Child’s Play is a hilarious hair-raiser that’s equal portions frolic and fear

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON DEC. 2, 1988 By Steve Newton Were you ever frightened by dolls or other inanimate objects as a kid? Maybe you woke up in the middle of the night, and thought you saw something grinning evilly at you through the darkness of your bedroom? If so, then Tom Holland's new movie Child's … Continue reading Child’s Play is a hilarious hair-raiser that’s equal portions frolic and fear

Horror review: Bride of Chucky

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 29, 1998 By Steve Newton While still a student at UCLA Film School, screenwriter Don Mancini wrote the original Child’s Play script as a reaction both to child-oriented advertising and to the Cabbage Patch Kids craze of the mid-’80s. His tale of a psycho killer’s soul transferred into … Continue reading Horror review: Bride of Chucky

Horror review: Child’s Play 2

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 15, 1990 By Steve Newton The original Child’s Play was one of the surprise horror hits of 1988, a low-budget sleeper that justifiably went on to gross more than $40 million. Though it took about 30 minutes to get rolling—as long as was needed for the film’s demon … Continue reading Horror review: Child’s Play 2

Horror review: Seed of Chucky

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 18, 2004 I've been a fan of killer-doll flicks every since Trilogy of Terror, the 1975 TV movie that featured an episode in which Karen Black gets stalked in her apartment by a bloodthirsty, ankle-slashing Zuni fetish doll. The original 1988 Child's Play, helmed by Fright Night director Tom Holland, was quite a hoot … Continue reading Horror review: Seed of Chucky