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Children of the Corn (1984)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1984 Wide



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Narrator Job (Robby Kiger) relates the tale of Gatlin, NE, where one day the children, led by a boy preacher named Isaac (John Franklin), rose up and slaughtered all the grown-ups. A few years later, Job and his sister, Sarah (Ammemarie McEvoy), help their friend, Joseph (Jonas Marlowe), try to escape through the cornfields of Gatlin. Meanwhile, Burt Stanton (Peter Horton), a commitment-phobic young doctor, and Vicky Baxter (Linda Hamilton), his frustrated girlfriend, travel through the


Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Cult Movies

George Goldsmith

Apr 10, 2001

New World Pictures

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

March 14, 2014 Full Review Source:

Classic Stephen King horror, hardly popping.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

September 9, 2009 Full Review Source:

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

August 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

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

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

incredibly boring from start to finish

March 8, 2008 | Comment (1)

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.

November 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette | Comment (1)

If you need a laugh, come to Malachi!

February 4, 2004
New Times

Grisly, occasionally effective horror flick.

June 16, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The only halfway decent installment of the entire bloated, pitiful franchise.

March 19, 2003

Ooooooo... scary kids! Don't go into the cornfields alone after this one.

August 8, 2002 | Comment (1)
IGN Movies

"plenty of corn, for sure, but no chills"

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Not a whole lot happens, but horror fans will appreciate the atmosphere.

July 25, 2002

It just gets sillier and sillier with each passing year.

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source:

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!
March 4, 2012
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.
March 1, 2012

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.
October 29, 2011
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.
October 21, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

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    1. Malachi: Outlander! We have your woman! She still lives!
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    1. Job: Don't worry, Mister. You'll be safe here. Isaac and Malachi don't know about this place.
    2. Dr. Burt Stanton: Enough! Who are Isaac and Malachi?
    3. Job: 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.
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Isaac: Don't just stand there! Seize him! Punish him! The Lord has chosen me as the bringer of His word and the giver of His laws! Disobedience to me is disobedience to Him! Do it now, or your punishment shall be a thousand deaths, each more horrible than the last!
    2. Malachi: They are tired of your talk, Isaac. I've shown them what I can do. Cut the woman down. Put Isaac in her place. We shall see how the Lord favors you.
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Dr. Burt Stanton: What about Gatlin?
    2. Diehl: Gatlin! There ain't nothin' in Gatlin.
    3. Dr. Burt Stanton: What do you mean there ain't nothin' in Gatlin?
    4. Diehl: Well, folks in Gatlin's got a religion. They don't like outsiders, and they probably don't have a phone there either.
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
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