- Actors: Linda Hamilton
- Directors: Fritz Kiersch
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 3
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Boulevard Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 13 Oct. 2010
- Run Time: 270 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0046YWTV4
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Children Of The Corn 1-3 DVD Boxset (3-DVD Set)
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3 DVD Boxset: Children of the Corn I, II & III. Children of the Corn: Travelling through Nebraska, Burt (Peter Horton) and Vicky (Linda Hamilton) stop in a small town to report the death of a child on the highway. There, they discover something strange about the community: all the grownups are gone, and the children seem to belong to a strange cult. What's worse, it s a cult that sacrifices adults to the dreadful he who walks behind the rows ... Children of the Corn II - Final Sacrifice: A young couple uncovered the horrors that lay hidden in the small community of Gatlin, Nebraska. Three years earlier, all the adults suffered a terrible fate at the hands of their own sons and daughters victims of a bloody cult of human sacrifice. Now, the bodies have been discovered and the neighbouring townsfolk of Hemingford agree to shelter the traumatised children, unaware that they are opening their doors to an awesome force that will threaten their very existence! Children of the Corn III - Urban Harvest: Young Gatling residents Eli and Joshua are orphaned after their younger brother kills their father. However, the terror of Gatling goes urban when the two boys are placed in the custody of two foster parents in Chicago. Will they be able to leave the terror behind them?
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Something is very wrong in a small town called Gaitlin in Nebraska. Every adult is being brutally murdered by children who are in a dangerous cult which is led by a preacher boy named Isaac (John Franklin) influenced by a demonic force which the children call "he who walks behind the rows". Now it is up to Burton (Peter Horton) and his girlfriend Vicky (Linda Hamilton) who accidentally stumble across Gaitlin to save the town and the rest of the children from Isaac and his cult. COTC was a great and creepy classic with great performances especially from the kids but also Linda Hunt right before her fame in the terminator series, the soundtrack was also brilliant and although it was well paced during the start it does slow down a bit during the middle. Still the original film had a lot of suspense and atmosphere and the special fx were decent which made it a great cult classic.
Now the later sequels were released during the 90's and were a bit cheesy but still enjoyable, Children of the Corn 2 : The Final Sacrifice (1992) takes place 10 years latter since Isaac and a group of kids killed there parents. Police have found out, which is kind of strange 10 years and no one has noticed that 50 kids have taken over a small town. Anyway, now the kids have been shipped to Hemingford, a town 20 miles away from Gatlin, and they have a new leader, Micah. A reporter and his rebelling teenage son go to Hemingford to cover the story. The young son discovers the secret of the children, and it's up to him to stop them. It's pretty much the same as the first only with more gore and the death scenes were quite bloody but also unintentionally hilarious (check out the old woman in the electric wheelchair scene), the acting was rather bad and the boy who played Micah just wasn't as creepy or intimidating as Issac, despite all this it still manages to deliver some cheap fun. Overall it wasn't that bad and it depends if you like cheesy 90's b-movies then you'll probably enjoy this.
Children of the Corn 3 : Urban Harvest (1995) was a really corny sequel. In the film, two youths from Gatlin (the setting of the first two films) are taken in by a yuppie couple in Chicago. The older of the two fits in relatively well, but the younger has plans of his own. Planting a corn field in the abandoned property next door, he creeps out his adoptive parents and eventually converts the entire teenage population to his maze worshipping cult. Despite a predictable plot that seems to be missing chunks (at what point did Eli win over his peers?), dodgy special effects and wooden performances by its relatively unknown cast, the film is moderately enjoyable for what it is. If you want to see some brutal and over-the-top death scenes committed by vegetation, then "Children of the Corn III" hardly disappoints. Elsewhere, however, the film comes up short, and that's all there really is to it. In my opinion though what really ruined this sequel was the horrendous ending, the special fx were laughably bad and you can tell that the film production ran out of money. Anyway, this was a pretty good boxset for fans of Stephen King's horror films and comes highly recommended.
