Trick & Treat for October 25th:
CHILDREN OF THE CORN (1984; with Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton; directed by Fritz Kiersch)
Billed as “an adult nightmare”, the stars of this scary and groundbreaking film are the kids. One fine day, the kids decide to put on a show. The show: extermination of the adult population of Gatlin, Nebraska. This event presents the leader of the massacre, Malachai, with the dilemma of “How you gonna keep ’em (visitors) down on the farm after they’ve seen… no adults there. The obvious solution: capture adult visitors as sacrifices. Problem solved. Or is it? A couple on a road trip (Hamilton and Horton) come across a little boy who’s fleeing the creepy cornfields of Gatlin. An entity called “He Who Walks Behind the Rows” is not pleased with the outside interventions and various bad things ensue: broken necks, poisoned minds, storms, fire and brimstone, and said sacrifices among them. Not to mention damage to the tourist trade. “And a child shall lead them…” is the tagline for this movie, which is based on a Stephen King story. Speaking for yours truly, a child can lead me to candy corn, but can’t make me eat it, even under threats from a demon. I’ll take popcorn, thanks very much.
Who wants to wait until the 31st to wallow in Halloween indulgences and scary movies?! Home Projectionist doesn’t! And so we’ll have pairings of 31 Frights and 31 Bites every one of October’s 31 nights: a scary, snack size movie “trick”, and a delicious “treat” to go along with it.