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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.



(short story), (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robby Kiger ...
Anne Marie McEvoy ...
Sarah (as AnneMarie McEvoy)
Julie Maddalena ...
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

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Release Date:

9 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Children of the Corn  »

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$800,000 (estimated)


$14,600,000 (USA)

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(Ryder Sound Services)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the dashboard of Burt and Vicki's car is a copy of Night Shift, the Stephen King short story collection in which Children of the Corn originally appeared. See more »


Just after Burt's car hits the boy, it skids to a halt, but the tire marks are in front of the car. See more »


Vicky: Can you take us to Isaac?
Sarah: No.
Vicky: Why not?
Sarah: He's scary.
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Referenced in Wiseguys vs. Zombies (2003) See more »


Performed by Del Shannon
Courtesy of Mole Hole Records
Written by Del Shannon and Max Crook
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Pretty atmospheric.
29 December 2001 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

After reading some negative comments on this film it seems to me that many of those reviewers hate horror movies.If you don't like horror,then leave this genre alone!!!Go back and watch some Hollywood big-budget trash!!"Children of the Corn" is an enjoyable horror film with a few creepy scenes and some good shocks.The acting is decent enough,and the atmosphere of an isolated town(Gatlin)is well-captured.I've seen the first four parts of this series and they are not really bad(want some crap-check out "Witchcraft" series)Enough said-try this one if you enjoy watching horror movies.Very atmospheric score too!

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