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Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995)

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Two brothers connected to the murderous children's cult of Gatlin, Nebraska are taken to Chicago by an adoptive couple.

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James D.R. Hickox

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Stephen King (short story "Children of the Corn"), Dode B. Levenson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dano Cerny Dano Cerny ... Eli Porter (as Daniel Cerny)
Ron Melendez ... Joshua Porter
Jim Metzler ... William Porter
Nancy Lee Grahn ... Amanda Porter
Jon Clair Jon Clair ... Malcom Elkman
Mari Morrow ... Maria Elkman
Michael Ensign ... Father Frank Nolan
Duke Stroud ... Earl
Rif Hutton ... Arnold
Garvin Funches ... T-Loc
Johnny Legend Johnny Legend ... Derelict Man
Gina St. John ... Diane
Yvette Freeman ... Samantha
Terence Mathews Terence Mathews ... Dwayne (as Terrence Matthews)
James O'Sullivan James O'Sullivan ... Charles Brady
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Two young Gatlin residents are orphaned after the younger brother kills their father. So, the terror of Gatlin goes urban when the two boys are placed in the custody of two foster parents. The younger brother (who by this point is established as the "evil one") bought some corn seeds along for the road and plants them in the courtyard of an abandoned warehouse, bring He Who Walks Behind the Rows to the city. He winds up possessing his high school peers, and soon his older brother feels called to stop him. Written by Michael Cucinotta <cucinott@brick.purchase.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Children of the Corn III: Urban Nightmare See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Ultra Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Joshua's Abusive Father: Joshua? Joshua? Boy, you're gonna make this some sad night.
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Written by Roni Skies (as R. Skies), Kevin Cloud (as K. Cloud), M. Fox
Produced by CLOUD n' SKIES
Performed by S.O.U.L.
Published by Kevin Cloud Music (BMI) and Ron Skies Music (ASCAP)
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Almost good...
28 November 2005 | by jluis1984See all my reviews

...but ruined by the ending. The infamous ending of the third part of the Children of the Corn series feels like a disaster of epic proportions that kills what otherwise could be a near perfect movie. Nevertheless, this movie has many good things that are worth a watch.

The plot is a very good twist to the well-known saga of "He Who Walks Behind the Rows". After the horrifying events in Gatlin, two brothers, Eli(Daniel Cerny) & Joshua(Ron Melendez) are sent to a foster house in Chicago. Their new family is very eager to have children and gives them a warm welcome, but Eli & Joshua feel the cultural shock as they try to get used to the urban environment. While Joshua tries to fit in, the younger Eli begins to plant corn in order to bring the cult of "He Who Walks Behind the Rows" to the world.

It is indeed a very good script, and for the most part it works. It is a huge improvement over the past sequels and in my humble opinion, sometimes it even surpasses the original. Daniel Cerny's performance is outstanding and one wonders why he suddenly stopped working when he was one of the very few child actors who could give a believable performance.

The eerie atmosphere is back and there are great moments of suspense and surrealistic imagery. This is what Children of the Corn movies should be. The direction is pretty good, and it handles the script with perfection and lets it flow with good rhythm.

If all these is so good, what can be so bad that makes the movie fail in the end? Without giving spoilers, let me just say that even when the SFX are top-notch for a low-budget movie; the ending pretends to be of epic proportions and ends up being one of the biggest SFX disasters ever.

Don't get me wrong, even with it's HUGE SFX faults, it still is better than average, but it breaks everything that was build up to that moment, the eerie atmosphere fill with suspense turns into a savage gore fest in the style of "Evil Dead" but without the talent. It just feels like a different movie.

Overall, it's worth a rent, especially for Daniel Cerny's performance who truly saves the film(no surprise that it's when he is gone that the movie falls down). It's good entertainment if you see it with a open mind.

7/10


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