Movie Beatdown-The Slumber Party Massacre

Welcome to another episode of my newly not so acclaimed, Movie beatdown! We will talk all things with horror movies and television. We will cover everything from slashers to slayers. Beheadings to bitches…I’ll talk about all of it!

This breakdown is “The Slumber Party Massacre”. Now, the purpose of the beatdown is to dissect these movies, so if you don’t want the movie spoiled…don’t read the content below. This breakdown is like Wikipedia…just with more pee. You have been warned! If you don’t have time to watch the movie and would like a quick synopsis, then keep reading and let me tell you all about this movie from my gay eyes. It’s like a synop-sis!

The Slumber Party Massacre (also known as The Slumber Party Murders in the United Kingdom) is a 1982 American slasher film directed by Amy Holden Jones, and written by Rita Mae Brown. It is the first installment in the Slumber Party Massacre trilogy, and stars Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille, and Michael Villella. The film follows a high school senior who gathers her friends for a slumber party, unaware that an escaped power drill-wielding killer is loose in the neighborhood.

The film was originally written by Brown as a parody of the slasher genre but was shot as a straightforward horror film instead. As a result, it contains more humor, both intended and unintended, than usual for the genre at the time.

The Slumber Party Massacre grossed $3.6 million at the box office on a budget of $220,000, and received mixed reviews from critics. Despite the reception, it has obtained a large cult following since its release. Two sequels, Slumber Party Massacre II and Slumber Party Massacre III, followed in 1987 and 1990, respectively.

Without further ado…let’s get to the beatdown.

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The opening credits start with lovely organ music that cuts with abrupt key changes. Like if somebody punched the keys at random to make it scary. This is something that continuously happens in the movie when a scary scene occurs. In Venice, Los Angeles, Trish Deveraux, an 18-year-old high school senior awakens to get dressed, showing the movie’s first boob shot within the first five minutes. She then packs all of her childhood toys in a bag to throw them out. I’m assuming that it’s because she didn’t want any of her friends to see them at her slumber party while her parents are away…which is stupid! Just hide them in the damn closet like normal people! Think of how the toys feel!

Their neighbor, Mr. David Contant, is given the job of checking on the girls. She walks away from the trash can and the scene cuts away to a hand taking a Barbie doll, which I would do the same thing too. It was a cute Barbie, and that idiot threw it away! One man’s trash…

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Meanwhile, Russ Thorn, an escaped mass murderer, kills a telephone repair woman and steals her van after Jeff and Neil hit on her creepily. She gets wrestled in the van before getting drilled…by the murder weapon.

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We then cut to the girl’s basketball team practicing, poorly. Trish meets up with her friends Kim, Jackie, and Diane after an awkward shower scene where there is more unnecessary nudity, unless if you are into that stuff.

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She invites the new girl, Valerie, to the party but she declines the offer. Probably because she was the only one at basketball practice that was actually doing decent. She can do better than going to a slumber party with a bunch of amateurs!

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Some of the girls were reluctant to inviting her, to the point where they assumed because “she drank too much milk,” OHMYGAWD! Lactose hater! After school, one of their classmates, Linda, goes back into the school to retrieve a book but gets locked inside, since most schools chain and padlock their doors after hours.

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She is attacked, chased around the school for way too long of period of time while the crazy organ plays. She gets drilled in the arm and eventually finds a decent hiding spot…behind a door. Seriously, why would you hide behind a door that is able to be opened? You deserve to be killed second! Her cover is blown shortly after with the blood that dripped underneath and then Russ drills through the door and ends with her screaming bloody murder, not knowing what in the hell actually happened to her. Russ then runs out the building, that is now suddenly unlocked towards the repair van.

Diane then walks home alone carrying her textbooks…like she knows how to read? The camera is following her shakily with the illusion that somebody is following her, or has nicotine withdrawals. A hand grabs her, and she kung fu flips him to the ground. It was good ole’ jock John. They exchange a few words that nobody gives a hoot about and then we cut to the gym teacher. She drives home and the radio talks about Russ’s escape before she changes it to something more interesting. She makes it to her door, and a drill breaks through startling her. Gotcha! Just a neighbor creating a new peephole for her door.

