dvd reviews

By Jared Curtis


‘Children of the Corn’

Directed by Donald P. Borchers
Rated R, 92 minutes

The DVD and TV markets are flooded with scary films in October, so I’m going to feature scary movies each week. First up is the reimagining of “Children of the Corn.” Burt (David Anders) and Vicki (Kandyse McClure, whose acting is horrible) are on a road trip trying to salvage their marriage. But soon, they stop in Gatlin, Neb., where all the adults are dead and the kids are part of a knife waving cult, obeying every command Isaac (Preston Bailey) relays from “He who walks behind the rows.” The story is boring, the performances are stiff and the best part of the original (Malachai (Courtney Gains) trying to draw Burt (Peter Horton) out of hiding by screaming “Outlander”) was totally forgotten. The creepiest part of the film was the “fertilization” scene, which included a young couple fornicating in front of a number of small kids hooting and hollering for more sex. I was scared of the corn after watching the original when I was a little kid. But after watching this cinematic crap, my fears just seem corny. CV


‘The Gate’
Directed by Tibor Takács
1987, Rated PG-13, 85 minutes


A childhood favorite of mine, “The Gate,” gets the royal treatment as the “Monstrous Special Edition” hits shelves this week. Glen (Stephen Dorff) and Terry (Louis Tripp) are best friends and spend their time playing video games and watching MTV. When Glen’s parents go out of town, they leave Glen’s sister, Alexandra (Christa Denton) in charge. But Alexandra has a number of friends over for a party, and her little brother and his friend get pushed to the back burner. Terry, who drowns his sorrows in heavy metal, brings over an album that is shrouded in the occult. He convinces Glen that a hole in his backyard where the boys found a crystal-filled rock is a gate to hell. After playing a heavy metal album backwards, the gate opens. Little minion-type monsters crawl out of the hole, but this is the smallest of the boys’ problems. Reanimated corpses attack not only Glen and Terry, but Alexandra and her friends. The film is sort of cheesy, but many consider it a cult classic. Today’s filmgoers may scoff at “The Gate,” but if you grew up in the ’80s, it ranks right up there with films like “The Goonies” and “Monster Squad.” CV

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