Halloween Kingathon – Children of the Corn (2009)

Banner-2logoDirector: Donald P Borchers

Writer: Donald P Borchers, Stephen King (Screenplay) Stephen King (Short Story)

Starring: David Anders, Kandyse McClure, Daniel Newman, Preston Bailey, Robert Gerdisch

Plot: While traveling, an unhappy married couple encounter a cult of murderous children who worship an entity called He Who Walks Behind the Rows.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Lacklustre Horror

Story: Children of the Corn starts in Gatlin Nebraska where the children are being lead by a preacher boy preaching the way of the children of how the children must kill anyone over the age of 19 because that is what is written in the Bible.

12 years later Burton (Anders) and wife Vicky (McClure) are travelling cross-country through Nebraska. Their argumentative trip takes a turn when they run over an injured young boy. After driving away to look for help we see the leader of the children Isaac (Bailey) and his dirty job older child Malachai (Newman) covered in blood.

As Burt and Vicky search Gatlin for help they find the town deserted apart from the children who have their own plan for the adults who visit the town.

Children of the Corn is a remake of one of the early works of King’s work, this time we get a graphic version of that tale that doesn’t seem to be able to capture the true tension that the first one did, don’t get me wrong it has its moments but in the end the film bounce between slasher horror to tension building but never manages to use one to the fully ability. One the positive I did find the children actually having an added creepiness level which will leave you freaked out but the adults just annoy you. (3/10)

Actor Review

David Anders: Burton Stanton is the ex-soldier travelling across American with his wife, they are fighting about ever decision and when he hits a child he finds himself in the middle of an empty town trying to survive when the children are in control. David gives a solid performance but his character his horrible written. (5/10)

Kandyse McClure: Vicky Stanton is the argumentative wife of Burton who enjoys shouting at him more than talking, she is correct about trying to escape the town but Burt doesn’t listen to her leaving her to become one of the victims of the Children of the Corn. Kandyse really gets on your nerves as the film unfolds. (5/10)

Daniel Newman: Malachai is the muscles of the cult of children mainly because he is the oldest, but he will die to follow the instructions of Isaac. Daniel does a solid job as the leader of the hunters the second in command if you like. (6/10)

Preston Bailey: Isaac is the lead of the cult of children who claims to be speaking to God about their path, their decision and their harvesting techniques. Preston gives us a genuinely creepy kid performance that is the highlight of the film. (7/10)

Support Cast: Children of the Corn only has a supporting cast including the children who all have their own level of understanding to the cult situation.

Director Review: Donald P Borchers – Donald doesn’t decide which type of horror he wants his film to use leaving us the audience without characters to root for. (3/10)

Horror: Children of the Corn gets the gore marks but then tries to have tension, I say tries but fails. (5/10)

Thriller: Children of the Corn does try to create tension but ends up failing on that front. (3/10)

Settings: Children of the Corn uses the abandoned town for the settings which does work for the idea. (8/10)

Suggestion: Children of the Corn is one you should just stick with the original because it knows what type of horror it wants to be. (Stick to the original)

Best Part: Isaac is creepy as they come.

Worst Part: Confused horror ideas.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Not to this series

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $2 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Overall: Bland horror that doesn’t scare, thrill of gain any interests.

Rating 20


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