Trish then plays her piano very well…I’m surprised that she didn’t throw that shit out too! People judge piano players just the same as Barbie’s! Then we go back to the gym teacher drinking wine out of a regular glass as she grates cheese before knocking it to the floor, making a mess. Maybe if you had the appropriate glass that wasn’t at the edge of the counter, this wouldn’t be an issue! Better grab your Brawny! Super absorbent! If you couldn’t tell, there is a lot of back-and-forth action with different characters. There really isn’t one main person they follow. The two boys walk their bikes down the street and pass the van, then cutting to Jackie and Kim walking up the porch to Trish’s house and we see Russ creepily in the bushes.

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 As the party begins that night, the girls smoke marijuana and drink alcohol. Valerie babysits her younger sister, Courtney across the street. She makes what appears to be a crappy batch of Kool-Aid. She measures the sugar pretty scarcely. I need her to commit! Either that or add booze to it! The three girls are continuing to smoke their maui wowie and get startled by bitchy little Diane. Cut back to Valerie and Courtney doing their sisterly bonding with bickering. I will also need to point out that they did a bad job of making Courtney look younger! They just give an adult two pigtails and call it a day. They hear a noise, prompting Valerie to check it out. While she goes outside, Courtney goes to her room to sneak a peek at a Playgirl Magazine with Sylvester Stallone on it. YUM!

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Jeff and Neil, arrive and spy on the girls while they change clothes, giving more of an opportunity for unnecessary nudity! Can you imagine if they did this with dudes? Oh yeah, that’s right…boys don’t have slumber parties. That’s gay!

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Diane goes to the garage to get some firewood and is spooked by a snail. GASP! Mr. Contant comes from behind with his meat cleaver and kills it. MY HERO! She goes back inside leaving Mr. Contant alone to be killed with a good ole’ drill through the neck. Trish notices Russ’s silhouette in the dark, and then finds my Barbie doll wedged in the window covered in blood. My poor baby! Her and Diane go back into the garage to check it out. Nothing.

Valerie is now doing her homework like a good kid. I will say, I love her lavender chiffon blouse! Off subject, I’m gay. I like fashion sometimes. Deal with it. She continuously checks out the neighbors. We cut to Courtney still reading her dirty magazine, getting caught by Valerie. She confiscates the piece. Courtney, like any other teenager denies doing anything with it. Valerie then pulls a used banana peel next to her bed. “Oh really?” OHMYGOD! GROSS!

Diane sneaks into the bathroom with Trish’s telephone as she talks dirty before getting caught by the other girls laughing at her poor smutty talking. The three are so high at this point, so anything involving a mouth made them laugh out loud. The power suddenly goes out. GASP! The four of them go back into the garage to the fuse box. Setting up for another crescendo of spookiness. They get startled by Jeff and Neil. Jeff gets whapped in the face with a flashlight.

Diane asks Trish permission to go with her boyfriend to do sexy time. She asks him to park in the garage. They make out for a minute and wants Diane to go to his place for a home run. She walks into the other girls, putting hotdogs on Jeff’s eye, since they don’t have steaks. I love a good hotdog on the eye!

Valerie gave Courtney a makeover…and fails. It is pretty busted! Courtney wants to crash the party like a normal preteen.

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Diane goes to his car to find him decapitated and is murdered as well after being chased in the locked garage. She collapses to the floor in terror as you see Russ’s legs with a long drill bit in between it…phallic.

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The girls order pizza and, while on the phone with their coach, Rachel Jana, the girls answer the door and find the pizza delivery man with his eyes drilled out. I was more suprised that the pizza was only six bucks! I hate how things are so expensive now! Anyway, back to the drilled eye sockets.

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Gross. The phone gets disconnected from the coach, now causing her to be concerned. She calls Valerie, to request her to check it out. Valerie has no interest in helping them. She is too busy drinking all that milk! Coach decides to check it out herself.

