Children of the Corn – Nostalgia Critic

Stephen King combines killer kids and corn, because they go so well together? The Nostalgia Critic reviews 1984’s Children of the Corn.

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156 comments

  1. I first thought Isaac was linus from shark boy and lava girl!

  2. I am just going to say that this is a sequel to The Binding of Isaac and call it a day.

    I mean, after all the shit Isaac saw in that basement, is it a surprise he’d turn up that fucked up?

  3. I always felt that Children Of The Corn was loosely based on ergot poisoning.

  4. I like this movie. Although I’ll admit a few things don’t work at ALL. Like the kids seemingly not aging in 3 years, a modern town no one notices going basically dead, and that ending at the car was…weird.

    Corn is a grain, not a vegetable you silly man! I think part of the ‘scariness’ King was going for is that corn is so ordinary and non threatening it’s a danger no one would see coming. I think this idea is conveyed better in…I think it was number 3? The one with the 2 brothers and the corn patch being grown in the old factory area.

    Some of the sequels I’ve seen seem like they are not really sequels. They just take movies with similar ideas, alter them a bit, and attach them to the name. But that’s nothing new.

    You’ve never heard the ‘stick a needle in your eye’ bit?

    They kept the man alive because they needed fuel from him. Although admittedly we don’t get any details about the actual arrangement. They killed him because Malachi is a sick little shit and because he wanted to please ‘He who walks behind the rows’.

    The face in the fire was just the entity being destroyed. We never know what it really was. I’ll admit “He who walks behind the rows” doesn’t come off very scary but I really like the idea of something like him. It’s creepy and cool.

    Gee, I wonder why you decided not to mention the girl who was very pregnant, and VERY underage. ;P

  5. Great review, always enjoy your Nostalgiaween videos the most, Im a huge fan of October and all things Halloween related:)
    I think it is really cool that you mention the actor who played Issac and how old he was at the time the movie was filmed, Ive always had a soft spot for him because we both have a growth hormone deficiency, ((I get mistaken for a 12 year old on a regular basis even though I just turned 29)) and when I was younger I had never seen or heard of someone else who had it besides myself so this is one bit of trivia thats always stuck with me.
    Keep up the awesome work! Cant wait to see what you come up with next.

  6. That extra review BETTER NOT be Goosebumps. I mean it, it was a fucking Godsend that it didn’t end up today, it had BETTER not show up at the end of the month.

  7. TheSuicidalTeddybear

    Pretty odd how this movie became seeing how the original short was much more psychological, disturbing and up to the viewer to decide many things that happened. The “demon” was never killed by fire, the corn never came to life and there were no rushed story from a boy’s point of view in the beginning like this one. And also, in the original story there was a pretty damn scary of why they sacrificed the adults to begin with, involving the ways how most believes have been created through time: mythology. Does it have dumb christian symbolism? Yes. Did it have a rushed ending? Yes, even though it was different. But if you want a pretty scary short story a million times better then all the 2783498723 movies with the same name, then look it up!

  8. At first i thought he was joking about the kid being 25, but then I looked it up. Holy shit, he was right.

  9. Isaac sounds like an old woman.

  10. You just reviewed Passion Of Christ with the Cinema Snob. Don’t you think it’s a little early to review another movie with crucifixion? 😛

  11. I never knew he was 25 in that film, I swear I thought issac was like 11. Good actor!

  12. I grew up in Nebraska. I was 6 years old when we got this movie on VHS. I was the youngest of 5 kids. My two oldest sisters used to scare the shit out of me when I was little, telling me that Malakeigh was going to get me and he lived in the field by our house (we lived on a farm). I was terrified and constantly hid the tape from them. No the movie isn’t scary, however to a 6 year old Nebraska girl… it was the most horrific thing imaginable.

  13. ThatGuyWithTheOrangeBeard

    Nostalgiaween really sucks this year. Do you really love Halloween as much a you say you do? It seems like you really half-assed it this year. My Ween-y spirit is kinda dulled from the half-hearted intro.

    • yeah, what’s with these movie choices? Nostalgia Critic is only funny when the movies he makes fun of are funnily bad. Event Horizen was just campy. it wasn’t bad. this one is just just a boring choice. it’s weird considering how many truly bad Stephen King movies there are… what is he saving them for years to come? I don’t get it.

  14. “I am the terror that flaps in the night. I AM THE WORD AND THE GIVER OF HIS LAWS!”

