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Children of the Corn (1984)

R  |   |  Horror  |  9 March 1984 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robby Kiger ...
Anne Marie McEvoy ...
Sarah (as AnneMarie McEvoy)
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Jonas Marlowe ...
Dan Snook ...
David Cowen ...
Suzy Southam ...
D.G. Johnson ...
Patrick Boylan ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)


$14,600,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Ryder Sound Services)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Though real corn was used for most of filming, polyurethane corn had to be used for the more difficult action sequences. See more »


After Burt hits the runaway with his car, the boy is on his stomach. Burt rolls him onto his back but in subsequent shots he is on his stomach again. See more »


Vicky: [Malachai and his fellow Corn-Children have located Vicky at Job and Sarah's house. Malachai and Company storm in just as Vicky emerges from upstairs] ... What do you want?
Malachai: [with a diabolical smile] We want to give you Peace.
[to the other Corn-Kids]
Malachai: Get her!
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Followed by Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998) See more »


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 (Chicago suburbs) – 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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