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Peter Horton 'Children of the Corn'
  • Sioux City's bouquet of death sticks with 'Children of the Corn' star

    By Bruce R. Miller, Journal staff writer

    LOS ANGELES -- Twenty years ago, Peter Horton came to Sioux City to star in "Children of the Corn," an adaptation of a Stephen King story.

    The month or so he spent in town, he says, still lingers.

    "It's a sense memory," he says while promoting a new series he's producing, "Grey's Anatomy." "I remember the smell. We stayed in a motel that was just downwind of a slaughterhouse and we kind of lived with the smell of death the whole shoot. It has stayed with me ever since ... and I don't know why."

    Although the film was a low-budget venture, Horton viewed it as his last hurrah as an actor.

    "I was getting into directing around that time and I had never starred in a movie. I figured before I stopped acting I wanted to at least star in a movie."

    Ironically, "thirtysomething" followed the film and kept him in front of the cameras far longer than he ever imagined. While appearing as the ill-fated Gary, Horton got to direct more television and found that it really fit his style.

    Now, although he just finished a role in a TV movie with Kirstie Alley, Horton expects to concentrate on directing and producing.

    "It's more grown-up," he explains. "I find the older I get the more I find myself in the skin of a director and writer, not an actor."

    "Grey's Anatomy," a midseason drama on ABC, follows a group of medical interns as they learn the nuances of an intense business.

    "The challenge is trying to find something that hasn't been said before," Horton explains. "Our goal is to make it fresh in a tired genre." His take: Focus on the doctors and their personal lives, not the patients. As a result, the medical staff won't be filled with noble doctors and cold administrators battling over an emergency appendectomy.

    "We're trying to view these people as people. You'll see all types. By no means are we trying to do an idealistic view of the profession."

    While Horton directed the show's pilot and expects to do a handful more, he has no plan to act in any of them. "Don't put that in anyone's head," he says with a laugh. "I like writing, director and producing."

    And "Children of the Corn"? "It seemed like an OK movie when I read the script. But it ended up not being so great."

    Still, it spawned several sequels and does brisk business in video stores.

    It's not Horton's proudest moment. But it does feature his name in a prominent spot on the credits.

    "What can I say?" he offers with a shrug. "It has lived on and on."
  • I quite liked the original "Children of the Corn", the story and characters were very well played.

    Not to keen on the sequels, mind you :-/
  • Anchor Bay gave Fango the final cover art and specs for its DiviMax DVD of the Stephen King-based CHILDREN OF THE CORN, coming out September 28. In addition to a new high-definition, 16x9-enhanced widescreen transfer, the disc includes:

    • Audio commentary by director Fritz Kiersch, producer Terrence Kirby and actors John Franklin and Courtney Gains

    • “Harvesting Horror: CHILDREN OF THE CORN,” an all-new documentary featuring interviews with Kiersch, Franklin and Gains

    • Original storyboard art

    • Poster and still gallery

    • Original title sequence art

    • Theatrical trailer

    • DVD-ROM: Original screenplay

    Cover art here
  • From Moviehole.net

    Dimension has been trying to get the “Children of the Corn” back in the summery fields – and theaters – for forever and a day. Finally, It looks like the lil’ blonde bastards may be returning to work.

    A few years back, screenwriter Joe Harris (“The Tripper”) was attached to pen a new sequel to the George Goldsmith-penned original… but the plan fell through like a president’s promises.

    Now, according to IESB, the plan is to remake the first film - which starred a pre-Terminator Linda Hamilton - with “Saw 3” helmer Darren Lynn Bousman attached to direct. Though the studio, or Bousman’s reps, won’t confirm the news… it sounds like the report is as solid as frozen yogurt.

    I haven’t seen the original film in years – maybe a decade – but I did recently pick up a copy of the film for about $2 at a video store closing down sale. I really should give it a look again. From memory, it wasn’t a bad film.

    Based on the short story by Stephen King, “Corn” told of a boy preacher named Isaac who goes to a town in Nebraska called Gatlin and gets all the children to murder every adult in town.

