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Children of the Corn Details


Narrator Job (Robby Kiger) relates the tale of Gatlin, NE, where one day the children, led by a boy preacher named Isaac (John Franklin), rose up and slaughtered all the grown-ups. A few years later, Job and his sister, Sarah (Ammemarie McEvoy), help their friend, Joseph (Jonas Marlowe), try to escape through the cornfields of Gatlin. Meanwhile, Burt Stanton (Peter Horton), a commitment-phobic young doctor, and Vicky Baxter (Linda Hamilton), his frustrated girlfriend, travel through the cornfield-lined roads of Nebraska on their way to Burt's new internship in Omaha. Their car hits Joseph, who appears out of nowhere, but upon examining him, Burt realizes the child's throat was slit before he ever wandered out from the corn. Attempting to locate help, Burt and Vicky turn to gas-station owner Diehl (R.G. Armstrong), who urges the couple to go anywhere but nearby Gatlin to report the murder. Several contradictory street signs later, they arrive in Gatlin anyway, and, befriending Sarah and Joseph, attempt to uncover the mystery behind Isaac's cult and its mysterious deity, known only as He Who Walks Behind the Rows. Stephen King cash-ins flooded the market between the successes of Brian DePalma's Carrie (1976) and Rob Reiner's Misery (1990), many of them, like Children of the Corn, based only loosely on the author's fiction. The original short story appeared in the collection Night Shift. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

  • Release date:March 9, 1984


Peter Horton
as Dr. Burt Stanton
Linda Hamilton
as Vicky Baxter
R.G. Armstrong
as Diehl
John Franklin
as Isaac
Courtney Gains
as Malachi
Robby Kiger
as Job
Julie Maddalena
as Rachel
Jonas Marlowe
as Joseph
John Philbin
as Amos
Dan Snook
as Boy
Patrick Boylan
as Hansen's Customer
Suzy Southam
as Mom
Mitch Carter
as Radio Preacher
Elmer Soderstrom
as Hansen's Customer
Teresa Toigo
as Hansen's Customer


Fritz Kiersch
Charles Weber
Mark Lipson
Donald P. Borchers
Stephen King
Stephen King
Book Author
George Goldsmith
Raoul Lomas
Jonathan Elias
Composer (Music Score)
Harry Keramidas
Craig Stearns
Production Designer
Craig Stearns
Art Director
Mark Lipson
Associate Producer
Charles Weber
Executive Producer
Cricket Rowland
Set Designer
Jonathan "Earl" Stein
Sound Mixer
Doug O'Neons
Second Unit Camera
Patience Thoreson
Script Supervisor
Marshall Winn
Sound Editor
Julia Evershade
Sound Editor