Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 128: Child’s Play (1988) – Franchise Review Part 1 of 4

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Hi! Welcome to HORROR MOVIE PODCAST – WANNA PLAY?! It’s the Halloween season again and the good guys at HMP are bringing you another epic franchise review! This time we are bringing you the long-awaited four-part CHILD’S PLAY FRANCHISE REVIEW. Just as we’ve done with the Halloween films back in October 2014, the Friday the 13th films back in February of 2015, and the Scream films and the Nightmare on Elm Street films back in the Fall of 2015, we’re giving you in-depth analysis of the entire Chucky franchise, all seven films, including the new release Cult of Chucky (2017). First up, we wrestle with Tom Holland’s original Child’s Play (1988).

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SHOW NOTES:

I. Introduction
— Welcome back from Alaska, Wolfman
— JOTD’s 10 Most Essential American Horror Movies That Best Represent the Genre


[ 00:09:45 ] II. Feature Review: CHILD’S PLAY (1988)
Jay of the Dead = 8/10 ( Buy it! )
Wolfman Josh = 7/10 ( Buy it! )
Dr. Shock = 9/10 ( Buy it! )

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[ 01:02:47 ] III. Campfire Tales: Josh’s Harrowing Alaskan Adventure

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[ 01:48:19 ] IV. Mini Review: IT (2017)
Wolfman Josh = 9/10 ( See it in the Theater / Buy it! )

[ 02:02:19 ] V. Mini Review: ALIEN COVENANT (Airline Version – 2017)
Wolfman Josh = 7.5/10 ( See it on an Airplane )

[ 02:09:21 ] V. Mini Review: SHIN GODZILLA (Airline Version – 2016)
Wolfman Josh = 8/10 ( Must See for Fans / Rent it )


VI. Wrap-Up / Plugs / Ending


JOIN US NEXT FRIDAY ON HMP: In Episode 129 we will continue our Child’s Play Franchise Review with discussions of Child’s Play 2 (1990) and Child’s Play 3 (1991). We’ll also bring you Feature Reviews of The Bad Batch (2017) and Gerald’s Game (2017).


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44 thoughts on “Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 128: Child’s Play (1988) – Franchise Review Part 1 of 4

  1. Loved the Childs Play Franchise when I was younger as some of the funny immature jokes rang true with me. As they continued to make more and more movies I stopped paying attention or watching them when they came out. However with this Franchise review I definitely will be checking out the new movie this month and maybe revisiting the first film.

  2. I have to say that of all the horror movie franchises, Child’s Play is one that I get least excited about ( along with the Leprechaun and Phantasm movies). I remember seeing the first one as a 14 year old in the theater, and not being overly impressed with it back then. I saw the first three of them then stopped watching to be honest. Perhaps I should go back and re-watch the first one and appreciate it for the effects, humour and originality. There was always that sneer on his face that looked goofy to me. I know the thought of dolls creep some people out but I was never one of them. I am still on the fence if I want to see the new film. Now, if Jennifer Tilly reappears in the new film perhaps I will have a reason to watch, lol.

    • You just gave me a great idea. I wonder if we could get a Jennifer Tilly interview for the podcast. And here I was trying to get a Don Mancini interview. How foolish of me! No, actually I’d love to talk with Mancini. He’s the true father of this franchise. I think I may have a round-about Tilly connection, however.

  3. Jesus. Josh’s Alaskan tale is terrifying. Based off of Jay and Dr. Shock’s vague comments about his trip on the last episode, I thought they were mostly just joking and there wasn’t any active fear for Josh being there.

  4. The Child’s Play series (Or more precisely, Child’s Play 2) is responsible for one of my longest lasting real life fears. Without giving away what happens in the movie, I’m always apprehensive when I’m walking down a staircase where the steps do not have the backing and you can see under the steps while you’re on the stairs.

  5. “He-man fingered me”

    Josh, your adventures were fascinating and provided food for thought (no pun intended). Glad you are home safely, Wolfman.