    Ya know what? For once, I think I’d rather a straight-up remake here… rather than just another sequel. The “Children of the Corn” sequels they were churning out (most of them, direct-to-video) were just bullshit. Near unwatchable. The original film is getting a bit long in the tooth too, so it could probably do with a make-over. Heck, if I don’t remember it that well… then chances are everyone under the age of say, 30, doesn’t remember it at all.

  • A remake would be great. Most people would not even remember or be familiar with the original movies.
  • From Bloody Disgusting dot com

    Some weird, weird, weird news came in this morning that caught me a little off guard. What we received was word that a remake of Children of the Corn is gearing up for production this August in Eastern Central Iowa - and Dimension Films is not involved. Inside you'll find out who is writing, directing and also check out an early shooting synopsis!

    Update: The remake is being produced by Anchor Bay Entertainment for a Sci-Fi Channel premiere.

    Here's the shocker, Bloody-Disgusting learned that Donald P. Borchers - producer of the original 1984 film - is directing the latest incarnation if CHILDREN OF THE CORN from his own screenplay!

    His previous directing credits include Perfect Fit (1999) and Grave Secrets (1989). He also associate produced The Beastmaster (1984).

    The film is currently casting with the following synopsis making the rounds: Former Vietnam vet BURT's marriage to former prom queen VICKY is on the rocks, but Burt hopes to rekindle their old flame with a second honeymoon driving trip. Unfortunately, their journey takes them into the heart of darkness - a seemingly deserted rural community that conceals a grim secret among its rows of tall corn...

    It was also revealed that this will be a period piece set in the 1970s.
  • A remake of the 1983 horror movie “Children of the Corn” will invade the Quad-Cities next month.

    Shooting will take place most of September for the movie, based on a Stephen King novella, that will debut on cable television’s Sci-Fi Channel next year in the United States and be distributed in theaters around Europe.

    Area children will be interviewed Thursday through Monday for speaking roles, featured roles and as background extras.

    The remake is being written, directed and produced by Donald Borchers, a producer on the original movie, which was filmed in the Sioux City, Iowa, area and spawned numerous sequels.

    Borchers said he chose the Quad-Cities after receiving a recommendation from Tom Wheeler, manager of the Iowa Film Office in the state Department of Economic Development.

    “I went to him and asked him if there was any part of Iowa that was active in filmmaking, and he highly recommended that we go to Davenport,” Borchers said Monday afternoon.

    Shooting is scheduled to take place Sept. 3-30 throughout the area, said Doug Miller of Bettendorf, the film’s location manager.

    “We are still scouting throughout the Quad-Cities and the countryside beyond, obviously, since it’s ‘Children of the Corn,’ ” he said.

    “My needs are quite simple. I need corn,” Borchers said. “And I understand you have that throughout the state.”

    Borchers said “Children of the Corn” was one of the few adaptations of King’s material that the prolific author himself publicly criticized. The script was rewritten from King’s original work to give it a happy ending and add two of what Borchers called “Disney-esque characters,” named Jacob and Sarah, as narrators.

    “They put a lot of sugar, if you will, into the coffee,” he said. “Stephen King doesn’t take his coffee with sugar.”

    The success of movies such as “Saw” and “The Blair Witch Project” showed “it’s no longer requisite to have a happy ending,” he added. “We wanted to stay faithful to the decisions in his original story.”

    The first movie starred Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton. Borchers said he has not cast the lead roles yet, but “I have a lot of interest of people wanting to be in it.”

    The budget for the production is estimated at $2 million.

    Ron Summers of the Quad-City Development Group said movie productions add to the economy and exposure of the area.

    “It’s always great because it brings several millions of dollars into the Quad-City economy in terms of hotels, foods and restaurants,” he said. “It gives the Quad-Cities exposure on a national, sometimes international, stage. All in all, it’s a good deal whenever we have movies come to the Quad-Cities.”


