Children of the Corn is the kind of franchise that will leave your jaw on the floor when you hear how long it has been going on. The original film premiered in 1984 and was adapted from a Stephen King short story from 1977. Since then, there have been nine sequels and/or reboots in the franchise, and it is about to get another one. In fact, it already has!
A new film, simply titled Children of the Corn, has been released in two Florida theaters over the weekend. Written and directed by Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium), the newest version looks to be something of a prequel/remake that focuses on the children of a small Nebraska town who are led by a psychopathic twelve-year-old to murder all the adults in town. You can check out the first look at the film with this photo of the ensemble of murderous kids:
You can also check out the film’s original poster, which features an image that feels a little familiar to horror fans. See if you can spot it:
Can you see it? The silhouetted image above the Children of the Corn title sure looks like a manipulated version of a famous scene from A Nightmare on Elm Street. Anyone else seeing it? Here is the scene for reference:
Whether or not Children of the Corn just lifted a picture of Freddy Krueger is irrelevant. What matters is that the film was able to commence production with COVID-19 safety protocols in effect and snuck its way into theaters without anyone even knowing it was finished. Is that impressive? We don’t know but it certainly is noteworthy. Does that make Children of the Corn (2020) the first feature film to be shot and released in theaters during the pandemic era? If so, that alone makes it a significant part of film history.
The Children of the Corn series does not exactly have the greatest reputation in terms of quality – except for Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest which is an absolute riot that we strongly recommend – but maybe this new version will buck that trend! Kurt Wimmer has writing credits on such films as Sphere (which we also support), The Thomas Crown Affair, and the surprisingly fun Law Abiding Citizen. Although, he also has credits on films like the Total Recall remake, the Point Break remake, and he wrote and directed Ultraviolet, which features a scene that might be one of the most headache-inducing sequences in all of action cinema. Watch and judge for yourself:
So it could easily be a coin flip whether or not this new Children of the Corn is going to be worth anyone’s time. We will have to wait and see how long it decides to stay in theaters – the plan is for it to roll out its exhibition in the coming weeks – and how quickly it hits video-on-demand/streaming. No matter what, it is worth noting that it managed to make an entire movie and release it in the middle of a global pandemic. Again, we’re not saying that’s commendable or deplorable. Only that it is worth remembering about this movie that mostly nobody saw coming.