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Film Review: Stephen King’s Children of the Corn (1984) HORRORATHON 3

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Film: Children of the Corn (1984)
Reviewed by: Freekz80

Children. Sharp objects. Corn fields. Combine those three with a hatred for adults and you’ve got Children of the Corn!  Directed by Fritz Kiersch, this great 80s horror flick combines a strange and unconventional premise with the good ol’ creepiness of children.

Burt (Peter Horton) and girlfriend Vicky (Linda Hamilton) are travelling across the country to Seattle, Washington, for Burt’s new job. On the way, they accidentally hit a boy on the highway in Nebraska, who happens to be from the nearby town of Gatlin. They end up travelling through Gatlin, which turns out to be mysteriously devoid of adults. There, they encounter the local population of children, who don’t seem very welcoming. Burt and Vicky soon learn that the children worship a deity called “He Who Walks Behind The Rows”, a demonic deity inhabiting the corn fields surrounding Gatlin. But unfortunately for Burt and Vicky, He Who Walks Behind The Rows requires that the children of Gatlin sacrifice all adults passing through…

Pros:

Personally, I felt that most of the child actors were surprisingly decent. Though, its hard to believe that giving children the opportunity to run around brandishing sharp weapons wouldn’t make them pretty enthusiastic. In addition, the overall atmosphere of the film is pretty alien and captivating. A town completely devoid of adults? Interesting. What motivates so many children to kill innocent people? It definitely provided that creepy cult feeling, even if it was a little cheesy.

Isaac, the painfully obnoxious (if I hate him so much, he must be a good actor!) leader of the cult.
Isaac, the painfully obnoxious (if I hate him so much, he must be a good actor!) leader of the cult.

Cons: 

I didn’t feel like there was a particular moment in the movie that made me say “Wow!”. While I remained interested, I was expecting the climax to deliver a far more interesting motive for the children’s blood lust. Also, in general I felt there were decent performances across the board, but some of the choreography in the fight scenes looked a bit awkward and hard to follow. However, if one can accept the film’s cheesier scenes, this shouldn’t drain much from the film’s entertainment value.

I suppose worshiping corn is somewhat acceptable.
I suppose worshiping corn is somewhat acceptable.

Final Score: 7/10

Good

While straining a bit on the believability level, Children of the Corn remains one of the more disturbing films from the 80s. Cultist Children? Evisceration? Human Sacrifice? This controversial and creepy horror flick should definitely be watched at least once.

Film Review: Cooties (2014) HorrorAthon 3

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Directed by: Jonathan Miliot

Starring: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson and Leigh Whannell

Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

Remember in elementary school when everyone was worried about catching cooties from the opposite sex? That was a simpler time. Now we have to worry about catching cooties and eating flesh.

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Listmania: Top 10 Horror Films of the Last 10 Years

2005: The Descent

From the director of DOG SOLDIERS, a bunch of women enter a cave to find darkness, claustrophobia, insanity, and something far more intimidating…

2006: Behind the Mask:The Rise of Leslie Vernon

Getting the wheels rolling on the horror satire trend,  Behind the Mask folllows a camera crew documenting the day-to-day of a very Voorhees-esque killer and has a number of genre cameos.

2007: Bug

From the mind of William Friedkin comes this terrifying little tale of what drugs and paranoia can do to wreak havoc on Michael Shannon and the people who come near him. Not one for the easily perturbed.

2008: Martyrs

An intense horror film that taught me the depths of how much I can stomach before I don’t want to watch anymore. If you’re a genre fan, definitely see once, though I doubt you’d like to again.

2009: Trick R’ Treat

A fun collection of spooky and darkly humorous shorts a la Creepshow from the director of the upcoming Krampus.

2010: Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil

The first on this list that’s more comedy than horror, this movie pokes holes in all of your favorite crazed hillbilly killer films.

2011: Attack the Block

A British film about a gang of rough-around-the-edges inner city kids who are forced to face off against a cadre of intimidating aliens in their apartment complex.

2012: The Cabin in the Woods

Joss Whedon’s and Drew Goddard’s sometimes funny, sometimes scary look at the genre.

2013:  The Conjuring

A well-acted, atmospheric film based on a true story. Ish.

2014:  The Babadook

A very creepy look at a skewed family dynamic and mental/moral decay.

2015: It Follows

Sex ghost, the movie. If you want to know more, check out our review.

Film Review: Paranormal Activity (2007) HorrorAthon 3

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Directed by: Oren Peli

Starring: Katie Featherstone and Micah Sloat

Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

The Blair Witch Project paved the way for found footage horror back in 1999, with it’s slick ad campaign and it’s unseen level of tension brought on by unknown actors. Fast forward to 2007, Oren Peli creates his own terrifying vision. Two years later, Paramount Pictures sees the potential and starts a campaign to get people interested. It worked, and what followed became one of the most successful horror franchises of all time. With the release of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension today (Which isn’t playing in my town, so I can’t review it), I thought we’d look back and see what made this first film so special.

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Film Review: La Casa Muda (2010) HorrorAthon 3

La-casa-muda_posterDirected by: Gustavo Hernandez

Starring: Florencia Colucci

Reviewed by: Brendan Graham

Don’t you love movies that make you grip the edge of your seat? Leave you breathless sometimes? You do? Okay, one more question. Don’t you hate it when a movie falls apart at the end? Me too.

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Film Review: The Skeleton Key (2005) HorrorAthon 3

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Directed by: Ian Softley

Starring: Kate Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard and Joy Bryant

Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

Voodoo, Hoodoo, Black Magic, Plantations that creep the living hell out of people…also delicious food, New Orleans has a reputation for the macabre, and this flick also uses said reputation to build scares. Does the film still hold up 10 years later?

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Film Review: Resident Evil (2002) HorrorAthon 3

resident-evil-1.28012Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson

Starring: Milla Johovich, Michelle Rodriguez and James Purefoy

Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

If you’re a gamer, you know about Resident Evil or Biohazard if you prefer the Japanese title. One of the many games to give birth to the survival horror genre, Resident Evil had it all. Scares, intense action and a story that was so involving, players felt as though they had stumbled into a real nightmare. Sony Pictures brought audiences into that world in 2002, but managed to screw up the story along the way.

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