    Casting for youth roles in the remake of “Children of the Corn” will begin Thursday and continue through Monday at The Lodge Hotel, 900 Spruce Hills Drive, Bettendorf. Casting will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, as well as 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. Those auditioning are asked to bring a small photo.
  • Bloody-Disgusting learned exclusively today that David Anders ("Heroes", Left in Darkness) and Kandyse McClure ("Battlestar Galactica", "Reaper") are the first to be cast in Anchor Bay and Starz Entertainment's made-for-TV remake of Children of the Corn, which will have it's premiere on the Sci-Fi Channel next year. Original producer Donald P. Borchers will be directing from his own screenplay. Former Vietnam vet BURT's marriage to VICKY is on the rocks, but Burt hopes to rekindle their old flame with a second honeymoon driving trip. Unfortunately, their journey takes them into the heart of darkness -- a seemingly deserted rural community that conceals a grim secret among its rows of tall corn... Shooting begins September 3rd in Davenport, Iowa.
  • TIPTON, Iowa — It won’t be as big as RAGBRAI, but Tipton is expecting closed streets and an influx of people and vehicles as it becomes one of two small towns chosen for filming scenes for the feature film, “Children of the Corn.”

    The remake of a 1983 horror movie based on a Stephen King story will be filmed in the Quad-City area from Sept. 3 to 30.

    Douglas Miller of Motion Pictures Midwest told the Tipton City Council that the director of photography and members of the art department will visit Tipton this week to make decisions concerning the scenes that will be shot there.

    Tipton and Wilton will be used to represent the fictional town of Gatlin, Neb. Tipton’s downtown area, especially near the Hardacre Theatre on East 5th Street, is to be featured.

    Travis Alden, community development director for Tipton, is excited Tipton was chosen for the movie scenes.

    “In my opinion, this is perfect timing as we are fresh off of our RAGBRAI success and the logistics planning required for that will be helpful with this project,” he said.

    Donald Borchers is writer, director and producer of the remake. He was a producer of the 1983 version, which was made in Sioux City.
  • Daniel Newman is going to be screaming "Outlander!" quite a bit over the next few weeks. ShockTillYouDrop.com has learned the young actor has been cast as Malachai in Donald Borchers' remake of Children of the Corn.

    Principal photography began this week in Iowa on the Stephen King adaptation.

    David Anders (Heroes) and Kandyse McClure (Battlestar Galactica) star alongside Newman in the new Corn, a production sprouting on the Sci-Fi Channel in 2009.
  • Malachai speaks -- interview with Daniel Newman.

    "I just got really excited about getting into Malachai's head," he says. "Knowing this movie was going to be closer to King's vision, I knew it was going to be a bit of task. I went into the audition in character. I covered myself in blood, rolled around in dirt, didn't wash my hair for days. I was driving around in L.A., windows up in the heat with no air conditioning and sweating my balls off. When I walked into the audition, I was a terrifying sight."
  • It amazes me, the things actors will do for their craft! Amazing!

  • Stars of 'Heroes' and 'Battlestar Galactica' Team Up for Stephen King Remake

    For my own sanity, there are two types of movies I try hard to avoid: horror remakes and anything created solely for the Sci Fi Channel.  Remakes of classic fright flicks are usually rather abysmal, and the Sci Fi Channel has brought us films with such titles as Android Apocalypse, Boa vs. Python and S.S. Doomtrooper.  The network is known for spitting out weekly B-movies with no regard to quality, though every now and then they create something worthwhile.

    What would happen if the Sci Fi Channel decided to produce their own horror remake?  We'll soon find out.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network is planning a reboot of the 1984 Stephen King film Children of the Corn, which starred Peter Horton and a pre-Terminator Linda Hamilton.  The new version will feature David Anders (Heroes' Adam Monroe) and Kandyse McClure (Battlestar Galactica's Lt. Dualla) as an unlucky couple who find themselves stranded in a creepy rural community.

    The original Children of the Corn isn't exactly an untouchable cinematic classic, but it is undeniably creepy and spawned a whopping six sequels.  The characters of Isaac and Malachai, who are two of the children in the demonic cult the couple runs into, are perhaps the most memorable part of the original movie.  In the remake, young preacher Isaac will be played by eight-year-old Preston Bailey (Cody on Showtime's Dexter), while rebellious Malachai will be played by Daniel Newman, formerly of NBC's Surface.

    The two-hour TV movie, which is currently shooting in Iowa, centers around Burt (Anders) and Vicky (McClure), a couple who is having serious marital problems.  Burt gets the bright idea to take a second-honeymoon road trip, but things take a turn for the horrific when they enter a seemingly deserted rural community that contains a dark secret among its rows of corn.  Anyone who has seen the 1984 film or read the original Stephen King short story can guess what happens from there.  The remake is being written and directed by Donald P. Borchers, who has a long history of producing C-level horror fare.