    I got the chance to see IT last week, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The CGI drove me crazy and almost ruined it for me. I sat in there wondering why it’s been getting off so lightly. I got over it though. Really liked the cast and setting.

    Love that you guys are covering the Child’s Play franchise. My summer doesn’t feel as wasted now. I was super impressed by the original! Thoughts from my Lettrboxd –

    An unappreciated gem. It’s no surprise a successful franchise was built from little Chuck. Although, the abysmal ‘Seeds of Chucky’ has perhaps skewed the charm of the original.

    The pacing is great. The tension is built beautifully; Chucky doesn’t reveal himself until the 45-minute mark. The performances are committed with Brad Dourif providing menacing voice work and the effects, for the most part, are still impressive nearly 30 years on!

    Definitely worth a revisit.

    • Although I agree with you, I personally thought the CGI was only terrible with the leper (which they claim was 99% practical). In fact, they claim most of the movie is practical. Here’s a quote from a recent interview with the director:

      Some people have criticized It’s use of CGI. When it comes to horror, how do you strike the right balance between CGI and practical effects?

      There’s not a lot of CGI at all. I think people think things are CGI when they’re not. Most of [Pennywise] is Bill and his face. I showed Bill my sketch, where this clown has his eyes pointing in different directions. And I told him, “Look, we’re going to do this in VFX.” And he said, “No, no, no. I can do it.” He did it, and it was incredible.

      The rest… it’s a shape-shifting monster, and I wanted to bring that to the screen, when he’s basically trying to throw everything he has at them. In the eternal discussion of practical versus CG… CG has a bad name, but I believe that it’s all about design and execution. CG doesn’t have to be bad just because it’s CG. People are so familiar now with visual effects, and they’re the greatest they’ve ever been. The quality of the effects, in general, are better than ever before. But still, people are… I don’t know, aware of CG, and they want to not like it, for some reason. But again: It depends on how sophisticated the design is. And how much money you have to execute those scenes. [laughs] I think it’s a good balance in our movie. < <

      I think they problem is that, whether it is CGI or not, it has that slick CGI look that just doesn’t look great in horror, generally. I think that polished look is even more distracting in a horror movie than in other genres. And I think it’s a mistake to use CGI if you can get away with practicals in any way. As horror fans, I think we need to stay vocal about it and let the filmmakers (and studios) know how we feel. Having said that, the shiny, polished look may be the reason the film is doing so well with mainstream audiences … who knows. We probably shouldn’t be surprised about Muschietti’s use of CGI because of how he got his start with Mamma.

      • Very interesting read. The sewer scene attack was the big problem I had, seems like that’s what he’s referring to with the eyes. I still have my doubts. Agreed, whether it’s CG or not, that slick, artificial look just doesn’t work in horror. Besides, aren’t the legendary horror directors in agreement – it’s what you don’t see and when your mind has to fill in the blanks that the real dread occurs. Whether that works for today’s mainstream audience is the question.

        I recently watched the making of Child’s Play and was in awe with the effort and cleverness to bring that film to life. That’s not to discredit the work that went into IT. Just seems as though you can take the shine off something by polishing it too much.

        Side note: I noticed in my original post I mentioned my summer being wasted due to binge watching the entire Chucky franchise. I actually enjoyed the original trilogy. The latter three however… Really bad. These episodes will make it worth while.

    • I hope you Child’s Play Franchise fans will all write in about your thoughts on these films as we go (as Juan did) so that we can read your opinions on the show. I think other Chucky fans will appreciate it and we certainly will.

