Sunday, October 5, 2014

Children of the Corn: Genesis (2011)

Starring: Tim Rock, Kelen Coleman, and Billy Drago

Supernatural Entity: He Who Walks Behind the Rows

Run Time: 1:20:32

Quick Synopsis: A young couple tries to free an imprisoned child with catastrophic results.

There was no doubt that this was going to be an awful movie.  However, the hope was that it would at least show some respect to the original film, or even the original short story.  In my opinion, they did that well enough.  This was mostly due to the fact there were very few connections to the original story, one of the characters was originally from Gatlin and their is a dream sequence in a cornfield where children attack the woman who is dreaming. Its quite obvious that the purpose of the dream sequence was simply to reference the true nature of most of the films in the series.  It had no significance to the
actual movie.  Honestly, this was a lot better than I had expected.  The first 40 minutes develop some good build-up with pretty solid acting.  The characters all do what they are supposed to do.  The protagonists are likable, the weird homeowners are weird.  The second half of the movie is not unwatchable, but there is a drop off in acting which didn't really make sense since it was the same actors.  The cinematography was impressive for a low budget horror and it is paced well enough to not bore the audience.  If the movie had a better finish, I would actually recommend it to most people.  The name genesis really did not seem to fit; I expected this to be a prequel. (obviously its not)  I was pleasantly surprised but since my expectations were so low, this is still an awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: There are only nine credited characters even though there are more to appear in the film including some that were given names.  Additionally a character's mother is credited but the father is not even though they have the same screen time. 

Hidden Gem: The stabbing sound of the knife was similar to that of Psycho.

Total Kill Count:
Mrs. Murphy- Diane Peterson (1:54) Found Dead Gore Rating: 1
Mr. Murphy (2:19) Found Dead/Eyes Gouged by Corn Cobs Gore Rating: 4
Bethany (3:50) Found Dead Gore Rating: 2
Officer- Brian Hite (50:18) Taken away into the sky/Later Fall (1:16:00) Gore Rating: 1
Helen- Barbara Nedeljakova (1:07:47) Pitchfork through Back Gore Rating: 5
Tim- Tim Rock (1:10:22) Car Accident Gore Rating: 3

            Horror Film: 5
            Entertainment: 6
            Suspense: 4
            Overall: 5