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Children Of The Corn 2: The Final Sacrifice - Continues almost immediately after the events of the original. The residents of Hemingford, Nebraska, the town next to Gatlin decides to take in the children despite most of the evidence pointing to the children being the cause of all the adults deaths in town. John Garret, a reporter for the Worldly Inquirer is in Hemingford with his son Danny to report on the children being taken in. In no time at all, one of the former Gatlin children enters the corn fields and is possessed by a demon sent by He who walks behind the rows, over the course of the weekend, the children in town start killing everyone over 18. It's up to out of town reporter John and his son Danny to save the adult population, and free the children from the demon.
Children of the Corn 3: Urban Harvest - Eli and Joshua were residents of a small town in Nebraska, after the mysterious death of their father, they are adopted by a couple in Chicago. Eli has brought with him a suitcase full of corn, and on his first night as everybody sleeps, he sneaks into an empty factory and buries the corn he brought and prays to He who walks behind the rows. The corn he plants grows into a full corn field within days, and over time Eli starts bringing the local school kids around to his strange beliefs. As the strange plot involving children eating the corn becoming followers and adults that eat it dying in comical ways, Eli's own brother Joshua fights back against him and tries to destroy the demon for good. It doesn't really work, 5 awful sequels followed making it 8 films in total.
The acting in the original is of a high standard, Peter Horton who was married to Michelle Pfeiffer at the time was a likeable lead as Burt. Linda Hamilton was an unknown at the time, she played the role of Vicky and showed great potential, she went on to huge success later the same year as Sarah Connor in The Terminator. John Franklin is extremely creepy as Isaac, he later returned for part 6 in the series, and Courtney Gains plays his role as Malachai really well and was probably the most memorable character in the film. It was shot for $800,000 by first time director Fritz Kiersch, and was based on the novel by Stephen King. The Final Sacrifice was directed by David Price on a slightly increased budget of $900,000, and came a full 9 years after the original. The cast is made up of virtual unknowns but they do decent jobs, it also has a slightly more comedic tone to the original with increased gore. Essentially it does feel like a bit of a retread of the first, and offers very little new. Urban Harvest arrived 2 years later and was directed by James D.R. Hickox, the third film does try changing things by moving from the country into an urban area. This is both a blessing and a curse, it allows for new ideas but it loses the creepiness of the country corn fields and it's a little silly how the demon moves to the city. Daniel Cerny is quite effective as Eli, he might be known to some horror fans as the demon child in Demonic Toys. Part 3 also marked the film debuts of Charlize Theron in a non speaking role and Nicholas Brendon in a small role.
There's actually some very decent extras in this box set, the original has a commentary track with the director, producer and the actors that played Isaac and Malachai. It's a very fun commentary with them enjoying sharing their memories of the film, and have many insightful things to say. Harvesting horror is a new documentary made for this set, storyboard art, poster gallery, trailer and biographies. Part 2 has another commentary from the director and actors, theatrical trailers, photo galleries and biographies. Part 3 has no extras apart from a few trailers and was a bit of a let down, but I wasn't surprised as the quality of the films decrease. The picture quality on all 3 is above standard, and all 3 have subtitles for the hard of hearing.
I love the original film and it still holds up well today, it's more of a suspense film with the deaths suggestively gory rather than shown. It's virtually the only film to watch to see Linda Hamilton before she hit the big time with the Terminator, and it's extremely fun and cheesy. It does start going downhill in the second film and that continues into the third, but they're decent sequels and well worth watching if you want to see the story continue from the original. I believe these were meant to just be a trilogy as the story seems to wrap up at the end of the third, and all the sequels after went straight to dvd whereas the first three were released theatrically. It's nowhere near the best trilogy that you'll buy, but for the price, fun and decent extras then it's definitely worth a look. You never know, if you like your horror with a touch of humour and a lot of cheese, you may just love this box set. If the quality of the original was maintained throughout, this would've been a cracker.
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