Do I see an end to this series? Yes....and no. Stephen King's web site says that part 8 is coming soon. Personally, I think they are trying to out live the Friday The 13th series. Many people that gave short reviews for Children Of The Corn 7: Revelation (2001) gave it very low ratings. To start, someone put the wrong synopsis on this film so I think that has confused people. When people think they know what they story basically is about and then it turns out to be something other than what they thought, most times people hate the film. Since I snuck a peak at the reviews before watching this film I knew ahead of time so wasn't disappointed by it.
So what is COTC7 about? I shall tell you if you truly would like to know. Jamie (Claudette Mink) hasn't heard from her grandmother in some time and since her grandmother is the only family she has left, she is very worried about her. She finds out that her grandmother has been living in a run down apartment building that has been condemned. There are still a handful of people that still live there. There is Jerry (Troy Yorke), Tiffany (Crystal Lowe) and a guy that is never named but I assume is this guy listed in the credits as Cranky Man (John B. Destry). There is also two kids that seem to pop up out of no where all the time (Taylor Hobbs and Jeffery Ballard).
As the story starts to unfold, we find out that grandmother was part of a cult 60 years ago. When adults tried to stop the cult, the children set fire to themselves. All the children except one. A priest (Michael Ironside) tells Jamie that He Who Walks Behind The Rows doesn't think Jamie's parents or herself should have ever been born and wants to claim her. Can Jamie get away in time?
Really COTC7 is easily a stand-alone film. If it wasn't for the fact that they tied this movie in with the other movies by saying the cult was a corn cult and made of all children and the very quick reference to He Who Walks Behind The Rows, this could have been a movie with an all new title. It adds nothing new to what we already know except that the cult was around before we learn about it in the first movie. In truth, this is a ghost story. The children that died have come back to get the one that 'got away' and to get Jamie now that she is there.
I enjoyed the effects even though there wasn't a lot of them. Most of the effects was about the corn stalks coming to life and attacking people. Something that I haven't seen in this series since the third movie. I was glad to see that back. One of the more interesting deaths was when Tiffany was taking a bath and one of the two kids shows up beside the tub and drops some corn into the bath water. A few seconds later she is being attacked by corn stalks. I know it sounds stupid but trust me. The acting was fairly good as well. The only problem I really had with the characters is that the writers stereotyped them. Jerry is a druggie. Tiffany seemed rather slutty. And Cranky Man was just a very angry guy in a wheel chair. I thought they could have done a little better writing up the supporting cast.
I never figured out where this story was supposed to be taking place. From the scenes they show of the town I just assumed it was a small town out in the middle of no where but then they had a scene on top of the apartment building and off in the distance you could see some tall buildings that gave me the impression they were on the outskirts of a big city. Even so, I have to admit that I liked COTC7. It would have been nice if they had picked up the story where part 6 left off instead of taking a left turn into unexplored stories but it was still a good story. You really don't have to see the previous 6 films in order to understand this one. It explains everything you need to know for this story and only ties itself to the others by the ways I have already talked about. A nice little film for fans of the series and for those that enjoy ghost stories.
3 out of 5 Ghostly children
4 days ago