  6. The timing of this new episode coming up was pretty fun. I was in the middle of typing up my review for Day #03 of 31 Days of Halloween when I noticed the e-mail for the notification of a new ep. My Day #03 movie? Child’s Play 2. ha

  7. I may be in an unique position where I love Chucky, but I’m not much of a fan of the original Child’s Play. I’ve found an old review I had written for 31 Days of Halloween back in 2013 with my thoughts at the time:

    —SOME SPOILERS FOR CHILD’S PLAY—

    Famed Chicago serial killer, Charles Lee Ray, is on the run from homicide detective, Mike Norris. With a fatal gun shot wound, Ray uses his final moments of his life to enter a toy store to try and continue his life by sending his soul into a popular doll – the Good Guy Doll. As Ray dies, the question remains, was he successful? Meanwhile, it’s young Andy Barclay’s birthday and all he wants is a Good Guy Doll. Due to the popularity of the item, Andy’s mother (7th Heaven’s Catherine Hicks) is initially unable to find the doll. Through a chance encounter, she meets up with a peddler in an alley behind her workplace. As it turns out, this homeless looking guy has the only Good Guy doll left in Chicago. Suddenly, Andy’s birthday ends up being perfect once his mom buys the potentially stolen Good Guy doll. However, soon after Andy meets his Good Guy doll, Chucky, weird things begin to happen. TV turns on without anyone being around, Andy’s mom’s best friend is tragically killed, and Andy sneaks off to visit the nasty underbelly of the city. Andy claims everything is being done by Chucky. Could it be that Ray was successful and Chucky contains the soul of Charles Lee Ray?

    Ah, Child’s Play. The series that made an entire generation terrified of dolls. However, this is not your typical Chucky film. Child’s Play 1 started off in being very different from its sequels. The most glaring difference is the fact that throughout the entire first half, the viewers do not know if Chucky is really in control or if Andy is merely using the doll to act out on some bottled up hostilities. Right away, I’m just going to come out and admit that I don’t like this sub-plot of the movie. Ignoring the fact that I’ve seen this movie several times (And its sequels even more), I don’t buy little Andy as being a disturbed child. Nowhere in the movie do they even hint at something going on in Andy’s head. Oh sure, the kid is terrible at making breakfast in bed, but other than that, he’s your average adorable little child. In contrast, Pinocchio’s Revenge did things right with their child by having little Zoe have nightmares, having some mysterious resentment for her father, enrolled in counseling, and being bullied at school. The viewer could believe that Zoe was just messed up enough to be the real killer. Andy Barclay? Fat chance.

    Besides the mystery of the first half, Child’s Play 1 also feels more like a thriller than a typical horror that the series would become starting with Child’s Play 2. The trademark of any horror film is a body count. There was what…3 deaths in this movie (Excluding Chucky)? The first one happened without knowing if it was Chucky or Andy who did it. Instead of killing more people, Chucky just keeps going back to fighting a made for cable couple, Andy’s mother and the cop who originally killed Chucky on the night that he voodoo’d his soul into a doll. I’m just not drawn to the story much because it doesn’t feel like a Chucky movie to me.

    On a more positive note, the viewer gets the very tip of the iceberg as far as Chucky’s comedy. There’s only a couple of lines, but they were amongst the highlights of the movie. It seemed like for each of the next two sequels, Chucky would get more and more comedy until he became a comedic character that just happened to kill. They also bring the grand plot of the entire series – Chucky trying to put his soul into the body of the person who he told his secret to first. Sadly, you have to wait for Child’s Play 2 for this attempt to get it’s own cute name of “Hide the Soul”. From day one though, Chucky cements his place in horror history by his ability to come up with creative ways to kill. While unique kills are hardly rare, most of those who do these creative kills have some sort of extraordinary powers. The whole reason why Freddy Krueger can have amazingly over the top kills is because it all happens in the teen’s nightmares. The Wishmaster’s Djinn is able to manipulate wishes because he is a genie. While Chucky may have a little magic involved by transporting his soul into the plastic body of a toy, he’s otherwise just a normal guy. Yet, Chucky used his noodle and managed to kill by causing a giant explosion and later crippling a poor guy by using a voodoo doll on him.

