Child’s Play: (1988) vs (2019)

Overall Reviews

Child’s Play (1988); Child’s Play (1988) was the beginning of yet another slasher franchise. This one’s gimmick being a children’s doll is what made it so popular and scary. Before its sequels would go off the deep end, this classic was a solid flick. The story was simple and original enough to set itself apart. The writing isn’t anything special, but the exposition does flow naturally within the script. The characters aren’t cliché, but – like most things in the film – don’t necessarily stand out. However, Alex Vincent’s performance of protagonist Andy is highly impressive and entertaining in consideration of his age. Beyond that, the flick is surely an enjoyable slasher that is unique enough to separate itself, but not quite different enough to be considered much more than average.

Child’s Play (2019); It wasn’t long before we’d inevitability get a Child’s Play remake, and as the news hit that it would release in 2019, many became trepidatious. Not only was the original voice of Chucky (Brad Dourif) not returning, but he was being replaced by Mark Hamill, with the two having very different vocal styles. However, Child”s Play (2019) is a pleasant surprise across the board. Mark Hamill’s performance is creepy and funny at the same time, with his presence giving the movie a much needed boost of levity. The story is different in its more modern interpretation of the classic slasher, and while it does occasionally struggle to maintain a steady tone, it is entertaining and darkly humorous. Which really, is what Child’s Play (2019) should have – for that, it’s a great watch.

The Verdict

With a majority of movies – especially those in the horror/slasher subgenre – the rebooted makeovers fall short of their predecessors. Yet, in this rare case, the reboot makeover works magic for the previously dying franchise. In opposition to the 80s slasher, the 2019 reboot is charming. The acting as a whole works more like a machine than multiple separate parts. It’s writing is also better, attempting to give more realism than voodoo magic in the explanations. The modern takes’ characters feel more lifelike and less stiff, too. Even down to the gutsy violence of each, the 1988 Child’s Play fails to prevail and ultimately, its remake is the overall better film.

Child’s Play (1988) – Cinemaster Score: 7/10

Child’s Play (2019) – Cinemaster Score: 7.5/10

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