Toy Story 4 Box Office

It should come as no surprise that Toy Story 4 topped the box office this past weekend. However, what is surprising is that the acclaimed sequel from Pixar Animation opened significantly lower than the studio projections heading into the weekend.

In its opening weekend, Toy Story 4 raked in $118 million, which would be a strong opening for any movie. But Walt Disney Pictures saw the sequel making around $140 million or more heading into the weekend. The number is still enough to give it the best opening in the franchise (without adjusting for inflation), and the third largest opening weekend of the year. But could this be a sign of audience fatigue when it comes to sequels, reboots and remakes? Read More »

Child's Play remake

Bear McCreary has grown to be one of the most prolific composers in the business. His work on The Walking Dead, Playstation 4’s God of War, and Outlander all cemented his talents for the silver screen, television, and vast world of gaming. This year alone, he scored Happy Death Day 2U, The Professor and the Madman, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, most recently, the remake of Child’s Play. McCreary possesses the innate ability to fluctuate between genres and create potent melodies that allow audiences to fully immerse themselves into worlds of intergalactic warfare, monsters, and period dramas.

I spoke with him this week about Child’s Play and his tactile, whimsical approach to scoring one of the most uniquely creative horror scores ever composed.

Read More »

child's play behind-the-scenes video

“E.T. on acid” is how director Lars Klevberg initially imagined his Child’s Play remake. Klevberg, known for his short film Polaroid and its unreleased feature-length adaptation, wanted to bring a healthy dose of Spielberg and Amblin to his horror remake. The influence shows, most noticeably when Andy (Gabriel Bateman) and Chucky (voiced by Mark Hamill) are on their own.

Klevberg is probably more referential of Spielberg than the entirety of the original Chucky franchise. He didn’t want to make another horror remake that coasts by on nostalgia, which there’s not much of in Child’s Play. As Klevberg told us, he wanted to make his own Chucky. In addition to the challenges of filming the iconic character in action, the director told us about the movie’s Amblin references, his love of Sam Mendes’ Road to Perdition, and more.

Read More »

child's play review

There’s a great gag in the 1992 Simpsons Halloween episode Treehouse of Horror III. It happens during the segment “Clown Without Pity”, which involves an evil Krusty the Clown doll attempting to murder Simpson patriarch Homer. The problem is resolved when a repairman arrives at the Simpson residence, takes one look at the back of the doll, and proclaims: “Yep, here’s your problem. Someone set this thing to evil.”

Sure enough, on the dolls back is switch with two modes: GOOD and EVIL. It’s a quick, silly throwaway joke that works perfectly in the comical animated world of The Simpsons. And the makers of the 2019 Child’s Play remake apparently liked it so much they decided to steal it to create their Chucky. Because the new Chucky isn’t a doll possessed by a serial killer. It’s just a doll that someone set to evil. How lazy can you get?

Read More »

Child's Play early buzz

The original Child’s Play came out 31 years ago, and was about a doll named Chucky who was imbued with the soul of a twisted serial killer. Now it’s 2019 and the doll is back in a new reboot, but as director Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) told me a few months ago, “This is a different take. That was one of the biggest things for me, why I wanted to jump on this, because it meant that I could create Chucky as a character looking at the world for the first time.”

The film recently screened for critics in New York, Austin, and Los Angeles, and reviews are starting to arrive. So what’s the word? Does this version of Chucky work, or should he have stayed in the box? Check out the Child’s Play early buzz below.
Read More »

Child's Play Cosplay Screening

As if seeing a homicidal doll wielding a knife on the big screen wasn’t terrifying enough, attendees of a special Child’s Play cosplay screening in Austin, Texas were treated to several life-size Chucky dolls running around in matching overalls and eerie face masks. Except they weren’t Chucky dolls — they were fans of the infamous doll who dressed up in Chucky’s iconic outfit to celebrate the opening of the Child’s Play remake directed by Lars Klevberg. See photos of intensely creepy Chucky cosplay screening below.

Read More »

child's play remake theme music

You’ll have to wait another week before you can see the Child’s Play remake. But you can listen to Bear McCreary‘s eerie Child’s Play theme right now! In fact, you can listen to the entire score, as it’s now streaming in full. McCreary performed the main theme using toy instruments, lending an extra amount of flair to the proceedings. On top of all that, the theme closes with Mark Hamill, voice of the new Chucky, singing a really creepy little lullaby. Hear the Child’s Play remake theme music, and stream the soundtrack in full, below…if you dare.

Read More »

child's play clip new

The biggest story change in the upcoming Child’s Play remake involves technology. While the original Chucky was simply a doll, the new Chucky is more akin to a robot – he has built-in A.I., and he can use that to manipulate other electronic devices around him. In a sense, the film is asking: “What if the Amazon Echo got a body, and started stabbing people?” In a new Child’s Play clip, the evils of technology are explored as Chucky goes haywire.

Read More »

Mark Hamill Voicing Chucky in Child's Play Remake

Whether you like it or not, the remake of Child’s Play is bringing a new version of Chucky to the big screen. Making the prospect of the horror redux a little more palatable is the fact that Star Wars icon Mark Hamill is using his versatile voice to bring the serial killing doll to life. However, it wasn’t easy for the actor to tackle such a revered and beloved character who was already brought to life to fantastically by Brad Dourif. In fact, Mark Hamill was intimidated nearly as much as when he landed the role of The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Halle Berry Eats Hot Wings

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Aubrey Plaza reviews the various creepy dolls that have been in horror movies over the years. John Wick: Chapter 3 star Halle Berry eats some of the spiciest hot wings ever, and take a look back at the totally weird animated series that was the Super Mario Bros. Super Show that ran for 65 episodes between 1989 and 1991. Read More »