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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Thriller: Child's Play (1960)

Season 1, Episode 2

No, this has nothing to do with Chucky!  It's all about little Hank in this episode of Thriller.  Hank's parents are trying to save a crumbling marriage while failing to notice that their imaginative son is having trouble separating reality from fantasy.  Tom Nolan is very good as Hank.  He embodies the character with a 1960's boy next door with a little crazy underneath.  Bethel Leslie and Frank Overton are really compelling as Hank's parents.  They both give strong, heart-felt performances.
While this is not as suspenseful as the season opener, director Arthur Hiller [who also directed the first episode] keeps things moving at a nice pace.  The screenplay is solid as well.  While Child's Play pulls no big surprises, it is still a well done little thriller.  
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the episode's entry in IMDB.

1 comment:

  1. This movie is on Me TV right now 11/13/11, I think it's a pretty good movie, considering the content and how it's presented, "back in the day." I'd rank it a 4. It's interesting to see on film how the problems that people face never change. (Seams like we'd learn, at some point, anyway) It's worth the watch.