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“Do it now, or your punishment shall be a thousand deaths, each more horrible than the last!” Seems like once would be enough. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they walk behind the rows in search of “He Who” in Stephen King’s Children of the Corn (1984).
Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 187 – 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 believes that everyone over age 18 must be killed.IMDb
- Director: Fritz Kiersch
- Writers: George Goldsmith (screenplay); Stephen King (based on the short story by)
- Peter Horton as Burt Stanton
- Linda Hamilton as Vicky Baxter
- R. G. Armstrong as Diehl (“The Old Man”)
- John Franklin as Isaac Chroner
- Courtney Gains as Malachai Boardman
- Robby Kiger as Job
- Anne Marie McEvoy as Sarah
- Julie Maddalena as Rachel Colby
- Jonas Marlowe as Joseph
- John Philbin as Richard ‘Amos’ Deigan
Jeff picked Children of the Corn thinking he might have missed something in his original viewing, which was not favorable. He is, however, disappointed to find his assessment hasn’t changed. He calls Isaac (John Franklin) and Malachi (Courtney Gains) the best things about the film but laments the filmmakers didn’t stick with the original script or something closer to King’s short story. Crystal saw Children of the Corn when she was a little kid, probably too little she admits, and she loved the idea of kids ruling the world. She still loves the film but goes so far as to say it does suffer a bit now. Hating it then and still not thinking too much of it, Chad felt cheated by the ending. He did find the character of Isaac mesmerizing but he still doesn’t understand why Children of the Corn is sometimes referred to as a classic. Bill loves King’s original story and is irritated with the film when almost immediately he realizes it doesn’t follow the story’s plot. He likes the film’s title, the poster, and the great folk horror mythology of “He Who Walks Behind The Rows,” but, in his view, the filmmakers made too many bad choices.
If you are so inclined, Children of the Corn is currently available for streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime and on physical media as a Special Edition Blu-ray from Arrow Video.
Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Bill, will be The Pit (1981).. You won’t want to miss that one!
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