Hi everyone, Bryan here…
This scene still scares me. While the whole movie itself is kind of silly in moments, this particular scene still makes the hairs on my neck stand up straight. The first Child’s Play movie was actually quite serious, but the many sequels that followed went into over-the-top silly territory, which is fine, but that original 1988 movie still haunts me. I remember seeing Child’s Play on VHS right when it came out and having nightmare that this possessed doll named Chucky would come and get me. I’d be lying if I didn’t think the same thing from time to time even to this day.
If you’re unfamiliar with Child’s Play and Chucky, the film centers around a Good Guy doll, similar to the My Buddy dolls of the 1980s that was possessed by a brutal and sadistic serial killer who dabbled in the art of voodoo in the Chicago area. Desperate to get revenge on the police and cohort who left him to die, along with trying to get out of the plastic body into human form again, Chucky comes into the ownership of little Andy Barclay who is as innocent as they come. Blood flows thick and often as Chucky kills everyone around him and tries to take over Andy’s soul.
It’s a rather gruesome and horrific story for sure when you think about it. Back in 1988, there wasn’t any CGI effects, but rather a mix of amazing puppeteering and live action humans in the Chucky suit. I love Chucky as much as I’m terrified of him. There’s a reason he’s as iconic as Jason Vorhees and Freddy Krueger. Perhaps it’s that he’s as witty and funny as Krueger or as maniacal as any of the most brutal serial killers in history. Whatever the case is, you can’t take your eyes off him.
This particular scene is so terrifying for the fact, that I think this is everyone’s worst nightmare at some point in their life. What if you favorite toy or doll came to life to kill you? That’s this scene to a tee. Andy Barclay’s mother has been told many times that her son is lying about his doll Chucky being alive. So much so, that little Andy Barclay is sent to a psychiatric hospital. She’s at the end of her rope when she confronts the doll, demanding he talk. When he spouts out the usual high-pitched Good Guy slogan, she laughs, but then realizes he has no batteries.
She then starts a fire in the fireplace and demands he speak of she’ll throw him in the fire, which is when Chucky first comes alive as we see his facial features change and his voice get lower, and the horrible things he says to her is just what makes your skin crawl. Hence, we have the first glimpse and horrifying look at Chucky and what he’s capable of. Enjoy.
Karen Barclay: [she grabs Chucky] Talk to me.
Karen Barclay: Come on, talk!
Karen Barclay: I said, “talk to me”, damn it!
[Chucky gives no answer]
Karen Barclay: All right! I’ll make you talk!
[Karen grabs Chucky, lights up her fireplace and holds Chucky near the fire]
Karen Barclay: I SAID TALK TO ME, DAMN IT, OR ELSE I’M GONNA THROW YOU IN THE FIRE!
[Chucky comes alive]
Chucky: [screams] YOU STUPID BITCH, YOU FILTHY SLUT! I’LL TEACH YOU TO FUCK WITH ME!
[Chucky attacks Karen]