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1984 film directed by Fritz Kiersch

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Beware of he who walks behind the rows (yawn).

  • Oct 25, 2009
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Something has gone awfully wrong in the peaceful town of Gatlin.  The children have taken over and slaughtered all of the adults.  Led by a pint sized maniacal child preacher named Issac (John Franklin) and aided by his twisted cohort Malachi (Courtney Gains).  The children have been worshiping some evil creature and are waiting for a sign.  Meanwhile, a very annoying married couple Vicky and Burt (Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton) are driving cross country.  They make the mistake of actually stopping in this little town and find out about it's horrible secret.  What sign are the children waiting for?
Can anyone stop these crazy kids?  Why did the children get rid of the adults?  Why is their a creepy monster hiding out in a corn field? If you are still interested then watch Children of the Corn.

I didn't like it, not one bit.  I found it a dull and boring film that lacked any suspense or creativity.  The filmmakers tried to hard to make something out of nothing.  Did they have a small budget?  Yes they
did, but that doesn't mean the movie has to be filled to the rim with tired old cliches, cheap scares and
hammy acting.  They should have read the short story more carefully instead of using only a few bits and pieces.  Some people consider this a "cult" film.  I think it's rubbish and the sequels were actually more entertaining than this one.  Not recommended unless you are a die hard 80's horror film fan or
if you enjoyed watching all of the movies in the series.

Not recommended.

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review by . April 16, 2011
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* out of ****     It's only right not to blame Stephen King for a mess such as "Children of the Corn". After all, he did not write, produce, or direct the film, now did he? King did write the short story, which serves as the basis for this film, but as I said; he is not to blame for the adaptation's failure. The entire film is fixated on children committing violent acts towards adults. They're not the most grisly of acts, but they still come without reason. This film seems to …
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Based very loosely on a short story written by Stephen King.

The first film of the Children of the Corn series.

The second theatrical adaptation of the story.
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Director: Fritz Kiersch
Genre: Horror
Release Date: March 9, 1984
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 92 minutes
Studio: Angeles Entertainment Group
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