    I must admit that the cast of this movie has me curious to see it, though I'm fairly certain it'll be terrible.  I've been a fan of David Anders since his days on Alias, and I'm still crossing my fingers that his Adam Monroe will make a return appearance on Heroes.  As for McClure, she's never been given much to do on Battlestar Galactica, so it could be fun to see her take on a lead role as a horror heroine.  Battlestar Galactica finished filming its final episodes earlier this year, so let's hope this is the first of many new roles for the actress.

    Children of the Corn will air on the Sci Fi Channel sometime in 2009.

    >> From BuddyTV
  • Original ‘Corn’ director speaks out on remake

    In 1984, former OCCC professor Fritz Kiersch directed the classic horror movie “Children of the Corn,” written by Stephen King.

    Now, almost 25 years later, Hollywood has decided to re-make his film.

    Kiersch said he will have no involvement with the remake.

    “I think it is wonderful that someone wants to spice up something I did a quarter of a century ago,” he said.

    “When I originally wrote the film I was no one more than a 30-year-old kid trying to have some fun.”

    Kiersh worked with Donald Borchers on the original film, Borchers was a co-producer.

    Borchers will direct the film during September in Davenport, Iowa.

    Kiersch is in support of Borchers’ attempt to re- create a franchise that already exists but said he just doesn’t have the ambition to re-make something that can’t really be altered too much.

    “Donald is on his own on this one,” Kiersch said. “I wish him the best of luck but the ‘Children of the Corn’ franchise already exists.”

    “Sequels can sometimes not work out as well when the original story wasn’t meant to have sequels.”

    Kiersch said he is excited to see what a larger budget would do for the re-make.

    “In 1984, we really didn’t have an adequate budget,” Kiersch said.

    “So, we did the best we could with what we had.”

    Kiersch was a film and video studies professor at OCCC from 2000 to 2005. He also was the former director of the Oklahoma Film Institute at OCCC,

    The re-make is set for release in the spring of 2009 and can be seen on the Sci-Fi channel.
  • MUSCATINE, Iowa — The remake of Stephen King’s classic movie, “Children of the Corn,” was filmed in the Quad-Cities area last month, and some local teens are hoping to catch a glimpse of themselves. They will be among about 80 other extras from the area playing roles of evil kids out to murder any adult who dares to enter their town.

    Tanya Voelker, 15, and Sky Wolfe, 14, both of Muscatine, went to the casting call in Bettendorf in August and were chosen as extras. They were among the thousands of people who turned out, hoping to be in the movie.

    “It was exciting because we just showed up not knowing what would happen. They came up and picked me out of the line and had me read the script,” said Sky.

    Voelker had a similar experience at the audition and couldn’t have been more excited when she heard the news that she’d be an extra a couple of weeks later.

    “I started jumping around! I was freaking out!” she said.

    Anchor Bay Entertainment and Starz Entertainment are remaking the 1984 theatrical movie, which was originally a novella by the horror novelist Stephen King. The film will debut on cable television’s Sci-Fi Channel next year in the United States and have a theatrical run in Europe.

    The remake is being written, directed and produced by Donald Borchers, a producer on the original movie, which was filmed in the Sioux City area and generated six sequels.

    While on the set, the girls were dressed in black and learned a little about the acting business.

    “It was ‘hurry up and wait,’” Tanya said. “One day we were told to show up at 9 a.m. and sat there ’til sunset.”

    Originally the kids were told they would be payed $25 per day for their role, but later found out that they would only be able to participate if it was on a volunteer basis. Their understanding of the reason is because the producers found out they would have to pay each child minimum wage. They decided to do it anyway for the experience.

    Meeting the stars was the most exciting thing for the teens. Malachai is played by Daniel Newman, of NBC’s “Surface.”

    Kandyce McClure of Sci-Fi’s “Battlestar Galactica” and David Anders of “Heroes,” both play “outlanders,” or adults who have shown up accidentally and unwanted in the children’s’ town.

    Alexa Nikolas of “Zoey 101,” a popular children’s show, plays Ruth. And the girls said everybody’s favorite was Isaac, the young preacher who convinces the children of the town to slaughter their parents. Isaac is portrayed by Preston Bailey, 8, from the television show “Dexter.”