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The teens arm themselves with dull ass knives as Jeff and Neil run for help at Valerie’s. Neil goes out the back through the garage, and finds Diane hanging from the rafters, before getting impaled from behind. Jeff goes out the front door and makes it to Valerie’s house. He is pounding on her door, but she is too tied up with watching a scary black and white movie. She ignores it all until it’s too late, Russ disarms the weak ass kitchen knife and continuously stabs him to death. He carries Jeff’s body to the trunk of the car, counts the bodies, noticing one is missing.

The girls are inside, guarding themselves at the fireplace. The observe the pizza delivery boy, feeling sorry for him. Then comes the best line in the movie.

Kim- “He feels cold.”

Jackie- “Is the pizza?”

Kim- “Oh god!”

Jackie- “Life goes on after all, and eating makes me feel better. And boy do I feel bad.” *Takes bite* “I feel better already. I really do.”

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That is one of my favorite lines in slasher history! I laughed out loud when I first saw that scene!

Pizza time gets interrupted as Neil crawls to the back door, screaming before Russ finishes him off. The three girls flee.

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Valerie notices Courtney is missing and sees her waling across the street towards Trish’s house. I would be so pissed if I was her babysitter! Courtney hides when she notices Valerie following her. Valerie knocks on the door, hears nothing and walks to the back. Jackie goes to let her in, but gets her throat slashed by the drill as Russ meets her. Trish and Kim barricade themselves in Trish’s bedroom.

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Valerie finds Courtney before a storm starts to erupt. Valerie tells her to go home as she feels suspicious of the lack of anything at this point. Where’s the music? Where’s the booze? Where’s the drugs? Where’s the strippers? She lets herself in the front door. Kim hears her and wants to go to her from inside the room. Trish advises them to wait since they knew what happened to Jackie. Russ sneaks through the open window, without a screen or anything. Some house! He then kills Kim with a dull kitchen knife in the gut after a little struggling and tearing up the bedroom.

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Trish flees. Russ tries to find her but was unsuccessful. She was hiding in a garment bag in the closet. I think that’s a great idea. However, how dare you disrespect clothing like that!

Valerie and Courtney enter the house. Courtney wants a beer, opening the fridge while looking away, Kim’s body is rocking back and forth in there.

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They eventually find her dead and hide from Russ as he comes down the stairs. Valerie hides in the basement, while Courtney hides under a couch. I never knew couches were able to fit anybody underneath! Russ gives up on his search, and tosses the delivery boy down the basement, scaring Valerie and influencing her to take action to save Courtney. Russ then makes himself cozy on the living room floor for a good night’s sleep for some stupid reason. You know, this would be more of a fun slumber party if you kept everybody alive RUSS! Coach Jana, having grown concerned over the phone call earlier, arrives, and is confronted by Russ.

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They start to fight, drill vs. fireplace poker. Valerie tries to save the day with a electric saw, but didn’t realize that they are plugged in and gets pulled back for I dunno…needing to be plugged in! Courtney saves the day and trips Russ, giving Coach an opportunity to be a dumbass and beat him with the flat end of the poker. Not even the pointed end. Trish comes out to stab him. As Coach stops Trish from further stabs, Russ gets up and disembowels her with the drill. Trish is helpless as Russ tells them that they are all pretty. One of the only lines he says is “It takes a lot of love for a person to do this.”

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Valerie then emerges and chases Russ with a machete out to the pool in the backyard, cutting the head of the drill bit off before severing his hand and slicing his stomach open. He falls into the pool, and the day has been saved! She drops the machete and is welcomed by Courtney where they have a sisterly love moment. Russ emerges and attacks them once more, Trish pushes him back, but his focus was strictly on Valerie, who finally kills him with the machete as he lunges onto her. Valerie and Trish break down in tears as Courtney looks on in shock.

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Let’s hand out some awards!

The Haunted Hunk award for some strange reason will go to our killer with the huge drill. Russ! Something about him in his all denim look with his dad bod makes me feel some sort of way. Sue me!

