Stephen King’s CHILDREN OF THE CORN Soundtrack Gets New Release on Vinyl, Cassette and CD

1984’s Children of the Corn (directed by Fritz Kiersch) is one of the spookiest films of its era. And its soundtrack by Jonathan Elias is just as chilling!

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At the time of its release, parents and critics alike were outraged at the pack of killer kids featured in Stephen King’s Children of the Corn. Rollin Stone wrote:

“Seven months before The Terminator hit theaters, Linda Hamilton was being terrorized by a completely different menacing force. A nightmarish cavalcade of creepily angelic tykes causing unspeakable horrors amidst the vast, empty stretches of the Midwest.”

Naturally, the film has become a bona fide ‘80s horror cult classic spawning many sequels!

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As physician Burt Stanton (Peter Horton) and his girlfriend, Vicky (Linda Hamilton), drive across the Midwest to his new job. But their trip comes to a sudden halt when they encounter the body of a murdered boy in the road. In trying to contact the authorities, Burt and Vicky wander into a small town populated only by children. All followers of sinister young preacher Isaac Chroner (John Franklin). Soon the couple is fleeing the youthful fanatics, who want to sacrifice them to their demonic deity.

On Friday, July 2nd, publishing/production house 1984 will release a deluxe gatefold vinyl edition of the Children of the Corn soundtrack. Its first time on wax since the film’s original debut. The LP (containing foil elements on the cover) will be available in five different variants. Along with cassette and CD editions.

All packaging is designed by “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin. He previously worked with 1984 on his coffee table book Ghoulish: The Art of Gary Pullin. Plus the vinyl soundtracks for the films Prom Night (1980) and Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984). And also the double A-side 12-inch for Goblin’s themes for Suspiria and Dawn of the Dead.

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“When 1984 Publishing asked me to create the artwork for a new re-issue of Jonathan Elias’ chilling soundtrack, I had been in familiar territory with the packaging for Arrow Video’s Children of the Corn Blu-ray,” says Pullin. “The Arrow design featured the penance stare of Isaac, the creepy cult leader played by John Franklin. However, for the upcoming re-issue of the film’s score, we wanted to focus on Malachai, and for good reason. He’s a pivotal character and perhaps the most terrifying person in the film. Actor Courtney Gains perfectly channels Malachai with the kind of cold indifference it would probably take to be a feral, parent-hating serial killer. I can almost hear him screaming ‘Outlander!’ when I reflect on the cover design. There are some other ‘easter eggs’ we’ve hidden throughout the packaging, and I hope that fans of the film and Jonathan’s score enjoy this very special release.”

Children of the Corn features 17 tracks composed, conducted, and arranged by Jonathan Elias, who worked directly with producer Donald Borchers on both the original ‘84 film and the ‘09 television adaptation.

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Adam Bose at Cauliflower Audio newly remastered the soundtrack audio, Dave Polster at Well Made Music cut the master lacquer, and Gotta Groove Records in Cleveland, Ohio pressed the vinyl in five different variants:


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“He Who Walks Behind the Rows” / Bright Yellow & Black Splatter (1984 exclusive / 250 copies);
“Outlander Orange” / Transparent Orange & Black Streaks (1984 exclusive / 250 copies);
“Midnight Harvest” / Red & Orange Swirl (wholesale exclusive);
“Bloody Cornfield” / Red & Yellow & Clear Swirl (Light in the Attic exclusive / 500 copies); and
“Burning Cornfield” / Clear with Black Smoke (PopMarket exclusive / 100 copies).

The cassette will likewise be available in two different shell colors:

“Cornfield Yellow” (wholesale exclusive / 100 copies); and
“Blood Red” (1984 exclusive / 100 copies).

The “1984 exclusive” variant pre-orders begin at noon EST on July 2nd, 2020 at, while wholesale orders should be directed to URP Music Distribution (

1984 Publishing brings premium, hardbound, full-color art and gift books to coffee tables worldwide. Its releases include the best-sellers Ad Nauseam: Newsprint Nightmares from the ‘70s and ‘80s, Blood on Black Wax: Horror Soundtracks on Vinyl, and Black & White & Weird All Over: The Lost Photographs of “Weird Al” Yankovic ‘83 – ‘86. Founder Matthew Chojnacki wrote three award-winning art books of his own, Alternative Movie Posters: Film Art from the Underground (volumes I and II), plus the ’80s vinyl cover art book Put the Needle on the Record: The 1980s at 45 Revolutions per Minute. Chojnacki also recently co-produced several documentaries, including the acclaimed Scream Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street, 24 x 36: A Movie about Movie Posters, 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story, and the Anti-Flag band doc Beyond Barricades.

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Gary Pullin, known to horror enthusiasts and art collectors as “Ghoulish Gary,” is an award-winning artist and leading designer in the wild world of alternative movie posters, vinyl record and Blu-ray packaging, and pop culture art. After a thirteen-year stint as Rue Morgue magazine’s original art director, he’s now a full-time creature creator. Gary has been featured at conventions and galleries across North America, created highly sought-after screen prints for the likes of Mondo and Skuzzles, album art for Waxwork Records, Mondo, Death Waltz, Varese Sarabande, and developed key art for various films, including The Babadook, Grabbers, and Birth of the Living Dead. In 2018, Ghoulish: The Art of Gary Pullin art table book was released by 1984 Publishing and is now in its second printing. Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Gary currently works his magic in a century-old home, where he resides with his bride, Nicole.

Are you also a fan of Children of the Corn? Are you also excited to pick up the soundtrack by Jonathan Elias from 1984 Publishing? Let us know in the comments below or also on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.



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