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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Children of the Corn (1984)

Horror fans fall into two categories when it comes to Children of the Corn.  They either hate it or love it.  They hate it because it's not as dark as Stephen King's novel OR they hate it because it's rather bloodless for a film in which every adult in town has been murdered.  I fall into the category of "love it" because it's a well told story with solid acting and one creepy little teenager named Isaac, played deliciously by John Franklin who also appeared in the 1999 sequel Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return.
I'm the kind of person who doesn't need gratuitous bloodletting to keep me entertained [Saw comes to mind].  Children of the Corn is moody, mysterious and highly original.  I cannot walk by a corn field to this day without getting the chills.  The movie is set in the idyllic town of Gatlin, Nebraska.  It's the perfect setting for a Stephen King horror story.  The film stars Peter Horton [Thirtysomething, Grey's Anatomy] and Linda Hamilton [Terminator, Beauty and the Beast] as Burt and Vicky who get trapped in Gatlin and eventually uncover all its hidden secrets.  Their performances are great as are those of all the children in the town.  
The only complaint I have lies with some of the special effects toward the end of the film which are not-so-special.  There are other 80's films that do a much better job in this department such as An American Werewolf in London.  Perhaps there were budget limitations that prevented them from going all out on this one.


Children of the Corn is less horror and more thriller.  As a thriller, it's one of my favorites from the 1980's.  This movie spawned way too many sequels.  COTC 2: (1992) The Final Sacrifice picks up where the original ended.  It's a bit of a mess and definitely inferior to the original in every way.  COTC III: Urban Harvest (1995) is actually quite good.  It references 2 in passing but then goes its own way.  Many other remakes and sequels followed but like the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, they vary in quality.  Stick with the original [It's the best of the bunch] and see it as a slow burning thriller with great acting and creepy kids.  I couldn't ask for anything more!

RATING: Excellent.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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