Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998)

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1 Overall Score
Story: 1/10
Acting: 1/10
Visuals: 1/10

So-bad-it-is-good, Eva Mendez's film premiere

The story, the acting, the visuals

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Children of the Corn V:  Fields of Terror

Studio:  Dimension Films

Genre(s):  Horror/B-Movie

Release Date(s):  June 21, 1998

MPAA Rating:  R


Hey, check out our weak-ass corn!

A group of young adults set out to scatter the remains of their friend who has died in a tragic bungie jumping accident.  When they arrive in a small farming town called Divinity Falls, their car breaks down.  Trapped in the town for the night, they learn a man named Luke Enright (David Carradine) has a home full of young adults working on his cornfields.  When two members of the group are found dead, Allison (Stacy Galina) realizes the children worship He Who Walks Behind the Rows and that her brother Jacob (Dave Buzzotta) is among them.  As Jacob is prepared for sacrifice, Allison and Greg (Alexis Arquette) team with the Sheriff Skaggs (Fred Williamson) to save Luke, stop He-Who-Walks-Behind-the-Rows, and rescue their friend Kir (Eva Mendez) from becoming another victim.

Directed by Ethan Wiley, Children of the Corn V:  Fields of Terror was released straight-to-video on June 21, 1998 and followed Children of the Corn IV:  The Gathering in 1996.  Like most of the Children of the Corn films, it was poorly received, but that didn’t stop sequels from being released after this film.


Oh Hell yes! Pass the Smeat!

Children of the Corn V:  Fields of Terror was not as good as the previous installment, and is much more laughable than some of the other movies.  The horror is very minimal with He Who Walks Behind the Rows just being a green mist living in the corn silo (and it appears its just gas from combustion).  Being from the Midwest and familiar with corn, it is very obviously a California corn field and the corn field isn’t very scary (or even part of the story much).

Most of the movie involves the dorky bunch of kids, sitting around, trying to act while random stuff like David Carradine’s head splitting open and shooting fireballs interrupt the story.  It is mostly played for laughs and doesn’t take itself seriously, but it barely feels like there is any horror.  They should at least give the viewers some serious gore or scares.


I’m packin’!

The movie really should be called Children of Famous Celebrities of the Corn.  The movie has a couple of Frank Zappa’s kids (Ahmet Zappa & Diva Zappa), it has David Carradine (son of John Carradine), and Robert Arquette, now Alexis Arquette who was the son of Lewis Arquette and sibling of David Arquette, Patricia Arquette, and Rosanna Arquette before undergoing a sex change and playing romantic lead for Stacy Galina.  In addition to the children of Hollywood, Eva Mendes makes her film premiere as a girl who quickly switches to the side of the crazy corn worshippers, Friday the 13th and Jason veteran Kane Hodder as a bartender, Picket Fences child star Adam Wylie as Ezekial, and football and blaxploitation star Fred Williamson as the sheriff.

Children of the Corn V:  Fields of Terror has a fun cast and that is about it.  It is an unbalance movie that’s only fun comes from the goofiness and attempts to be scary.  It is available with Children of the Corn III, IV, and 666 on an affordable all-in-one Blu-Ray collection so it won’t break your bank to see it.  Children of the Corn V:  Fields of Terror was followed by Children on the Corn 666:  Isaac’s Return in 1999.

Related Links:

Children of the Corn (1984)

Children of the Corn II:  The Final Sacrifice (1993)

Children of the Corn III:  Urban Harvest (1995)

Children of the Corn IV:  The Gathering (1996)

Children of the Corn 666:  Isaac’s Return (1999)

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