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Children of the Corn (1984)

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A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.



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Robby Kiger ...
Anne Marie McEvoy ...
Sarah (as AnneMarie McEvoy)
Jonas Marlowe ...
Dan Snook ...
David Cowen ...
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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. Written by Éamonn Green

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And a child shall lead them... See more »


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Release Date:

9 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Children of the Corn  »

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Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,042,821, 11 March 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Sound Mix:

(Ryder Sound Services)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Although supposedly Isaac is a teenager, actor John Franklin was 24 years old at the point of the movie when he played Isaac. See more »


When Diehl is walking in front of his red truck, after he discovers the bandanna on his hood, a boom mic is reflected in the truck's wind shield. See more »


Job: I wish Isaac never came here.
Sarah: But he's always been here, just like He Who Walks Behind The Rows.
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Performed by Del Shannon
Courtesy of Mole Hole Records
Written by Del Shannon and Max Crook
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Spooky, thought-evoking revelation into the dark world of the occult.
12 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film sitting on my Dad's lap when I was about seven years old. (I was a horror film fanatic from a very early age on.) We used to sit up watching late night scary movies while my Mom went to her ceramics classes.

Dad and I loved this movie. There is no sex or nudity in this film. Even though the images are pretty graphic, if your older children are mature enough to handle a little fright, this should be okay for them. Besides, since the children are the "bad guys", your kids should be pretty happy!!

My favorite actors in the film are the two star children (Joby and Sarah). They really make the film eerie with their innocence and sadness over losing their families. Malachi would be the scariest character. Even the way the other children in the movie gasp when they hear his name makes me shudder. I would not want to face him either!! Another aspect that makes this film so scary is the music. The director adds clips at just the right moments but doesn't forget to leave ample silence. There is nothing greater to add to the suspense than a good dose of silent screen. Then all your senses get a jolt at once when the big horror scene comes alive.

The most suspenseful scene is when the boy stumbles out onto the highway clutching his sliced throat. It's a real hair raiser!! But, without revealing too much, I guess I will close by saying that this is by far one of the best horror films I have ever seen. A little strange, but, then again, this IS a Stephen King film. Need I say more??

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