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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.

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

Product Details

  • 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: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KH4KSY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,103 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Children of the Corn" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

This movie is really bad.
This has to one the worst made for TV movie I've seen, never mind it was a remake of a Stephen King Classic.
The acting is atrocious - not that they were given very good dialogue.
J. Givens

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Givens on October 9, 2009
Format: DVD
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Remy on September 26, 2009
Format: DVD
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 By Julian Kennedy on November 27, 2009
Format: DVD
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 By Jery Tillotson on October 3, 2010
Format: DVD
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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