After becoming stranded in the middle of nowhere, Tim and Allie hikes into the remote desert to find shelter. They stumble upon a remote house where a weird guy, Preacher, and his mail-order bride, Oksana, gives them the opportunity to call a towtruck. However, Tim is too tempted and greedy to just pay the $900 for the fixing of their car and as a result this city couple decide to spend the night… Everything goes up in smoke as Allie discovers a young boy locked in the shed and further research reveals that Preacher has a lot of hidden secrets that will land him in a lot of trouble… well, that’s if Tim and Allie survive, of course.
Children of the Corn: Genesis is one of those films that would have been better if they changed the title, took out all of the Children of the Corn elements and actually tried to make a supernatural movie that didn’t have any ties to Stephen King‘s critically acclaimed short story. In fact, the only thing this version has going for it is that it’s not exploiting children and basically have child pornography in it like the made-for-TV version of Children of the Corn (2009), so at least it’s not the worst “re-imagining” out there. However, Children of the Corn: Genesis has very little going for it as far as Children of the Corn films go anyway, for one, there is hardly any scares or creepy bits that one would have thought the kids from a Children of the Corn flick can give movie-goers and frankly Hollywood needs to realise that they’ll either have to step up their game with original horror films or go out of business. If that’s not enough to put Stephen King film lovers off of the movie, we hardly here anything about the beloved tagline: “He who walks behind the rows”. Come on!
From a personal perspective, I was appalled at how they were able to take away everything that made the franchise what it is and still use the title to hook fans of the franchise. Brilliant marketing, but sadly it’s all a lie… Then again, what more could we expect from director Joel Soisson? Not only was he responsible for Pulse 2 and Pulse 3 (don’t even let me get started on those terrible sequels), but also the sequels to The Prophecy, which didn’t fair any better.
Before I go overboard with the hating of this film, please note that I am a Stephen King fan and although even some of the original films that are based on his novels aren’t as good as Pet Sematary or IT, at least they keep the essence of Stephen King’s stories. Therefore, anything that has Stephen King’s name on it after Dreamcatcher kind of lost the point of his work – which is to scare and creep people out. Furthermore, the point to this film is… there is no point. Children of the Corn: Genesis is a joke for the franchise and although it’s not the worst adaptation, it’s one of those movies that shouldn’t be watched if you fear having your love for the originals get tarnished.
So, basically, don’t watch it. It’s not a Children of the Corn film like we know and love and it puts shame to the franchise. Don’t want to take my word for it? Okay, click on the image… but remember, I told you so.