Nostalgia Critic Real Thoughts On – Children of the Corn

We’re always so hard on King, but does this movie actually have some moments worth watching? Doug and Rob discuss Children of the Corn.

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21 comments

  1. I get what you mean about Steven King (horror) movies but keep in mind that The Shawshank redemption is also based on one of his stories.

  2. The Mysterious M

    I’m kinda with Rob. I love King’s stories, but they aren’t scary. Really really gory, yes, but not scary.

    …Except for Misery and Cujo. Those actually are scary for one reason: they’re very realistic, there’s a chance that those event could actually happen. Yes…there’s a ton of extenuating and fantastic circumstances, but it could happen.

  3. I’m so glad to hear what you finally think of “The Shawshank Redemption”. It’s ranked as the best movie of all time on the IMDb! “Children Of The Corn” actually set a record for most bad entries in a series. They made tons of sequels and almost all were completely awful. This is actually one of the least awful in the series. I KNEW you’d mention that “South Park” episode.

  4. Steven King sent his bird. O.O LOL. Anyways, I have never seen this movie. I had heard the term “Children of the Corn” but I didn’t know where it came from. This movie would probably scare me as a kid because I grew up in a psycho town anyways. The kids were awful. One girl in my elementary school actually did get stabbed in the hand with scissors. True story. My family doesn’t like Steven King for the most part, except for Under The Dome. I don’t like horror anyways.

  5. DOUG AND ROB.

    HE WANTS YOU TOO.

  6. lilith_ascennding

    The movie Rob’s thinking of is Sinister. Stephen King is one of my favorite writers, but I will agree with Rob that a lot of the times, his stories have a “Oh. That’s it?” or “What, really? *eye roll*” ending. Children of the Corn is definitely not an exception. It’s creepy, yeah, and it’s a great concept, but it feels a little too much like a somewhat generic slasher film. Couple gets stuck in Butt-Fuck-Nowhere, Nebraska, stumbles upon creepy-ass kids in a creepy ass cult, creepy kids murder everyone for Corn Jesus because they refused to accept Him as their Lord and Saviour (also, they were over the age of sixteen). There are plenty of stories and films that use similar tropes but pull it off way better. Hell, I recently read a really good short story (of which I forgot the title, sorry 🙁 ) about a family that gets stranded in a small town in the Appalachias that is practically abandonned, save for an elderly couple who runs a diner and a disturbingly cheery teenage boy. Turns out the kid is a psycho who has a way with wasps. It was actually a really tense story. On the subject of King stories involving stranded people, I would actually highly recommend the miniseries Storm of the Century. It’s a story of a sinister stranger who more or less holds an entire island village at metaphorical gunpoint during a massive blizzard. He has one simple request: Give him what he wants, and he’ll go away. Disobey him, and there will be dire consequences for the whole town. It has a great atmosphere, and the villain is probably one of King’s best written ones. Granted, I’ve only read the script, so I can’t speak for how well the acting is, but storywise, it’s one of his strongest works.

  7. He Who Walks Behind the Rows did show up at the end of the story, but unlike the movie it didn’t have a happy ending.

  8. Day 1 of Rob and Doug’s descent into bird-related madness.

  9. Yeah, this would have been better if they had left it at least a big ambiguous at the climax. Like maybe the wind blows and the hero hears something creepy or growly in the corn, but it’s not clear enough that we can be SURE there’s something there. Maybe it’s an animal. Maybe it’s the wind. Or maybe it’s a demon. Ambiguity!

    As for organized religion, everything bad and fucked-up about it can be found in other organizations where large groups of people follow a small leadership — politics, science, etc. Basically, people are fanatical nutjobs and we suck and we like hating other people, so we use things like politics, science and religion as excuses to do so.

  10. Captain Speedbump

    I’d like to see you guys and Shark Jumping do a Real Thoughts on Phantom of the Opera- not just the Schumaker movie, but the book and musical as well.

  11. I’m from maine…and i can confirm that those are the real threats…religious nutjobs, supernatural creatures and bullies….. 😉

  12. For me the fact that this had been going on for more than a week and had not turned into another Waco or Ruby Ridge completely broke my suspension of disbelief.

    • In the short story that’s exactly what leads the main character to suspect that something supernatural may actually be going on, which helps lead into the climax (and like I said, it doesn’t end well for him in that version).

  13. Actually, there was a remake made of the Children of the Corn and it is very different than the original, especially the end. I found it while flipping through channels one day and it wasn’t that bad.

  14. Isaac is the only redeeming character in the film!

  15. There’s also supposed to be a sequel in 2017 called Children of the Corn: Runaway.

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