Children of the Corn: Genesis is the next chapter in the popular horror series based on Stephen King's classic 1984 story, but this time the story is less about the children and more about the evolution of the brood and its whacked-out cultish religion. And any Children of the Corn fan knows that it should be more about the children.
When a young couple becomes stranded in a remote desert compound, they seek refuge in the home of an odd Mansonlike figure named Preacher and his wife. Preacher reluctantly allows them to stay with strict orders to be gone by morning. When the couple hears faint screams coming from a dilapidated outdoor shed, they venture out to investigate, against Preacher's orders. What they find is a bizarre cult worshiping a supernatural entity that will leave them both fighting for their lives.
It’s an interesting take on the Children of the Corn series, but with some slight changes to the story, it could have been sold as a new horror flick rather than a franchise spin. Genesis really adds nothing new to the Children of the Corn series, but is creepy enough in its own way, that it could have worked without any Children of the Corn references at all, becoming more like The Hills Have Eyes or Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Billy Drago was really creepy as Preacher. Although creepy is nothing new for Drago, he’s still a chill to watch. When he suggests to do something, you probably should do it. Meanwhile Barbara Nedeljakova plays his sexually crazed wife Helen. Although there’s only one scene near the beginning of the movie worth calling sexual, her overall being drips of sex.
Kelen Coleman was an odd choice for the pregnant Allie and seemed a bit out of place. Although her performance was decent, it might have been the role of Allie that was more at fault than Coleman. Allie needed to be a bit more moody than was written.
Overall, Children of the Corn: Genesis made for a decent horror flick with some great cult/religious overtones, but as a Children of the Corn flick, it failed.