If there was one thing that scared me growing up, it was dolls. They were strange, and lifeless, even if they were meant to look close to real life. Their faces would bother me, and I’d always wonder if they were moving when the lights went out.
Thanks to this, when I heard about a movie that featured a killer doll, my brains decided I had to see it. I had to see how scary it could be. It was about as close as I could get to thrill seeking at a young age. I was maybe 10 or 11 when I somehow convinced my parents to let me watch it.
Honestly, I didn’t think they would let me, because they were fairly strict about what I was allowed to watch. But one way or another, I won out, and they rented me Childs Play. Thats right, everyone knows about Chucky, he’s iconic. As far as killer dolls go, he’s pretty much number one.
I watched it during the day, versus late at night in a dark room. I wasn’t out to scar myself for life if I couldn’t handle it. As mentioned before, this isn’t a review or summary of the movie, so I’m not going to dive into it all. For the era however, I felt the movie was really convincing. The puppeteering for it was really clever, and I did genuinely feel like this movie was happening.
When it was over, I just kind of sat there. I really didn’t have any dolls around in the house, so I had no fear of that. I just wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I thought it was scary, but the ending made me feel like it was a closed case. I don’t think I had trouble sleeping, but I more wanted to see the other movies. I had to know how it continued, and that drove me more than anything. I may have slept with a lamp on a couple nights, but that was the extent of it.
I think for me since I knew it was meant to be scary I didn’t really feel it effected me like finding something scary in the wild so to speak. I will say that once Chucky turned into a more horror comedy style movie, I was really disappointed. I didn’t like all the humor elements. I am pretty stoked about the reboots that are bringing it back to its horror roots.
All in all, this movie was one of the first really scary movies I was allowed to sink my teeth into. I doubt I’ll ever fully get rid of my doll fear, but I don’t think its gotten any worse after watching these either. I still recommend watching it to people that haven’t, just because of how it influenced the genre. Sensitive kids need not apply though.