30 review for Children of the Corn

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Fantastically creepy, eerie, and spooky short story. What it lacked in length, it more than made up for in atmosphere. There's the desolate town of Gatlin, Nebraska. The strong sense of foreboding in the air. Not to mention the cornfields. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Something happened back in 1964......Embarking on an extended road trip, Burt and Vicky continually argue about everything and anything...plus their troubled marriage...but soon find there is much more to worry about...like the unknown object that has just vanished "under the T-Bird's bumper."As the vacationing couple investigate what they hit on the deserted road, a feeling of unrest overcomes them..."someone's watching us"...and they hurriedly get underway, with their burden, to the nearest to Something happened back in 1964......Embarking on an extended road trip, Burt and Vicky continually argue about everything and anything...plus their troubled marriage...but soon find there is much more to worry about...like the unknown object that has just vanished "under the T-Bird's bumper."As the vacationing couple investigate what they hit on the deserted road, a feeling of unrest overcomes them..."someone's watching us"...and they hurriedly get underway, with their burden, to the nearest town....a creepy ghost town....where Burt uncovers a shocking mystery and they both encounter the CHILDREN OF THE CORN.Short freakish read with an evil presence that will not be disappointed! (Vaguely remember the movie as just being OK, but enjoyed the novella!)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror

    I had an itch to re read this story and my goodness it's a good one. This is one of those shorts you wish was a novella or even a full novel--there's plenty here! I love this crazy fighting couple that happen upon a freaky little ghost down full of wicked children! And what's in the Corn??? The one who walks behind the rows...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)

    This review can also be found here! I got into a huge Stephen King mood the other day, so I started searching around. This one was there for Kindle for, like, $1. I had to. I just had to. So, I got it because I remember liking the movie and I forgot he actually wrote it. (Isn’t it crazy how you can forget his huge body of work?) But, since this is such a short story, this is going to be a pretty short review. I thought it was a solid story. It had a great basis and it was interesting the whole time This review can also be found here! I got into a huge Stephen King mood the other day, so I started searching around. This one was there for Kindle for, like, $1. I had to. I just had to. So, I got it because I remember liking the movie and I forgot he actually wrote it. (Isn’t it crazy how you can forget his huge body of work?) But, since this is such a short story, this is going to be a pretty short review. I thought it was a solid story. It had a great basis and it was interesting the whole time. Even if I knew the jist of the story, I wanted to find out more and see where the story went because I couldn’t quite predict where it was going. Yet, the story was a bit too short. Things got revealed too quickly and I didn’t think there was a huge payoff at the end. It needed that little bit more, it was basically begging for a longer story to be attached to the vignette. So, I liked it but I wished that there was more to it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Konstantin

    Really two stars for the over-the-top story, but I'm adding an extra one for the creepy Midwestern gothic aesthetics. Ghost town, dirty roads, abandoned church, corn fields... just so, so so spooky. I definitely need to read one of King's full-length novels.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Highly creepy and well told in such a short amount of pages. I wish it were a full length book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bren

