Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Think You've Seen all of the 'Children of the Corn' Movies? Think Again.

Upon wandering through the Internets the other day, I came across a little gem of a short film on Youtube called "Disciples of the Crow "(aka "The Night of the Crow). It was made in 1983, one year before "Children of the Corn."

Like "Children of the Corn," the short film's script was based on a story written by Stephen King, and in my opinion, it's far better than the Linda Hamilton movie-- even if that one does have some great quotes from it. ("OUTLANDER!")

This short Stephen King adaptation was originally released on a VHS with the movie "The Night Waiter." It can now be found on "Contes Macabres," a French DVD.

What I like about this version of the Stephen King story is that it is tightly paced with a palpable high tension between the characters. The young couple that accidentally drives into the dark heart of corn country argue with each other with a biting ferocity that is very convincing; you can tell that they've been on the road for far too long and are weary of their travels.

There's also the little things, such as the corn-cob handled sacrificial dagger, the corn kernel bracelets, and the drinky crow idol that the children worship and give oblations to, that give the town of  Jonah a more sinister character than it's feature length counterpart.

My favorite is the "bible" that Burt finds in the town's church. The artwork in it is fantastic, and really sets the tone for the doom that is to come.

Watch "Disciples of the Crow" below!

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