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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.
One of my favorite movies by Stephen King based on his short stories. What I mean about short stories is why make more based on the same damn thing? Lol anyway the second one is good too. :-)
Creepy children. Creepy children spouting pseudo-Bible verse. Creepy children spouting pseudo-Bible verse and murdering people of over the age of 18. These are the main ingredients of "Children of the Corn," a horror film based on a short story by Stephen King, and they are the ingredients that make the film an effective genre outing.
The film wrings all it can out of its murderous-children-in-a-small-town plot. Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton, playing the couple who stumble upon Gatlin, Nebraska only to find it devoid of adults and full of the aformentioned creepy children, are put through tense and bloody paces as they try to stay alive and maybe even save the children. Though the narrative may not satisfy everyone thanks…
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Children of the Corn is another horror film from my childhood. One I've seen numerous times but seemed a lot scarier when I was a kid.
The opening sequence is still pretty effective though.
The cast is pretty good. Linda Hamilton & Peter Horton would go on to bigger and better things and the Killer Kids, Isaac & Malachi were played to great effect by John Franklin and Courtney Gains. Those "kids" gave me the creeps when I first saw Children of the Corn.
Children of the Corn is a good film that would have been a lot better had it had a better ending.
I think it's concept is a whole lot scarier than the film itself and I think that's why the film is still referenced and talked about.
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…
Never let it be said that Children Of The Corn doesn't at least attempt to crank up the tension. It spend the first 40 minutes patiently orchestrating the various protagonists, antagonists and assorted victims, slowly piecing the puzzle together before Sarah Connor and that wavy haired bloke even get to Gatlin.
Every time I watch this I cringe at that kid's unnecessary voice-over and uneven tone. Red headed demon Courtney Gains appears to be acting via the medium of furrowed brow and chapped lips while freaky John Franklin's Isaac is perfect as boychild-evangelist-or-possibly-middle-aged-midget-woman.
Brooding, dark, sinister and slightly suffocating, Children Of The Corn pulls too many punches to be an outright classic but Stephen King's setup and an impressive visual flair from the man who directed Gor are a recipe for longevity in the horrifying halls of my mind. After all... Children freak me out far more than dolls and clowns.
Awful, awful, awful. Not only has this film aged terribly, but it doesn't look like it really had much merit to begin with. The plot is stupid, the performances are riotously bad, and it's special effects are atrocious. It's also not scary in the least. Avoid.
Silly, but entertaining movie about crazy kids chopping people up and burning each other. John Franklin is creepy as hell in this.
Creepy kids, creepy music, creeping me out. This movie still gets me and I find it chilling and suspenseful. Some silliness in the story but overall a solid horror flick.
The great thing about the worlds Stephen King crafts is that when something goes bump in the night, there is actually a reason to be worried. With Children in the Corn there is something satisfying about the "bump in the night" actually being the entity it is. Unfortunately, this is also one of the biggest problems with the movie: ridiculously dated (and even by 1984 standards poor) special effects.
Thankfully the "bump in the night" rarely appears on-screen, so those few jarring scenes are kept to a minimum. Even with some logical fallacies, the story nails two truly creepy concepts: manipulative cults/religion and crazy kids.
They are blended beautifully in this tale of a hyper-cult bent on eradicating adults from…
Preposterous horror thriller inspired by a short story by Stephen King about a town taken over by a deranged religious sect... run by children. Travelling couple Horton and Hamilton stumble upon the town after running over a fleeing child. Fails to be scary - the children's lack of acting ability renders them an ineffective menace, and the low budget special effects and make up effects are truly cringe worthy.
Creepy, twisted, outrageous, comical, in true Stephen King fashion. A great story with some fun twists, and although the acting is pretty dire at times, the fact that the majority of the cast is kids is a fairly reasonable excuse. The few moments of special effects were hilariously awful, but I am willing to look past that as well since the effects were used so sparingly.
This movie oozed of Stephen King's style but the concept was more scary than the execution. Don’t get me wrong it was pretty creepy, mostly due to the religious aspects and child cult leaders, but the majority of the movie was set during the day which lowered the scare factor. The film did create a great atmosphere though with the abandoned ghost town and endless fields of corn keeping you on edge about what was lurking in the shadows. While this story finished with an exciting conclusion and some incredibly bad special effect, the movie kind of went on a bit too long and fizzled out with a bizarre ending that almost seemed like they just ran out of things to say.
The short story that this is based on was utter shit. The film on the other hand is a classic movie.
The short story is greatly superior to this weak and overrated film...
A great scary movie for what it was in the 80's for sure. This made you crawl out of your seat with well done creepiness in the acting and a harrowing tale.
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