Children of the Corn (1984)
One of many early-'80s Stephen King "quickie" adaptations dashed off to cash in on the prolific horror author at the peak of his popularity, New World Pictures' Children of the Corn takes one of King's published short stories as its source material. Stranded in the rural town of Gatlin, Nebraska, the protagonists (Linda Hamilton & Peter Horton) fall into the sinister little mitts of a bizarre religious cult composed entirely of children. Having murdered the town's adult population at the command of their leader Isaac (the spooky-looking John Franklin), the children perform blood sacrifices to their cornfield-dwelling deity -- known only as "He Who Walks Behind The Rows" -- with their two new visitors next in line for crucifixion. This rather colorless adaptation somehow spawned three belated sequels (none of which took the material in any interesting directions either) and serves to remind Linda Hamilton fans how far her skills have developed in the years to follow. … More
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Critic Reviews for Children of the Corn
Send it to the cornfield, Anthony. That's where it belongs, after all.
its dated look reminds us that horror movies were once made with only a camera and buckets of Karo syrup; not marketable teen models and computer-generated effects.
It's a--look, it has to be said--corny "B" horror flick with a certain je ne sais WTF about it. [Blu-ray]
How Children of the Corn continues to be so successful and popular 25 years after its release still remains a mystery ....
incredibly boring from start to finish
As ye sow, so shall ye reap - and for all its initial creepiness, in the end this Mid-western gothic yields a big cropful of corn.
If you need a laugh, come to Malachi!
Grisly, occasionally effective horror flick.
The only halfway decent installment of the entire bloated, pitiful franchise.
Ooooooo... scary kids! Don't go into the cornfields alone after this one.
"plenty of corn, for sure, but no chills"
Not a whole lot happens, but horror fans will appreciate the atmosphere.
Audience Reviews for Children of the Corn
Isaac: Malachai! He wants you too, Malachai. He wants you too!
"And a child shall lead them..."
Children of the Corn quite possibly might be the worst Stephen King adaption I have ever seen. You know a movie is terrible when an hour and a half feels like three days. Everything about this film is amateurish and cheap. A film like this should live off of atmosphere and mood, but the director and the cast do little to achieve that.
The plot revolves around a religious cult of children who terrorize a couple. It may sound really stupid, but I guarantee that it's even stupider than you imagine. I haven't read the short story by King, but I would guess that it is much different than this sorry piece of shit.
Bad horror movies are at least somewhat interesting or entertaining to me, most of the time. Children of the Corn is a notable exception. I couldn't have been more bored or less interested. I don't want to even imagine what the sequels are like. As for that ginger Malachai; I'm nominating it for the worst performance I have ever seen. Fucking terrible!
The general rule of horror films is that it's what you don't see that really terrifies and leaves it's imprint in your mind. Children of the Corn is the exception. I didn't really feel there was any pay-off. I haven't read the book but often when I see a Stephen King film, I can relate to his tone and style, here I just couldn't. I'm sure the book is much better but then, that is often the case, especially with the King. I also got distracted by the fact Issac looks just like a kid I went to school with.More
I think this film is very under-rated by critics. I hear this film is cheesey and not scary when the opening scene was one of the coolest scenes I've seen. I hate how people think that films arnt scary unless there's cold blooded hack job fake blood surging from every angle typical horror scene. This film had great set up and freaked me out. And now, unless I know the kid, I think all chrildren are evil devil henchmen.More
Children Of The Corn is an often overlooked horror film. Based on the Stephen King story of the same name, Children Of The Corn is the story of a boy preacher who arrives in Gatlin, Nebraska and convinces the local children to murder the adults. After noticing an injured boy running from the corn field and into the street, young couple Burt and Vicky (Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton) travel to Gatlin to find help. When they get there, they find that the town is empty and is only habited by children. Soon the new arrivals know what really went on, and find out that Isaac, the boy preacher has brainwashed the children into killing their parents. Children Of The Corn is not the best Stephen King adaptation, but the filmmakers do a pretty good job in creating tense, horrifying moments. Sometimes the film seems a little sloppy, and cheesy, but this is what makes it a fun film to watch. The fact that we never quit see "He Who Walks Behind The Rows" (the god that the children worship) adds to the eerie atmosphere that this possesses. We are only given a brief scene with He who walks behind the rows, and when it happens, it reminds you of the shark from Jaws. The payoff of the film was decent, and entertaining, but it was also disappointing. Children Of The Corn is still a very entertaining horror film despite it's flaws. Just watch it with an open mind, and you may not feel too disappointed.More
Children of the Corn Quotes
- Dr. Burt Stanton:
- [about the Bible] What, did you rewrite the whole thing, or just the parts that don't suit your needs?
- Outlander! We have your woman! She still lives!
- The Blue Man! Yes, the Blue Man!
- Don't worry, Mister. You'll be safe here. Isaac and Malachi don't know about this place.
- Dr. Burt Stanton:
- Enough! Who are Isaac and Malachi?
- Isaac started the whole thing. He's a boy preacher who came to this town three years ago. At nine-years-old back then, he had a charming way that appealed to all the kids and teens like us to follow him with his own teachings of the bible and of the Old Testiment. But me and Sarah thought he was just plain weird.
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