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Children of the Corn (1984)




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


Peter Horton
as Burton Stanton
Linda Hamilton
as Vicky Baxter
John Franklin
as Isaac Chroner
Mitch Carter
as Radio Preacher
D.G. Johnson
as Mr. Hansen
Patrick Boylan
as Hansen Customer
Elmer Soderstrom
as Hansen Customer
Teresa Toigo
as Hansen Customer
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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

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
Joshua Wilburn

Super Reviewer

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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