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Children of the Corn (1984)

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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.

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Fritz Kiersch

Writers:

Stephen King (short story), George Goldsmith (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Horton ... Burt
Linda Hamilton ... Vicky
R.G. Armstrong ... Diehl
John Franklin ... Isaac
Courtney Gains ... Malachai
Robby Kiger Robby Kiger ... Job
Anne Marie McEvoy Anne Marie McEvoy ... Sarah (as AnneMarie McEvoy)
Julie Maddalena ... Rachel
Jonas Marlowe Jonas Marlowe ... Joseph
John Philbin ... Amos
Dan Snook Dan Snook ... Boy
David Cowen David Cowen ... Dad
Suzy Southam Suzy Southam ... Mom
D.G. Johnson ... Mr. Hansen
Patrick Boylan Patrick Boylan ... Hansen's customer
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's Children of the Corn See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,042,821, 11 March 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,568,989
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In the original theatrical trailer, Stephen King's name is misspelled as "Steven". See more »

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When Burt hits the kid on the road, He hits him with the passenger side headlight area. There is blood in this area. After arriving in town the blood is on the driver's side. See more »

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The director's intial cut was much longer than the version that eventually made it to theaters and video. Amongst the missing footage:
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This Movie Was Why I Hated Corn Fields
18 June 2014 | by view_and_reviewSee all my reviews

I just watched Children of the Corn for the first time since 1980-something. How I was allowed to watch such a movie back then I don't know. To be fair, maybe I wasn't allowed and I just found a way to watch it. One thing held true from when I watched it the first time until now: I can't stand Malachai. In fact, Malachai ranks up there with Samara from the Ring as the creepy child that deserved to be erased from existence.

Children of the Corn is a movie adaptation of the Stephen King short story of the same name. A band of kids lead by Isaac have killed all of the adults of Gatlin, Nebraska and live only to serve "the one who walks behind the rows." After seeing this again I can see some parallels to The Village by M. Night Shayamalan.

This was an eerie movie. It wasn't of the slasher type like Halloween or Friday the 13th but more of the scary religious cult type. I don't know where they found Isaac (John Franklin) or Malachai (Courtney Gains) but they were perfect for their roles. Isaac was spooky with an almost adult raspy voice that was still a bit whiny. Malachai was bafugly with his unattractiveness enhanced by his various scowls. They were two adolescents whom you'd figure to be part of a murderous cult.

I see they've done a couple of remakes as well as some sequels; all which I haven't seen. This movie was slightly better than OK. There were some typical scary movie clichés and bad music, but other than that it was pretty good.


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