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Child’s Play - Chucky’s 20th Birthday Edition

by Clay Cane
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday Sep 24, 2008
Child’s Play - Chucky’s 20th Birthday Edition

The legendary doll Chucky goes down in history with iconic horror movie villains like Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and Freddy Krueger. The killer piece of plastic has garnered five films, but what started it all was 1988's "Child's Play." This month, MGM released Child's Play: Chucky's 20th Birthday Edition. Yep, Chucky is officially out of his teens.

"Child's Play" is the story of a doll who is possessed with the spirit of a serial killer. He proceeds to kill off many people, while befriending his six-year-old owner with the goal of possessing the boy's body.

It's no secret that most of these horror movies from the 1980s do not stand the time and "Child's Play" is no exception. The dialogue is hilarious, the special effects are cheesy, and the plots are banal. However, MGM must've known this so they packed the DVD with special features that nearly equal the running time of the film.

Chucky is still your "friend till the end."

First, there is the endless audio commentary: Catharine Hicks (the mother from the original), Alex Vincent (the six-year-old who owned the Chucky doll), David Kirschner (producer), and Don Mancini (original scriptwriter). There is additional audio commentary with Brad Dourif speaking in character as Chucky and more of Don Mancini.

There are also three features. "Evil Comes in Small Packages" gives in an interesting look at the making, production, and reaction to "Child's Play." In one section Mancini says the voice of Chucky was originally recorded with a woman's voice, which according to him, made Chucky sound "gay" throughout the film. Now that would've been a good bonus feature!

There is also "Chucky: Building a Nightmare" and "A Monster Convention." Plus, "Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child's Play Vintage Featured." None of the bonus features disappoint, all come with that classic camp meets horror feel.

Chucky is definitely for a moment and time in horror history, but this DVD allows viewers to enjoy the nostalgia.

? Audio Commentary with Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks and "Chucky" designer Kevin Yagher
? Audio Commentary with Producer David Kirschner and Screenwriter Don Mancini
? Select Scene Chucky Commentary
? "Evil Comes in Small Packages" Documentary (The Birth of Chucky, Creating the Horror, Unleashed)
? "Chucky: Building a Nightmare" Featurette
? "A Monster Convention" Featurette
? Vintage Featurette: "Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child’s Play"
? Theatrical Trailer
? Photo Gallery
? Trailer Farm

Clay Cane is a New York City-based writer and publishing his first novel Ball-Shaped World, a fictionalized account of the black/Latino ballroom subculture. Visit his pop culture/social commentary web site at http://www.claycane.net.


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