Verdict: .5 / 5
Many of the horror movies that became extended series following initial success in the ‘80s followed a common cycle: success, slightly less success, decline, straight-to-dvd decline, successful reboot. The latest offering from the Children of the Corn series is stuck in the straight-to-dvd stage, in this, the 8th offering and fifth release straight to home movies; with very predictable results.
Children of the Corn was a successful short story written by Stephen King, and captured the horror of a group of young children who had formed a demonic cult of murder. There is something innately very horrifying about children gone evil, and that, captured well, can be very effective. Genesis scales that down somewhat by only having one child, who speaks twice, and furthermore having him not be terrifying in the slightest. A horror movie that does not horrify is not a good sign, but this movie goes beyond that, past the stage where horrors are unintentionally funny, and into a deep valley of nihilism. This may be in fact one of the most pointless movies I have ever seen.
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A couple, Tim and Allie (played by Tim Rock and Kelen Coleman) are stranded when their car breaks down. They seek refuge at a farm run by a strange couple, and investigate the sounds of the child in the barn. The child is shown to be evil. The movie ends, and with it, the true horror is unveiled: you have a limited time to live in this world, the assumption is made now that you are a mortal human, and you have just wasted 70 minutes of it, not only doing something pointless, but cheapening your life by that amount of time you have lost.
The problem with writing any review for this is that when a movie is so utterly devoid of anything, anything at all, then what is left to discuss about it? There isn’t even anything here for hardcore Children of the Corn fans (if there is such a thing), the movie contributes nothing to the series beyond a mildly creepy child and some images of corn.
Learn to play guitar, peel a box of potatoes, spend time with your loved ones, watch paint dry. Do anything rather than waste your time with this pointless exercise in how to fail at making a horror movie.