Blu-ray Review: Children Of The Corn: Runaway

Children of the Corn: Runaway is based on the original story “Children of the Corn” by Stephen King. The tenth installment of the legendary horror series follows a young woman who can’t escape her nightmarish past. The movie was directed by John Gulager from a screenplay by Joel Soisson and stars Marci Miller, Jake Ryan Scott, Mary Kathryn Bryant, Lynn Andrews, Sara Moore and Clu Gulager.

Children of the Corn: Runaway tells the story of young, pregnant Ruth, who escapes a murderous child cult in a small Midwestern town. She spends the next decade living anonymously in an attempt to spare her son the horrors that she experienced as a child. Ruth and her son end up in a small Oklahoma town, but something is following her. Now, she must confront this evil or lose her child.

Children of the Corn: Runaway is about the one that got way. The movie follows Sandy/Ruth (Marci Miller) who was once a child of Gatlin but she found a way to escape and has tried to make a life of her own. Thirteen years has passed and Ruth is now a mother who ends up moving to a new town with her son Aaron (Jake Ryan Scott). She’s already overprotective because of everything she’s gone through and it doesn’t take long for her paranoia to escalate – and for good reason. It appears that “he who walks behind the rows” has caught up with her and has dispatched a young girl to do his evil bidding. Ruth ends up in a battle against this sinister threat that wants to get its revenge on her as well as recruit her young son to be a part of its new flock.

Okay, Children of the Corn: Runaway is one of the better sequels we’ve gotten but it’s still a flawed movie for a number of reasons. First of all, this is a low budget production to keep the rights of the franchise and that’s about it. There’s also not enough children or corn in the movie and you’d kind of expect these two ingredients to be plentiful for the harvest. Now to the good stuff! I thought Marci Miller did a great job as this young mother who was once a member of the creepy kid cult. She’s haunted by her past and we get to witness some of it through flashbacks. There’s also the pretty girl who shows up on the scene and terrorizes people and I thought young Sara Moore delivered a creepy cool performance. She’s the right hand of “he who walks behind the rows” and she delivers brutal force without showing any remorse. There’s also a fun cameo by Clu Gulager so be on the lookout. John Gulager directed the movie and was able to capture some creepy scenes and the brutality that this movie possesses at times. There’s also some impressive camera work in one particular scene that takes place in the diner.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features its own indivual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, we were first introduced to the creepy children of Gatlin, Nebraska in 1984 and this horror classic ended up spawning nine sequels and a Syfy original movie. Most of the sequels have been pretty bad over the years but this tenth chapter ended up being a surprisingly good watch. With that said, my expectations going in weren’t that high so the movie did exceed that. The story is about the one that got away who ends up finding out that “he who walks behind the rows” can find you wherever you run away to. Children of the Corn: Runaway features some good performances along with some pretty darn cool camera work and ideas by the director. There’s several brutal killings in the movie that include some blood and gore and some of it is by the hands of this creepy little who appears to either be the last of the flock or maybe the first in a line of new recruits. There’s nothing about this one that’s going to blow you away or anything like that but it’s definitely better than Genesis that released seven years ago. Children of the Corn: Runaway is now available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 82 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features:

  • Deleted Scene (01:52)
  • Digital HD Copy

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