Children of the Corn
You’re not being paranoid, they’re totally judging you, sinner.
Children of the Corn is another movie based on a Stephen King story, and it kind of falls in the middle of the spectrum of Stephen King films, so it’s often overlooked. It’s not as good as The Shining, nor is it as bad as Sleepwalkers or Maximum Overdrive. If you avoid most modern horror movies because they’re too gory and gross, you will probably like Children of the Corn, because there is more suspense than anything. There is some blood, but very few people actually die (except for the opening scene).
In a small town in Nebraska, a tiny preacher named Issac rolls into town and convinces the children that they should kill their parents, which they do. Then it’s revealed that they are expected to worship a corn god, work in the fields, change their names, dress like fundamentalists, and give up anything fun, like tv and records. I’ll bet they have to eat brussel sprouts too! Of course, occasionally adults will pass through the town and boy, will they be sorry.
The best part of this movie is the preacher, Issac. John Franklin was 24 when this movie was made, but because of Growth Hormone Deficiency, he looks much younger than he is. But his demeanor and line delivery are very adult and serious, and his stare is creeeeeeeeeeeeeepy. Just look at it!
Starring a young Linda Hamilton (Terminator), Peter Horton (thirtysomething), and Courtney Gaines who has had small roles in damn near everything.
Despite not being a favorite of critics, this movie did well enough that it spawned a slew of sequels (all but one were straight-to-video) and a TV movie remake, of which I have seen none. Onto the shocking menu!
Entree: Out of all of the vegan corn chowder recipes on the internet, this one had the prettiest pictures.
Side: I wanted something that still had corn but wasn’t all about corn, and I found this beautiful Red Quinoa Pilaf with Kale and Corn.
Dessert: Cornmeal muffins with raspberries work perfectly to illustrate the blood on the corn. The recipe is gluten-free, but someone in the comments said they used wheat flour and they came out fine.