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1984 film directed by Fritz Kiersch

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He Who Walks Beyond the Rows, shall never show, and neither shall...the crows. See what I did there?

  • Apr 16, 2011
* 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 know that I'm OK with violence in movies, but it forgets the part about substance, which I need in order to enjoy ANY film. Substance can come in so many forms, but man, this film has none. It is a horror film meant to provoke, disturb, and make audiences cringe. I think I was supposed to "feel" something by the time it ended, but alas, the only thing I "felt" was not a cringe or a shiver; it was a yawn, coming from my very mouth.

A cult of evil, violent children begin to kill all the adults in a town, starting with a diner. They don't stop there, and go on to kill every single adult in the small town which they live in. But why are they killing? This is the one thing that is explained; they are killing adults because their cult worships an demi-god sort of entity, which may resemble Satan in one way or another.

A guy named Burt and his girlfriend Vicky are thrown in the middle of these practices when they pass through the little town. They soon meet two kids who have been captured, but have not yet succumbed to the cult; and together, they aim to bring down the band of murderous children.

As for the murderous children, well, they're heartless and pretentiously relentless. There's not a whole lot of fear that comes our way when we see them, partially because the film essentially tells us before-hand that nothing genuinely horrific is going to happen. And nothing genuinely horrific DOES happen, rendering this film useless, boring, and stupid. It is the worst kind of horror movie; the kind that does not scare us or even set up a tight atmosphere. The worst part of that is the fact that this movie tries so desperately to be good, but alas, it is not. We don't care about these people who are caught up in the situation, and due to a lack of proper back-story, we don't care much about the situation either. Perhaps more is learned in the sequels, but I don't plan to venture beyond this installment. You've got a pretty stupid and problematic movie when the best you can say about it is that it has decent photography, and I'm not lying when I say this. This movie does not look bad, but oh man, does it FEEL bad! As the tagline for this film suggests, "Children of the Corn" is an "adult nightmare". They got that part right, because this thing is so boring that it's frightening to think that people can make movies like this and fail so miserably. I don't hate this movie because it's too gruesome, disturbing, or disgusting ; I hate it because it does not have a brain, and once again, Stephen King deserves a better movie for his wholesome and well-written story. The premise is rich, but these corn-fields are not filled with the same kind of inspiration and entertainment. No "Children of the Corn" film can offer up such a thing, and that's why this film is so easily avoidable.

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April 16, 2011
outsider...outsider!! classic line. Nice one, Ryan.
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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 …
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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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