Thursday, September 12, 2013
Chucky Retrospective - CHILD'S PLAY
Director: Tom Holland
Starring: Catherine Hicks, Chris "there's an ATM in the lobby" Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif
Hi, I'm Chucky, and I'm your friend till the end. Hidey-ho!
In less than two weeks, we're getting the 6th Chucky film! Why not do a retrospective really quick here? I didn't think you'd mind. Chucky was one of the last entries into those iconic movie monsters from the 80s. That same year we would also be introduced to Pumpkinhead (we'll go that route if you want to, i don't mind). Chucky was incredibly memorable. But was anyone ever frightened of him? How did he get so many movies and we never got a My Bloody Valentine 2? In my elseworld that has a 3rd Timothy Dalton James Bond, it also has My Bloody Valentine 2: Rose Is Dead, Violet Is Too. Maybe we'll know the answer by the end of this.
Psycho II as well. We also get Chris Sarandon right out of The Princess Bride and Catherine Hicks just a couple years off of Star Trek IV. Finish that off with one of the greatest character actors of all time Brad Dourif voicing your villain. So, what I'm trying to convey, this late in the slasher game, this was a competent production. If you weren't Jason or Freddy at this point (Michael RETURNED in 1988), you were likely really cheap and didn't have the best hands behind everything.
Option one, if you have that opening scene where Detective Norris hunts down and kills Charles Lee Ray and then show him practicing voodoo before he "dies", you're not fooling us into thinking anyone BUT the Chucky doll is doing these murders. If you cut that entirely and have it slowly come to a reveal through clues and some exposition later in the film, I might really believe that little Andy Barclay is doing this.
Do you like either of those options, or am I just blowing smoke out of my ass? These were some thoughts I had watching it is all. Please, I encourage you to tell me how dumb I am or give me your 2 cents on how to spin it.
Next Time: Barclay Vs Chucky ROUND 2