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Children Of The Corn Blu-ray Review

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“Children Of The Corn” is a middle of the road Stephen King adaptation.

Based on the short story by Stephen King, “Children of the Corn” is a 1984 horror film set in the fictional town of Gatlin, Nebraska. The story begins with a cult leader named Isaac commanding his followers (including his right hand man Malachai) to murder all of the adults in town. The story then jumps ahead 3 years in time where find a couple (Burt and Vicky) traveling through Gatlin. As one might expect, they wind up getting wrapped up in the crazy drama of Gatlin when they encounter the dangerous cult that worship “he who walks behind the rows” as well as two kids (Job and Sarah) who are not apart of the cult. Can the couple make it out of the town alive or are they doomed to die?

Despite there being 9 (soon to be 10) films in the “Children of the Corn” film franchise, it’s not one of the more memorable film adaptations of Stephen King’s work. People seem to forget that virtually nothing happens until the final 38 minutes of the film where things finally start picking up. The rest of the movie contains offscreen action and endless driving and wandering scenes. That is not an exaggeration. On top of that, the film is clearly trying to capitalize on other creepy kid horror movies ala “The Omen” (which the score is desperately trying to mimic).

Director Fritz Kiersch’s film is at its best when it focuses on the actual cult and their blind followers. Actors John Franklin (Isaac) and Courtney Gains (Malachai) are far and away the best part of the entire film. Anytime they are on screen the movie picks up. Anytime they are on screen together it’s as good as it gets for this movie.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The transfer is generally solid. Some shots do look a bit grainy while others are cleaned up.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A decent enough 5.1 track. It’s not going to blow anyone away, but it does the job.

Extras: * A fold out poster. * A booklet featuring credits, photos, and essays by John Sullivan and Lee Gambin. * Storyboard gallery. * “Children Of The Corn” trailer. * An interview with Linda Hamilton in which she talks about how she got the part, Stephen King, her life at the time, memories from the production, etc. * Interviews with Julie Maddalena and John Philbin. The two talk about their roles, the content of the film and more. * A 17 minute new interview with screenwriter George Goldsmith who talks about his adaptation. * “Harvesting Horror”- A 36 minute documentary that includes film clips, discussions about the project and its making, interviews with director Fritz Kiersch and actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains and more. * “Cut From The Cornfield”- A 5 ½ minute interview with Rich Kleinberg about the lost Blue Man scene. Stills are included. * “Disciples Of The Crow”- A low budget 19 minute short film adaptation of “Children of the Corn.” * An informative interview with producer Donald P. Borchers. * 15 ½ minutes of interviews with composer Jonathan Elias and production designer Craig Stearns. * “Return To Gatlin”- John Sullivan hosts this extra about shooting locations. * 2 separate commentaries. One by the cast and crew and the other with Justin Beahm and John Sullivan. The cast and crew track is more laidback and fun but the other track is worthwile as well.

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October 2, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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