Last October after watching all the movies on TV before Halloween, I got the idea to do an A to Z on horror movies. I also have a story premise in the back of my head involving horror movies, so this fits into my research for that. So I’m going to talk about random horror movies.
First, I am no film critic, just a person who likes horror movies. And second, some of the posts may contain spoilers. So you have been warned.
Children of the Corn (1984)
IMDb Summary: A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.
Cheese factor: low
Gore factor: medium
Creep factor: high
Could it happen? nope.
This is one of the best horror movies and one of my all time favorites. It’s got it all:
Creepy story: Everyone over 18 is killed in this teeny, tiny town. When someone turns 18, they are sacrificed to He Who Walks Behind the Rows. (That’s not a good thing.)
Creepy characters: Isaac is the head of the group. He’s got this screechy voice, is kinda puny looking, and dresses like a religious leader. Malachi is his enforcer. Flaming red hair, tall and imposing, heartless and ruthless. You don’t mess with Malachi cause he screwed over Isaac. But don’t worry, Malachi got his due.
Creepy setting: Scary cornfields and an almost ghost town with no adults. I’m sure this made many people afraid of going in a cornfield.
It’s a little bloody, but not really gory.
Like I said, I’ve always loved this movie and have seen it many times. It’d be fun to read the short story written by Stephen King that this is based on. Someday I might do that too. But for the movie, check this one out. Just don’t waste your time on any of the sequels.
Another I have to quickly mention is Cabin by the Lake (2000), a made-for-tv movie.
If you like realistic and creepy, but not gory, this is a great one. Judd Nelson plays a horror movie screen-writer/serial killer, who drops the girls he kidnaps into the lake, with a concrete block attached to their feet because he’s creating a ‘garden’ of sorts.
I love it because it’s creative, not your typical serial killer. And it’s got some funny parts too. Definitely one to check out. And it still runs on TV periodically.
Have you seen Children of the Corn or Cabin by the Lake?
Other C movies I recommend: Candyman: like a serial killer Beetlejuice-don’t say his names 3x in a row, Cabin Fever: flesh-eating virus, Child’s Play: who doesn’t love Chuckie (all scary/gory)