Children of the Corn (1984 film)

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Children of the Corn (advertised as Stephen King's Children of the Corn) is a 1984 American supernatural slasher film based upon Stephen King's 1977 short story of the same name. Directed by Fritz Kiersch, the film's cast consists of Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, John Franklin, Courtney Gains, Robby Kiger, Anne Marie McEvoy, Julie Maddalena, and R. G. Armstrong. Set in the fictitious rural town of Gatlin, Nebraska, the film tells the story of a malevolent entity referred to as "He Who Walks Behind the Rows" which entices the town's children to ritually murder all the town's adults, as well as a couple driving across the country, to ensure a successful corn harvest.

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Children of the Corn
Original 1984 theatrical release poster
Directed byFritz Kiersch
Screenplay byGeorge Goldsmith
Based on"Children of the Corn"
by Stephen King
Produced by
CinematographyJoão Fernandes (as Raoul Lomas)
Edited byHarry Keramidas
Music byJonathan Elias
  • Angeles Entertainment Group
  • Cinema Group
  • Hal Roach Studios
  • Inverness Productions
  • Planet Productions
Distributed byNew World Pictures
Release date
  • March 9, 1984 (1984-03-09)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$14.6 million[1]

King wrote the original draft of the screenplay, which focused more on the characters of Burt and Vicky and depicted more history on the uprising of the children in Gatlin. This script was disregarded in favor of George Goldsmith's screenplay, which featured more violence and a more conventional narrative structure. Filming took place mainly in Iowa, but also in California. It spawned a franchise of films, and it has gained a cult following, inspiring the rap group with the same name.