Children of the Corn 4 (1996)
Director: Greg Spence
Main Stars: Naomi Watts, Karen Black, Jamie Renee Smith, Mark Salling
Storyline: All the kids in a small town become sick and start to overtake old names of deceased children.
Review (Spoils): In a small town a number of the children become feverish and sick. The very next day they start to act more violent and start to take over personalities of deceased children of the past. The children start to kill off the adults of the town. When Grace (Naomi Watts ) returned to the small town she finds out that her young sister is dragged into the madness also.
We have lot of blood and gore in this entry as we have pitchforks, lots of scythes, a nasty barbed wire scene and some cut off fingers. The children are nasty in this one!!! Hell why not as they all do it for the One Who Walks Behind the Rows. We have some great acting from both Naomi Watts and Karen Black butthe fault of the film is the painful number of dream sequences that are thrown at the audience.
Rating: To be honest this film was not bad as the series was becoming painful with repeativeness but this one is a little different. They don’t really mention the cult at all as it is just assumed as you know you’re watching a Children of the Corn film. The gore is nice and some of the kills are entertaining so Greg Spence was a breath of fresh air for the series.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Director: Rob Zombie
Main Stars: Karen Black, Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Gregg Gibbs, Erin Daniels, Dennis Fimple, Walton Goggins, Jennifer Jostyn, Matthew McGrory, Bill Moseley
Storyline: A group of teens gets stranded in the back woods of Texas while looking into the urban legend of murders. What they find out is they become prisoners of some back wood serial killers that kill just for joy.
Review (Spoils): Not sure if Rob Zombie did this as a serious film or more as a ode to classic horror films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, Don’t Look in the Basement and almost every other horror movie out there. There is not much original in this film except maybe Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) character that is really nothing more than a foul mouth clown. The film is pretty much Rob Zombie trying too hard. The storyline has holes all through it because there are just too many characters for us to follow. The killers are far too many it’s like Zombie tried to remake the classic feel of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with the wacko family (Firefly family in this case)and it is just a mess. The whole Dr. Satan (Gregg Gibbs) thing does not make any sense and the only thing holding the film sort of together is hotness of Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie). Hell even the gory scenes are a rip off, the mask of flesh placed on the woman’s face….hmm can you say The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2? This film is filled with gore, blood, flesh scraping, freaks galore, stabbings, gun shots and lots of dead bodies. Too bad with all this goodness the film is a fucking mess.
Rating: Dear Rob Zombie I had high hopes for you when you came out saying you were going to get into film making. Being a horror fan and great musician (White Zombie rocked!) I figured you can nail this but instead it just a wild mess of blood, gore and empty storylines. Thank god for Sheri Moon Zombie she makes it a bit watchable.
Burnt Offerings (1976)
Director: Dan Curtis
Main Stars: Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis
Storyline: Caretakers move into a gothic house what they do not know is the house gains more beauty each death within its residence.
Review (Spoils): We have the Rolf family that moved into an old gothic house as care takers for the summer. Ben (Oliver Reed), his wife Marian (Karen Black) and son David move in and right away strange things start to happen. The house starts to suck the good essence out of them and uses for itself to become the grand mansion it once was. The more accidents and freaks death the more grand the house becomes. Through all the time Marian becomes more and more attached to the house and slow becoming more elderly almost ghost like as the house sucks the life from her. Another example is Aunt Elizabeth (Bette Davis) who also ages quickly and becomes very sick. The only person that seems to understand this is the father Ben especially after nearly drowns his son (that dam crazy house!).
The film has no real gore it feeds off of being eerie and leans a lot on death and regenerations. Karen Black steals the show with her freakiness as usual which is just natural for her. Bette Davis also did an awesome job and her makeup was great as she aged. Oliver Reed always freaked me out period!
Rating: If you’re looking for a good old fashion “this house is f*cked up” movie this is great. I really enjoyed this film and have seen many times. It has a great feel for the great age of 70’s horror films and plus it has two of the best freaky dames of horror Bette Davis and Karen Black.