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Children of the Corn Film Review

Updated on October 14, 2019

The Cast

John Franklin
Courtney Gains
Robby Kiger
Anne Marie McEvoy
Julie Maddalena
Peter Horton
Linda Hamliton

About the film

Released: 1984

Producers: Donald Borchers, Terence Kirby

Director: Fritz Kiersch

Running time: 1 hr 32 mins

Genre: Thriller, Horror

Distributed By: New World Pictures

Budget: $800,000

The film

The film is set in the fictional town of Gatlin in Nebraska. The year is 1980 and there doesn't seem to be too much in the town apart from a Church, which we see at the beginning of the film. There is also a small café and some shops. We see Malachi in the cafè playing a pinball machine and Isaac, the leader, standing outside. Isaac has brainwashed the children of Gatlin and gets them to join his religious cult, He Who Walks Behind The Rows. The children are brainwashed into murdering anyone in the town from the age of 19 upwards, since 18 is considered between child and adult. The only 2 children who aren't involved with the cult is Job and his sister, Sarah. Near the start of the film we see how all the adults in the café are murdered by Isaac and his followers.

Fast forward 3 years, Burt and his girlfriend Vicky are travelling through Gatlin on their way to Seattle. But as they are driving through the town, they run over a young boy who is fleeing from the cult. They accidentally kill him leaving them in shock. As Burt and Vicky head into Gatlin to try and get help, they quickly learn that things are not all what it should be. As they start exploring the deserted town, Burt is intrigued and wants to try and figure out what is going on, although Vicky is pretty eager to get out of the town.

It is pretty soon that they encounter Isaac and his group of young followers. Not only do they need to try and save themselves, but also they need to try and help Job and Sarah too. As they try to flee from the demonic and crazed Isaac and his followers, we see how Vicky is offered as a sacrifice on a cross made of, yes, you've guessed it, corn.

My Thoughts

I have watched this film several times over the years. Don't ask me why because I don't know. When it comes to horror films, this certainly isn't one of the best out there. And it's not particularly scary or frightening. I think the only bit in there which would be classed as remotely scary is when Isaac, the leader, shows his demonic side and you see his eyes turn red and his voice turns all demonic. The children themselves I think did a pretty good job at acting, especially the young actors who played Isaac and Malachi. They were still very young at the time of filming, but I think they did quite well at playing such menacing parts.

At just over an hour and a half long, we see how the children have taken over the town and got rid of all the adults. Considering this was made in the mid 80's, the special effects aren't too bad, although they are minimal. The scenes with the demonic effect near the end of the film is quite good for the time, along with the evil Isaac. With the added effect of the background soundtrack, which is pretty eerie, it does add to the suspense of the film. For a 'retro' horror film, this isn't too bad, but I have seen a lot better.

Children of the Corn Trailer

© 2019 Louise Powles


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