    I really only love a few Stephen King books. I always preferred John Saul when I was going through my horror period. This one however was not bad. Creepy children are a great subject of horror and I did enjoy this book moderately. My favorite by King will always be Thinner. I saw the movie as well and besides the creepy kids eerie resemblement to the Trump kids, it was not very good. I find King's books are always better then the movies. This is one I plan to reread soon.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    I finally made it to the main reason I wanted to read Night Shift, and it was worth the wait. "Children of the Corn" is one of my favorite Stephen King movies. Yeah, yeah, I know it sucks, but that doesn't stop me from loving it anyway. Turns out they took a few liberties with the original story. "You're kidding!" Nope, afraid not. However, I really like the story version better than the movie. First off the story in the book makes much more sense, and suspension of disbelief isn't strained to s I finally made it to the main reason I wanted to read Night Shift, and it was worth the wait. "Children of the Corn" is one of my favorite Stephen King movies. Yeah, yeah, I know it sucks, but that doesn't stop me from loving it anyway. Turns out they took a few liberties with the original story. "You're kidding!" Nope, afraid not. However, I really like the story version better than the movie. First off the story in the book makes much more sense, and suspension of disbelief isn't strained to snapping. The story focuses primarily on Burt and Vicky, and everything until the last couple of pages is from Burt's point of view. Isaac doesn't even make an appearance until the last page, and he's only nine years old. Pictured here is not a nine year old. This is John Franklin who had a growth hormone problem. He's 24 here, poor man. Isaac was his most famous role, but his next major claim to fame was Cousin Itt in both Addams Family movies. But I digress. Completely absent from the story are any good kids, the gas station man, and any good guys of any kind, actually. Burt and Vicky are on their own for the whole ordeal, (view spoiler)[and had they survived, Vicky would've had her tubes tied and Burt his vasa deferentia snipped, for nobody would want kids after meeting the happy-go-lucky creeps of Gatlin, NE. (hide spoiler)] Possible Randall Flagg sighting I'm always interested in character crossovers from one Stephen King work to another, and this is supposed to have one. According to many fans, He Who Walks Behind The Rows is actually Randall Flagg who causes trouble in a lot of King's stories. Personally, I didn't catch that at all, and I was looking for it as I read. So I went to the internet to see what the thinking behind this is. The Stephen King wiki says that it's implied that He Who Walks Behind The Rows is Randall Flagg, but doesn't expound on that at all. I later found that such is implied in The Stand, and there is some corn in it when everyone is in the mid-west, and they do seem to think something in the corn is watching them sometimes, and that something might as well be Randall Flagg since he is pretty much watching everyone, but he does that from places other than the corn as well. I can't find any place where Stephen King states they're one and the same, but someone did point this out: he who WALks behind ThE Rows. See that nice little sobriquet there? Walter is one of Flagg's names in the Dark Tower series... Man, you are pushing it. I guess it's possible since King was working on the Stand at the time this story came out, and he does like dropping obscure clues to this and that in his works. I would say the antics of HWWBTR are out of character for RF, but really, nothing is out of character for that weirdo, and he's certainly capable of pulling off the feats in this story. Still, it's too small scale. Flagg has huge visions with grand schemes which sometimes affect several worlds, and what goes on in this story involves a few children in the middle of BFE, and any traveler unfortunate enough to blunder into town over the course of a decade and some change. That's the inconsistent part. Read it for yourself, and draw your own conclusion.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Catherine ♡

    This was a good one. But I still love corn too much to be scared.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Quickly creating ominous atmosphere is a remarkable talent of the short story writer. The proper short story does not waste time procrastinating what it is ultimately attempting to achieve. Stephen King’s Children of the Corn creates the bleak spooky atmosphere of an menacing an immanent doom right from the start. Vicky and Burt, a married couple attempting to rekindle their love for one another are driving coast to coast for vacation. They are in Nebraska driving through an endless sight of cor Quickly creating ominous atmosphere is a remarkable talent of the short story writer. The proper short story does not waste time procrastinating what it is ultimately attempting to achieve. Stephen King’s Children of the Corn creates the bleak spooky atmosphere of an menacing an immanent doom right from the start. Vicky and Burt, a married couple attempting to rekindle their love for one another are driving coast to coast for vacation. They are in Nebraska driving through an endless sight of cornfield and bickering with one another. While driving they hit a boy who is already dead. They are attempting to find a town and hail the police so they can confess what has happened in hopes of finding the real killer. What ensues is a ghost town leading to the anxiety of isolation and being stuck only with the person you love who you actually hate, which turns out to a true living hell. Reading the story, I pictured King driving through corn country in the mid-west smoking cigarettes and fiddling with the radio station attempting to find anything besides white noise when he comes across an evangelical sermon and thus his imagination runs wild and this story is born. Children of the Corn is much more than a spooky horror story. There is deeper meaning to this story than pure horror entertainment and enthusiasm. The blatant interpretation of using religion as a pulpit for extremism justifications and ultimately death and destruction and religion kills is obvious and has been done before but because there are many bible references for a horror story and not any mention of Satan makes it all the more terrifying. God is telling you to kill not Satan. Reading this short story in 2014 I have a different interpretation than just the lovely religion kills meaning, which is still salient today. Corn is omnipresent in every facet of our lives and these producers of corn will do anything and everything to keep the corn in production. The zealous corporations of Cargill, Monsanto, and Archer Midland Daniels among other global food producers are the children of the corn who lobby congress as well as much greater wicked acts to have corn byproducts in every single consumer food available and they do not care if it kills you slowly or quickly they are simply sacrificing you to their only holly god, profit.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dylan Perry

