Monday 14 October 2019

Child's Play: 'Deliberately evokes the hokey 80s charms of films like Gremlins'

Child's Play (2019)
Child's Play (2019)
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

In 1988, a nasty little B-horror called Child’s Play introduced us to the questionable charms of Chucky, an angelic-looking doll possessed by the soul of a serial killer.

There were sequels, lots of them, which were gory and silly, and now this reboot gives the story a digital update.

A tech company has created a sophisticated child’s companion called Buddi, a computerised doll which dedicates itself to its owner.

When Karen (Aubrey Plaza), gets one for her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman), she doesn’t realise it’s defective, and will soon embark on a bloody rampage.

Lars Kievberg’s film deliberately evokes the hokey 80s charms of films like Gremlins, and is amusing enough so long as it tempers the nastiness.

(16, 90 mins)

Also releasing this week:

Toy Story 4 review: 'Rarely makes the mistake of trading on past glories' Brightburn review: 'The promise of the first hour is squandered in a messy, gory climax' Rolling Thunder Revue: 'A grainy snapshot of the watchful, clever, mischievous maestro in his prime'

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