This film, more than any other terrifies my wife. To this day she has a phobia of cornfields that is born from this film. Strangely, it doesn’t have the same effect on me. I’m not sure why, perhaps it’s a case of familiarity breeds contempt. It’s certainly shot well – the moment when Isaac comes out of the cornfield and begins to sneak up on Linda Hamilton shows a shocking degree of peril considering we’re only 20 minutes in.
In this classic story of a group of religious fanatic children that have murdered their parents and created their own sort of cul. I always feel a little bit like I’m watching the Star Trek episode Miri when I view this film.
You almost forget that it’s an 80s movie because we’re so isolated – we are so far away from anything else recognizable and the old-fashioned signs and trappings just fit here. They may fit even better because the town is abandoned. The children themselves are interesting and menacing, and I’m much surprised when we see them turn on their own – I didn’t remember that. However I could’ve sworn we actually see the creature they referred to as he who walks behind the sheaves. Here he’s only manifested as a glorified supernatural cloud, and the occasional lumpy ground. I’m wondering which one I did watch them where he appears!
I have to admit, it’s a good film – but what really sets this above a lot of other horror films is the soundtrack. Somebody put a lot of thought and effort into this music, particularly the choral moments that are reminiscent of the omen. Still, it’s hard to go wrong with Stephen King and I suspect that is a great deal of why this is such a cult classic.
Well, that’s one down – eight more to go!
HOLD THE PRESSES. Did I say eight? nope…make that NINE. They just released a new one THIS YEAR.