Monday, January 25, 2010

Children Of The Corn (1984) - 3.5/5

After watching the abysmal remake for SyFy (just typing it pisses me off) of "Children Of The Corn" I had to go watch one of my favorite childhood memories and do a legit review of it. Of course, it's hard to deny this film's classic status at this point. The damn thing did spur one of the worst Horror franchises in history and yet even 25 years after it was released, this is pretty solid film. It's held its own (for the most part).

The story comes about as a young up-an-coming couple traveling across the country stumble (by, you know, nailing a dying kid on a back road) across the fucked up town of Gatlin where the kids have risen against all the adults due to a wicked new religion as told be Issac in praise of He Who Walks Behind The Rows. Of course, lots of terror ensues as the couple stumbles upon two little kids whom want to leave the group and try to help them escape.

This film has held up surprisingly well. Of course, many modern folk might wonder why they don't whip out the ole Blackberry to get a hold of the authorities, but that's because most people are idiots. No offense. We have some solid character work that really carries this film with a nice build between the couple and an even more surprising and interesting interactions between the kids (particularly the power struggle between Issac and his muscle Malachai). The acting on the kid's part is hit or miss with the obvious best coming from the villains of the tale. They really give a story that could have been awful quite a bit of life and a bit of legitimacy. Which is very nice in the end.

Really my largest issue with this film is the ending. The last act of this film just crumbles in front of your eyes as we suddenly have a new 'supernatural' side to a rather interesting religious tale. He Who Walks Behind The Rows actually shows up at one point (although what he is is actually still a mystery) and with some of the odd special effects (which is one of the few very dated moments of the film) it just struggles to tie everything together quickly and it leaves far too many plot holes. Characters falter, dialogue grows silly, and even the actually ending seems to come out of nowhere after a silly last 'scare'. As with many Stephen King film adaptions, this one ends on a bad note.

"Children Of The Corn" is definitely a classic and I have an unusual love for this movie. It stands on its own quite well even through time. It does falter a bit, and of course, is not perfect, but its a great travel back to the 80s when Horror was still mostly original. 

Written By Matt Reifschneider

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