Children of the Corn (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]
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The murder rate is as high as an elephant's eye in this flaccid adaptation of Stephen King's short story. While driving through Nebraska en route to a new job, medico Burt (Peter Horton) and his wife Vicky (a pre-Terminator Linda Hamilton) nearly run over a mutilated boy who staggers from the cornfields. Seeking help, they enter the town of Gatlin, whose under-20 residents have butchered their parents per the decree of junior-grade holy roller Isaac (John Franklin), who preaches the word of a being called "He Who Walks Behind the Rows." King's original story (from his 1978 collection Night Shift) was a lean and brutal mélange of Southern-gothic atmosphere and E.C. Comics-style gore, which scripter Greg Goldsmith effectively neutralizes by adding a youthful narrator (a grating Robbie Kiger) and putting an upbeat spin on the story's morbid conclusion. Fritz Kiersch's direction is TV-movie flat, with the sole inspired moment (hideous religious iconography glimpsed during a bloody "service") delivered as a throwaway. Aside from Horton and Courtney Gains (as Isaac's hatchet man Malachai), the performances are dreadful, and the depiction of the Lovecraftian monster-god as a sort of giant gopher inspires more laughter than terror. Amazingly, the film spawned six sequels; Franklin (Cousin Itt in the Addams Family films) later appeared in and wrote 1999's Children of the Corn 666. Anchor Bay's letterboxed presentation is the R-rated theatrical cut (Kiersch's cut was longer and gorier) and includes the original trailer and a booklet outlining the story's transition from page to screen. --Paul Gaita --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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P.S. Avoid the sequels like the plague!
Admittedly, I probably only watched this because of the story. Simply enough, it involves an estranged couple that takes a wrong turn on a road trip, and ends up in crow's paradise where the children have risen up with Puritanical fury to strike down all of the adults in a town where corn is the stock in trade. The coolest part was the whole undercurrent about a degernerate secondary theology where the children worshipped some sort of monster that lived under the corn rows. They touched on this moderately in the movie, enough that you got the point, but much watered down where the story was concerned. In the movie, you have this really obnoxious, overacted junior televangelist that leads the rest of the children with his gawking, red-headed right hand man, an even more obnoxious teenager with a big fat knife. In this impromptu society, the average, strictly enforced lifespan is about eighteen or nineteen, give or take. Whe you reach the appropriate age, you get the honor of feeding yourself the lumpy horror under the corn rows---worshiped as God by the corn-cult of little tykes.
The couple that stumbles onto this whole scene finds a deserted town with corn husks jutting out of every available orifice, nook and cranny. The wife (it's that chick from Terminator) gets nabbed and tied to a cross, prepared as a sacrifice for the monster. But, this being the movie, the husband manages to fall in with two of the "good" children, enabling him to charge in, defeat the god-monster, and save the day.Read more ›
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My daughter loved this so it was a win for me either way and great pricePublished 3 months ago by Adele Wolfe
Just like I remembered it when I was young. I haven't watched the later versions but this one is worth a watch.Published 22 months ago by Ace Man
As with many movies based on the works of Stephen King, Children of the Corn stretches a relatively short story into a feature length plot, so obviously a l ot of stuff is added. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bonnie
My husband has made corn mazes for many, many years but never saw this movie. After enjoying this flic, the mazes mean alot more to him. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2013 by patty
I bought this movie even if I saw it a hundred times ( well maybe not that much but.. :) ) it's a add to my horror movie collection that I recommend to every horror fan. Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2013 by Jessy