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Children of the Corn (1984)

 -  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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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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9 March 1984 (USA)  »

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Stephen King's Children of the Corn  »

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$800,000 (estimated)

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$14,600,000 (USA)
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In the original story, Isaac and Malachi's real names were William Renfrew and Craig Boardman, respectively. See more »

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When Joseph trips and falls to the ground while running through the cornfield, a point-of-view shot of the fall reveals a crew member holding wires and watching the camera. See more »

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Isaac: [Malachai rebels against Isaac before their fellow Corn-Children] Don't just stand there! Seize him! Punish him! The Lord has chosen me as the bringer of His word and the giver of His laws! Disobedience to me is disobedience to Him! Do it now, or your punishment shall be a thousand deaths, each more horrible than the last!
Malachai: They are tired of your talk, Isaac. I've shown them what I can do.
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Malachai: Cut the woman down. Put Isaac in her place.
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Children of the Corn (1984)
1 April 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A young couple find themselves stranded in the middle of a deserted town with a religious cult waiting to strike in Children of the Corn. It begins with all the adults in town getting slaughtered by a group of Kids/teens led by cult leader Isaac. Fast forward three years and we meet Burt and Vicki, young couple travelling through Nebraska. They end up running over a little boy who was trying to leave the clutches of the religious cult. Eventually they hit Gatlin, a deserted small town filled the the murderous young people. They come across two little kids who defy the religious cult at every turn, and they all try to escape the evil force known as "He who walks behind the Rows".

Children of the Corn is one of my "guilty pleasure" horror flicks. It's not the best movie out there and doesn't have the greatest plot, but there's something about it that is really good. I love the adventure that Vicki and Burt go through in this. The driving around the open roads and then when they get to the empty town of Gatlin. The "children" chasing Burt around Gatlin yelling "outlander!" was really effective as well. I like the atmosphere of it.

The actors are all pretty good too. Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton are wonderful as the lead characters Burt and Vicki. John Franklin plays evil Isaac well, and all of the child actors are good too. Children of the Corn has spawned several sequels and a remake, but from what I've seen none surpass the original.

7/10


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