Children of the Corn by Stephen KingThis review can also be found here!
I got into a huge Stephen King mood the other day, so I started searching around. This one was there for Kindle for, like, $1. I had to. I just had to. So, I got it because I remember liking the movie and I forgot he actually wrote it. (Isn’t it crazy how you can forget his huge body of work?)
But, since this is such a short story, this is going to be a pretty short review.
I thought it was a solid story. It had a great basis and it was interesting the whole time. Even if I knew the jist of the story, I wanted to find out more and see where the story went because I couldn’t quite predict where it was going.
Yet, the story was a bit too short. Things got revealed too quickly and I didn’t think there was a huge payoff at the end. It needed that little bit more, it was basically begging for a longer story to be attached to the vignette.
So, I liked it but I wished that there was more to it.
Children of the Corn
Common Sense says
I am not sure if the thing is a god, a spirit, or John Deere crossed with a mole. All I know is that you can see it coming., Forgot your password?
Set in the fictitious rural town of Gatlin, Nebraska , the film tells the story of a malevolent entity referred to as "He Who Walks Behind the Rows" which entices the children of the town to ritually murder all the adults in town and a couple driving across country, to ensure a successful corn harvest. King wrote the original draft of the screenplay, which focused more on the characters of Burt and Vicky and depicted more history on the uprising of the children in Gatlin. This script was disregarded in favor of George Goldsmith's screenplay, which featured more violence and a more conventional narrative structure. Filming took place mainly in Iowa , but also in California. It spawned a franchise of films, and it has gained a cult following. The film is set in the fictional town of Gatlin, Nebraska , an agricultural community surrounded by huge cornfields.
Several films have been adapted from the short story and it spawned a horror feature film franchise beginning in In an attempt to save their failing marriage, Burt and Vicky, a bickering couple, are driving to California for a vacation. As they drive through rural Nebraska , they accidentally run over a young boy who ran into the road. Upon examination of the body, Burt discovers the boy's throat had been slit and he was bleeding to death before he was hit. After opening the boy's suitcase, they find a strange-looking crucifix made of twisted corn husks. Knowing they will have to report the incident to the authorities, they place the body in their car's trunk. After arguing over where to take the body, Burt decides to go to Gatlin, a small, isolated community which is right down the road.