Children of the Corn (1984)

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A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.


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17 July 2004 | TheOtherFool
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| Pretty cool
Maybe not so scary, but pretty cool horror movie after the short story written by Stephen King.

The children of Gatlin, under the influence of 'priest' Isaac, kill all their parents as it is the wish of the Lord who apparently lives in the corn. 3 years later a couple (Peter Horton and Linda -Terminator- Hamilton) are stranded in that same place. The kids, led by Isaac and his first man Malachai, set up a plan to sacrifice them to their God.

The movie gets a great start with the children killing their parents, after that it isn't much horror but more of a suspence movie. You got to see this only for the Malachai kid. Great casting!

6/10.

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Trivia

When asked by a fan how the effect for the burrowing "He Who Walks Behind the Rows" was created, special effects artist Wayne Beauchamp revealed that it was accomplished thanks to a special device called the "Turtle" - a wheelbarrow bucket flipped upside-down with added wheels. The device was set in rails in a trench, attached to a pulley system connected to a tractor, and then covered in a tarp with a layer of dirt and vermiculite on top. The tractor would pull forward and the Turtle would move beneath the tarp, creating a mound of earth that traveled from one point to another. The trench ended in a sharp hill, giving the illusion that the creature beneath was diving deeper into the ground. Beauchamp added that the trench itself was dug by a local group of Boy Scouts who were interested in learning how films and special effects were made.


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Burt: Any religion without love and compassion is false! It's a lie!


Goofs

The length of the cut on Vicky's cheek.


Alternate Versions

The director's initial cut was much longer than the version that eventually made it to theaters and video. Among the missing footage:

  • A longer prologue where several other adults are killed on-camera, most noticeably a police deputy at the local police station whose throat is slashed and then stabbed in the chest, and a farmer who is hacked to death outside his barn by a group of pick-ax wielding teen kids.
  • A scene between Sarah and Job's parents before the slaughter. They talk over the breakfast table about Sarah's drawings of the upcoming massacre and how they think something awful is about to happen.
  • A scene where Isaac prays to He Who Walks Behind The Rows only to receive a horrific vision of his impending fate.


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