The Killer Slay-aka best kill-will go to the pizza delivery boy. It is gruesome and without his death there wouldn’t be one of the best lines in horror coming from Miss Jackie!

The Basic Beheading-aka worst kill- is going to go to Linda. There was nothing shown as to how she died. All you see is a drill going through the door and a primal scream. I understand that in horror, the scene ending means everything to the pace of the film. I was just wanting a little more.

Overall Rating- 8.2 out of 10 ********

I am a little ashamed to admit that I just watched this movie last year. I have missed out on gold! I love the concept of this movie. The flow of the story went pretty smooth. There is some cheesy humor that goes with it which, at this point if you have been following my beatdowns…I love. I wish that there is some more in certain parts. For example, I wish that Russ would say a little more as to why he is all batshit crazy. I could also do with a little less boobage. If you are into the female anatomy…you may love that.

If you have seen or heard of this movie…comment below about what you like or dislike!

And there you have it! Another beatdown in the archives! I will be posting these recaps as often as I can! I will be at least doing these bi-weekly. You may be lucky enough to get them weekly. It will just depend on the workload with my writing. Next post, we are going to take a little field trip to the, “House of Wax.”

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Movie Beatdown-Child’s Play

Welcome to another episode of my newly not so acclaimed, Movie beatdown! We will talk all things with horror movies and television. We will cover everything from slashers to slayers. Beheadings to bitches…I’ll talk about all of it!

This breakdown is “Child’s Play”. Now, the purpose of the beatdown is to dissect these movies, so if you don’t want the movie spoiled…don’t read the content below. This breakdown is like Wikipedia…just with more pee. You have been warned! If you don’t have time to watch the movie and would like a quick synopsis, then keep reading and let me tell you all about this movie from my gay eyes. It’s like a synop-sis!

Child’s Play is a 1988 American supernatural slasher film directed and co-written by Tom Holland, and produced by David Kirschner from a story by the legendary Don Mancini. It is the first film in the Child’s Play series and the first installment to feature the character Chucky. It stars Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent and Dinah Manoff. Hicks plays a widowed mother who gives a doll to her son played by Vincent, unaware that the doll is possessed by the soul of a serial killer played by Dourif.

Child’s Play was released in the United States on November 9, 1988, by MGM/UA Communications Co. It grossed more than $44 million against a production budget of $9 million.

Along with the film gaining a cult following, the box office success spawned a media franchise that includes a series of six sequels, merchandise, comic books, and a reboot film of the same name released in the summer of 2019. Child’s Play was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, although the rights to the series were sold to Universal Pictures in 1990, right before production on Child’s Play 2 started. MGM retained the rights to the first film and, as such, distributed the 2019 reboot.

Without further ado…let’s get to the beatdown.

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We start the movie in 1988, on a quaint night…just kidding, a police chase, where Charles Lee Ray, a fugitive and serial killer, runs through the streets of South Side, Chicago by homicide detective Mike Norris, played by Chris Sarandon…aka Humperdinck in the Princess Bride.

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He shoots Charles multiple times and hits him. Charles’s accomplice, Eddie Caputo, escapes alone in a getaway vehicle like a loyal partner in crime. Charles breaks into a toy store where Mike shoots him again. Charles, realizing that he is dying and swears that he will get his revenge on Mike as well as Eddie Caputo.

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He collapses dramatically on a pile of toys. Calm down Charles…it’s just a gunshot wound to the chest. He performs a Haitian voodoo spell to transfer his soul to one of the Good Guy dolls, causing the store to be struck by lightning and explode. I want to point out that the dolls are very creepy. Red heads have taken quite the beating from society with being compared to characters like these dolls! That and the Weasleys…maybe even Ron Howard too! Mike survives the explosion and re-enters the store, only to find Charles’s corpse and the doll.

