At Haddonfieldhorror we are celebrating International Children's Day the only way we know how - by pointing out how scary these vicious, soulless beings can be with our Killer Kids reviews, @TigersMS78 reviews the scythe wielding nuts in - Children of the Corn
Three truths – religious cults are scary, indoctrinated children are scary and religious cults run by indoctrinated children are frightening! Stephen King’s short story Children of the Corn brings these truths together and the result is, well not quite as terrifying as it could be. (King’s script was rejected in favour of George Goldsmith’s script) It certainly makes for uncomfortable viewing when you consider both the implications as well as what could have lead to this situation and therein lay the terror - much like any real life incident involving children the question is always - why?
Confession time: I had never ever seen Children of the Corn so my review will not be filled the nostalgia that some films get away with. The film starts off with a very nasty massacre at a diner. It honestly and certainly watching it in an age where terrorism is in the news every single day, this was a planned attack and it’s a creepy and effective sequence. Bit by bit we learn the child preacher is a religious nutter (I know a total shock in a Stephen King adaptation - see also The Mist, Carrie) and that all the adults are dead and the children remain, sacrificing all adults that accidentally make their way through the fictional town of Gatlin.
The finale starts off fairly tamely but then turns into something supernatural which kind of flies in the face of the idea that it was that the cult was just one person’s madness spreading and infecting others. It then goes full crazy with demonic voices and the like which whilst it makes for a good finale, it doesn’t make a hell of a lot of sense. Nor does the final minute and every film in the 80s penchant for one last scare.
Children of the Corn is a parental nightmare, unfortunately for all the meaty subject matter the film doesn’t make anything out of it relegating it to an average horror film with a good premise.
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