    The best thing you can say about this movie is that it made a doll (!!!) scary. There’s something inherently creepy about dolls in the first place. They’re human like, but they just don’t look perfect. Most of them have some smile that gives me the willies. As outlandish as it sounds, try putting yourself in Andy’s mom’s shoes. How would you go about trying to get help or warn people that your son’s toy is really a homicidal maniac? That, to me, is what’s scariest about this movie. If this really happened to you, you’re completely on your own. If you tell anyone what’s going on, they will just think you’ve lost your marbles. I know it’s ridiculous to imagine if this movie was real, but for me, the scariest movies are those were if I put myself in the shoes of the main characters and I’m at a loss for what I’d do. When it comes to the sequels (Especially once the series was revamped for Bride of Chucky), it’s more difficult to imagine if the movie was real because Chucky is such a caricature of himself and you’re now in a world where you just accept that a doll can contain the homicidal soul of Charles Lee Ray. So in that regard, you can make a case for the original Child’s Play being the scariest Chucky film, even though I’m more entertained by the sequels.

    If I could just sum up all of my thoughts in a nice little statement, it’s that Child’s Play 1 isn’t a bad movie, but I like my Chucky movies more like how they’re written in the sequels. Give me the over the top Chucky that always has a cute one liner and ends up having an even crazier family than anyone could have imagined way back in 1988.

    I didn’t give number ratings back then, but I did give it a C rating.

      • Since you’re likely not going to have much positive things to say about Child’s Play 3 for the next recording, here’s 2013 review, this time for Child’s Play 3 to possibly use bits for your recording:

        —SPOILERS FOR CHILD’S PLAY 3—

        It has been eight years since famed serial killer, Charles Lee Ray, was seemingly killed off for good after melted in a puddle of plastic goo. Naturally, Play Pals (The company behind the Good-Guy Doll) has decided that it’s time to get the Good-Guy doll back in stores. Cleaning up the old factory, they begin production, creating a whole new line of dolls. Unbeknownst to them, some of Chucky’s blood dripped into the liquefied plastic. Once that plastic is formed into a new doll, Chucky is brought back to life! Meanwhile, a sixteen year old Andy Barclay is enrolled at Kent Military School to try and curb his disciplinary problems. Once Chucky arrives, he realizes that his new body means he doesn’t need to be connected to Andy anymore. Instead, Chucky reveals his true identity to the young Ronald Tyler. With Chucky trying to play a little Hide the Soul with Tyler, it’s up to Andy to battle Chucky one last time in order to save the life of his young friend. For the rest of Kent, Chucky’s presence means everyone’s life is endanger.

        When it comes to the Child’s Play series, you can find a good variety of opinions. Some believe Bride and Seed of Chucky killed the series while others feel it freshened the series up. There’s some that naturally believes Child’s Play 1 is the best film, but there’s others that may vote for Child’s Play 2 or Bride of Chucky as being the best. If there’s one unifying opinion, it’s that Child’s Play 3 ended up being a massive disappointment. While I won’t try and claim that Child’s Play 3 is great, I will say it’s a little underrated. For me, Child’s Play 3 is your average sequel to a horror series. It may not be as good as the previous movies, but it’s still your favorite horror villain in a new adventure. I suppose you can say Child’s Play 3 is a guilty pleasure of mine.

        The big strength of Child’s Play 3 is good old Chucky. This is the Chucky everyone knows and loves. Practically every line out of his mouth is some sort of comedic one liner. Does that make him less scary? Perhaps, but it also makes him more entertaining. How am I supposed to hate a movie when you have Brad Dourif making me laugh in every scene he’s involved in? When it came to the first movie, Chucky was very goal oriented. All Chucky wanted was to get revenge on his former buddies and to complete his mission of putting his soul in young Andy’s body. Here, Chucky may have an ultimate goal (Putting his soul in the body of Tyler), but Chucky also enjoys just hanging out and causing a little mayhem. It’s enough to make you wonder if Chucky enjoys being a doll in order to freak people out more before killing them. He has finally learned that there’s some fun in being trapped in the tiny body of a plastic doll.

