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Charles S. Dutton
For 25 years people have been fascinated by the story of murderous children who worship a deity that resides in the cornfields. This was the brainchild of famed author Stephen King, a short story in his book 'Night Shift' and one of the most popular. It has since been the subject of many film adaptations, ranging from well above average (Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering) to downright awful (Children of the Corn: Revelation) and everything in between. Actually the very first film adaptation came in 1983 in the form of a short film called 'Disciples of the Crow,' which is good for what it is, but is not really worth going out of your way to find. The first feature film was a surprise hit and has held up fairly well.
Why it spawned so many sequels I don't know, but that can't be changed. Now someone has finally worked up the nerve to come up with a new adaptation of that story, this time for the small screen. Now I've enjoyed quite a few of the recent horror remakes, but that doesn't mean I wanted them to happen. However 'Children of the Corn' has always been one of the few horror films I felt could benefit from a remake. Well now it's here and now that I've seen it I am sad to say it's a mixed bag. It is, thankfully, better than the last three sequels to the original, but it still could have been a much better film itself.
Pros: Photographed beautifully. Both the adult and child actors give good performances despite the occasional bad dialogue. Excellent score that includes the original film's theme. Pace moves along nicely, especially in the second half. One really frightening attack scene and some creepy moments and images. Is more faithful to the short story. Donald P. Borchers, producer of the 1984 version, does a fine job of directing. He uses restraint for most of the film and then injects some style as the film progresses.
Cons: Neither of the lead characters, especially Vicki who spends most of her time yelling and being a shrew, is really likable or sympathetic. No real surprises. Totally lacking in good scares and has little suspense. A few scenes drag a little longer than need be, feeling like padding. Not all, but some of the dialogue is poor and sometimes hurts the performances. I'm all for a slow build up, but the first half can be pretty uneventful.
Final thoughts: There's nothing I hate more than wasted potential. After so many sequels, some of which are junk, someone finally went back to the original story and the end result is only a good try, but a letdown after so many years of waiting for another good film with the 'Children of the Corn' name. It's such a shame because there's a lot of good in this one. If you're a fan or the original film or even just the story then go ahead and give this a shot. It's not unwatchable and you could find worse things to waste an hour and a half on.
My rating: 2.5/5 (Bordering on a 3 though)
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