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Plot: A boy preacher named Isaac goes to a town in Nebraska called Gatlin and gets all the children to murder every adult in town.
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And a child shall lead them…
Who would have thunk it, that one of Stephen King’s short stories would spawn a gargantuan movie franchise? Children of the Corn is one of those movies that horror fans of a certain age, who started to blossom in the 1980s, remember fondly but agree that now it’s a bit, well, corny.
Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton get trapped in a village of the damned where the children have killed the adults and established a religious order that gives worship to the devil of the corn. Isaac Chroner (John Franklin) and Malachai Boardman (Courtney Gains) head the creepy kid cult, corn does sway, blood does flow, poor special effects do down the devil, yet it’s atmospheric as heck fire and still a bunch of fun if you forgive it its dated foibles. 6/10
***Children of the damned… in the cornfields of the American prairie***
A young couple traveling through the endless cornfields of Nebraska (Peter Horton & Linda Hamilton) visits a town so far off the beaten track it’s not even on the map. Yet it seems abandoned, except for some kids scurrying around. Horror ensues.
“Children of the Corn” (1984) takes the remote Plains town setting of “The Last Picture Show” (1971) and gives it a horror spin based on Stephen King’s short story. The later “Husk” (2011) used the same template. King, however, wasn’t pleased with the results, as conveyed in his statement: “My feeling is like a guy who sends his daughter off to college. You hope she’ll do well. You hope she won’t fall in with the wrong people. You hope she won’t be raped at a fraternity party, which is pretty well what happened to Children of the Corn.”
The uninhabited town with scavenging kids makes the film come across as a post-apocalyptic flick. The protagonists are likable and the movie works up some creepy rural mood. People have described the film as sacrilegious, but it’s clear that the kids’ hybrid religion is not a true expression of Christianity since it’s clearly sullied by “he who walks behind the rows.” One of the picture’s criticisms is the ambiguity of this thing, but I suppose enough is revealed to put the pieces together. Still, the lack of exposition is disappointing. And the gaudy effects in the last act are lousy.
Another arguable negative is the portrayal of the cult with the use of child & teen actors. I think they did pretty good all things considered. The growing schism between leader Isaac (John Franklin) and chief disciple Malachai (Courtney Gains) is interesting. It’s just difficult to portray diabolic cults, like witches and satanists, without getting eye-rolling and laughable.
In any case, imagine the casting auditions for Malachai wherein the producers are looking for a tall teenage boy with a mean face and shocking mane. Courtney Gains enters the room and answers some questions when the producers state: “This is going well; you’ve just about got it clinched. But, as a formality, could you shout ‘Outlander’ at the top of your lungs?”
The movie runs 1 hour, 32 minutes, and was shot mainly in Iowa.
This Ain’t Stephen King…
…but that may be a good thing. King’s short story is totally adequate, although the husband-and-wife characters are pretty much unlikeable. The movie is a much more “standard” horror flick, and there are some unintentionally goofy moments: He Who Walks Between the Rows burrowing through the fields like Bugs Bunny comes to mind. And the feel-good ending makes you want to throw up. But unlike its successors, the original CotC is still a chilling little flick, keeping the best elements of the King short story. Yes, it is creepy when the zealous children turn on their parents and subsequently take over the town, preying on outsiders. The creepiness is pretty good, and the horror so-so.
When children attack….
One of these days, when Stephen King is sitting down in his vault, counting all the millions of dollars he has made as the McDonald’s of horror authors, I hope he remembers that one of his books foisted a travesty known as “Children of the Corn” on the movie-going world, and that he then hangs his head in shame.
I know: it’ll never happen. But here’s hoping.
I spoil nothing by saying that in this film children do indeed kill their parents in a secluded farming community at the urging of He Who Walks Behind the Rows, and that a young couple happen upon the town years later and discovers the truth and what is behind all the evil….
But despite some effective moments of shock and chills here and there and very creepy-looking kids, this is just another excursion into the fast-food world of movies with extra cheese and fries on the side. Hamilton and Horton are as bland as ever and even the special FX are about what you’d expect.
Even the title describes the proceedings: there are “Children” in it, and if you’re looking for “Corn”….
One star. I’ve never seen the sequels. After this, I don’t want to.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 32 min (92 min)
Genre Horror, Thriller
Director Fritz Kiersch
Writer Stephen King (based on the short story by), George Goldsmith (screenplay by)
Actors Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong, John Franklin
Awards 1 win & 3 nominations.
Production Company Hal Roach Studios Inc.
Sound Mix Dolby (Ryder Sound Services)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35 BL
Laboratory Consolidated Film Industries (CFI), Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 2,523 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm