Children of the Corn
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One quiet Sunday, the children of Gatlin, Nebraska slaughtered all the adults at the instruction of Isaac, a young preacher with mesmerizing powers; three years later, a young couple travelling across the country accidently drive into Gatlin and become pa
Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: NR
Street Date: 04/10/01
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The murder rate is as high as an elephant's eye in this flaccid adaptation of Stephen King's short story. While driving through Nebraska en route to a new job, medico Burt (Peter Horton) and his wife Vicky (a pre-Terminator Linda Hamilton) nearly run over a mutilated boy who staggers from the cornfields. Seeking help, they enter the town of Gatlin, whose under-20 residents have butchered their parents per the decree of junior-grade holy roller Isaac (John Franklin), who preaches the word of a being called "He Who Walks Behind the Rows." King's original story (from his 1978 collection Night Shift) was a lean and brutal mélange of Southern-gothic atmosphere and E.C. Comics-style gore, which scripter Greg Goldsmith effectively neutralizes by adding a youthful narrator (a grating Robbie Kiger) and putting an upbeat spin on the story's morbid conclusion. Fritz Kiersch's direction is TV-movie flat, with the sole inspired moment (hideous religious iconography glimpsed during a bloody "service") delivered as a throwaway. Aside from Horton and Courtney Gains (as Isaac's hatchet man Malachai), the performances are dreadful, and the depiction of the Lovecraftian monster-god as a sort of giant gopher inspires more laughter than terror. Amazingly, the film spawned six sequels; Franklin (Cousin Itt in the Addams Family films) later appeared in and wrote 1999's Children of the Corn 666. --Paul GaitaSee all Editorial Reviews
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I gave this movie three stars because of originality and because the guy who played Issac looked really weird. Like androgynous weird. Turns out he has a lack of growth hormones. I say it worked out perfectly.
The movie can be a sleeper during some parts but it does have its moments which I won't reveal here. The acting done by the kids was pretty decent and the area of Iowa they chose to film this horror movie in contributed to the overall mood of the piece.
Video quality is top notch since Anchor Bay used their proprietary Divimax process which is their way of putting a fancy label to high definition. And it's a good thing they did. There was still some "subtle" grain in certain parts if you can believe that. Imagine buying the non-Divimax editions out there. Don't do it! Trust me.
Audio was pretty clear as well. The extras were great, too.
If you love horror, why don't you give this original work a chance. Forget about all the other incarnations which have come after this film. They are garbage and they have nothing to do with Stephen King's vision.
Although a Stephen King fan, this story has never been one of my favorites. I saw the 1984 original but don't remember much about it.
This version suffers from Preston Bailey's atrocious Isaac--he is as terrifying as a slug. Even though the bickering couple are annoying as hell, David Anders and Kandyce McClure portray them with conviction.
I think this is one King work that needs to be put to rest.