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Cornman: American Vegetable Hero (2001)

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A loser develops the ability to communicate with corn and becomes a crazy super hero. He battles the evil villain, Dr. Hoe, who wants to own all the corn in the world.


Barak Epstein


Barak Epstein


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Credited cast:
Mike Wiebe Mike Wiebe ... Dr. Hoe
Melissa R. Bacelar ... Sheila #3 (as Melissa Bacelar)
Adam Lockhart Adam Lockhart ... Cornman
James Hoke James Hoke ... Cornman
Daniel Villarreal Daniel Villarreal ... The Psychic Nose / Footsoldier
Noe Garcia Noe Garcia ... Butterboy
Blair Rowan Blair Rowan ... Starch
Mae Moreno Mae Moreno ... Waxy
Robert Bell Robert Bell ... Huckleberry Rob / Footsoldier
Russell Gavin Cooper Russell Gavin Cooper ... Cornsparagus
Jeannie Elliot Jeannie Elliot ... Sheila #2
Geoff Goldwater Geoff Goldwater ... Uncle Shlomo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Ayala Jeff Ayala ... The Realator
Chainsaw Chainsaw ... Berkowitz the Footsoldier
Sherry Dickson Sherry Dickson ... Sheila #1


This wacky comedy is Barak Epstein's directorial debut about an unusual superhero, Cornman, who's super powers are the ability to communicate with corn. In this adventure he's up against the evil Dr. Hoe who is trying to control all the corn in the world. How will the heroic Cornman stop the evil Dr Hoe? It's time for the American Vegetable Hero to save the day!!! Written by Joshua D. Smith <latetalk@yahoo.com>

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Justice is coming.... for the Corn!



Official Sites:

epsteon.com Cornman site





Release Date:

10 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cornman II: The Day of the Locusts See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Spoofs Charles in Charge (1984) See more »

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to say it's corny, is.... nevermind
23 May 2008 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

Cornman! A superhero that we can all get around! That is, if one actually watches the movie, which might be very, very, very few, as the movie wasn't even made by Troma (although Lloyd does introduce the movie on the DVD, with full corn up the you-know-what gag thrown in). It was the first movie by Barak Epstein, and you can tell it was made on the fly, without much actual things like money, good props, make-up, actors, sets, etc. But somehow they made this very bad movie into something that is unusually fun and stupid and self-conscious.

One scene that works very well on a level reminiscent (if not anywhere as good) of Return of the Killer Tomatoes is when the 'fourth wall' is broken and the film crew is seen. The director goes up to the actor playing Cornman- horrible actor, of course- and tells him this won't work, and puts in another more muscle-bound actor in his place, and suddenly the fights get better, the guy is not a half-bad Cornman (if there could be a half-good Cornman), and it's a good little rib-jab to the audience that it's knowing it sucks, and it rolls along with the crap-shoot.

At the least, Cornman is worth watching, aside from the general badness of it, for the little things, like the villain with his blade covered in cellophane, or for the sidekick who's only function is to smell with his Pinocchio nose, or for the um, yeah, lesbian shower scene that turns pretty violent (and hilarious) involving a hose. It threatens at times to become too boring, but for those who want to stick with it the pleasures are all Mystery Science Theater bound. It's so bad it flips to good, then back-flips back to bad again, and then ends somewhat in the middle. Not worth a dollar, more like... 5 cents?

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