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

3.5 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong, John Franklin, Courtney Gains
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Anchor Bay/Starz
  • Release Date: Aug. 25 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0026ICAOS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,179 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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Format: DVD
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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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. If you are a scary movie fan, this one is a must. An oldie but a goodie.
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I enjoyed this movie cause i like Horror movies with kids in them. The movie starts out with your ordinary Sunday morning Church service. Everyone in the town is going to the local cafe for an after-Church service dinner get together. Well, everyone is having a good time untill the kids show up and come into the dinner. They stand around till thier 9-year old leader come to window and gives them a signal. They kill all the adults. Then the movie comes back to present day and shows 3 kids helping thier sibling try to escape. The kid runs through the corn field, but Malachi gets him and slits his throat and throws him out into the road where this couple hit him. They ride into Gatlin and find there is no one there except kids. They find a little girl names Sarah who tells them whats all going on till the kids show up and take the wife away to sacrafice to "he who walks behind the rows" Thier leader is Issac. He tells all th ekids they need to get rid of all the adults...and they listen. Soon, her husband finds her in the corn field where the final showcase is and saves her and they rescue Sarah and her older brother Job they are the 2 kids that tried to help thier sibling escape) Its a pretty freaky movie. When the kids turn 19, they get a knife and engrave the star of the devil thing on thier chest and pass around the little blood dish to the other kids and give thierselves up to "he who walks behind the rows" good movie though, the storey stinked though in "Night Shift".
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Ok here is what I have to say about children of the corn its not a nice story, gothic children slaughter people becuase of their religion, a man and his wife or going to that same town that the corn children took over, 3 years have passed since murders in the coffee shop and around the city of Gatlin, victims were apparently mutilated, they killed their parents, and destroyed eachothers families. The man stops the car to find that a boy's destroyed corpse lays in the highway, which was surrounded by cornfields. they enter the city where the nightmare begins, no population, nobody else's car drove nobody walking across the street, as silent as a ghost town. Then they find 2 survivors, a little girl and a boy, nothing else! then there was a gang children armed with blades, machettes, scythes, knives, too bad there was no police, there seems to be no laws in Gatlin, now that they are changed by insane children. Compared to village of the damned this story was more messed up then those villager kids !
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When watching a film like this you have to look at it the way you would have when it was released, much like our favorite Italian horror directors. If you go into it expecting to see people fly (matrix) or people who should die and dont (Freddy,Jason,Myers) then you'll be dissapointed. I think this movie holds up well to the hands of time. Upon reviewing the new DVD release I just recently aquired I found that I still love it. I remember watching it the first time when I was a pre-teen. Yep, parents obviously neglected me.....no.....they where great. I was scared s###less, had nightmares for a couple nights. Now as an adult I know thats what a scary movie is suposed to do. If I watch a so called horror film and go to bed without a single thought about it then it has failed. However if I awaken all night expecting the Tallman to get me (Phantasm) then it has done its job. This film is exactly what its meant to be....Horror, nothing less. Any true horror fan should be adding this to his/her collection.
P.S. Avoid the sequels like the plague!
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Here it is, the movie that spawned eighty seven sequels, the movie that took a terse, hard-hitting short story and turned it into a child-narrated "feel good" horror movie with a peach of a happy ending.
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.
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