Karen Barclay (Catherine Hicks) is having a fairly rotten day. It's her kid's birthday, and she's got a party planned, but her tight-assed manager has just dictated that she work a double shift. So what does she do?
In the alley behind the department store where she works, an alley-cat is selling bootleg toys. And from him, Karen buys a "Good Guy" doll, which is a nearly-lifesize plastic dummy that recites programmed phrases at the pull of a string. Her young son Andy (Alex Vincent) will doubtless love it. Except....
Except that this particular Good Guy doll, who calls himself Chucky, is not like his counterparts. For one thing, he's alive, possessed by the spirit of a serial killer named Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif), recently shot dead by police. Another thing, he doesn't like his spirit being trapped in a doll. No, he wants to be human again, and with an unsuspecting youngster like Andy hanging around, a transfer might be in the workings....
As the truth about Chucky becomes increasingly apparent to Karen, her son Andy becomes increasingly fixated upon the doll. Then it's up to her and investigating detective Mike Norris (Chris Sarandon) to put an end to Chucky's rampage. Will they succeed?
Well, if this helps, note that three sequels eventually followed.
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