Children of the Corn is 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 tells 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 series consists of:
Children of the Corn (1984)
Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1993)
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.
Arcade Sounds: In the first movie, Malachi plays a 1981 solid state Medusa pinball, but it has electro-mechanical sounds dubbed over it.
Artistic Licence Biology: In the remake, Ahaz's blood coagulates within minutes, and he keeps crackling like his bones are breaking every time he's touched.
Coitus Uninterruptus: Defied. An outsider roaming around freely in their sacred corn field, which is something that really ticks their god off. Also, said outsider has already killed several members of their cult. Yet the Children Of The Corn don't let these troubles interfere with their rousing night-time sex ceremony, especially considering they've got a small window for it to work.
Coming and Going: Remake. A sex ceremony in which two of the adolescent cult members conceive a child is spliced with shots of Burt stumbling through a field filled with dead bodies. His yowl of anguish merges with the woman's orgasm screams.
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.
Fanservice: The sex scene in the remake. It has nothing to do with anything else going on and takes place between two characters who aren't even named and are barely seen at any other time in the movie.
Fan Disservice: Revelation has a stripper as a character. At one point she gets naked and starts bathing and - Oh my God! The evil corn is stabbing her to death!
Urban Harvest also had the the lovely Charlize Theron in it (as an extra, but still), and at the end looks like she's saved by the main character from a bunch of evil roots - OH GOOD LORD! That thing just slammed its tentacle/root into her- NEED BRAIN BLEACH!, NOW!
Immodest Orgasm: The woman in the fertility ritual almost shatters the church windows with her moaning as she's getting nailed on the altar.
Infant Immortality: Quite widely averted in the 2009 remake. In fact, it's also toyed with when Burt, who's a Vietnam Veteran in the remake, kills a few of them during a Vietnam Flashback, believing them to be Vietcong hiding in the corn.
Even the original starts with a young boy attempting to escape the town, only to be killed and shoved out onto the road.
Not as You Know Them: Malachi is far more loyal to Isaac in the remake than in the original. Burt is a Vietnam Vet in the remake and has frequent flashbacks. Vicky is black and a former anti-war activist. Isaac is also nine years old in the remake and is implied to be a new leader after the old one reached the "age of favor." Isaac is also harsher and more ruthless in the remake. For example, in the original he tolerates Job and Sarah's apostasy. Finally Job and Sarah are merged into one character, who is killed by Burt while in a flashback. Joseph is implied to be the son of the original leader, he has his tie in his suitcase. In the original no such relation is suggested.
Someone to Remember Him By: When the "age of favor" is lowered, many of the older boys who dutifully sacrifice themselves are leaving behind wives/lovers with babies. It's pretty obvious that the man who participated in the ceremonial sex scene earlier in the movie was impregnating his lover, also.
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.