Children of the Corn 4: The Gathering

1996

Children of the Corn 4: The Gathering

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This fourth installment in the horror saga bears little resemblance to Stephen King's original tale. Unlike the third episode, which was set in Chicago, this one is again set in a small Nebraska town where a medical student notices that the local kids are all ears when it comes to the words of a mysterious preacher who seems to encourage them to murderously stalk the adults.

Cast

Naomi Watts
as Grace Rhodes
Brent Jennings
as Donald Atkins
William Windom
as Doc Larson
Karen Black
as June Rhodes
Jamie Renee Smith
as Margaret Rhodes
Samaria Graham
as Mary Anne
Mark Salling
as James Rhodes
Toni Marsh
as Sandra Atkins
Lewis Flanagan III
as Marcus Atkins
Salle Ellis
as Jane Nock
Marietta Marich
as Rosa Nock
Jonathan Patterson
as Charlie McLellan
Joshua Patterson
as Scott McLellan
Kay Bower
as Janet McLellan
Evan Greenwalt
as Convulsive Boy
Adam Lidberg
as Michael
Libby Villari
as Michael's Mom
Bill Prael
as Concerned Father
Jim Krieg
as Smits
Richard Gross
as Sheriff Biggs
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Critic Reviews for Children of the Corn 4: The Gathering

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Audience Reviews for Children of the Corn 4: The Gathering

  • Sep 17, 2014
    Taking the series in a new direction, Children of the Corn: The Gathering attempts to tell a different kind of horror story. Breaking away from the corn cult theme, this chapter follows the spirit of a child preacher who possesses the children of the town of Grand Island, Nebraska, in order to exact revenge for his death and find a new host body. Naomi Watts and William Windom lead the cast and give fairly decent performances, but there's not much talent among the child actors. The script is also rather weak and does a poor job of storytelling. There are a lot of problems with Children of the Corn: The Gathering, but it's a breath of fresh air in this series and delivers some entertaining horror scenes.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2013
    I haven't seen any other movies in this inexplicably prolific series, so why start with #4? For the only reason anyone has watched it during the past ten years: it stars a then-unknown Naomi Watts! In truth, this is not one of those movies to be embarrassed about and need to buy and burn every print. There is some sinister atmosphere and a couple gruesome deaths, but it simply moves too slowly with negligible interest in character definition, and the entire backstory is perfunctorily spit out by two crazed old women. Case in point, Grace (Watts) has a much younger sister Margaret whose real relationship to her comes as a surprise, but the fallout that should occur from dropping such an information bomb is completely ignored! As a horror movie you should pass, but Naomi fans will get a kick out of seeing her climbing the ladder of success while sporting a decent Midwestern accent. Maybe she even retains fond memories of the experience, considering this was the first of many horror movie roles.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2012
    Oh gosh, haven't we seen enough of scary children already? Totally unecessary, the actors were pretty much reading lines, especially the children, weren't scary at all. Naomi didn't really do much in this film, aside from being tortured by Greg Spence.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2011
    Children of the Corn 4: The Gathering continues the gore factor established in the third film, and brings a whole new level of horrifying carnage to the screen. This fourth entry is a fun, well conceived film that gorehounds will mostly enjoy. There are effective horror elements at work here to create a pleasant treat for Children of the Corn fans. The cast is comprised of Naomi Watts and Karen Black, to name a few. The film has an interesting story, and plenty of violence and gore to satisfy the most diehard horror fan. Sure, the film could be better, but considering that this is a fourth entry, the film is pretty good. Director Greg Spence delivers a horror film that is lots of fun, entertaining and never boring. Sure the film has its flaws, but for what it is, it's a good fourth film in the Children of the Corn series, and it manages to be a good little horror gem. Thought at times the film can be a tad predictable, this entry is worth watching and is lots of fun for horror fans, and it definitely delivers a fun, entertaining horror viewing experience. As far as sequels are concerned, this one has enough thrills going for it to make it an interesting watch. Children of the Corn fans won't be disappointed and though it lacks in some place, it more than makes up for it with the gore factor, which in the end is what makes this film a must see for horror fans.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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