    After seeing the Children of the Corn movie last year and now having read the story, I'm happy to say they're apples and oranges. The film does the short story a disservice. This was far more interesting and better executed than a tale of creepy cornfields has any right to be. Though, it's not perfect. Adverbs are littered throughout. And the final scene is unnecessary, and mostly there for exposition. When I read the line, "And here, in the heartland of Nebraska, in the corn, there was nothing After seeing the Children of the Corn movie last year and now having read the story, I'm happy to say they're apples and oranges. The film does the short story a disservice. This was far more interesting and better executed than a tale of creepy cornfields has any right to be. Though, it's not perfect. Adverbs are littered throughout. And the final scene is unnecessary, and mostly there for exposition. When I read the line, "And here, in the heartland of Nebraska, in the corn, there was nothing but time." I was screaming, End it there! End it there! But it keeps going, and sours some of my enjoyment. Overall this was a surprise. And I would recommend it--my small gripes aside--especially if all you've seen is the film(s).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shawn Deal

    I read two stories for Halloween every year. This story, obviously, and the Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe. Both stories are told with a subtle craft of the writers at the peak of their abilities. In my opinion, this is the best of Stephen King’s short stories. It is certainly my personal favorite. Where the story does show its age a bit, it is still something horrifying to even today’s standards. The religious mainia that strikes a group of children centered around corn, is so well draw I read two stories for Halloween every year. This story, obviously, and the Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe. Both stories are told with a subtle craft of the writers at the peak of their abilities. In my opinion, this is the best of Stephen King’s short stories. It is certainly my personal favorite. Where the story does show its age a bit, it is still something horrifying to even today’s standards. The religious mainia that strikes a group of children centered around corn, is so well drawn out here that it still sends a good chill up my spine reading it even now.

  13. 4 out of 5

    The Grim Reader

    A classic horror short from King. A classic from King! It's been years since I read this. Fear the children in rural Nebraska and He Who Walks Behind The Rows! I really wish this had been expanded into a novel. Fab.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Revill

    Loved this book. Recommended.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mike Narvaez

    This is such an amazing and creepy - very scary - short story I wish it were a long novel. King manages to tell in just a few pages what many authors couldn't do in hundreds of pages. Just another example that you don't need many pages to tell great stories. Recommended for all. Just avoid reading it in the night. I learned that the hard way.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    The overall creepiness of this story rivals almost anything I've read. It's almost more of what you never saw than what actually happens. If you are a fan of atmospheric horror you should like this story. Just eerie.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rafael

    This story just made me realize where all small town cult horror films come from, a horror classic, perfect king stuff of nightmares, love it!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    One of Stephen King's best short stories; I loved the 1984 film (I first saw it in grade seven and loved the scenery, the soundtrack, everything), so it was really exciting and nostalgic to be able to read the short story that brought out the whole film series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marc-Antoine

    Playlist Buck Owens Tammy Wynette Leaning on the Everlasting Arms - Alan Jackson The Phantom of the Opera

  20. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    i have questions!! I love short stories, but this one should've been longer!!! A couple embark on a road trip to California in hopes that this will save their marriage. They make it to Gatlin, Nebraska and the wife is immediately on high alert. While fighting again, he becomes distracted trying to prove her wrong and he does not notice when a child runs in their path and they run him over. Once out of the car, he notices that the child's throat was slit ...and the husband is determined to hand ov i have questions!! I love short stories, but this one should've been longer!!! A couple embark on a road trip to California in hopes that this will save their marriage. They make it to Gatlin, Nebraska and the wife is immediately on high alert. While fighting again, he becomes distracted trying to prove her wrong and he does not notice when a child runs in their path and they run him over. Once out of the car, he notices that the child's throat was slit ...and the husband is determined to hand over the child's body to the authorities. but where are they? is this really a ghost town? and where the hell did this child come from? Two out of those three questions are answered, but i have so much more! 4/5

  21. 4 out of 5

    Monica Go

    It was a fast creepy read. Hard to put down but I wanted it to be more. Thought it could be a little bit longer , I don't know. It probably works good as a movie (which is done and I'm going to watch soon).

