Dawning Creates

Writing and Reviews – Denise Pasutti

Children of the Corn (1984)


They don’t cotton to outsiders 

The Gist: 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.

Creepy Kids & Sacrifices: Peter Horton (Burt), Linda Hamilton (Vicky), Courtney Gains (Malachai), John Franklin (Isaac), R.G. Armstrong (Diehl)


My Take: I have never seen this movie before and I haven’t read the short story so I went into this flick not really knowing much about the story. I liked the beginning with the kids butchering the people in the diner but from there it went downhill. The monologue by the kid was annoying but I suppose it kind of established some of the story.  After the children return from the corn one Sunday afternoon, they take out all the adults in the town of Gatlin Nebraska at the behest of a young preacher boy, Issac with his main henchman Malachai gleefully leading the charge.


A couple of years later a couple heading for a new life, Burt and Vicky, are driving through Nebraska when they hit a boy in the middle of the highway.  Fortunately for them the kid had his throat slit before the accident; maybe not so fortunate for the kid.  Anyway, they pack him in the trunk and look for help eventually making it to the seemingly deserted town of Gatlin where shit gets weird.  They separate, Burt leaving Vicky with Sarah, the one with the sight (her drawings foretell the future) while Burt goes into town. Malachai and his boys take Vicky while other psycho kids go after Burt.

There is a church with a weird ritual of drinking blood, they tie Vicky to a cross and Malachai turns on Isaac only to be tied to the cross then devoured by some really badly digitized bugs? A swarm maybe.  I honestly have no idea what it is supposed to be.  Burt shows up in the field and bitch slaps Malachai good.  Isaac comes back looking a little dead and kills Malachai.  Burt then proceeds to take charge bossing around Vicky (who just looks bored at this point) and the other kids.  Telling them to stay out of the way. No wonder they killed all the adults; Burt is a dick.  They set a giant fire, more bad special effects, and destroy the thing in the corn that Isaac was worshiping. Huh?


Final Thoughts: This was not a very good movie.  The dialogue was atrocious, the special effects were indeed special and the acting was not good with the exception of the kid who plays Isaac.  I think I’m going to read the short story just to see how it compares to the movie and because I would like to actually see if the story is better as written by King.



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This entry was posted on April 12, 2013 by in King Collection, Reviews and tagged , , .
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