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Children of the Corn (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]

Peter Horton , Linda Hamilton    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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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

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By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
I had a feeling I wasn't going to like this but I manage to get through it. Nearly everything that Stephen King has ever written seems to have been turned into a film or TV series; in fact, I'm surprised that no one has tried to make a mini-series from the guy's grocery list. Let's face it, if they did, it couldn't be any less interesting than 'Children of the Corn.'

Based on one of King's many short stories, this 1984 horror flick sees Linda Hamilton and Peter Horton playing a couple on a long car journey who run into a spot of bother when they chance upon the sleepy Nebraska town of Gatlin, where all of the adults have been murdered by children who worship an ancient evil that lurks in the corn fields.

Although director Fritz Kiersch does manage to build a fair amount of atmosphere at the beginning (after Hamilton's silly song and dance, but before we get to meet the freakish Isaac, leader of the killer kids), he completely blows it with endless unexciting scenes in which Hamilton and Horton are hunted down by the town's homicidal half-pints. Courtney Gains, as violent redhead Malachai, manages to appear genuinely menacing, but the rest of the children are not the least bit threatening; as a result, many of the film's 'scary' moments fail to work.

Towards the end of the film, when we finally get to see the malevolent force that inhabits the field surrounding Gatlin, the film descends into a glut of terrible 80s visual effects that probably looked pretty ropey almost 25 years ago, but look positively laughable nowadays.

'Children of the Corn' might be of interest to King fans keen to see how the writer's work has been translated to the big screen, but your average horror-film fan will be most unimpressed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars creepy music,but no real scares (2.5/5) Nov. 15 2007
By falcon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
not bad,i guess.it had some creepy moments,courtesy of some 'Omen' type
music.you know,the chanting in Latin.it wasn't really scary,though.the
concept is neat,but not wholly original.there was an original Star Trek
episode that may have inspired the idea for the short story.and it also
has elements of the 70's movie The Wicker Man.anyway,it's certainly got
Stephen King written all over it.it's quite twisted,to say the
least.it's not very graphic at all though.in fact,it's quite tame. i
thought it could have been a TV movie,actually.i even checked this site
to see if it was.the effects are cheesy,but i've seen a lot worse.the
acting is OK,for the most part.but the guy who played Isaac was very
convincing.he exuded evil.the acting by the children was adequate,i
guess,although one of the girls was very good in her role.i did feel
that the guy who played Malachi tended to overact a bit.he was kinda
creepy though.there have been countless sequels,and watching this movie
doesn't inspire me to run out and watch any of them,though i may watch
them in time.for me,Children of the Corn is a 2.5/5
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I've really love; -this masterpeice.. -Not as brilliant as a
masterpeice though. -I've herd that a real; -special
edition with extra features are comming out..! -That's
why I did not get the original edition..! -Becuase it's
just waste of money that you spend it on some DVD with
out the goodie's.. -I'm a goodie's; -fan's..!!
I think that; -Stephen king.. -Will finally; -respect
his art of work..! -Even he's not included in the extra's..!
I've saw this movie when I was a child..! -It totally did
freaked me out at the end..! -Even the beginning where he
slaughter's all the parent's..! -I've seen this on video
when my dad wooed rent lot's of these horror movie's when
this one came out.! -I remember this flick; -perfectly
Well..! -I can't weight too see the digg's of this new
Special edition.. -I think the transfer will be top notch..?
any how; -it is just an old movie..! -Old movie's; -can't
seem too be better..! -These day's..! -I've also have
"Creepshow 2.." -1987.. -Which had nothing..! -I've guest
I've shooed of gotten the original with it..! -But I've
cerntinaly enjoy this better then; -"Creepshow.." -1982..
Back with the; -flick..! -I've think that; -Children of
the Corn II: -The Final Sacrifice.." -1992.. -Was a lot
better..! -Yep..! -They totally messed the sequel's up..!
Permintally..! -The other's had nothing too deal with the
second one..! -If you are a hardcore fan..!! -Stick with
this; -and; -the second one..?
A couple of travlers from a country site..!! -Vickie and
Burt..! -Go two a rural
town.. -As they've discover a deadly secret of the town's
history..! -Their own fate..!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why Children of the corn is a horror classic. March 12 2004
First off, forget about all the sequels,children of the corn this and children of the corn that, and take a look at the original. In the tiny village of Gatlin all the children, led by preacher Issac have slaughtered all the town's adults.Creeepy! Now onto our heros,Burt and Vicky who are just passing through,minding their own busines,when they hit a child who happens to be standing in the middle of the road....But for Burt and Vicky it's only the beginning of their nightmare. Yes it's the kids revenge as Issac orders his hit-man Maliki to kill the "outlanders" as they call them. Luckily Burt finds Jobe and Sarah (actually I lie, coz they found him),the only two children not corrupted by the evil lurking presence of the corn feild. Children of the corn is Stephen King's best. It's got great scare sequences and let me just say that the movie's musical score is a masterpeice in itself.It'd give anyone the chills.So, simply that's why I like this movie. This was Deathgirl, telling you why Children of the corn is a horror classic.Kill the outlanders....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King at is best!
Another Stephen King classic to had to your collection!
Published 1 month ago by Bennny boy
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic
Just like I remembered it when I was young. I haven't watched the later versions but this one is worth a watch.
Published 7 months ago by Ace Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
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 more
Published 7 months ago by Bonnie
5.0 out of 5 stars corn fields from hell.
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 more
Published 12 months ago by patty
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't know this movie?? You have to!!
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 more
Published 15 months ago by Jessy
3.0 out of 5 stars Children of the Corn
It took me forever to finally see this movie and I liked it! There was some poor dialogue in places, which hurt it a bit, but overall this one was good!
Published on April 5 2008 by Summer_Nights
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Corny
This movie has to be the worst movie by Stephen King. First of all the movie isn't even scary and I find it boring and rather much of a drag. I wouldn't recommend this one
Published on Feb. 20 2005
3.0 out of 5 stars Lame and offensive, but a guilty pleasure
-Interesting story idea, fairly well executed.
-Capably acted.
-Cult-movie "camp" factor.
-A little creepy.
-You'll remember it. Read more
Published on June 6 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars kind of a bore...
yea yea yea its a cult classic and very memorable...but why...stephen king is an amazing writer, but this is weak... Read more
Published on May 30 2004 by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest horror films of all time!
Among my top ten horror films, Children of the Corn succeeds on all levels.
Acting, cinematography, music, and direction are all first rate. Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by K. Lance Ashley
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