Children Of The Corn Remake Happening Again On Your Watch
Despite what it may seem like, I’m not totally opposed to horror remakes or reboots or redos. I think they can be done well. See, for example, David Gordon Green’s Halloween reset. I do get touchy, though, about some horror properties, like The Changeling remake. And now I have to have all those same feelings again, this time about the remake of Children of the Corn.
Wait, Hasn’t There Already Been a Remake of Children of the Corn?
image via Anchor Bay and 20th Television
Yes, there has. As you might know, they first adapted the short story by obscure Maine author Stephen King into a film in 1984. It didn’t exactly blow away the critics, but I’m quite fond of it. And I’m not the only one–it’s become enough of a cult classic to support like, so many sequels. Years later, though, one of the producers, Donald P. Borchers, still thought he could do a better job than they’d originally done. He thought they’d sacrificed the essential story elements in favor of a slicker version. So he set out (without King’s involvement) to make a new movie that was more faithful to the story.
However, the things that play well in a story don’t always translate as well to a visual medium. What that means for this movie is that a good chunk of the first part is a lot of bickering between the married couple at the center of the story. Not exactly scintillating stuff, you know.
And that’s how it was received. The 2009 remake, broadcast on Syfy as a TV movie, currently has a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.
But Hey, Why Not Try for Another Bite at the Uh, Corn?
I can understand why someone would want to remake the movie. Despite the fact that the source material isn’t even 50 pages, it’s an enticingly creepy story. Further, the idea of killer kids has been a rich well for horror for a very long time. You can also do a lot with the religious angle, which Borchers tried to inject into the 2009 take.
In addition, this new remake isn’t actually one, as such. In fact, it sounds more like a prequel. According to the synopsis, this new film will focus on “a smart teenager” who “finds herself trapped in a horrific plot by the young children in her town to murder all their parents and ‘heal the corn.'” So, despite my mean hesitance, it could actually turn out pretty good.
image via ANVL Entertainment
Anyway, Kurt Wimmer wrote and directed this version, which stars Elena Kampouris and Kate Moyer, among others. I’m not that personally familiar with his work, but he’s written such movies as Equilibrium and Ultraviolet. He also wrote Salt, a gripping thriller about a woman who just wants to have dinner with August Diehl. (Whomst among us has not been there?)
And oddly, this movie has already come out, sort of. Last October, it played in two theaters in Sarasota, FL, of all places. (Dr. Wikipedia tells me that Wimmer is a graduate of the University of South Florida, which has a campus in Sarasota, so maybe that’s why.) However, there are at present no details on a further expansion of theatrical releases or on releases in other forms. But I’ll update when I know more.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find a copy of the Wimmer-written film The Wolves, in which a brother and sister join forces with a pack of–you guessed it–wolves to fight a bad man.
Be sure, though, to tell me what you think about this prequel. Walk behind the rows in these comments or on our social media.
featured image via ANVL Entertainment, which has more photos of the production if you’re interested
Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at email@example.com.