Children of the CornDirector: Fritz Kiersch
Narrator Job (Robby Kiger) relates the tale of Gatlin, NE, where one day the children, led by a boy preacher named Isaac (John Franklin), rose up and slaughtered all the grown-ups. A few years later, Job and his sister, Sarah (Ammemarie McEvoy), help their friend, Joseph (Jonas Marlowe), try to escape through the cornfields of Gatlin. Meanwhile, Burt Stanton (Peter Horton), a commitment-phobic young doctor, and Vicky Baxter (Linda Hamilton), his frustrated girlfriend, travel through the cornfield-lined roads of Nebraska on their way to Burt's new internship in Omaha. Their car hits Joseph, who appears out of nowhere, but upon examining him, Burt realizes the child's throat was slit before he ever wandered out from the corn. Attempting to locate help, Burt and Vicky turn to gas-station owner Diehl (R.G. Armstrong), who urges the couple to go anywhere but nearby Gatlin to report the murder. Several contradictory street signs later, they arrive in Gatlin anyway, and, befriending Sarah and Joseph, attempt to uncover the mystery behind Isaac's cult and its mysterious deity, known only as He Who Walks Behind the Rows. Stephen King cash-ins flooded the market between the successes of Brian DePalma's Carrie (1976) and Rob Reiner's Misery (1990), many of them, like Children of the Corn, based only loosely on the author's fiction. The original short story appeared in the collection Night Shift.
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- Starz / Anchor Bay
Cast & Crew
|Peter Horton||Dr. Burt Stanton|
|Linda Hamilton||Vicky Baxter|
|Mitch Carter||Radio Preacher|
|Max W. Anderson||Special Effects|
|Bruce Paul Barbour||Stunts|
|Donald P. Borchers||Producer|
|Jonathan Elias||Score Composer|
|Stephen King||Screenwriter,Source Author|
|Mark Lipson||Associate Producer|
|Cricket Rowland||Set Decoration/Design|
|Barbara Scott||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Craig Stearns||Art Director,Production Designer|
|Charles Weber||Executive Producer|
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Not for all tastes, but pretty well done... features early film appearances by Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton (made the same year as the TERMINATOR)... plus... have to love a movie with R.G. Armstrong in it... Also of note... Jonathan Elias' spooky score...
I liked this movie,butI was a little dissapointed because it wasnt as scary as I thought it would be.
This is one of the best COTC films yet and don't flame them because the gore scenes and vilolence was a bit low. It was written in 1984 so yeah! But this movie was by far the best. Rent-no- BUY it! IT is so worth it!
Everyone ridicules it but I thought it was really cool. I liked it better than the short story by S. King.
The movie Children of the Corn is not scary and not bloody, but interesting. This movie made me watch it till the end. Sometimes it is suspenseful and fun, rent it or watch it on TV.
This is my most fav horror movie ever! The music score make the movie more eerie than it really is. You should rent or BUY this movie, just give it a try! You won't regret watching it, IT ROCKS!!!!
Hard to imagine that this film is now... 24 years old (released in 1984). Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton star, along with veteran character actor R G Armstrong. The opening of the pic is a grabber. By the time the titles roll (aided to great degree by composer Jonathan Elias) I was engrossed. Though not really scary... the pic has atmosphere to spare. As a child I would drive across the country with my parents, passing these little towns... they always gave me the creeps. The adult actors are quite good... and the kids make for some of the most effective villians in recent memory. Well worth your time. And, once again, the score by Jonathan Elias is just awesome. BTW... the film is currently being remade by the Sci Fi channel and directed by the original's producer. Time will tell.