    “They were so friendly and would come talk to us. Our tent was next to theirs so we were together, but we still mingled,” said Tanya, who had autographs from many of the stars.

    Sky said she hopes she’ll see herself in the movie when, during a dinner scene, she’s seated next to Isaac. Plus, she said, as the days went on, fewer people showed up to be extras.

    “In ways it was a lot better than I thought it was going to be and in other ways it was a lot less glamorous,” she said.

    Tanya was made to look “dirty” by not wearing makeup, wiping dirt down her arms and messing up her hair. Sky was one of what the teens described as “the pretty girls”; she had her hair and makeup done in the trailer on the set.

    Both teens got to carry weapons for their extra role — Sky had a spatula and Tanya had a cheese grater.

    >> Source: Muscatine Journal
  • Elias Arts is currently producing original music soundtracks for an upcoming feature film, “Fighting,” and for an upcoming TV movie, “Children of the Corn.” Jonathan Elias, founder of Elias Arts, and composer of the original themes used in 1984’s “Children of the Corn” is currently involved in updating the themes that he created for that film. Now, 25 years later, Elias will be working with Don Borchers producing the soundtrack for the upcoming Sci Fi Channel TV movie presentation of the remake of “Children of the Corn.” “Battlestar Galactica’s” Kandyse McClure is the female lead in this re-imagining of the original film, which was based on the Stephen King short story, “Children of the Corn”. McClure stars as “Vicky” and David Anders (from “Heroes”) stars as “Burt,” a couple at a marital crossroads who wind up driving into the middle of nowhere only to encounter some very strange and deadly kids among the corn rows.

    Along with Jonathan Elias, Elias Arts composer Nate Morgan is also working on the soundtrack. They have developed over an hour of original new music, described as modern orchestral that provides even more frightening textures than the original.

    The movie, written and directed by Donald P. Borchers will premiere later this year on the SCI FI Channel.

    >>> Source
  • Keeping fingers crossed that this turns out well.

    Remember it is the SyFy ::) network now.
  • Which is apparently the plural term for a veneral disease in Sweden...

    The original is coming out on BluRay:

    Anchor Bay / Starz has just announced plans to bring the 1984 horror film “Children of the Corn” to Blu-ray Disc on July 28th — celebrating it’s 25th anniversary. The film is based on the short story by Stephen King and is being released timed with the remake coming out around the same time later this year. Tech specs include 1080p HD video using AVC MPEG-4 in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround sound. Currently no pre-order listing is available over at Amazon.com but we’ll keep you updated, stay tuned. The Blu-ray Disc release will include a slew of newly produced Hi-Def bonus materials listed below.

    * Audio commentary with director Fritz Kiersch, producer Terrence Kirby and actors John Franklin & Courtney Gains

    * NEW “It Was The Eighties!” (HD) — Linda Hamilton talks about working on the film, offering great behind-the-scenes stories about the cast and crew

    * NEW “Stephen King on a Shoestring” (HD) – All-New interview with Producer Donald Borchers.

    * NEW “Welcome to Gatlin: The Sights and Sounds of Children of the Corn” (HD) – Interview with Production Designer Craig Stearns and Composer Jonathan Elias

    * “Harvesting Horror: The Making of Children of the Corn” (SD)

    * Fast Film Facts

    * Original theatrical trailer

    * Poster & still gallery

    * Original storyboard and original title sequence art

  • Bev_Vincent wrote: Which is apparently the plural term for a veneral disease in Sweden...

  • This will premiere on Saturday, September 26 at 9pm Eastern/Pacific.
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment has set an October 6 DVD street date for the remake of CHILDREN OF THE CORN that debuts this fall on the Syfy channel.

    Written and directed by Donald P. Borchers (who produced the 1984 CHILDREN feature), the latest adaptation of the Stephen King short story premieres on Syfy Saturday, September 26 at 9 p.m. David Anders and Kandyse McClure star as Burt and Vicki, the couple whose road trip leads them into a remote town populated by religious-fanatic kids led by Malachai (Daniel Newman) and Isaac (Preston Bailey). (ORPHAN’s Isabelle Fuhrman apparently does a voice in the movie.) Full specs for the DVD, which retails for $26.97 ($18.99 Amazon as of this post), are coming soon.

