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 »
Jamie Renée Smith,
A boy preacher named Isaac goes to Gatlin, Nebraska and gets all the children to murder every adult in town. A young couple on a road trip stop in Gatlin to report a murder and seek help, but the town seems deserted. They are soon trapped in Gatlin with little chance of getting out alive.Written by
After Burt hits Joseph in the road, the body moves from in the middle of the road on a yellow line, to by the side of the road. See more »
What are you going to do when you catch them?
Ask them for directions, what else?
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The director's initial cut was much longer than the version that eventually made it to theaters and video. Among the missing footage:
A longer prologue where several other adults are killed on-camera, most noticeably a police deputy at the local police station 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-ax wielding teen 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.
...but that may be a good thing. King's short story is totally adequate, although the husband-and-wife characters are pretty much unlikeable. The movie is a much more "standard" horror flick, and there are some unintentionally goofy moments: He Who Walks Between the Rows burrowing through the fields like Bugs Bunny comes to mind. And the feel-good ending makes you want to throw up. But unlike its successors, the original CotC is still a chilling little flick, keeping the best elements of the King short story. Yes, it is creepy when the zealous children turn on their parents and subsequently take over the town, preying on outsiders. The creepiness is pretty good, and the horror so-so.
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