CHILDREN OF THE CORN (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A young couple full of life pass through some old town where everyone seems to be dead except for the children, who are seemingly all brainwashed cult members.
Is it good movie?
Can you believe that I've never seen this movie until the Blu-Ray slid into my mailbox? Well, it's true. And you know what, I expected far, far worse from this movie. I certainly don't understand what made it spawn 6 sequels, but Children of the Corn didn't suck as badly as I thought it would.
So there isn't a lot of plot here- Sarah Connor and some dude are heading to a med school internship interview. They smash the crap out of a young kid who crosses a road, which provokes the ire of Malachi and Isaac turn all of the kids against these two.
Ultimately, I think I expected this movie to simply be dull and plodding, where it's anything but. Sure, there aren't a lot of scares unless you're afraid of children. It moves at a pretty brisk pace and even starts off with some good, gory stuff. The performances actually aren't terrible, with the leads doing a pretty good job. Even the kids are decent. Although the movie has aged pretty badly, it doesn't seem as preposterous as you might think it would be.
On the negative side, the movie gives almost everything away in the first few minutes, which defeats much of the film's purpose. The film isn't written very well though, the script seems to suffer from a real lack of substance, or atmosphere or scares. It's watchable, and has aged relatively well, just don't expect to be terrified or to laugh your ass off.
Video / Audio
Video comes in 1.85:1 widescreen, sporting a full 1080p transfer and looks almost too good to be true. This movie has great color balance and seems quite sharp. I don't know if you really want your Children of the Corn to look this good, but it does. Enjoy.
Audio is Dolby TrueHD 5.1, but the sound quality was terrible to begin with so everything comes off a bit front heavy. Don't buy this to show off your speakers.
There's also Harvesting Horror: Children of the Corn, which runs about 40 minutes and is taken from the DVD version. This is a better choice than the commentary track, as the good stuff is in abundance and features the people you want to hear from.
There's a trivia track too, which I love. I love trivia tracks. They give a little insight without interfering in your movie. Trivia tracks for all!
Welcome to Gatlin: The Sights & Sounds of Children of the Corn is a 15 minute featurette all about production value, and is hosted by designer Craig Stearns. This may seem skippable but it has lots of great information and presents a fair amount of insight into design and sound (featuring composer Jon Elias).
It Was the Eighties is another 15 minute piece with Linda Hamilton herself! This is a bit of an apologetic/explanatory case of what it was like to be an actor in an 80s horror movie. Good stuff.
Stephen King on a Shoestring is an interview with Don Borchers, a producer who tells everything about how difficult it was to make this movie with almost no budget, while offering some candid thoughts about the film. Another good extra.
Finally, there are some stills and trailers.
At the end of the day, you couldn't ask for a better treatment for this film. If you're a fan, you've got it already. If you're not, you might want to give this a try- this film is regarded as a bit of a cult classic and you might just want to find out why.