    >>> Source
  • Q-C finally can see itself in ‘Children of the Corn’ this week

    Donald Borchers believes he's hit his target.

    "I think we stepped up to the line, measured the distance to the dartboard and struck the bullseye," said Borchers, the producer, director and co-writer of the remake of "Children of the Corn."

    Borchers' version of "Children of the Corn," based on a Stephen King short story, premieres next weekend on the cable channel Syfy. It was filmed in the Quad-City area over about four weeks during September 2008.

    Besides the made-for-cable TV film, an expanded version on DVD will be released in October. The DVD will include a few minutes of additional footage.

    Borchers said Syfy, formerly the Sci-Fi Channel, is pleased with the results.

    "From the script I submitted, not one word was changed because of an instruction from either the studio or the network," he said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles. "Not one line of dialogue was changed."

    "Children of the Corn" is one of several movies to film in Iowa of late thanks to tax incentives granted to filmmakers.

    Borchers was nothing but complimentary toward the crew and residents of the state.

    "First and foremost, what great people," he said, "everybody we met, from the first phone call to the film commissioner to the local contact guy to hotel people. Even the temp agencies. ... fabulous locations."

    About 1,000 children auditioned for speaking and non-speaking roles in the film.

    "When we said we needed extras, heaven forbid," Borchers said with a laugh. "The enthusiasm from the people who wanted to volunteer to go on this crazy, educational learning journey of being in the film - what rewards we were given."

    Borchers praised the cooperation of the children's parents and teachers, the latter parlaying the students' experiences into classroom reports on what they'd learned.

    A year after the fact, he also had praise for The Lodge hotel in Bettendorf, Hy-Vee food stores throughout the area and the price of sushi in the Quad-Cities.

    In the original story and movie, a married couple discovers a small Nebraska town where a gang of children, armed with farm tools, has taken over.

    Borchers co-produced the original "Children of the Corn," which became a cult classic after it was released in 1984, but it was one of the few movies based on his works where King disapproved of the treatment, including the ending.

    "I wanted to get it right this time," Borchers said. "I made Stephen King's short story. It's faithful. We took a chance by not going with the traditional Hollywood structure and I think it paid off in spades."

    King, who is credited as a co-writer, has seen this movie, Borchers said. Writers Guild of America regulations state that he could keep his name in the credits, be listed under a pseudonym or take his name off completely. He elected to keep his name in the credits, Borchers proudly said.

    "Children of the Corn," which Borchers had in the works for many years before filming it, may yield a harvest beyond a two-hour TV movie. David Simkins, his former classmate at the University of Notre Dame, is executive producer of "Warehouse 13," a Syfy original series, and Borchers has hopes for "Corn" to become a weekly show as well.

    "If there is interest, we have the concept for quite an interesting series," he said. "I've got a hunch that whether or not it gets ratings will determine its fate."

    Borchers said he is confident audiences will enjoy the finished product.

    "If you're a person who otherwise enjoys the genre of horror, you will find this delivers in spades and you will have a very spooky night," he said, then added, "with nightmares."
  • I've been very skeptical of this remake because of the bad taste the original film left in my mouth. Maybe I will be giving this a look.

  • I'll probably check it out. Maybe it will be better than Dolan's Cadillac, which was really, really dreadful.
  • Somebody should tell EW that SK's credit is just some quirky Writer's Guild thing.  Their Tonight's Best TV section lists the film as follows:

    9-11PM Syfy, TV-14-LSV

    From Our Contributor

    Children of the Corn

    Stephen King wrote the script for this remake based on the movie based on his book. Now the crop circle is complete.
  • A less than glowing review

    As a Nebraska native and a corn farmer's grandson, I'm offended by this remake of the cult classic. As a TV critic, I'm offended by how badly the film wastes the talented David Anders and Kandyse McClure. The actors--especially the lovely McClure--aren't given a whole lot to do but bicker, scream and look frightened.

    They play a couple near divorce who are driving through Nebraska when they come upon a seemingly abandoned, podunk town that they eventually learn is inhabited by a group of creepy, fanatical kids--who are not at all like real Nebraskans! (Well, most of them, anyway.)

