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Halloween 2017 - Children of the Corn

Ask Movie Slate - Halloween 2017 - Children of the Corn

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What's more fun than scary children? I tell you what, drawing tons of corn. I know this is going to sound really stupid, but I love it when a background allows me to be elaborate with its details. At no point does the movie show very busy skies or a proper nightmarish representation of the night, instead it's all just a black back drop that might as well been filmed inside of a studio (which I'm pretty sure was the case). So instead of just making it black I went with a prettier sky, and made the corn an intense mix of yellow and green. Also those wide eyed scary kids surrounding Movie and Cheerilee were fun to come up with. This was drawing before Rumble was introduced as the colt equivalent of pre-reformation Starlight Glimmer, but I think Pipsqueak still works as the leader. This might be the inevitable conclusion of him becoming class president.

Well, Stephen King. There's no easy way around it, because he's an author that's either terrifying or downright hilarious. In recent years "Children of the Corn" has garnered a bit of a bum rep, since it's really easy to make fun of, but I will admit I find this movie terrifying. I'm not joking when I tell you this movie gave me nightmares as a little kid. Looking at it as an adult it's not that big a deal, but when I was little I found everything about it just disturbing as hell. That society of children who put adults in crosses to be sacrificed, and their leader is this evil looking guy who's just made out of pure rage and untapped anger. Those moments whenever they get lost in the cornfields and the plants are literally becoming alive and going after them. Hell I was even scared of that big goofy face that comes out of the fields towards the end of the movie. For me as a kid, this was some pretty intense stuff!

"Children of the Corn"  might not have aged very well, but it's still one of the most interesting Stephen King adaptations, managing to get a tone that combines the tone of Lovecraft while crossing it over with Moon Harvest. While its scares have ran out of steam, it's still an entertaining ride.

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TylerFreeFlight's avatar
Can't believe I did not see this before!  Awesome work. 
jamescorck's avatar
Thank you so much! This was a fun one to work on, actually.
jswv's avatar
You and I are on the same page on this; for years I was terrified by the mere concept of this film, alone and isolated in farmland with a cult of kids who want to murder all adults, since I used to be a sensitive kid before I got into horror. I guess the idea of it is more terrifying than the execution, though I would like to know how a film that wasn't well regarded got so many sequels!
BBBHuey's avatar
Lol! Pip does make an excellent Isaac xD

Pipsqueak "The Lady did come to me! And she was a shape! It was She-Who-Grazes-Behind-the-Rows!"

Princess Luna Icon "Note to self: No more corn before dreamwalking..."
SyliaStingray's avatar
Hang in there girls... oh wait..
LordBurn's avatar
I remember reading that King said, (I forget where, but as I've only recently started reading his stuff, so it's either from the Forward of The Gunslinger or his Twitter account.  I think the former,) that children see the world differently than adults and thus behave differently and that's why he includes them so often in his books.

Guess it stands to reason with that mindset that a kid would react differently to this movie than an adult.

I remember the cover freaked me out a little when I was a kid.  Never seen the movie.

As to the art, the main color groups being sky/children, CORN, and the adults, (Pipsqueak seems more corn colored,) really makes everything pop.  Its a good looking piece. 
ardashir's avatar
I still like Children of the Corn. It's worlds beyond both its remake or Maximum Overdrive, just to name two other films made out of King's work. It's no (original) The Wicker Man, but it's a good fright flick.
kilnorc's avatar
I love this so muuuuuuuuuuuch!
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Twylite-Sparkle's avatar
Only part I remember is the scene where the kids put the butcher's arm into the meat slicer.
RigbyH00ves's avatar
Needs more 80s haircuts

Nittany-Tiger's avatar
I saw the thumbnail and thought "Monty Python and the Life of Brian."
ABrightSide's avatar
Not gonna lie, I sometimes wish that upon my teachers. And I'm 19.
Delta52775's avatar
Pah, young people.
Daiskida's avatar
I guess you can say this is a very CORNY movie. Also, if I'm not mistaken wasn't the kid playing Isaac in his teens, but he had like some weird condition that made him look like a kid?
POLE7645's avatar
The actor (John Franklin) was actually 25. And his appearance was the result of a growth hormone deficiency.
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