'Children Of The Corn: Special Edition' [Blu-ray]
(Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, Courtney Gains, John Franklin, R.G. Armstrong, et al / Blu-ray / R / (1984) 2017 / Arrow Films - MVD Visual)
Overview: A young couple on a road trip find themselves lost in the backroads of rural Nebraska, eventually winding up in the seemingly abandoned town of Gatlin. But the town is far from empty as the pair soon discover, it s inhabited by a twisted cult of murderous children thirsty for another blood sacrifice.
Blu-ray Verdict: Stephen King is often cited to be the father of modern horror, and this view isn't wholly unfounded. King's stories have had a large impact upon the horror genre, and many of them are very good stories in their own right also. However, when it comes to translating King's words onto the screen; many filmmakers have proved that they are not up to the task.
I haven't read the book, 'Children of the Corn', but I'm sure it's better than this movie. While the film isn't especially bad; it's hardly a tour de-force of horror cinema either, and like many Stephen King films; this one could have been a hell of a lot better.
Actually, and in truth, this story isn't one of King's better efforts; it follows a small town whose children murder their parents on the instructions of a mysterious preacher; a little kid calling himself Isaac.
The story picks up three years after this terrible event when a young couple drive into town for some reason. They find the village completely devoid of adults and it isn't long until they discover what's happened and seek to put an end to it!
This film has missed several opportunities, the most glaring of which is the subterranean manifestation that dwells beneath the soil in the cornfields. We get several glimpses of this creature, but we never get to see it properly; and because of this, the monster is about as threatening as a bunch of little kids. Oh wait ...!
Anyway, the film draws parallels with other evil kids films such as 'Village of the Damned' in the way it plays out, but it never really gets out of first gear. While the atmosphere of the town is foreboding and well done on the whole, the plotting isn't very exciting and there's very few moments of real tension or suspense, which ensures the film isn't as engaging as it could have been.
The cornfields and the corn that inhabits said field's makes for an unlikely horror prop, and some scenes within the fields are genuinely creepy. The kids themselves are rather well done also, with both of the main ones having good screen presence.
Anyway, if you were to pigeonhole King's films into 'good' and 'bad', this one would firmly be in the latter side. On it's own, however, it's not all that bad, and if you're a fan of King's work, you'll no doubt find something to like here. Now releases as a new, crisp Blu-ray special edition chock full of special features, 'Children of The corn' is definitely creepy enough not to watch alone on a rainy, dark night. Which alone is still, albeit here just, enough to make it a decently played out horror flick. This is a Widescreen presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:
Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original stereo and 5.1 DTS-HD MA audio options
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary with horror journalist Justin Beahm and Children of the Corn historian John Sullivan>BR>
Audio commentary with director Fritz Kiersch, producer Terrence Kirby and actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains
Harvesting Horror: The Making of Children of the Corn retrospective piece featuring interviews with director Fritz Kiersch and actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains
...And a Child Shall Lead Them a brand new interview with actors Julie Maddalena and John Philbin
It Was the Eighties! an interview with actress Linda Hamilton
Field of Nightmares a brand new interview with writer George Goldsmith
Return to Gatlin brand new featurette revisiting the film s original Iowa shooting locations
Stephen King on a Shoestring an interview with producer Donald Borchers
Welcome to Gatlin: The Sights and Sounds of Children of the Corn an interview with production designer Craig Stearns and composer Jonathan Elias
Cut from the Cornfield an interview with actor Rich Kleinberg on the infamous lost Blue Man Scene
Disciples of the Crow 1983 short film adaptation of Stephen King's story
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
+ FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Fully illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by John Sullivan and Lee Gambin
'Children Of The Corn: Special Edition' [Blu-ray] will be available for purchase on October 3rd, 2017.
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