The next day, little kid Andy Barclay is in the kitchen cooking his mom, the widow Karen Barclay, or better known as Catherine Hicks from 90’s kids television show 7th Heaven, where she plays with a bad man, who was the husband, who later in his career, confessed to having sexual misconduct to multiple minors. Not on the show…in real life. Anyway, back to the extremely unappetizing meal. He overpours cereal and burns toast. He should be competing in “Worst Chefs in America.” He would probably be the first one eliminated. He even spills the mild on his way to her room…tragic. By the way, what kind of a child would cook for their parent on HIS birthday?! What the hell? Karen gives Andy his birthday raspberries…which all I can think of is the scene from family guy where Lois is drunk while doing that to Stewie, ending up vomiting all over him. LOL!

She allows him to open his presents and the box that looked similar to a Good Guy box ended up being clothes. Andy was disappointed. How ungrateful. We fast forward to Karen at work in a cheap jewelry counter where her friend and coworker Maggie informs her of a doll that was being sold by a peddler in the back alley. Hot. Maggie even said that “I think I dated him.” No, you didn’t Maggie…no you didn’t.

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Karen then gets pressured to work the night shift due to call ins, missing out on her son’s birthday. I do not miss my days in retail…not one bit! I hated when they would do that to you, forcing the impression that it is your responsibility as an employee to fill the open shifts. Andy was excited to finally have the doll. He introduces himself as “Chucky,”.

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That evening, Chucky and Andy play with his tool set, where Chucky is more focused on the news with the breaking story of Charles Lee Ray’s death. Maggie doesn’t allow them to watch the news and gets the two ready for bed. While Andy is brushing his teeth (poorly), The doll ends up in the living room watching the news alone.

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Maggie was frustrated with the assumption that Andy turned the TV back on and placed Chucky there. After Andy’s bedtime, Maggie finds Chucky sitting in front of a television tuned to a late-night newscast about Charles Lee Ray. She returns the doll to the bed. She enjoys her alone time and is slowly creeped out by the noises she hears and assumes that Andy has gotten up from bed. Shit is moved around the apartment which is creepy. Everything has its place, and Andy shouldn’t mess with the Fung Shui of the apartment! Rude! She finds something out of the ordinary, that isn’t shown to the audience at this time, but hits her in the face with a hammer, startling her as she falls through a window and dies.

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The scene ends with the curtains drifting out the broken window. Now, Karen has to pay her utility bill to heat the outside. Nice!

Karen comes home to find a swarm of police outside her building, getting to her apartment where police are investigating. Well, almost all of them. One was on the couch reading the newspaper. Our tax dollars going to good use! Karen was worried that something happened to Andy, and shortly after was relieved that it wasn’t the case. She did find out that Maggie was the victim and now gets questioned by Detective Norris, Detective Norris who considers Andy a suspect based on tiny footprints on the spilled flour in the kitchen. Maggie could’ve at least cleaned up before falling out the window. She is definitely not getting paid! Karen becomes frustrated that Andy is being considered a suspect. I’m also sensing some sexual tension between the two. Maybe she is into handcuffs. Before going back to bed, Andy finds flour on the bottom of Chucky’s shoes, telling the police about it. Much to our surprise, nobody believes him. Maybe Chucky was playing with his Easy Bake Oven?  As Karen prepares herself for some much needed alone time, she overhears Andy talking and finds him sitting on the floor talking to his doll. Does he not know the meaning of bedtime?! She asks him more about Chucky to inquire further. Andy then tells her that his name is Charles Lee Ray and that “Maggie is a real bitch and got what she deserved.” What kind of birthday child has the entitlement to get away with all of these shenanigans today? He should really be on Problem Child! God, I loved that movie! Karen tucks him back into bed for the evening to end Andy’s day of mischief. Tomorrow is no longer your birthday. You are now on an equal playing field as the rest of us! Behave!

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The next morning, Karen walks Andy to school with Chucky. As soon as she leaves, Andy walks out a different exit to skip school and take the Chicago “L” train downtown. I guess we haven’t seen the last of this misbehaving kid. Maybe he should be the new Damien in “The Omen.” While on the train, he keeps whispering into Chucky’s ears.

