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Tmi and Allie seek shelter in a remote desert compound after becoming lost and stranded. A strange Manson-like character, Preacher (Drago), reluctantly allows them inside with strict orders to be gone by morning and not wander "where you are not invited." At first, Preacher and his mail-order wife Oksana (Nedeljakova) deny the faint screams and cries that emanate from one of the crumbling outbuildings. When Allie sneaks outside to investigate, she discovers that she and Tim have stumbled onto a bizarre cult worshiping an entity that may -- or may not -- dwell inside a haunted little boy. Written by
A young couple spend the night at a preacher's home, and soon begin to suspect that he has a child locked up in his barn. Can they save the child from this imprisonment?
Pretty much the nicest thing I can say about this film is that it features Billy Drago, who is a decent actor and under-appreciated. The makeup department did a good job making him look old and rustic, and he he has much less of an exotic look about him than usual.
That positive note aside, I am a bit confused what is going on with the Children of the Corn franchise. This one has very little to do with children and very little to do with corn. Some efforts are made to connect it to the series by attempting to offer a back story (presumably why this one is called "Genesis"). But it could be changed and not affect the overall story at all.
Obviously by stamping it with the Children of the Corn label, more people will rent the film and possibly even buy it. But it does the movie a disservice in the long run. I suspect that if the franchise aspects were changed slightly, this could have been a fairly respectable stand-alone story.
Sadly, it was not the last one made in the franchise...
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