*. Not as bad as I was expecting. Of course, given the previous Children of the Corn movies and the few reviews I’d seen of this one I was expecting something really, really bad. But at least it’s better than that.
*. Once again what we’re offered is pretty much a standalone venture that has little connection to the other films in the series (which were also standalone stories). A young couple’s car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, which happens to be where a reclusive figure called the Preacher (Billy Drago) lives with his mail-order Ukrainian supermodel bride (Barbara Nedeljakova from Hostel).
*. As many critical reviews pointed out, there aren’t many children in this movie and there’s very little corn. Instead we’re introduced to the (novel) idea of He Who Walks Behind the Rows being a kind of parasitical evil force that needs to inhabit human hosts, and the younger the better. This actually makes a bit of sense since as the children keep getting older it follows that they would need to be constantly replaced.
*. It’s not a bad idea, and it leads to a movie that’s tonally quite a bit different from the other films in the series. It’s quieter and a bit slower, which isn’t a bad thing necessarily. It isn’t, however, very well done.
*. For some reason the Children of the Corn movies have always had a thing for creepy dream/vision sequences that aren’t scary because we know they’re dreams. The cast are just adequate, with Drago turning in a particularly somnolent performance. There’s no gore. The idea of mutual doubt and who to trust had potential but nothing much was done with it. Instead people just behave like idiots.
*. Apparently the sequence where the cars go tumbling off the back of the trailer on the highway was stock footage that writer-director Joel Soisson picked up and then wrote the script around. I actually thought it looked really good, though the way it was intercut with shots of Tim and Allie swerving to avoid the wreckage wasn’t convincing. My main problem with it though is that it leads us into some pretty extreme improbabilities. Was there no chance Allie would be killed? How did the delivery man just scoop her up and take her back to the ranch without anyone noticing?
*. During the interview with Soisson included with the DVD Soisson mentions how the location they shot at was in the middle of nowhere, requiring two hours of travel time to get to. Why? Given the way it’s filmed and the nature of the buildings, it could have all been built and then shot in someone’s backyard. On such a low budget film it seems weird they’d have gone to so much trouble for no reason.
*. So, it’s a bit different and not all bad. Still, unless you’re intent on seeing every film in the franchise just so you can say you’ve run the gauntlet, as I have, then I don’t think it’s worth bothering with.