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Children of the Corn (2009)

David Anders , Kandyse McClure , Donald P. Borchers  |  NR |  DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Anders, Kandyse McClure, Daniel Newman, Preston Bailey, Robert Gerdisch
  • Directors: Donald P. Borchers
  • Writers: Donald P. Borchers, Stephen King
  • Producers: Donald P. Borchers
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KH4KSY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,375 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Children of the Corn" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New Directions - an interview with Writer/Prodcuer/Director Donald P. Borchers on remaking a cult classic
  • Cast of the Corn - Interviews with Actors Kandyse McCLure "Vicki", David Anders "Burt", and Daniel Newman "Malachai"
  • To Live And Die in Gatlin - Interviews with Production Designer Andrew Hussey and Special Make-Up FX Supervisor Alan Tuskes
  • Fly On The Wall - Behind the scenes footage from the set of Children of the Corn

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From Donald P. Borchers comes the resurrection of the most unholy shocker of all: It's 1975, and a young married couple - Vietnam vet Burt (David Anders of Alias and Heroes) and preacher's daughter Vicki (Kandyse McClure of Battlestar Galactica) - are driving cross-country straight into the heartland of Hell. Here in Gatlin, Nebraska, the town's bloodthirsty children - led by the boy preacher Issac and his teen enforcer Malachai - have slaughtered all adults by command of He Who Walks Behind The Rows. Now two new Outlanders have arrived...and The Time of Sacrifice is at hand. Preston Bailet (Dexter) and Daniel Newman co-star in this brutal and chilling re-imagining of King's infamous take, featuring graphic footage not seen in the television broadcast.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yet another awful remake.... October 9, 2009
I'll spare you some wasted time... seriously. Yeah, this movie is that bad. I'd rather be bludgeoned unconscious with dried ears of corn than watch this film again. (I live in Iowa, so this is an option!) I had a few unintentional laughs, especially during the child killing spree the main protagonist went on during his escape attempt. This film definitely has the highest body count of children killed in any horror film I've seen. Between that and the "sex scene" in the film, I'm still shivering. But anyway... I digress.

"Children of the Corn," in case you actually are living in a cornfield, is a remake of a prior film of the same name, both of which are based on a Steven King story. (I can still remember one of the creepy lines from the original film, although I haven't seen it in years: "He wants you too, Malachi. He wants you, too.") The plot is quite interesting for a horror film: it's set in a small Nebraska town and revolves around a religious cult composed of children that worship a being that lives in the corn fields. A husband and wife encounter the kids, and the events that follow make up the rest of the story. I'll not go into it in more detail, as other reviews have done it in already.

Unlike a lot of people, I don't mind so much that Hollywood is hell-bent on making endless remakes, but I wish they would at least make a better remake. This film is in no way better than its predecessor. The acting is atrocious - not that they were given very good dialogue. The lines were forced, and the actors are stiff and unbelievable. The special effects are laughable and, if you can believe it, worse than the 1984 film. So much for progress.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just watched this on SyFy, 2.5 stars September 26, 2009
By Remy
I agree with the other reviewer when he said that this movie leaves you wanting more (maybe for the wrong reasons), but it follows the Stephen King's original short story not the 1984 film, so you shouldn't go in expecting it to recreate every detail of the original. My only real issue with this reboot/"re-imagining" is that Preston Bailey who plays Isaac is terrible. It seemed as if he was handed his lines immediately before scenes were shot and was scrambling to get all of the words out before he forgot what he was supposed to say. Also, his delivery was just awful... he always used the same tone and never seemed to put emphasis on any of his words. John Franklin's performance as Isaac in the original was powerful and commanding, it was easy to see why even the older children would follow/fear him... here it's laughable when Malachi (Daniel Newman) takes orders from Isaac. Negatives aside, all of the other cast members played their parts well (Daniel Newman gave the best performance imo) and the blood/gore seemed to be of a higher quality than what's typical of a SciFi (SyFy) Original. Children of the Corn was actually a decent flick, worth watching at least once... don't go in expecting much, but don't let the "SyFy Original" tag completely scare you off either.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Children of the Corn (2009): 1 out of 10: Good lord did they screw this movie up. First, the writer (George Goldsmith) who adapted the original Children of the Corn is some sort of savant. Apparently all the good scenes in the original movie (The killing of the adults, Isaac and Malachi going at it in the climax, were his invention.) This movie cut all that good stuff out and replaced it with the Viet Cong and public child sex.

