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Children of the Corn

DVD cover
Directed by Donald P. Borchers
Produced by Donald P. Borchers
Written by Donald P. Borchers
Starring Daniel Newman
David Anders
Kandyse McClure
Preston Bailey
Alexa Nikolas
Music by Jonathan Elias
Nathaniel Morgan
Cinematography Jamie Thompson
Editing by Danny Saphire
Distributed by Syfy
Anchor Bay
Release date(s) September 26, 2009 (original airdate)
October 6, 2009 (DVD release)
Running time 92 minutes
Language English
Budget 4,500,000 [1]
Preceded by Children of the Corn: Revelation

Children of the Corn is a 2009 made-for-television supernatural horror film directed, written and produced by Donald P. Borchers and based on the 1977 short story of the same name by Stephen King. Set primarily in 1975 in the fictional town of Gatlin, Nebraska the film centers around traveling couple Burt and Vicky as they fight to survive a cult of murderous children who worship an entity known as He Who Walks Behind The Rows, which had years earlier manipulated the children into killing every adult in town.



The film opens in 1963 in the town of Gatlin, Nebraska, which is in the middle of a severe drought. In a tent out in the vast cornfields a young boy, claiming that the Old Testament-era deity known as He Who Walks Behind The Rows has spoken to him in his dreams, tells the other children that the sinful adults are the reason for their recent troubles, prompting the children to kill every adult in town. Twelve years later a constantly bickering couple consisting of Vietnam veteran Burt and his wife Vicky are driving along a back road near Gatlin, planning on celebrating their second honeymoon in California, when a boy named Joseph stumbles out of the roadside corn and in front of their car. Accidentally running Joseph over Burt assesses his body and realizes the boy's throat was slit. After wrapping and placing Joseph's body in the trunk Burt, grabbing his gun, tells Vicky to wait for him while he looks around. Among the corn Burt finds Joseph's bloodied suitcase and takes it with him back to the car. He and Vicky drive off in search of aid, not realizing they were being watched by Isaac and his second-in-command Malachai.

After hearing a group of children giving an evangelical sermon over the radio Burt and Vicky reach an abandoned gas station. Finding all the phones in the station broken Burt and Vicky decide to go to Gatlin. While Burt drives Vicky manages to open Joseph's suitcase and finds a crudely made trinket inside which she (being a preacher's daughter) recognizes as a blasphemous token. Meanwhile, in the cornfields Isaac tells the others about Burt and Vicky and that they, like the "blue man" (a police officer whose skeleton the children use a scarecrow) must be killed to appease "He Who Walks Behind The Rows", who had told Isaac to kill Joseph for trying to abandon them.

Reaching the town Burt and Vicky find it seemingly abandoned, with a calendar in a bar still reading 1963. Eventually coming across a church with a sermon board dated last week Burt goes in to investigate, ignoring Vicky's pleas that they should just leave (and taking her keys after she threatens to abandon him). Inside the church Burt finds various occult drawings, larger version of the trinket that was in Joseph's suitcase and a book listing the birthdays of the town's inhabitants. As Burt skims through the book Vicky is surrounded and attacked by Malachai and several other boys (directed from a rooftop by Isaac) and manages to kill one of them with Burt's shotgun before Malachai stabs her. Hearing the shotgun blast Burt rushes outside just as Malachai blows the car up. Chased by the children into an alleyway Burt is taunted by Isaac (who throws a knife at him, only to miss his chest and hit him in the arm instead). Killing two of the older boys Burt runs off into the cornfields, where the children refrain from going without either Isaac or Malachai.

In the alleyway Isaac confronts Malachai, telling him that by spilling Joseph's blood in the corn he has angered He Who Walks Behind The Rows. After questioning Malachai's faith Isaac has him pray before the two regroup with their followers, who they tell must sacrifice Burt in the clearing where the blue man's corpse is held. After leading a prayer Malachai and the children begin hunting Burt through the corn. While searching Malachai is told by Nahum, one of the younger boys, that he had a vision of He Who Walks Behind The Rows, leading Malachai to believe Nahum is the new prophet and that Isaac's time is coming to an end. Before leaving to continue the search for Burt (who had overheard the entire conversation) Malachai mentions that they must finish the search before dark, as that is He Who Walks Behind The Row's time.




Casting started two weeks before production began. [1] Unlike in the original film, in which the bulk of the cultists were portrayed by actors over eighteen, Borchers decided to cast age appropriate actors. Borchers has stated that dealing with the largely underage cast proved to be the most difficult part of making the film. [2]


Having worked on the original film as a producer Donald P. Borchers was originally content with it, though in hindsight came to believe it was too "Hollywoodized" and not true enough to the original short story. Wanting Stephen King to be involved in the production of the new film, Borchers sent a copy of the script to him, only to receive a letter from King's attorney stating that King wanted no part in the film. Borchers compares the cult of He Who Walks Behind The Rows to real-life cases of religious zealots who use violence as a means to an end, a mentioned example being the extremists in the Middle-East. [2]


The film premiered on Sci-Fi on September 26, 2009 and was released uncut on DVD by Anchor Bay on October 6, 2009. The DVD included such features as interviews with cast and crew and behind-the-scenes footage.

External links


  1. ^ a b Rough Cuts: Remaking Children of the Corn Part Three: To Live and Die in Gatlin. [DVD]. United States: Anchor Bay Entertainment. 2009.  
  2. ^ a b Rough Cuts: Remaking Children of the Corn Part One: New Directions. [DVD]. United States: Anchor Bay Entertainment. 2009.  


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