Children of the Corn

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krwhiting

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Way better than the movie. Scary as hell. Child-killers are always terrifying (see Pet Sematary), but to mix it with a blend of ancient pagan and torn-context biblical passages for religious mania (that is, by the way, supported by a real, live being), is over the top scary.

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There was an audi0book version of this on YouTube a while ago, but repeated Google searches haven't turned anything up since. Anyone have any idea who the narrator would've been?
 
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Rrty

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This story is great indeed. Very creepy in parts.

If I were the CEO of AMC Networks (or HBO), I would buy the rights to this and produce an episodic adaptation that was shot with the same tone/cinematography and other visual storytelling elements of Breaking Bad and/or True Detective. I would imagine it would be a good programming partner for something like The Walking Dead, although I can't necessarily see it as being a multi-season thing (maybe two seasons at most, although I suppose there could be other cornfields; hey, unless this line was already in the story and I am bringing it to the forefront of my mind as I write this without realizing it, I wonder if that would sound good as a line to the last episode of a hypothetical first season, uttered by a character after the events of the story come to their conclusion, maybe with the temporary defeat of the supernatural menace of He Who Walks Behind the Rows -- "There could be other cornfields," or "There are other cornfields"; could almost be like an X Files thing). Only problem with this idea is that I think the story's adaptation rights might not be in King's possession, but I'm not sure about that. If that is the case, then it would be too bad if King couldn't participate in its value generation.
 

Dana Jean

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This story is great indeed. Very creepy in parts.

If I were the CEO of AMC Networks (or HBO), I would buy the rights to this and produce an episodic adaptation that was shot with the same tone/cinematography and other visual storytelling elements of Breaking Bad and/or True Detective. I would imagine it would be a good programming partner for something like The Walking Dead, although I can't necessarily see it as being a multi-season thing (maybe two seasons at most, although I suppose there could be other cornfields; hey, unless this line was already in the story and I am bringing it to the forefront of my mind as I write this without realizing it, I wonder if that would sound good as a line to the last episode of a hypothetical first season, uttered by a character after the events of the story come to their conclusion, maybe with the temporary defeat of the supernatural menace of He Who Walks Behind the Rows -- "There could be other cornfields," or "There are other cornfields"; could almost be like an X Files thing). Only problem with this idea is that I think the story's adaptation rights might not be in King's possession, but I'm not sure about that. If that is the case, then it would be too bad if King couldn't participate in its value generation.
I would like to see Netflix produce something of King's. I have been pleasantly surprised and involved in many of their Netflix originals.
 

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I grew up in rural north Missouri, so I saw my share of corn fields, and some of my relatives owned farms. I mention this because, having been around rural environments more often than not, the isolation doesn't affect me quite the same way it would someone from the city. This is not to say that when the wind blows in a corn field, one can't help but think that perhaps, just perhaps that rustle you hear that sounds a tad different than the others may be caused by something else - - something far worse. "Children of the Corn" IS scary, and it reminds me in its way of "The Lord of the Flies" in that both tales involve children who have become "rudderless" sans adult supervision, and in lacking that mature supervision, all too soon show that "intelligence does not guarantee common sense."
 

Dana Jean

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I grew up in rural north Missouri, so I saw my share of corn fields, and some of my relatives owned farms. I mention this because, having been around rural environments more often than not, the isolation doesn't affect me quite the same way it would someone from the city. This is not to say that when the wind blows in a corn field, one can't help but think that perhaps, just perhaps that rustle you hear that sounds a tad different than the others may be caused by something else - - something far worse. "Children of the Corn" IS scary, and it reminds me in its way of "The Lord of the Flies" in that both tales involve children who have become "rudderless" sans adult supervision, and in lacking that mature supervision, all too soon show that "intelligence does not guarantee common sense."
Here is the other review you did, I think.
 
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