Child’s Play is a 1988 American horror 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 series and the first installment to feature the character Chucky. The story tells of a widowed mother who gives a doll to her son, unaware that the doll is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.
Child’s Play was released in the United States 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 media franchise that includes a series of six sequels, merchandise, comic books, a reboot film of the same name released in June 2019, and a TV series that began airing in October 2021.