A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believes that everyone over age 18 must be killed.

Director:

Fritz Kiersch

Writers:

Stephen King (based on the short story by), George Goldsmith (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Horton ... Burt
Linda Hamilton ... Vicky
R.G. Armstrong ... Diehl
John Franklin ... Isaac
Courtney Gains ... Malachai
Robby Kiger Robby Kiger ... Job
Anne Marie McEvoy Anne Marie McEvoy ... Sarah (as AnneMarie McEvoy)
Julie Maddalena ... Rachel
Jonas Marlowe Jonas Marlowe ... Joseph
John Philbin ... Amos
Dan Snook Dan Snook ... Boy
David Cowen David Cowen ... Dad
Suzy Southam Suzy Southam ... Mom
D.G. Johnson ... Mr. Hansen
Patrick Boylan Patrick Boylan ... Hansen's Customer
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Storyline

A boy preacher named Isaac goes to Gatlin, Nebraska and gets all the children to murder every adult in town. A young couple on a road trip stop in Gatlin to report a murder and seek help, but the town seems deserted. They are soon trapped in Gatlin with little chance of getting out alive. Written by √Čamonn Green

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And a child shall lead them... See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Trivia

On the dashboard of Burt and Vicki's car is a copy of "Night Shift," the Stephen King short story collection in which "Children of the Corn" originally appeared. See more »

Goofs

0:17:04 - when Burton turns the dead boy over on the road, if you look closely you can see the child actor's chest rise due to him inhaling. See more »

Quotes

Malachi: What hath the Lord commandeth?
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Alternate Versions

The director's initial cut was much longer than the version that eventually made it to theaters and video. Among the missing footage:
  • A longer prologue where several other adults are killed on-camera, most noticeably a police deputy at the local police station whose throat is slashed and then stabbed in the chest, and a farmer who is hacked to death outside his barn by a group of pick-ax wielding teen kids.
  • A scene between Sarah and Job's parents before the slaughter. They talk over the breakfast table about Sarah's drawings of the upcoming massacre and how they think something awful is about to happen.
  • A scene where Isaac prays to He Who Walks Behind The Rows only to receive a horrific vision of his impending fate.
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Referenced in This Is Us: The Adirondacks (2021) See more »

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Foot Stompin'
Written by Arron Collins
Published by Symbol Music, Inc. and Velvet Touch Music
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Children are scary
19 April 2006 | by mkj2612See all my reviews

Children of the Corn is one of the classic horror movies. It's one of the first uses of children as stereotypically scary entities in a movie, a trend that has exploded in recent years (that awful Dakota Fanning movie, Silent Hill,The Ring, The Grudge, Gothika, and even in video games like F.E.A.R.). To answer the above poster's question, Fritz Kiersch is currently an artist-in-residence and professor of film studies at Oklahoma City University. I believe that he is the had of a new film studies program at the university which is just starting this year. While some scenes in this flick are laughable today, I remember seeing it as a young boy and being scared witless. It will always be one of the great horror flicks of all time, in my opinion.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's Children of the Corn See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,042,821, 11 March 1984

Gross USA:

$14,568,989

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,568,989
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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