Children of the Corn Part 4 : The Gathering title

AKA Deadly Harvest

Children of the Corn Part 4 : The GatheringThere's more trouble brewing in the cornfields of Nebraska, this time for the townsfolk of Grand Island, as the children of the town fall under the influence of a ghostly boy preacher.

Medical student Grace Rhodes (Naiomi Watts), comes into town to help look after her younger brother and sister after their mother, June (Karen Black), develops an acute fear of open spaces.

Problems begin shortly after her arrival, when all the younger children in the town are suddenly struck down with a mysterious fever. The local doctor is unable to explain the epidemic, but even after it mysteriously clears up again the following day, they begin to suspect that something is still not quite right with the children, as they begin exhibiting strange behaviour.

It starts with them loosing teeth that they have fillings in. They then start refusing to be called by their proper names, as well as spouting pseudo-religious talk, and keep referring to a mysterious character named Josiah. Whilst Grace and Doctor Rob try and find out what has caused this strange behaviour in the children, other townsfolk start to go missing at an alarming rate, only to turn up hacked to pieces in loving detail.

Local legends persist about a boy preacher named Josiah, who was burned to death by an angry lynch mob after he murdered a couple of fellow preachers. But how could the children of Grand Island know about him, and who is the ghostly figure of a boy preacher that keeps appearing in the town?

Better than part 3, but obviously not as good as the original, this is an OK film as far as direct-to-video sequels go. There are some nice gore scenes but, as with the other sequels, there's not much in the way of riveting plot.

Overall Marks : 4/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Director Greg Spence also directed "Prophecy 2".

  • The film is meant to be set in Nebraska, but was actually filmed in Austin Texas, .

  • Karen Black, who plays Grace's mother June, also starred in Ruggerro Deadato's "Cut & Run" and Rob Zombies "House of 1000 Corpses".

  • Naomi Watts went onto play Rachael in the US remake of "The Ring". She also played Ann Darrow in Peter Jackson's the 2005 remake of "King Kong".

  • Brandon Kleyla, who plays Josiah, also played the young James Whale in the biopic drama "Of Gods and Monsters".

  • There was a scene filmed, but not used, in which Jane and Rosa tell Grave (Naomi Watts) and Donald (Brent Jennings) how the children call Josiah by a different name. "He who walks behind the rows"

  • Composer David Williams also scored the soundtrack to the 1979 video nasty title "Psycho Puppet", as well as horror comedy sequel "Critters 3" and the films "Prophecy", "Prophecy 2" and "Wishmaster 2 : Evil Never Dies".

  • Harrison Young, who plays the drunken drifter, also played the old James Ryan in "Saving Private Ryan" and Sheriff Bowman in the Tobe Hooper horror comedy "Crocodile".

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