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Children of the Corn (1984)

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

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Robby Kiger ...
Job
Anne Marie McEvoy ...
Sarah (as AnneMarie McEvoy)
Julie Maddalena ...
Jonas Marlowe ...
Joseph
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Dan Snook ...
Boy
David Cowen ...
Dad
Suzy Southam ...
Mom
D.G. Johnson ...
Mr. Hansen
Patrick Boylan ...
Hansen's customer
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Storyline

A boy preacher named Isaac goes to a town in Nebraska called Gatlin and gets all the children to murder every adult in town. A young couple have a murder to report and they go to the nearest town (Gatlin) to seek help but the town seems deserted. They are soon trapped in Gatlin with little chance of getting out alive. Written by Éamonn Green

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9 March 1984 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,042,821, 11 March 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,568,989
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael and Corey Frizzell, the nephews of legendary country music stars Lefty Frizzell & David Frizzell and sons of Country Gospel great Allen Frizzell (once married to country star Shelly West), played extras at the age of 8 and 9. Michael was also Robby Kiger's (Job) stunt double. Corey was also a stand in for Kiger. See more »

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At the start of the film when Vicky gives Burt his present, the radio is to the right of the wall plug fixture. When she turns the radio on, the radio is under the plug fixture. See more »

Quotes

Burt: Hi, we've had an -
[gets cut off]
Diehl: I ain't got no gas.
Burt: No, I don't need gas.
Diehl: Ain't got no diesel fuel neither.
Burt: No, you -
[cut off again]
Diehl: Don't buy no gas you can't use no restroom.
Burt: Your telephone.
Diehl: Telephone! I ain't got no telephone.
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"Outlander!"
9 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

Children of the Corn is a classic example of a movie that was much more frightening when I was a kid. Now I suppose it pales in comparison to the better horror flicks I've seen. It's still not a bad genre flick and I recommend seeing it. Children of the Corn has its moments. Isaac and Malachai are still creepy looking cats (both played effectively by John Franklin and Courtney Gains). The musical score with the children chanting is an eerie effect too. The café scene and the accidental hit and run are the standouts of the movie, it's pretty grisly stuff. The rest is a bit mediocre. Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton are pretty good as the young couple trying to escape the murderous children. And an appearance by R.G. Armstrong is never a bad thing. The movie is a "loose" adaption of a Stephen King short story, but the sequels are just absolutely King rapes. So do not bother with those.


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