fact, I feel another 30 to 45 minutes could have given the story more depth and allow for a better understanding into the characters and their personalities and drive.
The second is actually Chucky's new look. If, like me you LOVE the whole 'Child's Play' horror franchise, you might initially struggle with this new look Chucky.
Sure he's kind of spooky looking to begin with, yet cute at the same and although it isn't a huge mountain to overcome, some might feel displeased with his appearance in comparison to the original Chucky we already know and love.
In closing, would I recommend this movie to my horror friends (and family), of course, yes, without a shadow of a doubt. For, like me, I'm sure they will all be pleasantly surprised by how witty and enjoyable this new Chucky film is.
Crap, as aforementioned, you might just find yourself feeling a touch sorry for Chucky in certain parts of the movie too, despite him being a notorious killer!
So, what we have is a fresh take on an old story. Some new ideas are introduced to make this film interesting enough to stand on its own though, which is something else I loved.
There are not a ton of kills, but it has enough kills to quench our gore thirst and I felt satisfied by the end of the movie! I'm sure you will too! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio Commentary by Director Lars Klevberg
The Making of Child's Play
Bringing Child's Play's Chucky to Life
Lee Hardcastle Claymations:
Official 'Child's Play' (2019) Trailer