Franchise / Children of the Corn

Children of the Corn started out with a 1984 horror film based upon the 1977 short story of the same name by Stephen King. Set in the fictional rural town of Gatlin, Nebraska, the film told the story of a demonic entity referred to as "He Who Walks Behind The Rows" which entices the children of the town to ritualistically murder all the adults to ensure a successful corn harvest.

The film was harbinger for a many sequel to come.

The film series consists of:

Children of the Corn contains examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: And dead. So... justified?
  • Adult Fear: Mentioned in the tag line of the first movie.
  • Affably Evil: Isaac, most likely in the original though.
  • All There in the Manual: As revealed in The Stand, He Who Walks Behind The Rows is implied to be Randall Flagg, a Stephen King villain from The Stand and the Dark Tower series. This is never mentioned in the short story or any of the adaptations.
  • Bigger Bad: He Who Walks Behind the Rows is always the one influencing the ones acting as Big Bads.
  • Creepy Child: All of them!
  • Dark Messiah: All but one films features a preaching kid/teen acting as a leader to the other children.
  • Dawson Casting: All the actors were 18 and older in the original; however, the 2009 remake casts younger children.
  • Direct-to-DVD: Fourth film and onwards.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": In the original short story, Burt finds the ledger in the Gatlin church. All of the older children are listed with a first/last name and another first name behind it. Implying they all changed their birth names to old testament names. Newer children are given them from birth.
  • Downer Ending: The original short story.
  • Eldritch Abomination: He Who Walks Behind The Rows, possibly. It's implied that this is actually Randall Flagg, who, throughout King's various works, shares more than a few traits with Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos.
  • Final Girl:
    • Vicky in the original.
    • Grace in The Gathering
    • Alison in Fields of Terror
    • Hannah in Isaac's Return
    • Jamie in Revelation saved by Armbrister
    • Allie in Genesis.
  • Ghost Town
  • Gorn: Urban Harvest has several weird, gross deaths, while the remake has a number of excessively brutal ones.
  • Kids Are Cruel
  • Lost in the Maize: The Quintessential Example.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: All the leaders of children and and their right hand men have Biblical names.
  • Numbered Sequels
  • Religion of Evil
  • Sinister Scythe: A reappearing weapon in children's hands.
  • Teenage Wasteland: Self-inflicted.
  • Teens Are Monsters: The original group of "children" in the short story are actually in their teens when they kill the adults.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Burt in the original short story. He dies.
  • Town with a Dark Secret
  • Ultimate Evil: He Who Walks Behind The Rows. In the original short story, the implication is that his true identity is Randall Flagg, Stephen King's meta-villain.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what happened to Burt, Vicky, Job and Sarah after they escaped Gatlin in the original movie, albeit the second movie does briefly mention that a couple (Burt and Vicky) went to Hemingford (a town near Gatlin) and told about Gatlin and the cult.

Alternative Title(s): Children Of The Corn