Children of the Corn (1984)

USA, 1984
92m
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Fritz Kiersch.

Plot Summary

The children of the small town of Gatlin murder the adults at the behest of a young preacher who worships an entity in the corn fields known only as “He Who Walks Behind the Rows.”

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Fritz Kiersch
© 1984 New World Pictures, Angeles Entertainment Group, Inc. and Cinema Group Venture
Production Companies: New World Pictures in association with Angeles Entertainment Group, Inc./Inverness Productions, Inc. Hal Roach Studios and New World Pictures present a Gatlin production. Produced in association with Cinema Group Venture
Executive Producers: Earl Glick and Charles J. Weber
Produced by: Donald P. Borchers and Terrence Kirby
Screenplay by: George Goldsmith
Based on the Short Story by: Stephen King
Director of Photography: Raoul Lomas
Film Editor: Harry Keramidas
Music by: Jonathan Elias
Sound Mixer: Jon “Earl” Stein
Costume Designer: Barbara Scott
Makeup by: Erica Ueland
Hair Stylist: Rosemary Weibelhaus
Special Visual Effects: Max W. Anderson
Art Director: Craig Stearns

Cast
Peter Horton (Burt)
Linda Hamilton (Vicky)
R.G. Armstrong (Diehl)
John Franklin (Isaac)
Courtney Gains (Malachai)
Robby Kiger (Job)
AnneMarie McEvoy (Sarah)
Julie Maddalena (Rachel)
Jonas Marlowe (Joseph)
John Philbin (Amos)
Dan Snook (boy)
David Cowen (dad)
Suzy Southam (mom)
D.G. Johnson (Mr Hansen)
Patrick Boylan, Elner Soderstrom, Teresa Toigo (Hansen’s customers)
Mitch Carter ([voice of] radio preacher)

Alternative Titles

Los chicos del maíz – Spain
Children of the corn – Les démons du maïs – France (DVD)
Colheita Maldita – Brazil
La cosecha del terror: los niños del maíz – Mexico (video)
Cosecha negra – Argentina
Deca kukuruza – Serbia
Les Démons du maïs I (Horror kids) – France
Les Démons du maïs – France
Djeca kukuruza – Croatia
Dödlig skörd – Finland (Swedish)
O dolofonos me to drepani – Greece
Dzieci kukurydzianego pola – Poland
Dzieci kukurydzy – Poland
Os Filhos da Terra – Portugal
Filhos do Mal – Brazil
Grano rosso sangue – Italy
Horror Kid – France
Kinder des Zorns – Germany, West Germany title
A kukorica gyermekei – Hungary
Kukuricné deti – Czechoslovakia
Maissilapset – Finland
Los niños del maíz – Mexican, Peruvian title
Niños diabólicos – Mexico
Otroci koruze – Slovenia

Sequels
Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992)
Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995)
Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (1996)
Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998)
Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return (1999)
Children of the Corn: Revelation (2001)

Remake
Children of the Corn (2009)

Extracts included in
Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021)

See also
Children of the Corn: Genesis (2011)
Children of the Corn: Runaway (2017)

References

Books

  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.392
  • Film Review 1985-1986 by F. Maurice Speed pp.49-50 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Film’s of the Eighties by Robert A.Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.93 – credits, synopsis
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.80
  • Horror Films by Subgenre: A Viewer’s Guide by Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay p.64
  • Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.379-381 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Nightmare USA by Stephen Thrower p.516 – note
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.78-79