        While the movie does suffer a little when the story transitions over to Kent, the movie started off on a significantly high note. I loved the opening credits, showing Chucky being recreated. While some of it looked perfectly normal, with Chucky’s blood dripping into the giant…uh…pot(?) with the new melted plastic, it then ends up looking a bit unnatural. The effect resembles the reverse process of Chucky melting. Instead, he melts upwards, slowly taking shape. Honestly, it’s my favorite opening credits for the series. From there, I dug the little plot of the president of the Play Pals company slowly falls into the trap of Chucky. It takes twelve minutes, but after countless glimpses of Chucky’s legs or hands, we finally see the Chuckster back in the flesh. And what is Chucky’s first line of the movie? “Don’t fuck with the Chuck.” How can anyone hate the movie with such a quote?!

        The fun characters don’t end with Chucky though. While it’s merely a minor role, I was really digging the character of Sgt. Botnik, the school’s barber. The guy likes his job a little bit too much. His walls are covered by locks of hair and a Polaroid picture of its owner. Botnik spends lunch periods by going up and down the rows, looking for students that are in the need of haircuts. To put it bluntly, Botnik has a hair cutting fetish. I’m sure that when he’s alone, he’s doing some wildly gross things to the hair he clipped off while looking at pictures of bald students. He’s a total creeper and I love it. Part of the appeal of horror sequels is that people expect them to become cheesy. Botnik is that cheesy goodness that make these type of inferior sequels fun to watch.

        Then there’s the scene where Chucky replaces paintball for live ammo in the rifles of the red team for the annual game of capture the flag. It’s one of my favorite scenes in the entire series. It’s such an evil act and quite convenient. Here, Chucky could potentially kill a bunch of kids at one time without actually lifting a finger. Even better is when you put yourself in the shoes of the characters of the movie. Imagine you’re one of the students on the red team and one of your bullets had killed a classmate. That could fuck you up for years. For me, there has never been a moment in the series that showcases what a psychopath Charles Lee Ray truly is than this one.

        Despite the overwhelming feelings of love for this movie, even I have to concede to the fact that the character of Tyler is awful. The kid can’t act and I don’t believe this kid could be “Real”. I don’t know how old he’s supposed to be, but he looked around the age of ten. What ten year old would just simply accept Chucky as a toy that can fully communicate as if it’s real? The fact that he doesn’t question Chucky or think it’s remotely unusual is downright annoying. The pure stupidity of the character only made me care about Tyler to the extent that I was hoping Chucky would kill him. I can’t say Andy is much better. Taking over the reins of Andy was Justin Whalin (Most would know him from the Lois and Clark TV series, but I always think of the TV movie, Susie Q). Part of my issue with Andy is that he comes off as such a wuss. Honestly, he seemed to be braver as a kid. It doesn’t help matters that he’s completely emasculated by the super masculine De Silva.

        Maybe Child’s Play 3 is the worst Child’s Play. Maybe it’s even a “Bad” movie. However, it’s a movie I actually enjoy and have seen even more than the original. If you just accept the fact that it’s just a way to get Chucky on the big screen again and then maybe it’s not such a bad way to kill ninety minutes. Besides, you need to interrupt marathons of Child’s Play 2 with something.
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        Basically, Child’s Play 3 is one of my biggest guilty pleasures.

  8. Speaking of the Leperchaun series, I was drunk in a Walmart last weekend and bought a 7 movie Leperchaun collection. Maybe not my best idea because now I have to marathon them all to justify the purchase but I’d love to hear HMP’s take on them! (Mostly so I can hear somebody else talk about them but could be a fun show).

    Also don’t care if I lose votes on this but Lake Placid has 6 films now and would be good fun plus The Howling has about 8 or so now as well. Werewolves and gators, let’s make these franchise reviews happen!

