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Children of the Corn: The Gathering (1996)

R  |  Video  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  8 October 1996 (USA)
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All the kids in a town over night become feverish and have convulsions. The next day they start to become evil, change their names for those of kids killed long ago, and then start killing ... See full summary »

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Margaret Rhodes
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June Rhodes
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James Rhodes
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Charlie McLellan
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Scott McLellan
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Janet McLellan
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Mary Anne
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All the kids in a town over night become feverish and have convulsions. The next day they start to become evil, change their names for those of kids killed long ago, and then start killing any adult in their path, in vicious and mysterious forms. A young woman who has just returned to town tries to find out what is happening, while trying to protect her transformed young sister. However, the kids are starting to revive their leader... Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

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In a sleepy midwestern town... A horrifying evil is about to rise again!

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Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, and for some language | See all certifications »

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Children of the Corn IV  »

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Jamie Renee Smith would later star alongside Linda Hamilton in the 1997 film "Dante's Peak". Linda Hamilton starred in the original "Children of the Corn" as Vicky Baxter. See more »

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What a surprise!
1 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After the disappointment of III, I wasn't too thrilled by the fact that a fourth installment was on the way. I was delighted to find out that not only is this film better than the previous sequel, but it's the best in a so-so series. How did they manage that?

Pros: Strong direction by Greg Spence, who made his debut with this film. Excellent performances. Some chills. Inventive death sequences. A feeling of dread hangs over the film. An attempt to start a new storyline, and a good one at that. Plenty of blood and gore. Some effective dream sequences.

Cons: Relies a bit too much on dream sequences for it's scares. Some may be disappointed that this has little to do with the rest of the series. The short running time makes it hard for some things to develop. Since this film has so little to do with the other films in the series, it may have been better had they called it something else.

Final thoughts: While the first two are OK, and III is unmemorable, this sequel is a vast improvement over all of them and even the ones that followed. Fans of the first three should watch this one with caution though because aside from the title, the fact that it's set in Nebraska, and that it has to do with evil kids controlled by a demon, it has nothing to do with the other films in the series. A sleeper!

My rating: 3.5/5


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