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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-TerminatorLinda 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 collectionNight 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 spawnedsixsequels; Franklin (Cousin Itt in theAddams Familyfilms) later appeared in and wrote 1999'sChildren of the Corn 666.--Paul Gaita
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CastR.G. Armstrong, Linda Hamilton, Courtney Gains, Peter Horton, John Franklin
DirectorFritz Kiersch
Screen WriterStephen King, George Goldsmith
DVD Release Date:  April 10, 2001
Runtime:  92 minutes
Studio:  Starz / Anchor Bay
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review by . November 14, 2012
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CHILDREN OF THE CORN      This is one of those movies that seems to divide people, some love it and consider it a classic while others not so much. I know people on both sides of the fence on this subject and have listened to them all on their thoughts. Me myself I fall somewhere in the middle since I do like the movie but admit that it is not as great as some say. In fact if you want a good one check out the first filming of this story on "Stephen King's Nightshift …
Quick Tip by . November 14, 2012
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I have to say that no matter how I feel about the flick the DVD is great with behind the scenes stuff and an excellent commentary. This is one of those commentaries in which they actually give some good behind the scenes stuff up and tell some funny stories from the set. Like the kid in the road thing with the accident at the beginning. Any way I would say if you are interested in King's films then pick up the special addition here for the special features.
review by . October 09, 2008
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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 …
Children of the Corn (1984)
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