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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 (53 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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3.0 out of 5 stars creepy music,but no real scares (2.5/5) Nov. 15 2007
By falcon
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Good story, awful movie Nov. 22 2003
This movie has the kind of plot that could scare the pants off you. A teen zealot is contacted by an evil spirit, pieces together a cult in his hometown, convinces his peer group to kill all the adults in town, then carries out murders and sacrifices to appease "He Who Walks Behind The Rows". I was scared just from the commercials when I was 14. I watched it last night, and it's about as scary as an episode of Friends.
The "outlanders" ruin everything. They are so unmoved by the bizarre situation, it's very difficult to be scared yourself. They hit a boy in the road with a Buick LeSabre, the woman is captured by the kids and crucified, the guy is stabbed in the chest, they confront a supernatural entity, witness a sacrifice & subsequent possession, and set acres of cornfields aflame by pushing gasohol through the irrigation pumps. All the while, they barely hit their target heartrate. They're running around town after someone corns up their car (which has the body of the boy in the trunk), constantly encountering horrible situations. Again, they don't even really break a sweat. At the end of the movie, it's like a sequel to that sled dog movie. They're all giddy talking about adopting the two youngsters who help them out. Even then, a psycho from the church springs from their back seat with a knife. After slamming her across the nose with the car door, they just start laughing again and decide to walk to the next town and adopt the kids.
The best actor in this movie is easily the kid who plays Malachai. He's so evil, it's awesome. That red hair, the bellbottom floods, the teeth, and a voice that sounds like barbed wire. He wants the blood of the outlanders, he overthrows Isaac, he carries a kitchen knife in a hip holster. He's who tormented me in my dreams when I was a kid.
Big ups to Malachai!
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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 5 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 6 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 11 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 13 months ago by Jessy
3.0 out of 5 stars It's only consider a Classic because it's one of Stephen Kings earlier...
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;... Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2008 by Jenny J.J.I.
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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