Children of the Corn (1984)
Review: “Children of the Corn” resides in the second category of possible outcomes for a King adaptation (as explained in our Dreamcatcher review). Not life-changing, but a satisfying film for the horror lover.
I feel like everyone has seen this movie, but this was our first time watching it. I was never really into horror movies before meeting Frank. I watched “The Ring” once, and decided this was not the genre for me. But so much of a relationship is about maintaining a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone. I’ve grown to enjoy the horror genre, the entire spectrum, much more than I ever thought I would. And I said all that to say this: if you do not feel that way about horror, if you’re only looking for the absolute best, there’s no way you’re going to rate this movie higher than 5/10. Without the mystique, the film is just okay. The acting is okay. The kids are okay. The plot has some serious holes, and for all I will ever know, He Who Walks Behind the Rows could actually be Voldemort moonlighting in the American Midwest.
We find inspiration everywhere we can. For us, it’s a process of experience through total immersion, the sum of its parts. “Children of the Corn” has its weaknesses, but for us it also has creative strengths. I feel certain the Malachai character will–at some point–make an appearance in one of our projects. And for that, we give it two thumbs up.