Child's Play is a 1988 American supernatural slasher film directed and co-written by Tom Holland, and produced by David Kirschner from a story by Don Mancini. It is the first film in the Child's Play series and the first installment to feature the character Chucky. It stars Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent and Dinah Manoff. Hicks plays a widowed mother who gives a doll to her son played by Vincent, unaware that the doll is possessed by the soul of a serial killer played by Dourif.
In 1988, Charles Lee Ray, a fugitive and serial killer, is chased through the streets of South Side, Chicago by homicide detective Mike Norris, who fires at him several times and lands a shot. Charles' accomplice, Eddie Caputo, escapes in a getaway vehicle without him. Charles breaks into a toy shop where Mike lands another shot on him. Charles, realizing that he is dying, performs a Haitian Vodou spell to transfer his soul into one of the Good Guy dolls, causing the store to be struck by lightning and explode. Mike survives the explosion and re-enters the shop, only to find Charles' dead body and the doll.
|author||Don Mancini John Lafia Tom Holland|
|editor||Edward Warschilka Roy E. Peterson|
|keywords||attack best friend burn claim dead body drive even gas explosion good guy homicide detective horrify kill lightning morning police search police station psychiatric hospital run scar spring toy shop toy store voodoo doll|
|productionCompany||AFI Catalog of Feature Films United Artists|
|publisher||MGM/UA Communications Co.|
|theme||independent serial killer slasher|