Children of the Corn
In their world adults are not allowed... to live.
A boy preacher named Isaac goes to a town in Nebraska called Gatlin and gets all the children to murder every adult in town.
Quite how this adaptation of a short Stephen King novella warranted an 18 certificate, I'm not sure. Pretty much nobody actually dies in this film, and those that do, you don't see it.
Not that I'm lusting after images of kids killing adults! Just that I think if you're going to make a horror film, the least you can do is show the horror.
I felt sure I'd seen Children of the Corn when I was younger, but none of it felt familiar. I thought I remembered it as being not all that bad, but I've no idea where that memory came from. Maybe I have seen it and just suppressed the memory of what happens? It is a lot…
When I was a kid, I thought that CHILDREN OF THE CORN was pretty much the awesomest, scariest, most intense thing I'd ever seen. It's not even close to that now, but I'm glad to see that, many years later, I still enjoy it.
Even by horror movie standards, the protagonists played by (pre-TERMINATOR) Linda Hamilton and (pre-THIRTYSOMETHING) Peter Horton are complete idiots, but they're likeable and likeable goes a long way. Also, come on, Linda Hamilton + evil, knife-wielding children + corn = a good time. That's just a fact of life.
Lame, dull, and unintentionally hilarious.
"Who's there? Oh, it's just the wind." *facepalm*
Stephen King's original short story is a wonderful idea for a feature film but unfortunately it's let down by a hack who doesn't know how to frighten his audience and writers who couldn't be arsed to come up with any decent dialogue. Children of the Corn limps from one poor attempt at horror to the next - most noticeably when John Franklin appears as the malevolent Issac. He's about as scary as a Tickle-Me-Elmo with the voice of a drag queen suffering from severe throat cancer.
What really fails here though is the casting of the super-cute kids who when open their mouths or smile with those overly bright pearly-white teeth it kills any ounce of tension the film could quite possibly have.
Watch the intriguing first five minutes, switch off and save your soul.
This is one that everyone I knew was frightened of. When I was a kid, this was in a special category of movies along with It and The Shining that really kept you from sleeping. I never had a chance to watch it back then, so I decided to give it a shot now.
I read the original story not too long ago and that usually either makes watching the film more enjoyable or much less enjoyable.
Even within 5 minutes, it was clear that they'd changed a number of things about the story. I understand some of the changes but others took away things I felt were really compelling aspects of the plot. There are also dashes of really…
more like Children of the BORE-n, am I right folks? ha ha ha. I'll be here all night. a l l n i g h t.
*tumbleweed floats by, comes to life, eats face off*
Children of the Corn did a great job of being way too long and at the same time I felt like I never had a grasp on what was happening in the story the whole time. If I'm going to compliment the movie on anything it did give me what I was looking for which is really bad acting, from the adults and especially the kids, and just terrible scenes like the opening diner scene and everything with the big "monster" at the end. I hated this movie but I'm excited to see how much worse the sequels can get.
Surprisingly airy and light for a movie featuring an intimate fusion of children and murder. Still, that airiness makes the corniness (pun not intended) of it entertaining instead of atrocious.
2 out of 5 (C)
I love seeing Linda Hamilton in anything.
That one kid was creepy.
Hey look, this poop has corn in it!
South Park did it better.
"My feeling for most of these things is like a guy who sends his daughter off to college. You hope she'll do well. You hope that she won't fall in with the wrong people. You hope she won't be raped at a fraternity party, which is really close to what happened to Children of the Corn, in a metaphoric sense."
- Stephen King, USA Today, May 1995
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There is a supernatural element to the menace, but the film smartly avoids focusing too much on “He Who Walks Behind the Rows”. Instead, the film focuses on the natural unease of dealing with a bunch of homicidal children. It’s this tone which really makes it work. It doesn’t try to overwhelm the audience with violence and brute force. Rather, it first sets out to make the audience feel how “off” the children and the town are. Read full review.
It's OK i guess...