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Film / Children of the Corn (2009)

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The second full-length adaptation of the Stephen King short story of the same name from his Night Shift collection, released in 2009.

A sequel titled Children Of The Corn Runaway was released Direct to Video in 2018.

This film has the examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: Vicky is a mild example; she blasts one of the kids with a shotgun before being killed.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Ahaz's blood coagulates within minutes, and he keeps crackling like his bones are breaking every time he's touched.
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  • Blood Knight: Malachai is more eager to kill than the other children—so much so that Isaac lectures him on the sin of pride.
  • 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: 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.
  • Death of a Child: 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.
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  • Fanservice: The sex scene. 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. If anything, it shows how the cult has continued on for 12 years in full immodest detail.
  • Ghost Town: As usual Burt and Vicky come upon Gatlin that has all the makings of this until the children reveal themselves.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: The woman in the fertility ritual almost shatters the church windows with her moaning as she's getting nailed on the altar.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Issac asks He-Who-Walks-Behind-The-Rows to guide his aim as he just practically whisks a knife at Burt. (Issac is on a roof, Burt in an alley), which manages to fully connect to stab Burt. Issac was aiming at his heart, so even if HWWBTR's wasn't giving him a full blessing, he still did one heck of a good job.
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  • Lampshade Hanging: In this adaptation, Burt actually points out the ridiculousness of the idea that an American town in 20th century could become cut off from the rest of the world without anyone noticing.
  • Not as You Know Them: Someone coming into this movie will find a lot of things different from the first film. However some of these examples actually undo the Not as You Know Them the original film changed from the short story.
    • Malachai is far more loyal to Isaac than in the original film. 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.
  • Remake Cameo:
    • Producer example: Donald P. Borchers, who produced the original 1984 film, comes back to produce this version. He also directed and wrote the script.
    • Musical example: Jonathan Elias, who provided the score for the original 1984 film, comes back to score this version as well.
  • 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.
  • Truer to the Text: While it still adds many new/expanded scenes, this version of the film is much closer to the original short story, including the absence of other adult characters, Burt's past as a soldier in Vietnam and keeping the original Downer Ending.
  • The Unseen: The thing in the cornfield, Burt found out the hard way they do have a god in there.
  • Would Hurt a Child: While they are evil cultist children, Burt so would. He'll snap their neck, snap the bone in their arm and outright kill them. Did we mention he was in Vietnam?