I have made it an ominous 13 days into October. I thought it might be prudent to watch a movie I first saw at the green young age of 13; Children of the Corn. Sometimes it is worth going back to your roots, and 80’s B-movies are just fantastic to watch when nostalgia takes hold. From the wooden acting to synthesized musical scores, there is both a style and method all their own.
I’m partial to religious horror: cults, angels, demons, and biblical myth are always incredibly interesting to me. He Who Walks Behind the Rows is such an awesome and bloodthirsty deity, working through Isaac and the zealot Malachai. This movie capitalizes on the inherent unease caused by zealotry and the creepiness of murderous children to devastating and entertaining effect.
It makes me happy to say that even after so many years, Children of the Corn is still a solid menacing masterpiece. The narrative would obviously stand up to the test of time seeing as how Stephen King wrote the book, but the effects and film style haven’t become so dated as to detract from the experience.
With nostalgia in mind, this movie’s scare-o-meter rating is 3.5 out of 5.