Director: Fritz Kiersch
The setting for the film is the creepy Nebraska town of Gatlin, where a strange religion has taken hold. All of the children have begun to worship He Who Walks Behind The Rows, a terrible god who lives in the corn. When Burt and Vicky, a young couple who are just driving through, accidentally hit a boy with their car, they are swept up in the horror of the village. They look for help, only to find a ghost town where children with religious mania try to sacrifice them to their new deity. With the help of two frightened but helpful siblings, Burt and Vicky attempt to survive the day, defeat the evil in the corn, and get out of Gatlin alive.
The movie was actually pretty similar to the book. The set up, the locale, the corn, those were all the same. The only major difference was the ending, one being a little more happy than the other. But all in all, a pretty accurate retelling. They even showed a Stephen King novel on the dashboard in one scene, which I thought was kind of cool. However, the plot was basically the only similarity between the two. The movie was missing something; terror, creepiness, believability, something. I just felt like laughing most of the time, not covering my face with a blanket, which is what most Stephen King stories make me want to do. And it's not like this was a b-movie; it wasn't trying to be stupid. It was trying to scare us in the way the book does, and it failed miserable. The acting was pretty awful, although it was cool to see Linda Hamilton in an old role. But if you're not gonna go over the top you gotta deliver in some other way, and this film didn't, making it a big dud.
My rating: ✰ ✰