    This remake, adapted by Stephen King himself, sticks more closely to his original story than the 1980s movie. And although it doesn't provide enough information about the main characters to make me care whether they live or die, the movie was bloody enough to make me think twice about visiting the parents again.

    (The myth that King wrote the script persists...)
  • Backward casting plagues otherwise thrilling Syfy film


    I'm sorry, but there are two movies from my childhood that still give me nightmares to this day. The original "Poltergeist," and the first attempt to bring Stephen King's "Children of the Corn" to the screen.

    The current Syfy adaptation that premieres Saturday night doesn't have the same fear factor that came with the Fritz Kiersch original, but the overall premise seemed more attuned to what King was trying to demonstrate: religious zealotry a bit out of control.

    The film stars David Anders ("Heroes") and Kandyse McClure ("Battlestar Galactica") as a newlywed couple who really are on their way to a divorce. They find themselves arguing during a road trip that takes them through cornfields in the middle of nowhere when fate deals them a joker.

    Some years before, the children of a small Nebraska town decide to overthrow the adults, and with the help of some demon of the cornfields, take control.

    The film opens strong, actually, with the preaching of the first child corn leader some years before the events of the main story. However, this great opening monologue only accentuates something that becomes quickly obvious: This new adaptation of "Children of the Corn" might be well written and even well directed, but its terrible casting decisions when it comes to the children just bring this film down.

    Robert Gerdisch, who was more than capable of portraying a great orator and believable child leader, is quickly replaced by Preston Bailey as Issac, the leader we're forced to endure the rest of the film. It's not that Bailey did a terrible job -- he was simply upstaged by Gerdisch, who should have had a much larger role in the film.

    All in all, the new adaptation of "Children of the Corn" is probably as close to the original King short story we'll ever see, and the ride to the very end is worth it.

    What Worked

    Anders and McClure were perfectly cast for this film. While it might be hard to believe that a mixed-race marriage could be so accepted in what I think was supposed to be the late 1960s or early 1970s, we never had a chance to see anyone even notice the couple outside of the crazy psycho children.

    The two may at first seem to be stunt casting by Syfy to try and bring some extra viewers to what is normally not a good Saturday original movie lineup, but you quickly forget the previous roles of both Anders and McClure as they truly embrace the characters of Burton and Vicki Stanton.

    Also, while director Donald P. Borchers didn't have to resort to extreme gore or sudden jumps to keep audiences at the edge of their seats, "Children of the Corn" definitely is thrilling, and seems slightly more plausible than the version we saw in the 1980s.

    But then again, that's just me.

    What Didn't Work

    I just didn't like some of the kids. People who should've been talking weren't talking, and those who weren't talking should've been talking. It's like someone came in and decided to switch all the parts around and not tell the director.

    There was one scene where two boys in the middle of the hunt for Burton have a lengthy dialogue that showed the younger boy should not quit elementary school. Seriously, the kid had more lines than McClure, yet she's the one that can act. All I could do is shake my head, and wonder which network executive this was the child of.

    Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

    "Children of the Corn" stars David Anders, Kandyse McClure, Daniel Newman and Ryan Bertroche. It was written by Donald P. Borchers and Stephen King based on King's short story, and was directed by Borchers.

    "Children of the Corn" airs Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy.

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  • I tried to watch this movie yesterday and I simply couldn't make myself sit through it. I'm not a big fan of the original, and I don't even care for the short story all that much, but the strident bickering of the two main characters seemed so unreal that it got on my nerves. I turned it off about 45 minutes in.
  • Many audiences have been focused on a variety of Stephen King adaptations that are headed our way in 2018, like the Castle Rock TV series or the second season of Mr. Mercedes, but many may have forgotten that an all-new sequel in the Children of the Corn franchise is landing on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD in March. Check out the all-new trailer for Children of the Corn: Runaway above before it debuts on March 13.

    Children of the Corn: Runaway tells the story of young, pregnant Ruth, who escapes a murderous child cult in a small Midwestern town. She spends the next decade living anonymously in an attempt to spare her son the horrors that she experienced as a child. Ruth and her son end up in a small Oklahoma town, but something is following her. Now, she must confront this evil or lose her child.

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