Half-watched Child’s Play 2 on the telly this morning. Never really got into the series, but this particular installment, at least, is surprisingly well-crafted. Atmospheric cinematography and expressionistic set design (an asymmetrical basement door, for example, lends itself to some deliciously disorienting compositions) create palpable tension, despite the ridiculous premise (voodoo curses, possessed killer dolls, et cetera). The story’s no slouch, either, exploring the various ways in which adults—from teachers to foster parents—fail children. The recently-released remake certainly has a lot to live up to.
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