It's Friday The 13th and so naturally in my home that means scary movies (any excuse). With the kids on the couch with me we chose Child's Play 1 and 2. These movies are suspenseful enough to scare the kids but not so aggressive as to traumatise them. They're no more frightening than Gremlins, they just have more swearing. Anyhow, the original Child's Play is an excellent horror movie. Director Tom Holland knows the genre and handles the material perfectly. Naturally when making a movie with a killer doll, it impossible to avoid the kitsch but Holland gives this movie villain a pure menace. I suppose its due to the opening scenes which show the killer in human form, but the affect is mostly due to the central character being a 6 year old child. For its time (and even now) that is a rare thing. This kid exhibits genuine fear with his favourite toy ferociously trying to hunt him down and kill him. It's a really underrated movie.