Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, will be bringing a new Blu-ray edition — a 2K restoration from the original negative — of director Fritz Kiersch’s surprise 1984 horror hit adaptation of Stephen King’s 1977 short story, Children of the Corn, to market on Sept. 19.
If you love haunted house thrillers, then Children of the Corn takes it one step further with a “haunted town” tale! Gatlin, Nebraska is that town and that’s where Burt (Peter Horton) and Vicky (Linda Hamilton) find themselves, with the dead body of a throat-slit boy in the trunk of their car.
The two are on their way to California — needing time off to patch up their struggling marriage — but once in Gatlin they discover that there is no way out. The creepy little kids have killed off all of the adults and they now worship “He Who Walks Behind the Rows,” who demands that no one who reaches the ripe old of age of 19 can live. Burt and Vicky are well passed that threshold, so we know what fate awaits them if they cannot find their way out of Gatlin!
Bonus goodies include two commentary options. The first is a vintage commentary track featuring filmmaker Fritz Kiersch (Tuff Turf, The Stranger), producer Terrence Kirby and actors John Franklin (as the evil Issac) and Courtney Gains (Malachi) and the second is a newly minted one featuring John Sullivan of the web site “childrenofthecornmovie.com,” who is joined by writer, director, actor and producer Justin Beahm (check out his web site at justinbeahm.com).
Other bonus nuggets include a video session with Linda Hamilton that is titled “It was the Eighties!,” and five additional featurettes — “Harvesting Horror: The Making of Children of the Corn,” “Return to Gatlin,” “Stephen King on a Shoestring,” “Welcome to Gatlin: The Sights and Sounds of Children of the Corn” and “Feeling Blue.”