Children of the Corn: 20th Anniversary Edition
Story: This is by far the best all around version of the film about a towns children killing off all of the adults because a strange man-child named Isaac showed up and convinced them that that is what God wanted. With the help of Malachai, a well executed plan is put into effect that has the kids killing their parents and others in the town about the age of 19. The film stars a young Linda Hamilton and Peter Horton as a couple who end up in the town because they believe they have run over a child on the highway. From the minute they enter the town looking for help, it becomes a pure struggle of survival for themselves and two small children who have turned from Isaac’s word, Job and Sarah.
The Film Itself: There is little thought necessary for this release. Take an absolutely classic horror film and release it on DVD for a legion of fans. They did that last year. But, take said movie, re-master it in the Divimax series, add a bunch of bonus material, and finally release it at a decent price point and you have an excellent offering. This film is a prime example of less being more, with very little actual screen blood or guts, but an immense amount of subliminal story telling. Children is rated R, but by today’s standards would barely be a PG-13. This is a pure cult classic. It has spawned the prerequisite slew of horrible sequels that no one cares about, but this original film still holds up today. A must for any horror fan.
Special Features: This version of the film has a beautiful transfer of the movie. It has been touched up and brought back to its original presentation quality. Both the picture and sound is impeccable, with a digital transfer and a 5.1 Dolby soundtrack. The audio commentary features the director, producer and the actors who played Malachai and Isaac. Also included on this disc is a brand new documentary called ‘Harvesting Horror: Children of the Corn, storyboards, still gallery, poster art and a trailer. (Anchor Bay, 1699 Stutz Dr, Troy, MI 48084) – Myk.