CHILD’S PLAY Headed to Home Entertainment this September!
On September 25th, Roadshow will unleash the contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic CHILD’S PLAY to Blu-ray & DVD locally.
CHILD’S PLAY follows Karen (Aubrey Plaza), a single mother who gifts her son Andy (Bateman) a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature. Directed by Lars Klevberg (POLAROID) from a screenplay by Tyler Burton Smith and produced by Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions (IT: CHAPTER TWO).
If you had your doubts about the CHILD’S PLAY remake, we don’t blame you. Tom Holland’s 1988 original was not only an imaginative and instant cult classic, it also paved the way for six sequels, the most recent of which was only two years ago, CULT OF CHUCKY. While the quality of said sequels is debatable, the fact that there’s six of them proves the franchise has endured through the continued enthusiasm of its rabid fanbase, a devotion that’s run strong for near on thirty years, creating a true cinematic legacy. So the idea that a studio would reboot a franchise that’s beloved and still breathing, certainly seemed odd. That said money talks and Orion Pictures, producers of the original feature, used a loophole to allow them to remake the original film, without the participation of series creator Don Mancini, who declined to be involved. A shady cash-grab? No doubt. Thankfully though the key creatives behind this all-new adaption of CHILD’S PLAY have approached the project as if it were entirely their own and rather than merely retread the original, they have reimagined it.
Starting from the ground up with a new premise, in that Chucky (voiced by Mark Hamill) is no longer a doll possessed by a serial killer but an ai-enabled toy that has had both its security and safety settings disabled, allowing it the ability to learn and act within its own distorted reasoning. Another major difference this time around is that Chucky is initially no longer at odds with Andy (Gabriel Bateman) instead only wanting to be his ‘best friend’ and he will do anything to ensure Andy is safe and that nothing or no one comes between them. Through a combination of Tyler Burton Smith’s clever writing, Lars Klevberg’s masterful direction and Hamill’s brilliant performance, the film renders a truly unique interpretation of Chucky that allows for equal parts empathy and fear. CHILD’S PLAY is a genuine rarity in that it not only provides an outstanding twist on a familiar source but offers up a truly dark, suspenseful, morbidly funny and throughly enjoyable film worthy of its own independent appreciation. This is the remake we didn’t think we wanted that has proven to be one of the best horror films of the year!
No word as yet to Special Feature content but stay tuned as we near closer to release for updates!
CHILD’S PLAY will hit Blu-ray, DVD & Digital locally on September 25th!