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Child’s Play

Acting Styles 

Title: Child’s Play

Director: Tom Holland (1988)

Actors: Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Alex Vincent, Chris Sarandon

In this horror film a good guy doll named Chucky (Brad Dourif)  is suddenly brought to life and no one believes Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) a young child who is the only one that have seen Chucky in his real side and doll side, not even his mother Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks).

The story starts off when a detective by the name of Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon) is chasing Charles lee Ray also know as Chucky and after being cornered into a children’s toy shop he begin to chant a voo doo spell which believed to take his soul out of his physical body and move it somewhere of his choice which was a good guy doll and this only believed for him to be temporary.

Karen who plays the mother of Andy in this film has a realism style of acting, she reacts to the situation as any mother of a child would. If my child would have told me his doll was real I would have thought something was wrong with him and not actually believe the toy was real but think it was his imagination. Things start taking a turn when Andy starts revealing names of real live people and going to get him some help as any mother would.

Chucky who plays the child’s doll stylized acting the director wants us to see and know that the doll is actually alive and moving and talking, so that we can see the details unfold and have both sides of the story. When the child tells his mother about the doll and then as she begins to find out about the
dolls where abouts.

Mike Norris style of acting would be realism also because as a detective most officers have to see the actually event take place to fully believe the story, he wanted facts he thought that Andy had just seen the news and knew all of the victims names and the story but because Chucky was telling him everything was the fact of him knowing the events.

Chris Sarandon has played in many movies and his roles have changed within these different types of movies, in “Fright Night” he moved next door and a boy by the name of Brewster believes he is a vampire and no one believes the boy. This is the same kind of movie but his role changes and he is the one with the secret.


Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C.P. (2014). Film: From Watching to Seeing(2nd ed.)


Colombiana: Bugged

In this action packed movie a child by the name of  Cataleya has witnessed her parents murdered by a group of people as she flees from danger she is left on her own and on the run from angry people, angry that she escaped and had taken flight to American.

The dialogue in this scene is from Cataleya and her boyfriend and also from the swat member and one of this workers, as the scene is moving back and forth you can hear both conversations. The sound, I do believe right before something happens the music changes letting you know that someone or something is going to take place, while she was searching to see who Danny had given or let see her picture the music begins to speed up at a fast pace, at the end of this film you can clearly hear the difference in the music while we don’t know what happens we can tell it was something unexpected. This clip has a music score playing in the background and the film’s music score is what plays in the background of a scene while action takes place (para.20).


Goodykoontz, B., and Jacobs, C.P.(2014). Film: From Watching to Seeing(2nd ed.).                                                                                                     

Finders Keepers


Title: Finders Keepers

Director: Alexander Yellen

Main Characters: Tobin Bell, Jaime Pressly, Kylie Rogers, Joey Luthman, Patrick Muldoon


In this film the mother (Jaime) and father (Patrick) of a young child has just divorced and now the child (Kylie) has found a doll in a floor vent, now series of events begin to happen is it the doll or is it just their imagination?

In this weeks lesson we talk about mise en sce’ne and the items placed in the movie is very helpful and helps the movie take flight. One of the things that was placed in the movie was the photos of a previous family and this brought clues for the mother to go on.

The style of lighting that was used was a low key lighting a dark overall appearance of the movie. The genre of the movie is horror, designed to elicit fear and shock in a cathartically entertaining (Goodykoontz, B., and Jacobs, C.P. (2014). Film: From Watching to Seeing 2nd ed.).


The benefits of lighting help the audience get into the movie better and allows you to get the shadow effect of the characters in this film their is a demon that is helping do most of the killing and the lighting helps you see the shadows of his presence.

If this was done any differently their will be what ifs in the film as to how can the doll or the child do the things that were done in the film.

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