Children of the Corn, 1984Regan Macaulay
Children of the Corn (advertised as Stephen King’s Children of the Corn) is a 1984 American supernatural folk horror film based upon Stephen King’s 1977 short story of the same name. Directed by Fritz Kiersch, the film’s cast consists of Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, John Franklin, Courtney Gains, Robby Kiger, Anne Marie McEvoy, Julie Maddalena, and R. G. Armstrong. Set in the fictitious rural town of Gatlin, Nebraska, the film tells the story of a malevolent entity referred to as “He Who Walks Behind the Rows” which entices the town’s children to ritually murder all the town’s adults, and a couple driving across the country, to ensure a successful corn harvest.
King wrote the original draft of the screenplay, which focused more on the characters of Burt and Vicky and depicted more history on the uprising of the children in Gatlin. This script was disregarded in favor of George Goldsmith’s screenplay, which featured more violence and a more conventional narrative structure. Filming took place mainly in Iowa, but also in California. It spawned a franchise of films, and it has gained a cult following.
Tidbits of trivia, goofs and other nonsense...
You may remember such pop culture references as:
- In the South Park 2000 episode “The Wacky Molestation Adventure“, Cartman shouts the line “Outlander! Outlander! We have your woman! She still lives!” as a reference to the film.
- In the 2012 movie Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph refers to the characters from Sugar Rush as “Children of the Candy Corn”.
- Children of the Corn is referenced in the final verse of Kendrick Lamar‘s 2012 song “M.A.A.D City“: “Kill them all if they gossip, the Children of the Corn / They realizing the option of living a lie, drive they body with toxins.”
- An audio clip of the character Isaac yelling “Don’t you sit there, seize him, punish him, cut him down! I command you!” is used at the end of the song “Scream for Silence” in Children of Bodom‘s 2013 album Halo of Blood.
Remake and Prequel...and oh, so many sequels...
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In June 2008, it was confirmed that Donald P. Borchers would begin writing and directing a TV remake of the first film, which would premiere on the Syfy channel. Production began in August, filming in Davenport, Iowa; however, it was later moved to Lost Nation, Iowa.
The cast included David Anders, Kandyse McClure, Preston Bailey, Daniel Newman and Alexa Nikolas. The movie aired on September 26, 2009, and the DVD was released on October 6, 2009, by Anchor Bay. The television remake closely follows the original storyline present in the short story, and not that of the original film.
Another remake was confirmed in 2020, this time was directed by Kurt Wimmer and produced by Lucas Foster and was filmed in Australia, during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also reported that the new film is not a remake, but instead served as a prequel to the 1984 film. The film was released on October 23, 2020.
Sequels include: Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice, Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest, Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering, Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror , Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return, Children of the Corn: Revelation, Children of the Corn: Genesis (also considered a reboot).