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I can’t help but to insert my own dialogue to make the scene funny. Like, Alaska in RuPaul’s Drag Race…” Your makeup is terrible.” HAHA!

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He get off under the bridge to homeless city and is led to an abandoned home. While Andy is distracted with a sudden potty break, Chucky sneaks into Eddie’s house and kills him by causing a gas explosion with the open oven.

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Karen’s day is interrupted with a call to the police station, where Andy is again considered a suspect and is admitted to a psychiatric hospital after claiming again that Chucky is responsible for the murder.

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Karen goes home and is left with the weird looking doll. She starts losing her own mind and starts talking to Chucky to see what all of the fuss is with her demented child. At first, the doll just says its normal scripted lines. In frustration, she goes back to the kitchen to look at the box it came in. When Karen picks up the Good Guys box and drops a battery pack, Karen realizes that Chucky has been running without them the whole time. GASP! Well, it saves her the money to buy more! Enervated, looks at the back of the battery pack and notices they are empty, where Chucky then says his line a little more creepily while turning his head all the way around, exorcist style.

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Karen becomes startled and drops him. When she finally picks him back up, she lights a fire and threatens to burn Chucky, causing him to violently come to life in her arms. “You stupid bitch, you filthy slut, I’ll teach you to fuck with me!”

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One of the most iconic scenes in horror history. He attacks her with biting, like a normal child would do…He’s a real boy! Once she frees herself from his clutches, Chucky runs out of the apartment. Karen chases after him, but Chucky escapes.

Karen goes to the police station and explains what happened, but Mike doesn’t believe her. Since nobody is willing to work with her, she goes all rogue and tries to figure everything out herself. Karen runs down to homeless city to find the peddler and asks for more information about where he found the doll. The funny thing is that all of the homeless folk all have nice teeth, except for the peddler. I want to know their dentist! As the peddler tries to sexually assault her, Mike rescues her and the couple force the peddler to admit that he took the doll from the demolished toy store. Mike then realized that the doll came from the same store that he was at the night Charles Lee Ray was killed. Karen again tries to convince Mike that the doll is alive, but he refuses to believe her, like the cocky police officer he is, not willing to face the facts. After bringing Karen home, Mike is attacked by Chucky, while he is driving, attempting to strangle him and then stab him in his man parts from underneath the seat, causing him to eventually flip the car over.

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In the fight that follows, Chucky is shot and his wound inexplicably bleeds and causes pain. It was really funny how he fell backwards while he was shot. 1980’s effects are super cheesy, and I LOVE IT! Chucky got a little too cocky with assuming that he couldn’t be harmed…you know what they say about assuming…ass.

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The next day, Karen goes to Charle’s old apartment and guuuurl, does he need to find a gay friend to help with his decorating! I can’t even! Mike meets up with Karen and updates her of his attack and says that he is into voodoo and spends a lot of time with his instructor.

Chucky runs away with his former voodoo instructor John, who informs him that the longer Chucky remains on the doll, the more human he will become. That’s what you get for taking your sweet time prancing around in a toy and assuming that you are unable to be harmed! Chucky demands that John help him reverse the spell, but John refuses. It’s going back to my retail days with the customer refusing to read the fine print of store policies and goes all “I want to speak to your manager,” on John.

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Chucky’s hair does have the capacity to have the appropriate hairstyle to do so! Chucky grabs a voodoo doll from John and uses it to break his leg and arm. John reveals that in order to escape the doll, Chucky must transfer his soul to Andy, the first human he was revealed to. How exciting, Chucky can not only act immature, but be old enough to get away with it! How lovely! Chucky stabs the voodoo doll in the chest and escapes. Karen and Mike arrive shortly after. Before dying, John tells them that although Chucky is a doll, his heart is fully human at this point and vulnerable to fatal injuries. I just can’t believe that Chucky has a heart, and the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz struggles to find one. How unfair!

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Chucky arrives at the hospital where Andy is being held. Andy notices that Chucky is on his way to get him. The doctor doesn’t believe him, naturally. He escapes by using his arsenal of tricks and things to hide.

