Children of the Corn: The Gathering (1996)

Naomi Watts, Jamie Renée Smith, Karen Black, Mark Salling,
Children of the Corn: The Gathering is a video starring Naomi Watts, Jamie Renée Smith, and Karen Black. All the kids in a town over night become feverish and have convulsions. The next day they start to become evil, change their...
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10/10 / 10

I find this to be the second best of the series(my fave is part 5), thisonehas suspense, gory deaths, is well acted, and it has Karen Black, one of myfave actresses of all time. It also has a large body count and enoughgraphic violence to satisfy gore hounds.

7/10 / 10

After the disappointment of III, I wasn't too thrilled by the fact thata fourth installment was on the way. I was delighted to find out thatnot only is this film better than the previous sequel, but it's thebest in a so-so series. How did they manage that?

Pros: Strong direction by Greg Spence, who made his debut with thisfilm. Excellent performances. Some chills. Inventive death sequences. Afeeling of dread hangs over the film. An attempt to start a newstoryline, and a good one at that. Plenty of blood and gore. Someeffective dream sequences.

Cons: Relies a bit too much on dream sequences for it's scares. Somemay be disappointed that this has little to do with the rest of theseries. The short running time makes it hard for some things todevelop. Since this film has so little to do with the other films inthe series, it may have been better had they called it something else.

Final thoughts: While the first two are OK, and III is unmemorable,this sequel is a vast improvement over all of them and even the onesthat followed. Fans of the first three should watch this one withcaution though because aside from the title, the fact that it's set inNebraska, and that it has to do with evil kids controlled by a demon,it has nothing to do with the other films in the series. A sleeper!

My rating: 3.5/5

/ 10

I dunno why i decided to rent this movie considering how 2 and 3 weren'tallthat great, but i saw a preivew for it a long time ago and it seemed alittle creepy so i figured i'd give it a shot. I was really shocked howgoodit turned out to be. It didn't really have a thing to do with the otherchildren of the corns other then the fact that the kids were evil.Childrenof the Corn IV probably could have been its own movie insted of a sequel.Well anyways i really liked it. It had a good story line and was prettycreepy. ****/*****

6/10 / 10

When children in a town mysteriously get high fevers...blah blah NaomiWatts is in this and shes hot. The film is a big improvement over COTCIII: Urban Harvest or as I like to call Children of the Corn III:Trying to be Hip.

This film is pretty creepy and I always remember seeing the previewsfor it when I was a child before Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myerswhich is an awful in & out. It's one of the few COTC films that Iremember renting in video stores along with COTC II. I developed acrush on Naomi Watts and wanted to see her in more things and later onshe became the Scream Queen for Classy Horror films I never understoodwhy all 90's films have the same sideways camera angle but hopefullyI'm not the only one who has noticed this.

7/10 / 10

"Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering" is the fourth installment inthe "Children of the Corn" series, and was surprisingly a decentsequel. After the horrible monster effects in Part III's finale (whichalmost completely ruined the movie for me) I was hoping "The Gathering"would head in a new direction, which it did. This sequel concerns asmall town in the midwest. Naomi Watts plays Grace, a medical studentwho returns to care for her mother, and in turn, her young siblings,who begin to display a strange illness manifesting in all the town'schildren. Turns out that the cult of children are back, trying torecruit more young'ns (after killing their parents) into theirorganization for "he who walks behind the rows".

No doubt, one of the most memorable things about this film is NaomiWatts' performance, who showed chops even her in her first lead role.I'm sure most people who see this will recognize her from the hitJapanese remake "The Ring."

Even still, "Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering" is one of thestandout films of the series for a variety of other reasons. It iswell-shot, for one; while it is a direct-to-video picture, itsurprisingly doesn't really look like one. There is an unnervingsleepiness to the film that plays off of the bucolic midwestern setpieces, and some phenomenally creepy sequences featuring Karen Black asWatts' agoraphobic mother. The film makes ample use of its dustyfarmhouses and the sinister images of children lurking across the road.

Granted, the film does show its B-movie teeth in some of the murdersequences, which are far- fetched and at times absurd, but the splatterfactor here is strong and the gore effects are rather convincingoverall. Another obvious but vital element to this film working as wellis it does is the strength of the performances. Watts, again, is greatin her first lead here, and Karen Black is phenomenal as she always is—the role leaves her plenty of room to act out the eccentricities shedoes so well. Even the performances from the children are above-averagefor a film like this.

Overall, if you're a fan of the series, this is one of the better (andperhaps maybe the best) sequel. It's a "Children of the Corn" sequel,so obviously it is not a flawless film, but it is well-shot and thereare a handful of genuinely effective moments to be had, and the filmpaces itself well without devolving into schlock. Enjoy yourstraight-to-video splat with a side of Watts and Karen Black— how canyou go wrong? 7/10.