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Children of the Corn [DVD] [1984]

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  • Release Date: 09/06/2011
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    Children of the Corn
    Narrator Job (Robby Kiger) relates the tale of Gatlin, NE, where one day the children, led by a boy preacher named Isaac (John Franklin), rose up and slaughtered all the grown-ups. A few years later, Job and his sister, Sarah (Ammemarie McEvoy), help their friend, Joseph (Jonas Marlowe), try to escape through the cornfields of Gatlin. Meanwhile, Burt Stanton (Peter Horton), a commitment-phobic young doctor, and Vicky Baxter (Linda Hamilton), his frustrated girlfriend, travel through the cornfield-lined roads of Nebraska on their way to Burt's new internship in Omaha. Their car hits Joseph, who appears out of nowhere, but upon examining him, Burt realizes the child's throat was slit before he ever wandered out from the corn. Attempting to locate help, Burt and Vicky turn to gas-station owner Diehl (R.G. Armstrong), who urges the couple to go anywhere but nearby Gatlin to report the murder. Several contradictory street signs later, they arrive in Gatlin anyway, and, befriending Sarah and Joseph, attempt to uncover the mystery behind Isaac's cult and its mysterious deity, known only as He Who Walks Behind the Rows. Stephen King cash-ins flooded the market between the successes of Brian DePalma's Carrie (1976) and Rob Reiner's Misery (1990), many of them, like Children of the Corn, based only loosely on the author's fiction. The original short story appeared in the collection Night Shift. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Peter Horton
      Peter Horton - Dr. Burt Stanton
    • Linda Hamilton
      Linda Hamilton - Vicky Baxter
    • R.G. Armstrong
      R.G. Armstrong - Diehl
    • John Franklin
      John Franklin - Isaac
    • Courtney Gains
      Courtney Gains - Malachi

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Behind the Corn Row's in Blu-ray

      • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

      Movie - There is evil stalking adults in the Corn Fields of Gatlin Nebraska! Stephen Kings classic novel makes its way to Blu-ray, this 1984 Classic Horror film was greeted with mixed reviews, with people either loving it, or hating it. I personally didn't think it was a great film but it did have its memorable moments and worthy of my Blu-ray collection. Video - Presented in 1.85:1 ratio 1080p in AVC MPEG-4 on a 50gb disc the colors are generally good and clarity is never an issue in outdoor settings in daytime conditions. Night time and indoor shots are a whole different issue, with speckling and crushing of blacks to a point where they look gray. Outdoor night time scenes also present some speckling, especially involving action scenes. Audio - supports a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack that generally rely's on the front channels. So much so, I began to wonder why they even encoded it into Hidef! Even so, It still sounded great with clarity and evenness, never straining my ears to hear dialog or surging during action sequences. Extras - BD Live content - Theatrical Trailer - Fast Film Facts - Welcome to Gatlin " The making of Children of the Corn - It was the Eighties " Hamilton interview " - Harvesting Horror " Children of the Corn Documentary " - Still Gallery. I personally don't give overall high marks to " Children of the Corn " or give it great reviews, but with this said, if you are a die-hard Stephen King fan buy it! If not.... Stay out of the Corn!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Another Classic movie


      "Children of the Corn" is the 1984 adaptation of a Stephen King tale that turns children into monsters. Following in the tradition of "The Bad Seed" and "Village of the Damned," "Children of the Corn" sets out to shatter our notion that childhood is a time of innocence. The opening scene grabs us right away. In Gatlin, Nebraska, a small farming community, the good citizens follow church on Sunday with breakfast at the local coffee shop. One morning, however, the town's children rise up against the adults, poisoning their coffee and slashing their throats in a violent, horrifying sequence. Skip ahead three years. Burt and Vicky (Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton) have a bad accident outside Gatlin and walk to town, searching for help. But they find no adults. Eventually, they discover that the children of Gatlin have formed a religious cult around an evil entity, "He Who Walks Behind the Rows." Though far from a classic, this film has an enormous following and has inspired six sequels, five released directly to DVD. Its appeal lies partly in the performances of the two young leads. John Franklin plays Isaac, the nine-year-old prophet who organized the cult, and Courtney Gains portrays the odd-looking and unsettling Malachai. Bonus extras include the featurette, "Welcome to Gatlin: The Sight and Sounds of Children Of the Corn;" an interview with Linda Hamilton; audio commentary by director Fritz Kiersch and actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains; and the documentary "Harvesting Horror: Children of the Corn."

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Childhood Horror Classic!

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      This is just a classic. Of course it's a bit dated, movies have come a long way over the years and discovered ways of being freakier and more sophisticated. But this is just a classic and definitely fun to watch. Especially since the last time I watched it, most of the kids in the movie were older than me, i think the only person older than me in the movie now is the old mechanic that gets killed in the garage. I love it!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good King Film

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Based on the Stephen King short story, this is the very first movie that started a franchise. A young couple are traveling through Nebraska and run into a small town where there seems to be no one around. They finally discover that the town is full of nothing but people under the age of 18, all the adults are mysteriously gone from the town. The couple must search through the town-and the corn-to find the secret that is within.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Pretty terrible flick


      First off, the copy and paste reviews from somewhere else is kind of lame. Second off, this movie is/was awful. Saw it in the theatre with a friend at 19. It is poorly written, the acting is barely passable. An intriguing storyline, but ultimately this should be done with the Mystery Science theater guys, that would make for a watchable feature, don't waste your time or money on this.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Wast of money !

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This poorly executed "horror" movie does not seem to come off the ground and it just goes in circles. The poorly acting children don't help this C class, low budgeted movie either. Save your money and avoid this cheap flick ; spend your money on something else, like maybe a good steak burger.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      a joke


      I got this movie as a joke for my husband. He watched it as a little boy living in rural Nebraska. Now that we find ourselves living in small town Nebraska, my sons and I thought it would be funny to have him watch it again.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Glad to have this on DVD finally


      Campy by today's standards, but a great '80s horror movie. So glad to finally have this on DVD. Pretty basic DVD, but sometimes it is nice to just have a movie on DVD.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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