  15. Wow went through the entire video without making a KoRn Joke

  16. Thank you for returning to the classic NC style.
    No offense to Malcom or Tamara, mas it is WAY better this way. Just keeping them on the “commercial” skits with no over the top jokes or effects. Not that there’s no room for those, I just think you guys should do more reviews in this format, just Doug talking to the camera and making jokes, as it always was.

  17. The video’s not working for me. The only present video at this link is the sponsorship one, not the actual children of the corn vid.

  18. Great review Critic! I was wondering when you would finally review this particular movie here. Can’t wait to see the next two reviews. Plus I don’t know if you’ve already started on the “extra week” review for Nostalgia-ween, but I also mentioned it on your Facebook about reviewing Elvira Mistress of the Dark. Just pointing that out. Again, great review, and also looking forward to the Christmas ones too coming up.

  19. This movie is really corny.

  20. The guy who played as Isaac was one of my English teachers!

  21. So now I want to see 90’s Malcolm in a video with 90’s Kid.

  22. Great review! This has been one of my favorites of your recently, and I think it was because it’s just fun to watch you have fun with Isaac. Thank you.

  23. The short story this is based on is better. It might because it has a downer ending where

    (***SPOILER WARNING***)
    Vicky and Burt are killed, He Who Walks Behind the Rows is angry at the kids and demands that the age of sacrifice be lowered to 18 and He Who Walks Behind the Rows is never shown.
    (***END OF SPOILERS***)

    Admittedly, it’s not much better but still better than this corny mess.

  24. lilith_ascennding

    Hello Stephen, my old friend. We’ve come to mock your work again. Ah, Children of the Corn. Pretty decent short story (though not my absolute favorite by him. “The Monkey” was better.) and really shitty movie. I will say though that Isaac might be the new Lucas in how beautifully evil he was. Still can’t believe that actor was 25 (and I thought I had babyface :O). I am a little sad though that both the film and the story didn’t really exploit the fear of religion thing better. The kids were honestly a lot more ominous in the story, taking their good sweet time to sneak up on and then attack the couple. Hell, they even hijacked the radio station and broadcast their sermons to Corn Jesus over them. But perhaps one of my favorite tropes in horror is the religious figure who is actually more evil than you think. Take for instance, Reverend Harry Powell from the wonderfully underrated film Night of the Hunter. Powell is a man with a very commanding presence and a charismatic aura, his fingers tattooed with the words “Love” and “Hate”. He claims that God commands him to ride across the country to murder widows for their money, and the scariest part is he actually believes it’s true. While it’s true that the kid actors were very good at showing that they were blindly following Isaac’s preachings and likewise, Isaac fully believed in the words of Corn Jesus, the way it was delievered felt too blunt, and not subtle. And as pointed out in the review, this film relies on violent, creepy ass kids for their scares, which honestly, you can get a dime a dozen of these days. It doesn’t really focus on or do too much to explain the Church of Latter Day Maize at all. Going back to Night of the Hunter, the film clearly has religion as a major theme, but it again relies on subtle psychological scares and tense chase scenes instead of senseless violence. So when the Preacher Harry Powell spends one minute ranting about “the story of right hand, left hand…the story of good and evil” and another gleefully singing the hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” as he hunts some children who have escaped down a river, you get a better idea of the hypocrisy and fear that religion can bring to people. Basically, I agree with Doug-this needed more subtlety and less gore-or at the very least better scares.

  25. I’m not really getting why the Children of the Corn commercial parody thing was crossed with the whole ’90s “EXTREME” commercial thing. Seems kinda random, given that the movie was out well before the ’90s and really has nothing whatsoever to do with that fad. Like straight-up Family Guy cut-away random.

    • I’m going to guess you missed the 90s. The “Kids Rule, Parents Drool” attitude in advertising and tv shows, aimed at kids, was EVERYWHERE. When talking about a movie where kids murder the “unclean” adults, a sketch that references that is spot on.

      • I’m gonna guess that you missed the ’80s, if you think that the ’90s had the market cornered on that general attitude. Of course, a lot of the time, it seems like the same goes for Doug. So as far as his reasoning for the idea goes, you probably hit the nail on the head.

  26. Children of the Corn (2009) is better

  27. Courtney Gaines was awesome in Hardbodies…..just sayin

  28. Wow…this review was a whole lot of fun! Issac is pretty awesome. He had scenery in his teeth for days after being in that movie. I’m also very happy that you support the Wounded Warrior Project. It’s a great charity that helps veterans like my father. I mean it when I say I appreciate your support a whole lot. Bless you!

  29. Was kind of expecting “Rose Red” this year.

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