    • “I was drunk in a Wal-Mart…” is one of the best openings to a comment here at HMP in a long while.

      I actually liked Jay’s idea of reviewing Leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day, but that’s when I thought there were only 1-2 films. 7? That sounds like a bit of a chore. You might have to get us drunk in a Wal-Mart to get that franchise review. Haha. But if Jay is still up for it, I actually have an idea that might be fun:

      The HMP hosts review the first film together, then bring in guests to each do a mini review of the remaining 6 films. Slashley is already on board to be one of those guests, right?

      That sounds like a fun St. Patrick’s Day horror show to me.

      • To be fair, the 7th Leprechaun movie isn’t a sequel and even though it’s credited as being a remake, it is more of entirely different type of horror movie that happens to be about a leprechaun. It didn’t receive much praise when it first came out a few years ago, but I enjoyed pure horror Leprechaun over the horror comedies of the actual Leprechaun series, even though Warrick Davis was fun.

      • Oh you are missing out, Leperchaun went to Space and “The Hood!” Drunk Walmart style HMP meet up, next year? That’d be a riot. I am down to be a guest for that review. As much as I enjoy making fun of the franchise, there are a couple decent entries in the series. That being said, I’m also a fan of any horror icon going to space (Jason X is my second place in the Friday the 13th series).

      • only if the drink of choice is Irish whiskey, Paddy’s if possible…can’t stand Guinness…lol…maybe I will watch Grabbers while I am at it…

    • The only good things to ever come from drunk in Walmart in college for me were the films Roman-made by Lucky McKee starring Kristen Bell. And Skeleton Man-so bad it’s good starring Casper Can Diem!

  9. I loved the first 2 Child’s Play movies growing up with a burgeoning love of horror. The 3rd one struck me as a bit ridiculous and something was off about the tone. I haven’t watched it in a long time. I hadn’t seen Bride of Chucky or Seed of Chucky until recently. Found Bride entertaining, and Seed to be offensively bad – all sense of horror was completely sucked out of that movie.

    When I watched Curse of Chucky, I was expecting a groan-worthy one-liner-laden cheesefest, but was pleasantly surprised to see that it had a pretty dark tone to it, more reminiscent of the original than any of the other sequels. It had some humor, but didn’t seem silly in the way that even Child’s Play 2 was. I was also intrigued to see it pit a wheelchair user against Chucky.

    Nica seems like a twist on the final girl trope – she is explicitly considered vulnerable and helpless (as her sister wants to send her to an institution), even though she ends up being the one with the most pluck and meddle. It’s probably actually my 2nd favorite in the franchise (after the 1st), and would make an intriguing mention on your disability in horror episode, if/when you end up doing that someday.

    • Seed is a very over the top movie. It seemed after the success of Bride in bringing new life back to the series, they decided to take what they added in Bride and made a movie with nothing but that over the top wackiness. It was too much. However, from the previous times I’ve watched the movie, I enjoyed it for what it was – pure stupid fun. I’m planning on re-watching the movie at some point in October to see if it still holds up for me though.

  10. Child’s Play is a franchise I’ve honestly never had that much interest in. But I’m halfway through the episode and listening to this discussion has made me want to sit down and give these films another chance, or at least the first one anyway. Might have to add it to my October movie line up.

    • The movies are much more watchble than I’d anticipated. They’re still not my kind of movie, though. I’m glad I’m giving them a fair shake and getting to see them all, but I’d be surprised if ever watched them again after this.

  11. So I generally listen to podcasts on my bicycle commute into work. I get on my bike, start (or continue) the show I’m listening to, get to work and shut it off to continue on my ride home.

    I just shut it off.

    I got to work, locked my bike, and just stood in the parking lot for 10 minutes because I *had* to listen to how Josh’s bear story ended. W-O-W! Josh, my dude – what an incredible story.

    Also Jay (?) killer job with the sound effects during that story.

