Child’s Play (1988)
|Directed by||Tom Holland|
|Produced by||David Kirschner|
|Story by||Don Mancini|
|Music by||Joe Renzetti|
|Distributed by||MGM/UA Communications Co.|
|Box office||$44.2 million|
Child’s Play is a 1988 American Hollywood supernatural slasher film directed and co-written by Tom Holland and produced by David Kirschner from a story by Don Mancini. It is the first film in the Child’s Play franchise and the first installment to feature the character Chucky. It stars Catherine Hicks, Dinah Manoff, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, and Brad Dourif. Hicks plays a widowed mother who gives her son a doll for his birthday, unaware that the doll is possessed by the soul of an infamous serial killer.
The film was released on November 9, 1988, and 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 franchise consisting of six sequels, along with merchandise and comic books. Child’s Play was the only film in the series released by MGM/UA, as the rights to the series were sold to Universal Studios in 1990, right before production on Child’s Play 2 started.