#31in31: Children of the Corn

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oct 15 Children of the Corn“He wants you too…”

Story: newly graduated med student and his girlfriend decide to take the “scenic route” through corn country.  BIG mistake.  Huge.  Because a few years back the kids of Gatlin decided to kill everyone over 18 and worship “He Who Walks Behind The Rows”.  Welcome, y’all!

Scares: The whole film is surprisingly creepy.

Splat factor: A bit of blood here and there, but otherwise it’s a tame R by today’s standards.

Closing scene “shocker”?: Only if you’ve read the original story.

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: Based on the short story of the same name by Stephen King.

Trick or Treat?:  I used to think this was a so-so story, but now that I’m over 18? Children of the Corn scares the crap out of me.  And this movie version holds up incredibly well for a film from 1984.

The weird light animation to show Isaac’s transformation is cheesy, but I’m betting that back in the day — and on the big screen — it’s eerie and effective.  And check out very young versions of  Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton!

Let’s face it; Children of the Corn is a modern classic, and between this story and The Twilight Zone‘s Anthony Fremont from “It’s a Good Life” wishing folks into the cornfield, middle america is one spooky place.

Score: 4.5 out of 5 pumpkins.

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