Movie Reviews 181 – Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998)

Children of the Corn VAfter watching and reviewing a few gems (Zombie, The Exorcist) since my last Children of the Corn review, it was time for the to get back and watch the sixth installment in the series, Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror, and find out for myself if there really was terror again or just more manure in the fields as there was in Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering.

The first good news was seeing both David Carradine and Kane Hodder`s names in the credits. But I remained leery as the last movie had a respectable cast as well which didn’t do it any good as someone forgot to provide a script to make use of those talents. Turns out that Carradine’s role is just slightly more than a cameo clocking in a few minutes and Hodder is nothing more than a bartender with just a few words of dialog and a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ screentime. Another nice surprise was seeing Fred Williamson in the role of the Sheriff, but he gets even shorter screen time than Carradine.

Once again the movie begins with a young couple are driving crazily on a country road adjacent to cornfields. The distracted couple are lost but having a bit of fun as well as they are leading another car behind them towards a cabin, placing inflatable sex dolls as they mark the path for their friends. Eventually they make a roadside stop which turns out to be a mistake as they quickly encounter a group of children led by Ezekiel (Adam Wylie) that are disciples of “He who walks behind the rows”. They perform their usual ‘kill everyone over 18’ ritual schtick we’ve been accustomed to in the other movies.

The focus now shifts to the friends following them in the other car lagging behind. You have Greg (Robert Arquette who’s since transformed into Alexis Arquette), Kir (Eva Mendez, porting her perpetual pout), Allison (Stacy Galina) and Tyrus (Greg Vaughan). They get distracted and run their car into the ditch next to those same cornfields and are confronted by Ezekiel and his gang of kids, but this time are only warned that they have until sundown to leave and telling the group  that they are followers of Luke Enright (Carradine). Instead of leaving town the travelers find a nearby abandoned house (thanks to the kids who’ve just disposed of the elderly occupants the night before) and stay there for the night.

It’s at this point that Allison tells her friends that she has a brother Jacob that she abandoned years ago and that she believes that Jacob is one of Luke’s disciples. The others want to leave but reluctantly agree to wait for Allison. Allison eventually gets facetime with Luke who confirms that Jacob is with the group and they give Allison and her brother Jacob a few minutes together.

While the plot revolves around Allison and the others trying to save Jacob, the nasty kids are all praying to some eternal flaming entity in one of the farm silos. Meanwhile Kir has gotten the hots for one of the older disciple boys herself, and in a totally inexplicable twist decides that she want ‘in’ on the religion after reading a few pages of their ‘bible’ and then throws herself into the flaming silo maw. I was just glad I didn’t have to put up with her ‘acting’ anymore. In fact, aside from Galina, the acting from the rest of the kid cast is atrocious.

So does Jacob get rescued? Does Allison and the rest of her friends make it out alive? Does anyone care? I certainly didn’t. The only thing that made this movie even worse was the setup for a sequel. But I already knew that of course as I’ve got two more sequels sitting on my shelves.

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