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Children of the Corn 4: The Gathering Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ July 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.
½ June 12, 2012
I watched the entire movie with my brain off (at least that's what it felt like). I love Naomi Watts, but this movie was horrible. I did enjoy some of the violence and blood, but the editing was shoddy and the film looked like its budget. Some scenes serve no purpose at all (half the running time is probably in dream sequences that result in jump scares) and much of it felt unneeded (okay, yes, I get that it's the fourth installment of movies that are unneeded to begin with). I didn't "hate" the movie though. I like bad horror movies. This one is watchable and not too dull, so possibly worth a look if you like this sort of stuff.
April 5, 2012
These little movies gave me some fucked up dreams.
April 2, 2012
Another stupid sequel.
½ December 20, 2011
the masters of horror
December 10, 2011
More creepy children in the corn, pass.
½ December 1, 2011
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October 23, 2011
Perhaps most notable for featuring Naomi Watts in an early role, Children of the Corn 4 is a mostly forgettable entry in the series in which "He Who Walks Behind the Rows" develops into some sort of virus that spreads through the town. Entertaining and gory, but mostly crappy, Children of the Corn 4 is less memorable than the previous films.
Super Reviewer
October 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.
October 11, 2011
Not much in commen with the first film, other then kids killing adults.
October 3, 2011
Not sure why there was a need for any of these sequels..the only redeeming elements of this film are naomi watts and karen black.
September 20, 2011
Not as good as I remembered the first one being. (September 20, 2011)
July 23, 2011
By now, the series had taken on a whole new life of it's own and it wasn't a good thing. Originaly, this was to be a semi-origin story for He Who Walks Behind the Rows - the corn God. But thanks to the scene being cut out, we were saved from that. But then we also got our first sequel which has no continuity, effectively starting a whole new continuity/universe which throws all original mythos out the window and rebuilds with a pretty bad mythos. Naomi Watts may be in this, but it is bad - particularly her little confession, which is worse a plot twist than what M. Night Shamalan can deliver.
Super Reviewer
June 18, 2011
Surprisingly not too bad. It's the goriest of the series with nice gruesome kills and the plot is marginally different with not a grain of corn in sight. Interestingly it stars Naomi Watts in the lead already showing signs that she was destined for better things.
May 23, 2011
Decent enough, a departure from the other movies in storyline but I liked the change. One of Karen Black's finest Scifi performances.
April 17, 2011
Still enjoying this series.
March 7, 2011
The children of a Nebraska town are being tranced by a dead preacher buried in a well. Most scares are in dream sequences. No mention of 'He Who Walks Between The Rows' and I'm not sure this really relates to Stephen King's original ideas.
February 27, 2011
The series was getting a little ridiculous with the last two entries so filmmakers decided to get back to the "Children of the Corn" basics and ignores all plot elements of the previous films and makes a "one off" in the series with a completely unconnected plot and a more serious tone. Is this why the title card in the film conveniently forgot the roman numeral "IV" to disconnect from the previous sequels? Nah... I just think it was a fuck-up by the title sequence creator.

College student Naomi Watts returns home to her small Midwestern home town (not Gatlin like in the previous films, it's a different town but the name escapes me) to help her delusional mother and younger siblings. Shortly after her arrival all the children in town come down with a fever and start losing teeth and going homicidal. It seems the spirit, ghost or whatever the fuck you want to call it of a dead child preacher has taken possession of the children to get vengeance.

I have to admire the filmmakers for trying to make the "Children of the Corn" franchise "scary" again (was it ever really scary?) with its more serious approach but the plot is so damn clich├ (C) it still hardly makes it worth watching. The film has predicable kills and gore and the ghostly preacher child is nothing more than Freddy Krueger clone by mixing reality and dreams...

...dreams, now that's an aspect this film goes way fucking overboard on! I lost count how many times and how many characters woke up from nightmares, or even dreams with in dreams. Okay... enough with the false dream scare bullshit!

Greg Spence tries to get around the clich├ (C) script with some nifty camera work and style and his style saved the film for me as he made it visually interesting enough to keep watching. It was also nice to see genre actor Karen Black make an appearance and she gives a good performance as the delusional mother going psychotic from her nightmares.

For the first entry in the series to go direct-to-video this surprisingly outdoes the uber silly and dumb second and third entries thanks to a more serious approach and some nice visual style (cutie Naomi Watts doesn't hurt either) but the clich├ (C) plot only makes this a must see for genre enthusiasts only. For me this is hands down the best sequel in the franchise... but then again that's not saying much.
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