Episode 183: Child’s Play

Childs-play-movie-poster1Take a My Buddy doll, a serial killer and penchant for bad words and what do you get?  Child’s Play.  Join Ron and Little Miss Horror Nerd as they visit the late 80s start of the killer doll franchise talking about the origins of Chucky, where Chucky’s place is in the pantheon of horror icons and argue about whether Chucky is proof that horror fans will embrace anything.

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8 Responses to Episode 183: Child’s Play

  1. Jonathan says:

    Man, seems like Ron had a bad week or something up his ass. I belive based on past comments Ron and I are the same age (I was born in 76) and I genuinely like this film. It creeped me out as a kid (actually saw this in the theater when I was 9). Is it the greatest horror film of all time? No, but to compare it to the likes of Leprechaun, Wishmaster, or whatever you would like to fill in as the lower depths of horror films is ridiculous.

    Also, this did not come out at the height of slasherdom – this was at least two years past the heyday and about two years prior to the death blow Halloween V, Friday the 13th VIII, and Nightmare V delivered to the sub-genre for the next 7 years.

    And for the killer doll sub-genre (which there are plenty) this is the ‘Citizen Kane.’:

    Demonic Toys 1 and 2
    Puppet Master Series
    Dolly Dearest
    The Boy
    House of Evil
    (Just to name a few)

    To call people idiots for liking this film seems a little harsh, but whatever. To each their own.

  2. NortheGreat says:

    I don’t recall calling anyone an idiot for liking the film, but mayhap I did. I’ve just never been a fan of Chucky, nor seen the appeal of him, not even when this first came out. I do think that (as stated on the podcast) that horror fans eagerly gobble up anything than can be easily merchandised. In my opinion, the Childs Play films are on par with those lower level horror franchises (at least the first three, haven’t seen the back half of the franchise yet), but that’s just my opinion.

    And I probably had something up my ass.

    • Jonathan says:

      All in jest and I might have exaggerated a little on the idiot part. My math was off as well since this was 88 (I had 86 stuck in my head).

      Love the podcast and I usually agree with you so found it a little odd you came so down harshly on this one.

      Personally, I’m not a fan of any of the sequels but can’t wait to hear both of your thoughts on them.

  3. Erik says:

    I have to agree with u Johnathanan an with Jessica too, Ron is a little harsh on this movie I remember when this movie came out an was in 8th grade me an my friends were a lil creeped out from this killer doll movie, yeah the movie is for adults but for us being kids at the time watching this it was freaky as hell back in 88, and think we were prolly only 5ft tall at the most back then with a 3ft doll coming at u, Fuck id shit my pant today if I see that dont say u wouldn’t Ron haha… But I digress still not a great movie by any means but it is a start of a weird but somewhat good time franchise, an at least the movies get better rather than worse like say Hellraiser cause after Part 4 on that its almost unwatchable at times, no joke if u haven’t seen them almost dont.

  4. Chantel - Channy Dreadful says:

    I have to say – I enjoy the Child’s Play, Child’s Play 2 and the Bride of Chucky but I haven’t watched the others to know how they are. I also enjoyed all of the Saw movies – obviously some more then others but I liked the over arching story.

  5. How dare you not choose Hellraiser! 😛 Dammit mommy…I never got to have any child’s play, my fish people parents made me lurk around the swamp all day and night, I hope you’re happy.

  6. Jessica got so angry with Ron in this one! So Jessica, you’re anti-semantics? I’ll have you know I’m Jewish…

    3.5 Ron?! Suck my plastic nub. You got THIS CHICKEN all RILED up with this episode Ron >:(

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