I’ve been a fan of horror films since I can remember, from a way-too-early age, so I’ve seen more than my fair share.
The only problem with that, is that I’ve become desensitised to them, or maybe horror films just aren’t as scary as they used to be, because I can probably count on one hand the number of horror films that have scared me in the past 10 years. To be fair, it’s probably a bit of both!
Over the next few weeks I’m going to share my favourite horror films. The ones that scared me when I first saw them, and still scare me today…
Child’s Play (1988) & Child’s Play 2 (1990)
Director: Tom Holland/John Lafia
Writers: Don Mancini (story & screenplay)
Cast: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Jenny Agutter
“A single mother gives her son a much sought after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.”
I was only four years old when the first film came out. I obviously didn’t watch it as soon as it was released, but I think it was probably only a few years after that.
Unfortunately, around that time, I had begged and begged for a Cricket doll, which was mega expensive at the time, and my parents had finally given in. I loved that doll for about a week. Until I watched Child’s Play, and then cried until my furious parents hid Cricket in the attic.
To this day I’m still wary of that attic (although they assure me the doll is long gone), and have remained creeped out by dolls.
So, when I feel like a good scare, Child’s Play (and Child’s Play 2) is a safe bet.