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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.

Director:

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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In their world adults are not allowed... to live. See more »

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Certificate:

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Details

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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Trivia

Although supposedly Isaac is a teenager, actor John Franklin was 24 years old at the point of the movie when he played Isaac. See more »

Goofs

When Burt and Vicky are driving around and end up at the gas station, the sun is near sunset. But a few scenes later on, the sun is high like it's late morning, even though it takes place later on in the same day. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Burt: She's out cold. What are going to do now?
Vicky: Send her a get well card from Seattle. Let's get the hell out of here!
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Alternate Versions

The director's intial cut was much longer than the version that eventually made it to theaters and video. Amongst the missing footage:
  • A longer prologue where several other adults are killed, most noticlbly a deputy whose throat is slashed and then stabbed in the chest, and a farmer who is hacked to death outside his barn by a group of pick-axe wielding kids.
  • A scene between Sarah and Job's parents before the slaughter. They talk over the breakfast table about Sarah's drawings of the upcoming massacre and how they think something awful is about to happen.
  • A scene where Isaac prays to He Who Walks Behind The Rows only to receive a horrific vision of his impending fate.
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Children are scary
19 April 2006 | by mkj2612See all my reviews

Children of the Corn is one of the classic horror movies. It's one of the first uses of children as stereotypically scary entities in a movie, a trend that has exploded in recent years (that awful Dakota Fanning movie, Silent Hill,The Ring, The Grudge, Gothika, and even in video games like F.E.A.R.). To answer the above poster's question, Fritz Kiersch is currently an artist-in-residence and professor of film studies at Oklahoma City University. I believe that he is the had of a new film studies program at the university which is just starting this year. While some scenes in this flick are laughable today, I remember seeing it as a young boy and being scared witless. It will always be one of the great horror flicks of all time, in my opinion.


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