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Parents' Guide to

Children of the Corn

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Classic Stephen King horror, hardly popping.

Movie R 1984 92 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 15+

A Classic, But Not for the Entire Family

This is a very entertaining, gripping classic! I really liked it! I would say that there is a lot of violence, but there are a few exaggerations, too. The review says no sex, but there is some kissing near the beginning, but nothing worse than that. Also, there is 3/5 for language, but all there is is taking the Lord’s name in vain. Nothing worse there either. Also, I think kids younger than 17 are okay to see this. It’s nothing a mature 15-year-old can’t handle. Stephen King horror tales are always the best ones in the horror genre. It was weird, but well-made and startling, but not scary.
age 18+

Wayy to violent

This movie is way too violent and definitely should not be seen by any young kids- definitely not till at least high school. Personally I think it’s an horrible too violent movie. The idea of kids murdering adults is just way too disturbing. That and the sacrifice/ blood cutting science is way too bloody as well as the kid who gets his throat cut. And alluding to still barely legal kids making out while being watched by other kids is just plain creepy. Any parent who lets a still child watch this honestly are horrible at parenting and should think twice before having more kids. I would stay far away from this...

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (49 ):

With a chanting soundtrack and an effectively creepy sunlit vibe, this film does raise some shudders -- then wrecks the momentum with cheap gore and a feeble finale. Depending on what the low-budget special effects allow, He Who Walks Behind the Rows sometimes looks like a burrowing underground shape, a weird cloud, or a glowing cartoon. Far scarier are the juvenile actors, who really do a good job making the "children of the corn" a threatening tribe of youthful fanatics with farm-implement weapons.

Besides killer kids, Children of the Corn manipulates anxieties and stereotypes about the American heartland. Instead of Satanists, with their goat horns and red capes, this group is a caricature of ultra-conservative and Evangelical churches, resembling the Amish or Mennonites -- that is, before they transform into a child cult that crucifies victims on corn stalks.

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