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Children of the Corn (1984)

by

Jeff Nelson

Children of the Corn is average and is worth a rental if you're interested in checking it out.

Children of the Corn (1984)
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Stephen King is a very well known horror writer and most of his works have been translated into films. However, they're all hit and miss. A lot was lost during the translation from writing to film. However, Children of the Corn is definitely a film with cult status.

A young couple wander into a small town where all the adults are dead and the children take part in a cult that worships a malevolent force in the corn fields. It's a simple plot with predictable twists and turns. I haven't read the book so I can't comment on whether or not the film stayed true to the book. The film starts off with a bang that heightened my interest, but it falls a bit flat as the movie continues. Love or hate the film, one can't deny that the dialogue can be ridiculous at times.. The ending obviously leaves a possibility for a sequel...too many of them.

Given the level of Children of the Corn, great acting shouldn't be expected. Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton perform as the couple Burt and Vicky. While neither of them do well, they aren't the worst to offer of this film. The children give horrendous performances. John Franklin and Courtney Gains are terrible from start to finish. I don't expect good acting here, but these two child actors are beyond the term 'bad'.

Stephen King is known for creating an eerie atmosphere in his books. Whether or not this carries to the film depends on the filmmakers. Children of the Corn is definitely not creepy in any sense of the word. The small amount of violence shown looks decent. For the time this was made, the visuals are passable. Don't expect to have your jaw dropped by cinematography or any other visual form though.

Before seeing Children of the Corn, I read some reviews calling this a horror classic and others marking this as terrible filmmaking. I'm somewhere in between. I wouldn't exactly call this a horror classic by any means, but it isn't awful. There are much better Stephen King adaptations out there. The beginning of the film caught my attention, but the movie let me down a bit. Children of the Corn is average and is worth a rental if you're interested in checking it out.

My Rating = Three Stars

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