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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

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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: Inside (2007) HorrorAthon 3

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Directed by: Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo

Starring:  Beatrice Dalle and Alysson Paradis

Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

The night before a woman gives birth to her child is an exciting and nerve wrecking time. Now imagine, if someone broke into your house and was trying to steal the baby from your womb. Inside tackles this fear head on.

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Film Review: The Gallows (2015) HorrorAthon 3

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Directed by: Travis Cluff

Starring: Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown and Ryan Shoos

Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

Do you have school spirit? Neither do I, but some folks do, but in this case, this High School has a real one. His name is Charlie, and one day, 20 years ago, he died during a stage production of “The Gallows” after a prop noose goes haywire and literally hangs him on stage. Now, the school plans on doing the show once more to honor him, but the high school jocks Reese and Ryan (Played by Reese Mishler and Ryan Shoos) are not having any of that. Does the ghost let the show go on? Or do the jocks get their way and cancel the show? I kinda wish they got it cancelled…

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TV Review: Scream Queens (2015) HorrorAthon 3

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Created by: Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story)

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels and Lea Michelle

Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

I’ll just come out and say it. I hated Glee. American Horror Story is also hit and miss with the finales being gigantic buckets of suck. So, I was very nervous about this latest work by Ryan Murphy about a sorority house that is plagued by a murderer after an incident that happened at the house 20 years ago. This time around he was aiming for a comedy, so hopefully that means it’s funny right? I watched the first couple episodes, and while this review doesn’t represent the whole show, it gives you a taste.

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Movie Review: Oculus (2013)

Oculus-poster-with-Karen-GillanReviewed by: Phantomhour (Brendan Graham)

I always have incredibly high hopes for horror films, and most of them lately have seemed to disappoint me. I want to be frightened. I want to care about the characters and their safety, and I want to sink into my seat with dread. Is that too much to ask? Not anymore, with the release of the magnificent, Oculus.

In the film, A young woman (Dr. Who’s Karen Gillan) tries to destroy an antique mirror with her brother (played by Brenton Thwaites), that has caused countless deaths to all of it’s previous owners, including their own parents.

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What Works:

I’ll start out with how phenomenal the cast is. A movie of this kind could have easily been taken as a silly story and acted as such, but the cast is so professional and likable, that the movie just flows beautifully. Major props to the younger versions of Kaylie and Tim, who are put through quite a bit of hell, and emote it amazingly, kudos to them.

The way the movie jumps between two time periods is also genius, and it keeps the audience on their toes around every twist and turn. This isn’t one of those movies you can text your way through, if you don’t pay attention, you’re not getting the full benefits. The script is tightly put together and the scenes are edited well, the movie doesn’t drag at all, it’s a solid ride.

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The sound design is phenomenal and creates some of the finest tension along side with the amazing cinematography. I can’t recall the last time I actually felt this legitimately frightened for the characters, as the movie went on, I gripped my chair tighter and tighter. Scary? Absolutely.

What Doesn’t Work:

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There are a few bits that proved problematic for the experience, and it mostly involves the previews for this movie. Avoid them if possible, because a lot of the greatest bits get slightly spoiled. Which is a shame for sure. The film is also full of moments where if you blink, you’ll miss some of the better bits.

Final Score:

LegendarySmart, Vicious and genuinely scary, Oculus is a horror fans dream come true, and if you haven’t already bought your ticket for this paranormal fright fest, you’re doing yourself a great disservice. 9 out of 10.