Movie Review: Children of the Corn

Although Stephen King, the maestro of horror, does not consider Children of the Corn to be his most critically lauded work, the short story is considered to be his most successful Hollywood property, at least in terms of the sheer number of film adaptations that have been made from it. Children of the Corn, released in 1984, is considered a cult classic and is responsible for spawning a film franchise that currently consists of 10 films.

The original narrative was converted into a short film in 1983 titled Disciples of the Crow. The eleventh feature adaptation of King’s story, Children of the Corn, is well aware that the short story has been creatively squeezed dry and decides to take things in a new direction by simultaneously serving as a prequel and pushing the mythos of He Who Walks Behind the Rows into a brand-new direction.

Children of the Corn Trailer


This is the first time that the short story has been adapted into a feature film. The latest adaptation of Stephen King’s Children of the Corn falls short of its potential, despite the fact that it may have good intentions. Instead of focusing on what makes King’s narrative so captivating in the first place, the film muddles a muddled ecological message with generic horrors.

The new Children of the Corn takes place, not in the fictional town of Gatlin, Nebraska, a rural community in the state where children are seen to make human sacrifices in an effort to appease an old deity, but rather in Rylstone. Some children claim to have heard voices while walking on the green sea of leaves and cobs that stretches as far as the eye can see, which is also the location of this supposedly neighboring community, which is also in the state of Nebraska.


The economy of the town is based on the production of corn. However, while the children’s uprising in Gatlin is thought to have been caused by religious fervor, things are set in motion in Rylstone because the lands have been contaminated by toxic pesticides, which have left the soil barren. In Gatlin, it is suggested that the cause of the uprising was religious fervor.

READ ALSO:  Movie Review: Daisy Jones & the Six

The decision to transform King’s narrative into the new Children of the Corn is not hard to comprehend and makes perfect sense. These days, individuals are more worried about the influence they have on the environment than they are about their religious beliefs. Because of this, the decision made by the prequel to reimagine a horror story connected to rural landscapes and make it about the conflict between generations is almost praiseworthy. The adults want to make money by exploiting the land, while the children are concerned about the future of the planet.

In spite of this, movies can’t be made out of good intentions, and Children of the Corn fails to deliver the intended message in the end, despite the fact that it seems to be heading in that direction in the first minutes of the film. After all, the children are the antagonists in the book “The Children of the Corn,” and their desire to make a difference leads to the spread of death and disaster wherever they go.

To such an extent that the movie is compelled to examine, in a very literal sense, if the aspirations of young people to create a better society actually contribute to the deterioration of the current state of affairs. There is something peculiar about a movie that gives the impression that it is worried about the effects that mankind has on the environment but ultimately preaches against the aspirations of younger generations to better humanity’s connection with the natural world. Nonetheless, the portrayal of He Who Walks Behind the Rows in Children of the Corn is responsible for the most substantial loss of the novel’s overarching theme.

READ ALSO:  Movie Review - High School Musical: The Musical

The original version of this story, written by Stephen King, is a cautionary tale about the excesses of religion as well as the perils of shaping young minds with moral stories that are undeniably brutal. This corn deity can only gain a following of youngsters because it takes the place of something that was once there, and the town of Gatlin was a very devout place before the arrival of He Who Walks Behind the Rows. Even though the New Testament had been removed from their Bibles, it is no surprise that Gatlin’s children continue to go to church on a regular basis.

He Who Walks is a godlike monster in the fiction by Stephen King that corrupts the brains of young, impressionable people by feeding them stories about a vindictive god while they were growing up. The narrative leaves us with the unsettling question of how simple it would be for a malevolent force to usurp the role of a benevolent deity by employing the same religious texts that are revered by a significant number of people.

The new version of Children of the Corn makes the monster appear less terrifying by doing away with the theological underpinnings that were formerly responsible for the character of He Who Walks Behind the Rows. He Who Walks is now a being that has been personally impacted by the deterioration of the earth and who may have some psychological effect on youngsters. Formerly, He Who Walks was an unstoppable deity.

The first iteration of He Who Walks is an entity that cannot be stopped. The new one is a tangible monster that we are able to truly combat, but the children are being used as pawns in his game because they are not acting in a way that is motivated by belief. This alteration does a significant disservice to the new Children of the Corn since it removes the aspects of the old mythology that made it terrifying and unforgettable.

READ ALSO:  Movie Review: American Fiction

Children of the Corn is an unsuccessful attempt to update Stephen King’s narrative to reflect modern values and attitudes. The fact that the movie never deviates from the pace of a typical horror film is maybe the most disappointing aspect of it. Those who dare to stroll over the new corn fields will not find any surprises waiting for them there, and even the gore has been rendered less dramatic due to the excessive use of artificial effects.


The characters, in general, are each reduced to a single personality attribute, and for the entirety of the film, they will continue to have the same one-dimensional reaction to the insanity that is occurring around them. Hence, despite the fact that the Children of the Corn franchise is loaded with substandard entries, the most recent film still struggles to make an impact that is memorable.

Nonetheless, if there is one reason to recommend watching the film, it would be Eden, played by Kate Moyer. Eden acts as the prequel’s prophet and spreads the teachings of He Who Walks, channeling the pain and wrath of newer generations into a weapon. Moyer, who is obviously having a great time portraying Eden, manages to infuse the role with devilishly delightful energy despite the fact that the character is meant to be a stereotypically nefarious youngster.

It’s possible that Jack Moyer’s performance in Children of the Corn won’t be enough to salvage the movie, but there’s no denying that it improves the viewing experience. So, those fans who feel the need to see each new edition in the franchise will have at least that to look forward to in the future.