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Stephen King (short story)
George Goldsmith (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 March 1984 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Fritz Kiersch 
Writing credits
Stephen King (short story)

George Goldsmith (screenplay)

Produced by
Donald P. Borchers .... producer
Earl A. Glick .... executive producer (as Earl Glick)
Terrence Kirby .... producer
Mark Lipson .... associate producer
Charles Weber .... executive producer (as Charles J. Weber)
Original Music by
Jonathan Elias 
Cinematography by
João Fernandes  (as Raoul Lomas)
Film Editing by
Harry Keramidas 
Casting by
Linda Francis 
Art Direction by
Craig Stearns 
Set Decoration by
Cricket Rowland 
Costume Design by
Barbara Scott 
Makeup Department
Herita Jones .... key makeup artist
Erica Ueland .... makeup artist
Rosemary Weibelhaus .... hair stylist
Production Management
Joe Madalena .... production manager (as Joseph Madalena)
Michael Winter .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Devries .... second assistant director
Susan Gelb .... first assistant director
John Hopgood .... assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Timothy Case .... assistant art director
Peter Freitas .... storyboard artist
Aaron McFarland .... art department assistant
Robin L. Miller .... property master (as Robin Miller)
Heidi Sue Whitmer .... set dresser
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Gregg Barbanell .... supervising sound editor
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer
John Bowey .... sound editor
Neil Brody .... sound re-recording mixer
Joseph D. Citarella .... re-recording mixer (as Joseph Citarella)
Gary Dowling .... boom operator
Julia Evershade .... sound editor
John P. Fasal .... sound effects editor (as John Paul Fasal)
Arnold Finkelstein .... assistant sound editor
Kimberly Harris .... sound editor
Lorie O'Shatz .... assistant sound editor (as Lorrie Oshatz)
Troy Porter .... sound recordist
Jonathon 'Earl' Stein .... sound mixer
Marty Stein .... sound editor
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Marshall Winn .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Wayne Beauchamp .... special effects coordinator
Eric Rumsey .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Max W. Anderson .... visual effects
Zoé Alexis Buda .... assistant optical camera
Vito 'Jack' Codini .... optical cameraman
Paula A. Lumbard .... visual effects coordinator (as Paula Lumbard)
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt coordinator
Kerrie Cullen .... stunts
Mike Frizzell .... stunt performer
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Barnes .... second assistant camera
Douglas Burg .... camera apprentice
James L. Carter .... camera operator: second camera
M.J. Elliott .... still photographer (as M.J. Elliot)
Bob Good .... gaffer
Neil Harrington .... grip
Douglas F. O'Neons .... director of photography: second unit
Guy Olds .... assistant camera: second camera
Joe-Joe Presson .... best boy grip (as Joseph Presson)
John Savka .... dolly grip
John Savka .... key grip
S. Phillip Sparks .... camera operator
Jeremy Sykes .... first assistant camera
Gary Thieltges .... assistant camera: second unit
Jani Vournas .... best boy (as John Voournas)
Ted Wachs .... electrician
Casting Department
Jeff Greenberg .... extras casting
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joyce Bond .... wardrobe assistant
David Lenderink-Johns .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Christopher Cooke .... associate editor
Debra Neil-Fisher .... assistant editor (as Debra C. Neil)
Music Department
Jonathan Elias .... orchestrator
Scott Elias .... executive music producer
Michael Montes .... music associate
Transportation Department
John Trosper .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Jill Basey .... production auditor
Michelle Bourque .... production assistant
Craig Caton .... creature crew
Jeffrey Chernov .... production executive
Joel Conkey .... production assistant
Jeff Greenberg .... dialogue coach
Peter Lenagh .... production assistant
Jan Lewis .... assistant to producers
Robin L. Logelin .... production assistant
Debra Magit .... production secretary
Frankie Nixon .... script supervisor
Deborah O'Brien .... title designer (as Debbie O'Brien)
Victoria Pearman .... production coordinator (as Victoria 'Pinky' Pearman)
Jean Persinger .... production assistant
Randy Persinger .... production assistant
Bryan Renfro .... dog trainer
Joe Santley .... unit publicist
David Simkins .... assistant to producers
Charlene Sutherlin .... production assistant
Patience Thoreson .... script supervisor
Mike Warren .... title designer
Corey Frizzell .... stand-in: Job (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Stephen King's Children of the Corn" - USA (complete title)
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92 min
Color (CFI)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Ryder Sound Services)
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Australia:R (1984) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (2000) | Finland:K-18 (1985) | France:-12 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Iceland:16 (cut) | Iceland:(Banned) (original rating) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R13 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | USA:R (certificate number not listed) | West Germany:18
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Did You Know?

Michael and Corey Frizzell, the nephews of legendary country music stars Lefty Frizzell & David Frizzell and sons of Country Gospel great Allen Frizzell (once married to country star Shelly West), played extras at the age of 8 and 9. Michael was also Robby Kiger's (Job) stunt double. Corey was also a stand in for Kiger.See more »
Continuity: When Burt twists the arm of the girl who is giving the church sermon, to hold her still, her black dress strap falls halfway down her arm. In a following shot, before she grabs the knife, it is back up on her shoulder.See more »
Malachai:What Hath the lord commandeth?See more »
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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Classic Stephen King, 19 June 2008
Author: Gunnar_Runar_Ingibjargarson from Reykjavík, Iceland

The murder rate is as high as an elephant's eye in this flaccid adaptation of Stephen King's short story. While driving through Nebraska en route to a new job, medico Burt (Peter Horton) and his wife Vicky (a PR-Terminator Linda Hamilton) nearly run over a mutilated boy who staggers from the cornfields. Seeking help, they enter the town of Gatlin, whose under-20 residents have butchered their parents per the decree of junior-grade holy roller Isaac (John Franklin), who preaches the word of a being called "He Who Walks Behind the Rows." King's original story (from his 1978 collection Night Shift) was a lean and brutal melange of Southern-Gothic atmosphere and E.C. Comics-style gore, which script Greg Goldsmith effectively neutralizes by adding a youthful narrator (a grating Robbie Kiger) and putting an upbeat spin on the story's morbid conclusion. Fritz Kiersch's direction is TV-movie flat, with the sole inspired moment (hideous religious iconography glimpsed during a bloody "service") delivered as a throwaway. Aside from Horton and Courtney Gains (as Isaac's hatchet man Malachai), the performances are dreadful, and the depiction of the Lovecraftian monster-god as a sort of giant gopher inspires more laughter than terror. Amazingly, the film spawned six sequels; Franklin (Cousin Itt in the Addams Family films) later appeared in and wrote 1999's Children of the Corn 666.

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