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Children of the Corn (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (1984)

Peter Horton , Linda Hamilton  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong, John Franklin, Courtney Gains
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay/Starz
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026ICAOS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,622 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

The Children of the Corn Blu-ray offers over 40 min of bonus features filmed just for Blu-ray including:
  • It Was The Eighties - Linda Hamilton talks about working on the film, offering great behind-the-scenes stories about the cast and crew
  • Stephen King on a Shoestring – All-New interview with Producer Donald Borchers.
  • Welcome to Gatlin: The Sights and Sounds of Children of the Corn – Interview with Production Designer Craig Stearns and Composer Jonathan Elias
  • Audio commentary with director Fritz Kiersch, producer Terrence Kirby and actors John Franklin & Courtney Gains
  • Harvesting Horror: The Making of Children of the Corn
  • Fast Film Facts
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Poster & still gallery
  • Original storyboard and original title sequence art

Editorial Reviews

The Original Stephen King Classic Is Back – Now With Three All-New Featurettes! Twenty-five years after its original release, it remains one of the top shockers of the ‘80s and perhaps the most popular Stephen King story adaptation ever. Something is alive in the cornfields of desolate Gatlin, Nebraska, and the town’s children will do anything to protect its horrific secret. But when a traveling couple (Peter Horton of thirtysomething and pre-TERMINATOR Linda Hamilton) are taken prisoner by the killer kid cult, their battle for survival will unleash the most unholy sacrifice of all. The day that Isaac, Malachai, He Who Walks Behind the Rows and millions of CoTC fans have been waiting for has finally arrived: The original CHILDREN OF THE CORN is back, now in Blu-ray and loaded with exclusive new Bonus Features.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror in the Cornfields August 26, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
"Children of the Corn" is the 1984 adaptation of a Stephen King tale that turns children into monsters. Following in the tradition of "The Bad Seed" and "Village of the Damned," "Children of the Corn" sets out to shatter our notion that childhood is a time of innocence. The opening scene grabs us right away. In Gatlin, Nebraska, a small farming community, the good citizens follow church on Sunday with breakfast at the local coffee shop. One morning, however, the town's children rise up against the adults, poisoning their coffee and slashing their throats in a violent, horrifying sequence. Skip ahead three years. Burt and Vicky (Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton) have a bad accident outside Gatlin and walk to town, searching for help. But they find no adults. Eventually, they discover that the children of Gatlin have formed a religious cult around an evil entity, "He Who Walks Behind the Rows." Though far from a classic, this film has an enormous following and has inspired six sequels, five released directly to DVD. Its appeal lies partly in the performances of the two young leads. John Franklin plays Isaac, the nine-year-old prophet who organized the cult, and Courtney Gains portrays the odd-looking and unsettling Malachai. Bonus extras include the featurette, "Welcome to Gatlin: The Sight and Sounds of Children Of the Corn;" an interview with Linda Hamilton; audio commentary by director Fritz Kiersch and actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains; and the documentary "Harvesting Horror: Children of the Corn."
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37 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars And a child shall lead them... February 10, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
So how did such a mediocre film warrant six sequels (here's a hint...it's all about the money)? There's the original. Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1993), Children of the Corn III (1995), Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (1996), Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998), Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return (1999), and Children of the Corn: Revelation (2001)...that's a lot of corn, or as the Native Americans call it, maize...I've seen the original, but not the subsequent sequels...my gut instinct tells me to avoid them. Children of the Corn, aka Stephen King's Children of the Corn (1984), directed by Fritz Kiersch (Tuff Turf, Gor) features a solid cast including Peter Horton ("thirtysomething") and Linda Hamilton (Terminator 2: Judgment Day). Also appearing is R.G. Armstrong (Dick Tracy), Courtney Gains (Colors, The 'burbs) and John Franklin, who appeared 1991 film The Addams Family, along with its' 1993 sequel, as the very hairy Cousin Itt.

The film, which primarily takes place in the small farming town of Gatlin, Nebraska, begins with a flashback, relating a particularly gruesome incident in where the children depopulate the town of nearly all adults through a good old fashion bloodbath. Fast forward three years to the present, and we have Burton (Horton) and his girlfriend Vicky (Hamilton) traveling through the Midwest as Burton has recently graduated from med school, and has been offered an internship somewhere...but that's neither here nor there as the pair get lost, have an accident, and soon find themselves looking for aid in Gatlin...but guess what? Gatlin appears all but deserted...except for the children, who've formed some kind of weird cult, led by the incredibly creepy man-child Isaac (Franklin).
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Probably the worst of all the King adaptations! February 7, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Riddle: What do you get when you cross stupid adults, illogical action, ridiculous dialogue with some of the worst acting done by kids in all of history? No it's not outtakes from "The Brady Bunch".If a person after reading this review actually wants to sit through this film, I won't give away the ending. Supposedly based on a short story by Stephen King (even he should disown this) it is one of the funniest since PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE.A group of kids own a town through a "religious cult". A couple "wanders" into the town called Gatlin and the stupidity begins. The adults keep mentioning that they should go to Hemingsford and one keeps hoping they will. Take my advice-if you want to put up with this kind of trash, wath re-runs of "The A-Team". One of the funniest lines in this one is: "He was already dead when he stumbled out on the road". Don't bother!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You'll never look at farm country the same again January 18, 2005
Format:DVD
What is it about farm country? As we drive past the fields, we see nothing but green with the occasional rooftop or silo in the distance. What goes on deep in the fields? Who is out there? What is out there? Is that person or thing religious?

This is classic horror. The movie takes not just things we have looked out before, but things we have never really seen. We hear religious fundamentalist all the time on the TV and radio. We see corn fields often enough. But we never really think much about them. This story jumps into the imagination and makes the ordinary terrifying. This is a good story.

The movie takes the farm country and religious fundamentalism and wraps them together with a twist. A child, Isaac, gets visions, which tell him to create a new religion, killing all the adults. Further, no adults shall be suffered to live. His religion has some fundamentalist undertones, but also some bizarre rituals and ideas. Oddly enough, this movie doesn't actually insult religion, but seems to ask the question, "What if what they said was real?"

By no means is this movie worthy of an Oscar, but this movie was never intended to be. It was meant to thrill you a bit by showing you a slight twist to reality by playing with something we see every day. This is a must for horror fans.
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