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Children of the Corn (Blu-ray)

Children of the Corn on Blu-rayReviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong, John Franklin, Courtney Gains

Directed by Fritz Kiersch

Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment


I’m probably gonna get a bit of shit for this, but aside from nostalgia’s sake I honestly do not get all the love for this film or how it has managed to spawn what seem like countless sequels.

For those not playing along or for newbies who are wondering what the fuss is all about, Children of the Corn is based upon the far better Stephen King tale of a small town whose children decide to off their parents in favor of taking orders from an Amish version of Damien Thorne, Rag from Hardbodies and the infamous “he who walks behind the rows”.

There’s not a lot of violence nor a lot of acting demonstrated on anyone’s part, and the direction is as uneven as it comes. For every single thing director Fritz Kiersch does well and creepy, there’s a dull and inane counterpoint waiting to bore us to death until things pick up again. This makes for an inconsistent experience that barely reaches the middle of the road point between one and five. Still, the film has a fanbase, and if you have the tech, this 25th Anniversary Edition (has it really been that long? *shudder*) is without question the one to own.

Children of the Corn on Blu-rayReason number one: the picture quality. Anchor Bay continues its tradition of remastering excellence with this release. Every shred of corn-loving goodness is presented here in startling detail. Colors are bright, depth of detail is considerable, and the blacks are ever so deep. I’ve seen this movie more than my fair share of times (sometimes against my will), but I have never seen it like this. The Children of the Corn is a testament to how good a film can look when there’s a bit of hard work and love involved.

Reason number two: the sound. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track may be even better than the film transfer itself. You’re gonna have sound jumping out of every corner of your home theatre system. Really, really cool.

Reason number three: the plentiful amount of extras. Michael Felsher’s Red Shirt Pictures once again goes above and beyond by delivering three new featurettes (about forty minutes worth), all shot in beautiful HD, in addition to the vintage supplemental features that have been around for the last several years. While every new featurette is good, the highlight here is easily “It Was The Eighties!, in which Linda Hamilton talks about working on the film and offers some great behind-the-scenes stories about the cast and crew. It’s all good stuff, and if you ask me, it’s better than this flick deserves.

So there you have it, kids. Another trip down another mediocre road but presented in a way that makes it hard not to admire. Bravo, Anchor Bay. You’ve done it again.

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with director Fritz Kiersch, producer Terrence Kirby, and stars John Franklin and Courtney Gains
  • It Was The Eighties! (HD) featurette
  • Stephen King on a Shoestring (HD) featurette
  • Welcome to Gatlin: The Sights and Sounds of Children of the Corn (HD) featurette
  • Harvesting Horror: The Making of Children of the Corn (SD) featurette
  • Fast Film Facts
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Poster and still gallery
  • Original storyboard and original title sequence art

    Film:

    2 1/2 out of 5

    Special Features:

    4 1/2 out of 5

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    Steve Barton

    You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

    • Sandstonesoft

      Add me to the list of names that are on your side with this one, Creepy. I loved it the first time i saw it, but that was when it first appeared on HBO, and i was so young the Count Chocula cereal box probably creeped me out too. I remember seeing it again on tv sometime in my early twenties and laughing my way through most of the movie.

      I just kept saying, “Really? The Devil is a giant mole? Really?”

    • Gobl-D-Ghoul

      I probably fall under the category of one of those poor, deluded souls that likes “Children of the Corn.” I agree that the acting and movie-making aren’t of the highest quality, but I just love a good supernatural, occultic, and religious-themed horror movie. I think this type of horror movie is hard to come by, so I try to enjoy the ones that I can find. I don’t hold anything against those who think this movie is terrible. I can see where people who don’t like this movie are coming from.

    • PelusaMG

      With our State Fair looming they should remake this and call it, “Children of the Corn-dog on a Stick”. Sounds like it would be a far more interesting movie too…

    • Uncle Creepy

      Wow. I feel damned near vindicated! LOL!

    • Kyle Reese

      Definitely sucks, there’s a core of people you’d be pissing off by saying this movie sucks? That’s a shame – this never interested me even when I liked anything that was a horror movie as a kid.

      The first few mins were somewhat interesting, but the rest of the movie is a festering turd. It’s one of those movies that could actually use a remake, though I don’t think the one that’s coming out won’t be much better.

    • Cash Bailey

      Nah, this flick is dog-shit.

      But for those poor deluded souls who are fans of it this release sounds like a top-shelf treatment of a very bad movie.

    • The Unknown Murderer

      Don’t be too quick to think that you’ll get any flack for being honest about this one, UC, because the general consensus will probably be that it isn’t very good.

      I remember watching this one as a kid and thinking it was great. I revisited the film a few years ago and was disappointed.

      The true horror of it all is that in a few short years, this flick will be 30 years old.

      Gah!