The blame rests squarely on Mr. Stephen King's shoulders. He did not like the changes the 1984 and wanted to stick to his original story. Therefore, the movie takes place in the mid-seventies and the main couple is a divorcing, squabbling mess. In addition, the main character hallucinates Viet Cong shooting in the corn which looks ten times worse than it sounds. Oh they have a sex scene in a church 'The time for fertilization has come!' where two teens have sex while nine year olds look on masturbating corn cobs.... good lord I didn't need to see that.

The casting is horrible. If I never see Kandyse McClure again (in the Linda Hamilton role) it will be to soon. She ruins the first half of an already horrible film. Daniel Newman as Malachi and Preston Bailey as Isaac ruin the second half. Daniel looks like he is reading off cue cards while Preston is about as threatening as a kitten.

Oh and if that all was not a big enough F You to the audience, the monster never shows up at the end.

It isn't like the original Children of the Corn was Casablanca or something but good lord this is an embarrassment for all involved.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh, No, Not Again! October 3, 2010
Good Grief, but was this truly hideous remake a big pile of--garbage!
We're treated to the most obnoxious and repulsive "heroine" ever to appear in a horror flick. As portayed by actress Kandyse McClure, "Vicki" is the wife from hell. For the first thirty minutes, we're treated to her screeching, cursing, degrading her long suffering husband, David Anders, a recent Vietnam vet. The wife jeers and insults him in a non-stop barrage that never ends. When the husband runs over a corn child, the wife turns up the insults and one wonders what the husband sees in her--and why he takes it.

When the wife is finally murdered, you want to applaud.And the rest of the movie is just one endless marathon were the husband runs through cornfields. His pursuers are so fat, you can imagine them ordering wash tubs of corn dogs during breaks. Oh, yeah, we're also supposed to be scared of a little boy whose supposed to be the leader--yet, he comes off as a brat who needs his diapers changed real fast.

And then we have a bizarre sex scene where a teenage couple strip naked before all the other oorn children have sex--with the little ones all grinning and jumping up and down and leering at each other. You can imagine the director screaming: "Act like you love it! Act like dirty little kids!"

As for the corn monster, there isn't one. We see corn stalks shaking and then the hero begins to shriek hysterically and the next thing we're shone, is the hero trussed up like a scarecrow. This is a typical Sci-Fi Film, made on a poverty-row budget with a cast of no-name and no-talent performers. This woul be a fun movie to show at a Worst Movie of All Time Party--where it would join the ranks of other worst movie candidates like "Rest Stop," "Lake Placid II" and "100 Million BC" starring King of the Z'--Christopher Atkins.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Unecassary remake?
So-so remake. Kandyse McClure is nice to look at and she can act but this movie lacks the creepy element of the first one. Also the original Issac and Malakai are much better. Read more
Published 9 days ago by S. Souza
5.0 out of 5 stars children of the corn get it
its the best movie i have ever seen
Published 21 days ago by jameskegley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie
Published 1 month ago by Bobby Hutton
2.0 out of 5 stars remakes blah
not nearly as good as the original film or its man sequels. nice try at doing something different though. try again
Published 3 months ago by J. Baxter
1.0 out of 5 stars He Who Walks Into Nam Flashbacks
I will give the filmmakers credit in that they did try to stick a bit more closely to King's original short story...but that's a problem. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David Girod
5.0 out of 5 stars just like the short story
its just like the short story and i love it!!! great movie cool awesome worth the money better than the original movie children of the corn. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kristin Teeter
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, great price
I got the other movies, and wanted to finish it off with the re-make. good movie, it came fast and have not issues
Published 7 months ago by Scott T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nasty.... but good.
I have read many other reviews on here about the distasteful elements of the movie, but isn't that the point of going to the movies to begin with? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Daniel T. SWan
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't need to be made.
Thsi adaptation of the original to a TV movie didn't need to be made. The Isaac character just wasn't scary enough, and the main couple were kind of annoying with their personal... Read more
Published 10 months ago by OriginalCatlady
1.0 out of 5 stars Children of the Corny
Ugh. Terrible acting and dialogue. Incomprehensible relationship between the two protagonists. Oh. And not scary. In the least. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Wanax
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