Children of the Corn (1984)

Children of the Corn (1984)

📅15 March 2012, 02:50


Children of the Corn (1984)
Directed By: Fritz Kiersch
Where to get it: IMAGE

The Prologue

Some of Stephen King’s most popular works seem to be stories that started out as short stories. Children of the Corn, is one of the more popular works of his you will find and in 1984 the film was made. The film was made by Fritz Kiersch, and it should be noted that King wasn’t very pleased when his script for the film wasn’t used. As a result, some things were changed and I’m sure fans of the book weren’t too pleased with that. That being the case, people still really dig this film. Originally released on blu-ray under the Anchor Bay banner, it became one of the titles Image picked up and released under it’s Midnight Madness Series. And it’s more or less a win overall I think.

The Movie

A boy preacher named Isaac goes to a town in Nebraska called Gatlin and gets all the children to murder every adult in town. A young couple have a murder to report and they go to the nearest town (Gatlin) to seek help but the town seems deserted. They are soon trapped in Gatlin with little chance of getting out alive. What you get here is a really 70-ish feeling horror film from the 80s that packs some cool stuff for anyone who loves the work of Stephen King, even if King himself is a little mixed on it.

If you think kids are crazy today, you should see how the backwoods children of this town were in 1984. The film opens with a shocking enough opening, one that was probably more of a “OMG” moment in the 1980s and for people who had no clue what the book was about than it is for today, but it’s still kinda cool. It’s also cool to have kids running around with such epic names as, “Malachai” and “Isaac”. Of course these types of names would roll along with the film’s sequels, even if the overall quality didn’t.

Also adding to the film’s cool factor and acceptable acting is, Linda Hamilton. You may recall her as Sarah Conners from The Terminator films, but she’s “Vicky” here and she does a find job. Maybe even more so than her co-star, Peter Horton. But the film’s overall stars and selling points are the kids. And if you want a creepy kid, you sure have on with the character of, Isaac. In the long line of cinamatic kids that were weird and creepy, he has to be one of the best. And it really helps sell the movie. It also kinda helps you ignore the more slower portions of the film.

So the film has a few really cool moments, like people being ran over, that are memorable. It also packs some very cheesy effects moments that might stand out and catch your attention for all the wrong reasons, but they still do seem to have their own charming ways about them. But you can’t deny the film does have good elements and people do love the film. Proof of that is in the endless amount of sequels that have followed this movie. Outside of perhaps part 2, I’d say this is the best entry of the franchise and rightfully so, it IS the original.

The Conclusion

The movie is a perfectly acceptable slice of 80s horror in my opinion. It does have some slow parts, but it also has some very cool moments as well. The blu-ray transfer looks it’s best during the day scenes, but the nights aren’t by any means shabby. The worst part of the transfer is the really grainy shots during some night scenes. Outside of that, there isn’t a whole lot to complain about.

The Rating (7/10)    

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