Back in the 1980s, I had never seen the movie Child’s Play and recently when it aired on television, I thought I’d have a look. Sure I knew of Chucky, but the film itself I had no interest in.
I watched the movie with my teenage son. Years earlier, he had been at a friend’s place and they had a Chucky doll in their bedroom. When my son pointed it out to me I shuddered.
‘Eww, Chucky’, I said.
‘Told you’, he said to his friend.
I guess creepy looking dolls rate high up on the list with clowns for me. Hate clowns, hate creepy looking dolls. My mum has a creepy looking puppet in her house and one day I told her what I thought of it. Of-course she thought I was mad. Maybe, but I can’t stand looking at it. So when I began to watch Chucky, it met my expectations.
Just looking at the doll even before it was taken over by the guy gave me the horrors. How that kid desperately wanted one was beyond me. It’s horrible! That kid looked like he had a struggle walking around with it too; they were pretty much the same size. Then there was the horror element. Hardly scary; in fact I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. In the end, I did laugh. What made me laugh more than anything was watching Chucky run. I loved that!
‘This is supposed to be a horror movie?’ my son said at one point, but I was too busy laughing. Well, it was the 80s!
I know there have been other Chucky movies since then, but one was enough for me. I don’t think I could tolerate anymore. After watching it at long last, I think it’s hardly scary. When I look at Chucky now, I just think of those little legs running and his arms swinging by his side (even if he does have a knife in his hand).
Chucky just might have made creepy looking dolls appear somehow less creepy. Well, almost. 😉
Have you watched Child’s Play? Did it scare you or make you laugh? Have you watched all the Chucky movies? Do you hate creepy looking dolls too? What’s a horror movie you’ve seen that actually made you laugh instead?
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5 thoughts on “Child’s Play: When Horror’s Not So Scary.”
I’ve laughed in several 80’s horror movies while others seemed totally freaked out – maybe it’s a writer-thing?
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Hi Ronel. Yeah, 80s movies are certainly a mixed bag. Thanks so much for the blog award, that is sweet of you! I’ll see what I can up with. 😉
While I can’t think of any horror films I’ve watched, I can definitely think of a few movie covers that really made me wonder. For whatever reason the 80s and early 90s saw a horror boom that resembles the comic book movie boom that we’re experiencing now.
There was a real desperation to turn anything and everything into some kind of monster, but instead of the lurking horror we got gimmicks masquerading as a main character and a villain. It wouldn’t surprise me if those high budget b-horror movies were the impetus for Mystery Science Theater.
Hi Adam. I wonder if the boom in horror in the 80s was in some way created by the success of Stephen King. Practically everything he wrote was made into a movie, some good and some not so good (Pet Sematary instantly springs to mind). There were some absolute shockers in the horror genre around that time to jump in on that boom. I think there was too much of the slasher flick that in the end people got immune to it. Thankfully, there were some horror movies that have stood out and still stand the test of time. Aliens, for example may have outshone the original and continues its legacy to this very day. Thanks for commenting. 🙂
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