Children of the Corn presents a normal couple, played by Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton, thrust into supernatural occurrences while on a cross-country trip. Horton is a newly graduated doctor on his way to start his internship in Seattle. Somewhere in Nebraska the couple happen on the children of the corn, a band of vicious youngsters who have murdered the adults and established a religious community worshipping a mysterious deity of the corn fields.
Led by Isaac (John Franklin), an adolescent with an old man’s demeanor, the band of outsiders displays a sinister attraction. Shrouded in pseudo-Christian mythology, the children are more appealing than the mundane reality of the adults.
Director Fritz Kiersch and/or author Stephen King seem to play both ends against the middle, neither accepting nor denying the supernatural occurrences.
Children of the Corn does have a few good scare scenes but special effects are surprisingly disappointing.