Children of the Corn (1984)


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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Cult Movies
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Written By: George Goldsmith, Stephen King
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On DVD: Apr 10, 2001
New World Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Children of the Corn

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (3)

Send it to the cornfield, Anthony. That's where it belongs, after all.

Full Review… | March 14, 2014

Classic Stephen King horror, hardly popping.

Full Review… | December 14, 2010
Common Sense Media

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.

Full Review… | September 9, 2009

It's a--look, it has to be said--corny "B" horror flick with a certain je ne sais WTF about it. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | August 12, 2009
Groucho Reviews

How Children of the Corn continues to be so successful and popular 25 years after its release still remains a mystery ....

Full Review… | July 30, 2009
DVD Review

incredibly boring from start to finish

March 8, 2008

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!

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


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.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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.

Joshua Wilburn
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