Children of the Corn (1984)

Directed by Fritz Kiersch.  Written by George Goldsmith, based on a short story by Stephen King.  Starring Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, Courtney Gains, John Franklin, and Robby Kiger.

Plot: a couple gets trapped in a small town where the children have take over, killing all the adults in the name of He Who Walks Behind the Rows


This is what happens when you don’t watch television.  Seriously though, this movie is only very, very loosely based on the Stephen King story.  In both, a couple gets trapped in a religious nutjob town full of killer kids, but that’s about where the similarities stop.  I actually prefer this movie over the story and that’s rare.

The movie is funny in parts even though it’s all about death.  God bless, Joby.  That kid is hilarious.  It’s also pretty realistic in that religion has often created problems where death was seen as the only solution.  But it’s unrealistic in that no one realizes there weren’t adults anymore.  That’s kind of weird.

Dialogue points, mostly for Joby.  The He Who Walks Behind the Rows effects were kind of cheesy, but it was a demented little story in the best way and the ending was nice, too.  I love this movie!

My score: 82.  DJ’s score: 75.

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