  22. 4 out of 5

    This Film is Lit

    It’s got corn. It’s got children. This movie really lives up to its title. It’s Children of the Corn, and This Film is Lit. Listen to us on Spotify, Google Play, Apple Podcasts, and more!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sierra

    My whole life all I did was talk shit about Stephen King, because I figured... How good of an author could you be when you put out, like, 50 books per year? How quality could those be??? Found this on the Kindle store and thought I should at least give him a shot. This story was the perfect amount of creepy. It had a great build up, chills and all. But then the climactic thing happened I was kind of just... ehhhh. Overall it was a good story, but it didn't quite SCARE me like I was expecting/hoping. My whole life all I did was talk shit about Stephen King, because I figured... How good of an author could you be when you put out, like, 50 books per year? How quality could those be??? Found this on the Kindle store and thought I should at least give him a shot. This story was the perfect amount of creepy. It had a great build up, chills and all. But then the climactic thing happened I was kind of just... ehhhh. Overall it was a good story, but it didn't quite SCARE me like I was expecting/hoping. The suspense was really good. (And yes, I do scare easily. Ask any friend. I can't watch anything without being too scared to go to sleep. Nope)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Swystun

    King channels Shirley Jackson in this well known short story. Unfortunately the campy movie version and sequels has turned it into a series of pop culture jokes. When I first read this in the collection Night Shift it gave me the willies. I puzzled over how a small town could go under such a creepy transformation without going noticed...think hard about that after you read it. The story originally appeared in Penthouse in 1977. I had forgot that King made the main character a Vietnam vet. That s King channels Shirley Jackson in this well known short story. Unfortunately the campy movie version and sequels has turned it into a series of pop culture jokes. When I first read this in the collection Night Shift it gave me the willies. I puzzled over how a small town could go under such a creepy transformation without going noticed...think hard about that after you read it. The story originally appeared in Penthouse in 1977. I had forgot that King made the main character a Vietnam vet. That sets the period and adds to the atmosphere, intrigue and action.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ashot Martirosyan

    South Park made me read this :) http://southpark.cc.com/full-episodes...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    Better than the movie.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gavriil Gabriel

    King introduces us to the characters, honing in on their flaws and differences then slowly plunges them into intense situations. This organic form of storytelling heightens even the littlest of twists as we find ourselves invested in a tiny aspect of the characters which grows to all out dread for them as the story unfolds. Time seemed to have stopped in a little town surrounded by fields of corn. The abandoned town shelters a dark secret. And the corn fields hide an even darker secret. Children King introduces us to the characters, honing in on their flaws and differences then slowly plunges them into intense situations. This organic form of storytelling heightens even the littlest of twists as we find ourselves invested in a tiny aspect of the characters which grows to all out dread for them as the story unfolds. Time seemed to have stopped in a little town surrounded by fields of corn. The abandoned town shelters a dark secret. And the corn fields hide an even darker secret. Children of the corn is terrifyingly beautiful and definitely is worth multiple reads. Until one realises that there are hundreds of King shorts that are equally brilliant. Worth the rating.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Spencer

    Being a religious person, the story really resonated with me. For someone who is not religious, I could see them easily relating to the main characters, as they are anti-religious. The story is a lot shorter than I thought it would be, but I found it very enjoyable. It is similar to the movie at first, but once they arrive at the town, it changes slightly, so you should still find it enjoyable if you expect it to be like the movie.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Olga

    It took me like 20 minutes to read this short story. I can definitely hsndle this amount of Stephen King at a time. But truth to be told it takes a great storyteller to leave the reader terrified in just 50 pages. Almost makes me long for the full-lenght novel.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Red

    The pros of this outweigh the cons in many ways, the "bad guys win" is a great twist, the fact the children's actions and inability to capture the husband and he must be put down by He Who Walks Behind the Rows has consequences to them is equally great. Stick to the book, the T.V series is a hokey mess just good for laughing at and passing time. Fifty pages of a nice short story from the King, not much more you could ask for.

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