Child's Play is Back with Tupac in Mind?
Synopsis: A contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic, Child's Play follows Karen (Aubrey Plaza), a single mother who gifts her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature.
Review: Child's Play was so bad that it was good. The film was purely entertaining with its dark humor and gruesome scenes; which is a perfect combination for any horror buff — the 2019 version of a classic story. Being set in modern times where technology is the ruler of all evil, it made me reconsider connecting all my electronics. In this film, Chucky did not become possessed by the soul of a serial killer but is a cloud-connected, self-learning robotic doll that can function and pair to your radio, lights television, cars, thermostat and more. As the film goes on, you realize allowing a toy to have so much control is not only unrealistically scary but quite dumb. Also, this film brought on more laughs than scares but, when a jump scare did take place, it was a good one!
There's so much tongue-in-cheek humor that even though the body count mounts — and some in the audience may be surprised that death comes to animals and beloved figures alike — we can all rest easy to know that he did it in the name of, 'Tupac.' No, seriously. There were a couple of stabbing scenes where he blurted out, "This is for Tupac!"
For the first time, the voice of Chucky was not the original actor, Brad Dourif. Instead, he was voiced by an iconic version of the Joker on Batman: The Animated Series, Mark Hamill, who certainly has the voice to portray a crazed killer with a humorous edge – he even sings Andy a "best buddy" song that might be the highlight of the film's creepiness. The song is so creepy that it may have an edge up on the entire movie.
Ultimately, do not go into this film, expecting much. Just sit back, enjoy, and have a good time and lots of laughter.
Child's Play is directed by Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) from a screenplay by Tyler Burton Smith and produced by Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions (It, It: Chapter Two).
Orion Pictures presents a KatzSmith production, in theaters nationwide on June 21, 2019.
Rotten Tomatoes Current Score: N/A
THAheadline Score (THAscore): 7.5/10
Check out the trailer below!