Children of the Corn is one of the most hit or miss (mostly miss) horror franchises out there. Sure it has the whole Stephen King thing going for it to attract attention, but lets be honest, the only one that really is a Stephen King film is part one, and that truthfully is simply based on one of his short stories. But over the years it has developed a large cult following, which is ironic when you consider its subject matter but most of the time there is no real continuity between the films. Runaway however attempts to change that.
Harkening back to the first film Runaway follows Ruth the last survivor of the original Cult from Gatlin that we met in the first film. When she gets pregnant she decides enough is enough with this corn cult and decides to set her house on fire while everyone was praying and making a sacrifice to "He Who Walks Behind The Rows" She flees town, and gives birth to a young son she names Aaron.
We cut to 13 years later and Ruth and Aaron are still moving from town to town as she obviously had no real end game plan. Actually he plan really stinks as in all this time se only made it to Luther Oklahoma, which is about a 2 day drive from Gatlin Nebraska. Side note, I live in Nebraska, it really would only take a few days. She gets stranded in this town and even gets a job as a mechanic. Only problem is she keeps having flashbacks and visions of the local kids murdering the adults.
Is He Who Walks Behind The Rows following Ruth (Who now goes by the name Sandy in this town) or is she just a basket case. As its a horror film it really could be either, you'll just have to watch and see for yourself.
The acting in the film is actually very good. All the characters have great chemistry. The scenes between Ruth and her son Aaron are very well done, as you can sense the feelings of a mother trying to protect her son from evil at all costs. Lots of blood is thrown in, or CGI in for that matter during the massacre scenes leaving gore fans satisfied, and to its credit the film has a real creepy score to it.
Sadly that's not enough to help a film that doesn't have any real terror or suspense building in it. It had the potential as it harkened back to the first film, but it lacked the campy charm that made part 3 rather enjoyable. It was a good effort but in the end its truly only for die hard fans of the series.
Overall 2 out of 5 Stars!