August 30, 2011
J.J. Banicki as Young Cole
Dusty Burwell as The Child
Kelen Coleman as Allie
Billy Drago as Preacher
Barbara Nedeljakova as Helen
Tim Rock as Tim
Duane Whitaker as Pritchett
Children of the Corn has sure seen a lot of play since the original release in 1984. We’ve had sequels, remakes and lots of references to the now-iconic Courtney Gains as the evil Malachi. With the concept of an evil entity capturing the hearts and minds of children and prompting them to murder their parents and all other adults being done so many times, where does the franchise go from here?
Straight to DVD for one thing, and to the next generation with Children of the Corn Genesis. This film begins with Allie (Kelen Coleman) and Tim (Tim Rock) driving through the desert and having unexplained car trouble. They happen upon a ramshackle shack in the middle of nowhere and ask to use the phone. The occupants of this place are weird shut-ins and immediately refuse to help, until they learn that Allie is pregnant – this changes everything.
Things are a bit “off” here though, as evidenced by the fact that the lady of the house promptly exposes herself to Tim while he’s trying to call a mechanic. With the mechanic unable to come help before tomorrow, and a spirit unwilling to allow anyone to leave the house, there is nothing left for Tim and Allie to do other than drudge up everything they don’t like about each other and wonder about the strange child locked in the shed.
Children of the Corn Genesis has nothing whatsoever to do with the founding of the franchise, other than a few corn husks littered around the strange house where our heroes land, but it is stated that the evil spiritual entity is none other than “he who walks between the rows”… or was it “he who walks BEHIND the rows”? Anyway, that guy.
This film is classic “straight to DVD” – the performances are generally fine but the budget is small and the action is a bit slow. There is a lot of talking, a lot of strange behavior and not much action or gore. It is necessary that the original franchise-beginning film be remembered and appreciated if one is to get through Children of the Corn Genesis because that fondness is needed to supplement what is NOT happening in this film. As a stand-alone this particular sequel is pretty pointless, and it is clear that the strategy was to quickly and cheaply make one more film to capitalize on the loved franchise name.
Overall those who love the SyFy original films will also love Children of the Corn Genesis – very “movie of the week” type – the only thing missing is Judith Light.