Children of the Corn (1984)

Gatlin was just your average small farming town in rural Nebraska before a child preacher named Isaac showed up.  It wasn’t long until he convinced the other kids to kill all of the adults on a nice Saturday afternoon three years ago.  They now worship some sort of demon that lives in the corn field, who they call He Who Walks Behind the Rows. (Alex’s Note: when I saw this movie as a kid, I thought they were talking about a ‘rose’, so I was utterly confused as there isn’t a rose in the whole damn movie).  One of the kids of Gatlin wants out, so he makes a run for the highway to try and escape.  It isn’t long before Isaac’s second in command and main enforcer Malachi catches up to the boy and slits his throat, and pushing him in front of a passing car.

As Bert and Vikki, a couple moving across the country, look up from their map, they slam into some kid staggering in the middle of the road.  Thinking they just killed someone, they inspect the body only to realize what really happened to the poor little fella.  They stash the body in the trunk and proceed to try and find a town so they can hand him over to the cops.  It’s then that they roll into the town of Gatlin, which appears to be deserted.  Little do they know what happened there, or that the kids are all watching them and don’t take to kindly to outsiders.

The pair finds two little kids in an old house who aren’t as crazy as the rest of the bunch, so they fill them in on what’s going on around there.  Bert leaves to try and find some help, but as soon as he goes, the rest of the screwball kids break in and capture Vikki.  Bert must fight his way past a bunch of 12 year olds to try and get his lady back.  He stirs up some discontent among the kids and they decide that Isaac needs to go.  They crucify him in the corn field, and just as Bert thinks this is all a bunch of horseshit, some monster comes up and flings Isaac deep into the rows.  For some reason Bert feels obligated to help this kids that are trying to murder him, and aims to set the fields on fire before this monster kills everyone.  The end… until the 27 sequels that followed.

Alex’s Thoughts: Well I guess I can’t really say anything bad about this movie.  But after watching it for the 4th or 5th time, it  has become quite the bore. If you’ve never seen it though, you really need to, it is amazing how they fleshed out a 20-page short story into a feature-length film.  Admittedly there are some slow parts, but there is enough going on throughout to keep your attention.  The initial scene where the kids rebel and murder their parents is the highlight, then it sort of goes downhill from there.  I also really liked just the random placement of corn through the town when Bert and Vikki are walking around; it is placed in just the right place to make it look creepy, if corn could ever look creepy.  The climax isn’t as bad as remembered, but the effects are anything but special, and today they are just laughable.  Not one of the best Stephen King film adamptations out there, but probably worth a look if you’re a King fan.  Alex Rates This Movie 6/10

Tim’s Thoughts:For some reason I loved this movie as a kid, and I was hesitant to go back and watch this, mostly because I wanted to preserve my good memories. Right off the bat I was disappointed. The opening scene which I remembered as creepy, is instead ruined by a little kid narrator, not to mention that in the 3 years that pass from the prologue to the start of the movie NO ONE AGES! After I get over this the movie does pick up a bit, and I do like the creepy music, but it is definitely not as good as I remembered. That being said, I don’t think it ever gets boring, and Alex is right, there is some off putting corn placement throughout the film. All in all, not great, and could use a reboot, but you would need to keep Platinum Dunes away from it (that’s Micheal Bay’s production company, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th reboots,)  and let some young director with some fresh ideas get a hold of this. Tim Rates This Movie 5/10

“The Lord has chosen me as the bringer of His word and the giver of His laws! Disobedience to me is disobedience to Him!”

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