Blu-ray Review

Blu-ray Review: CHILDREN OF THE CORN: RUNAWAY (2018): Where’s the Horror?

Children of the Corn: Runaway Blu-ray Review

Children of the Corn: Runaway (2018) Blu-Ray Review, a movie directed by John Gulager, starring Marci Miller, Lynn Andrews, Mary Kathryn Bryant, and Jake Ryan Scott.

Release Date: March 13, 2018

Plot

“Children of the Corn: Runaway follows a young pregnant Ruth who escapes a murderous child cult in a small Midwestern town.”

Disc Specifications

Run Time: 82 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2:40:1

Language: English (5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio)

Subtitles: Spanish, English (SDH)

Rating: Not Rated

Video

Children of the Corn: Runaway is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate with a 1080p transfer. Nothing spectacular about the presentation of this film. It is without any major flaws in the transfer, and the lighting is well captured.

Audio

Children of the Corn: Runaway is presented with only one audio track, English 5.1 DTS-HD. Optional Spanish and English SDH subtitles are provided for the main feature. The film does a nice job of capturing sounds of the environment, and moments of silence (staples of the horror genre) are well-used.

Blu-Ray Bonus Content

Deleted Scene  – Only one special feature on the Blu-ray, a deleted scene.

Film Review

The film series that refuses to die, Children of the Corn: Runaway is the ninth feature in the series that began in 1984. We are first introduced to Ruth, played by Marci Miller. She was able to escape the murderous child cult of the corn with her unborn child. She spends the next decade living in anonymity to protect her now born thirteen year-old son. However, she and her son are now being tormented, or so they believe. Ruth begins to believe she is seeing attackers, and is not sure what is real and just her imagination. Is she going crazy, or are the children of the corn trying to kill her and her son?

I had only seen the first of the series, and had little interest in seeking out the direct-to-video sequels. Some of my positives include how restrained the film was, giving us excellent silent moments that are severely lacking in modern horror films. There are very few jump scares, which is always welcome. The acting by Marci Miller is well done, but the rest of the cast is not impressive, as expected in a film with a limited budget and shoot schedule. Outside of the main character, Ruth, the screenplay doesn’t give that the viewer anyone else to care for.

The biggest problem is when the film introduces the standard “horror” elements and the break with reality that Ruth believes she is having. This is left unexplained, and the horror when arrives left a lot to be desired. There is very little gore, most of the violence takes place off-screen, and lackluster special effects hamper the film. Don’t go out of your way to see this entry, but may be worth a look if you are a die-hard fan of the franchise.

Rating Children of the Corn: Runaway: 5/10

Disc Acquisition

You can purchase Children of the Corn: Runaway here.

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About the author

Kyle Steininger

Born and raised in Chicago, Kyle has loved movies ever since his father took him to the theater to watch Home Alone. Since then, he has developed a passion for films and everything about them from watching endless DVD extras, interviews with cast/crew, and attending screenings of older films when available. Some of his favorite directors include Kubrick, Fellini, Scorsese, Tarantino, Leone, and Nolan.

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