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The doctor finds Andy and tries to sedate him but gets attacked by Chucky and electrocuted to death by the electroshock machine. Maybe that type of treatment shouldn’t be administered? The struggle between Andy and the doctor with the sedative does reminds me of people refusing to get a COVID vaccine. That’s all I will say about that topic. I’m not going to go into science or politics…just let’s resume with the movie!

Andy escapes once again and flees home. We cut to the elevator where an elderly couple find Chucky riding up with him. The woman says its ugly right as they leave. Chucky then curses at them. I thought that was pretty funny! Chucky breaks into the apartment through the chimney like good ole’ Santa Claus and knocks him unconscious with a baseball bat.

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As Chucky prepares to possess him, Karen and Mike arrive to stop him.  Chucky cuts Mike’s leg, but then Karen throws him into the fireplace. Andy regains consciousness and drops a lit match on it, burning Chucky to a fine crisp. Before doing so, NOW chucky wants to be his friend and calms down. A little late for that. Excuse me, waiter…but my food is burnt. I can’t eat this!

Karen and Andy leave the room to help Mike. As Andy goes to find a first aid kit, he notices that a charred Chucky escape from the fireplace and eventually chases Andy. They play tag in the apartment and run around in circles a few times.

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Chucky stabs Karen in the hand as she holds the door closed to try and protect her son. Karen shoots Chucky multiple times, dismembering an arm, leg, head, and is again presumed dead. Mike’s partner Jack arrives at the apartment, initially refusing to believe the trio’s story as he messes with the evidence…like a good cop normally does. Eyeroll. Chucky’s body suddenly bursts through a vent to strangle Jack. During the fight, Mike shoots Chucky in the heart and eventually defeats him. Jack then tells him that no one would believe him. Because people suck!

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Jack, Mike, Karen, and Andy all leave the room, and a freeze-frame shot captures Andy’s horrified face, having clearly been scarred by the experience, as the screen fades to black.

Let’s hand out some awards.

The Haunted Hunk award by default will have to go to Detective Mike. There are very limiting male characters, as it only follows Karen and Andy mostly. Jack was a complete moron, as well as the doctor and Eddie. So, you are lucky mister Mikey! But you are no Magic Mike!

The Killer Slay-aka best kill-will go to the doctor. There are very few deaths in this movie. Apart from Charles Lee Ray in the first scene, there are only four or so that get killed. The doctor was killed by a medically unorthodox practice which is poetic.

The Basic Beheading-aka worst kill- will go to Eddie. The buildup was nice before the house exploded, but I think what would be better is if he saw chucky in doll form before being killed, making a “gotcha” moment really work for that scene.

Overall Rating- 8.7 out of 10 ********

Overall, I love this movie! It is a classic that will never die, unlike Chucky in his assumptions. This movie has scared many children for years. It is pretty genius that a doll would terrorize people. The fact that they used robotics to make this happen convincingly back then is something that you should respect! Plus, I love the effects of the doll getting thrown back when it’s shot. I don’t know why it’s so funny to me!

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And I can’t help but compare Chucky’s behavior to the terrible twos!

Movie Review: Child's Play (1988) | by Patrick J Mullen | As Vast as Space  and as Timeless as Infinity | Medium

If you have seen or heard of this movie…comment below about what you like or dislike!

And there you have it! Another beatdown in the archives! I will be posting these recaps as often as I can! I will be at least doing these bi-weekly. You may be lucky enough to get them weekly. It will just depend on the workload with my writing. Next post, I will be taking a break and will be going to my friend’s house for some much needed sleep. Since we are in a pandemic, I can’t do that. So we will all have to settle for, “Slumber Party Massacre” instead! If you don’t want to be spoiled…do your homework and watch it ahead of time, so that you follow along with my synopsis and understand the humor I attach to horror. If there is anything you would like for me to add in my beatdowns, have movie suggestions, or even have any feedback to give me, go to the “Contact” section of my website and shoot me an email.

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Until next time…keep slaying!