Sunday, February 27, 2011

Children of the Corn (1984)

The upcoming Monster Mania convention in NJ is having a Children of the Corn reunion, so of course I needed to do a rewatch.  Children of the Corn is one of my favorite Stephen King stories, and I also think it's a pretty good movie adaptation.

Children of the Corn is about the small town of Gatlin, Nebraska, where the kids living there got religion.  One day, after being commanded by "He Who Walks Behind the Rows," they kill all the adults in town, sacrificing them to their corn god.

They continue to live in the town, led by creepy preacher Isaac (John Franklin) and bully Malachi (Courtney Gains).   They live in constant fear of the god living in the fields, and require the kids to be sacrificed on their 19th birthdays.  They all also have to change their names to biblical ones, aren't allowed to anything fun, and certainly aren't allowed to leave.

Meanwhile, couple Burt and Vicky (Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton) are traveling through Nebraska on their way to a medical internship for Burt.  When arguing over the map, Burt hits a kid who is standing in the middle of the road.  They obviously freak out, but Burt becomes especially alarmed when he realizes that the child's throat was cut, and that he likely did not die from the impact of the car.

They stick the kid in the trunk and head to Gatlin to try to find a police station or a phone.  Of course, they are headed straight into psycho religious hell.  As they try to find a phone, or even an adult, they are terrorize by the children, who are itching to add an adult sacrifice to appease "He Who Walks Behind the Rows."

This is such a fun movie, and the kids are uber creepy.  This spawned a whopping seven sequels, none of which I've seen, but if Netflix adds then to instant, maybe I'll make a marathon out of it.

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