Stephen King’s Children of the Corn

The town of Gatlin, Nebraska is a quiet little place surrounded by corn fields.  All that changes when local oddball Jacob leads his fellow children into massacring all the adults.  A few years later newly qualified doctor Burt and his girlfriend Vicky are travelling through the countryside to Burt’s new hospital internship.  Unfortunately due to a series of incidents, they end up in Gatlin and come up against Jacob and his worshippers including frightening ginger psycho Malachai.

The children pay homage to ‘He who walks behind the rows’ with human sacrifices, so Burt and Vicky must fight against the odds to get out alive aided by a couple of young kids who certainly aren’t fans of Jacob and his cronies.

It’s been a long time since I have seen Children of the Corn after watching it on the old Thorn EMI video release back in the day and could only remember bits and pieces.  The film has nice production values and a really good creepy atmosphere especially in the corn field sequences.  It’s pretty bloody at times and the villains are suitably deranged and unlikeable.  Funnily enough to my surprise, apart from some dubious barnets and some hokey optical effects the film hasn’t really dated that much.

88 Films’ presentation is very good with a nice documentary about the film’s producer included on the disc.  There’s also a cracking boxset with Parts 2 and 3 on individual discs released at the same time as well.  Perhaps not the greatest Stephen King adaption of the early 80’s (that would be ‘Christine’ in my book) but a fun ride into cults and crucifixions by corn.  Who would have thought it would garner seven sequels (and a remake) with Jacob himself returning for the sixth one.

  • Starring Linda Hamilton  Peter Horton  John Franklin  R.G. Armstrong
  • Director Fritz Kiersch
  • Distributor 88 Films