Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Children of the Corn (1984)

Director: Fritz Kiersch. Cast: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong. 92 min. Rated R. Horror.

There have been quite a few horrendous Stephen King adaptations, but this one sets the bar so low, I'm wondering whether the original story was terrible in the first place. Even if it was, this is just a sad piece of film crap. The acting, the plot, and the visual effects are all an insult to humanity. The photography, since almost the entire horror story happens in broad daylight, could've been its only saving grace, but no ... I don't even want to provoke the slightest inclination to watch this. Don't be fooled (like me) by the film's numerous sequels.

Mo says:


  1. Agreed! It is an absolutely feeble movie. What a complete waste of money. It always annoys me when such crap gets made and one knows there are potentially brilliant films that could have been made for a fraction of the budget but are doomed to be scripts gathering dust in a pile.
    I only saw this once on late night TV and didn't bother to watch until the end. There is no accounting for taste though and many people give this 5 star reviews on Amazon?!?

  2. I've always believed they've only made 3 good Stephen King adaptations: "The Shining", "The Dead Zone", and "Misery" (Kubrick, Cronenberg, Reiner - what else would you expect).

    As you mention, the saddest part is that some studio executives sat around a table, and decided this script was "good". That this piece of crap is worthy of pouring all the money onto. And we're talking about people who are supposed to know movies.

    I'm appalled this film had so many sequels to it made.

  3. I loved Misery and The Dead Zone but found The Shining dull in the extreme but then I never cared for the book. I thought Pet Sematary was pretty good too although it didn't chill me as much as the excellent book.

  4. I agree with you on "Pet Semetary"; the book was much darker and more creepy than the movie.

    But in the case of "The Shining" ... I have a hard time deciding which is my favorite horror movie of all time: that, or "The Exorcist"! And I thought the book was much scarier than the movie!


  5. It has to be The Exorcist! The Shining did have some brilliant scenes and performances but I just found that it dragged along.