  12. I haven’t given you permission to die, wolfman. I am offended at.the thought. I demand an apology.

    Enjoyed this episode. It’s been forever since I’ve sat down with the first Child’s Play, but it was HUGE in my early teens. A kid I babysat lived this film far too much than I was ever comfortable with. He wanted to watch it all the time. He was 7 and his parents were insistently cool with it.

  13. I was excited to see which franchise we would get this year, I thought it might be Hellraiser, but Chucky is a great pick as well. I’ve been listening for about a year and have never commented before. I made an account just so I could tell you guys how much I appreciate the work you put into this podcast. Joshs tale of terror was amazing to hear, he’s a great passionate narrator.
    Thanks for everything you guys, I always dread the beginning of fall, but since I found you I’m starting to look forward to it!

    • Thanks for the comment and kind words, Patrick. Glad you’re enjoying the Chucky coverage. Hellraiser definitely has to happen at some point, too, but I think this franchise has really surprised us and that’s always fun. Thanks for getting in touch. Hope to see more of you around here in the future.

  14. I just found your wonderful podcast last month and am loving it. I work a 10hr shift alone and enjoy the long running times and in-depth conversations. So thanks. Like everyone else, wolfman that is a crazy tense story, glad your ok. So this first movie for me is the best of the series but i have not seen the newest one. Chucky is not my fav character but the first girl i ever dated loved this series, which at the time was just 2 films, so i always remember seeing the second one in theatre. Not my first date but it was my first time getting to first… Lol. So chucky thanks for helping me get close to a girl before i even had confidence or moves!

  15. I am so excited to see this franchise being reviewed. I hear so many people dog this one all the time. I have enjoyed it as it has been pretty consistent when it comes to time lines and consistency. I think that the dolls are so freaking creepy and as someone that remembers My Buddy dolls, the creep factor is moreso. I do acknowledge there was a cheese factor a few movies in but truthfully Curse and Cult brought back the creep factor to me. Thanks guys for doing such a great job. I have to get back to my reviews. Josh thank goodness you are back safely. What an adventure.

  16. It’s not often I have a story to tell related to these old movies (I say “old” because I’m 20 and anything prior to 2001 might as well be in a museum) but boy do i have a story to tell about what these movies did to me — specifically Seed of Chucky. I’ll write in about it a little later in the month.

  17. And Jay, as for other films with that show a child on fire: aussie horror Eden Lake. It’s easy to forget with everything else that happene in that movie, but it’s in there

  18. Ive been listening to you guys for about 2 years now and have only recently started posting regularly. Love you guys and this podcast! Y’all help me find so many good films to watch and show my friends. And you make my strange enjoyment of horror films not feel so….well….strange. Definitely feels like a community around here. Wish I could make it to Utah this week but I have a big fancy professional board exam to take. Love Giallo, Lovecraft, Carpenter, and fantasy horror (a la Del Toro). Also love a good tongue in cheek slasher. Favorite horror films are The Thing and Alien. Thanks for the podcast and all the work you do for us!

    As far as this October series. Crazy thing happened. I realized watching Child’s Play 1 that I had never seen it before and thought Child’s Play 3 was Child’s Play 1 and could never figure out why it was so popular! Hahaha! Looking forward to hearing what you guys think about 2 and the new Cult movie because I love them. Also, now that I’ve seen Child’s Play 1 I get why it became a franchise. Great 80s horror film and a lot of fun.

    • Great hearing from you, Weldon. Thanks for listening and commenting.

      That’s hilarious that you mistook Child’s Play 3 for the original. I guess I like 3 more than most, but I’d agree that it does seem hard to believe that the movie would launch a franchise.

      That’s interesting that you like fantasy horror. I’ve only recently kind of looked at that as a legit subgenre and I think it would be interesting to do an episode focused on those types of films.

      Can’t go wrong with The Thing! Thanks again for getting in touch. It is a great community (though a little slow right now). Hope the community picks up again after this franchise coverage is over. Haha

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