The Pitch: Kurt Wimmer’s 2023 entry within the long-running Kids of the Corn franchise, the eleventh(!!) movie in a collection that began as an easy, modestly tense adaptation of a Stephen King quick story earlier than spinning additional and additional into direct-to-video oblivion, is much less latest than you’d assume. You see, Wimmer’s model was really shot earlier than the pandemic and launched in 2020 to a couple check audiences in Sarasota, Florida as a seasonal Halloween deal with. Then it was promptly shelved till it may get pleasure from a short theatrical window and immediate offloading to Shudder.
Watching Kids of the Corn (2020/2023) now, it’s no marvel they had been shy about placing this factor in entrance of an viewers: Even inside the auspices of a not-terribly-inspiring horror franchise, Wimmer’s take is a boring, repetitive, meaningless slog that carries solely superficial similarities to the very story that shares its title.
There’s the rundown city in rural Nebraska, the coterie of craven kiddies who take the city for themselves, the whispered instructions from a mysterious entity within the cornfields. That’s about it. Ostensibly, it’s a sorta-prequel to the unique movie, depicting a bloodbath at an orphanage that leaves many children lifeless, save for little Eden (The Handmaid’s Story‘s Kate Moyer), emotionally scarred from the expertise and listening to voices from…. one thing out within the cornfield.
Additionally, the crops are dying because of the adults’ complacency, with no new world for his or her kids to inherit. It’s the sort of factor that’ll make you collect your fellow tots and go on a murderous rampage in opposition to all of the grownups within the city, with solely a spunky 17-year-old activist named Bo (Elena Kampouris) to cease you.
Subject of Screams: Aside from that opening sequence, which is decently harrowing in a mid-aughts Texas Chainsaw sort of means, there’s little or no about Wimmer’s tackle the fabric that evokes a lot past boredom and the occasional unintentional giggle. The script is a large number, greedy at some intermittent social commentary it may possibly’t efficiently decide to: moderately than the cosmic horror of the King model, this take is all about GMOs killing the crops and the feuding factions who need to both preserve the corn alive or burn it down so the dying city can get these scrumptious authorities subsidies.
The primary half of the movie is all about this provincial battle, scene after scene of actors braving a few of the clunkiest expository dialogue uttered in a movie this decade (poor Callan Mulvey and Bruce Spense are significantly wasted as Bo’s dad and the city preacher, respectively) on the town halls and cornfields.