May 18

Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror

childrenofthecorn5Genre: Horror
Year: 1998
Country: USA

Director: Ethan Wiley
Starring: Stacy Galina, Robert Arquette, Eva Mendes, Greg Vaughan, Angela Jones


In a deserted town… The terror continues!


A group of teenagers find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere with the closest town being Divinity Falls. The town has been taken over by the children of the town, who are all under the power of “He Who Walks Behind The Rows”.

One of the teenagers, Allison finds his brother being a part of these children and she wants to stay at the place to rescue him from the evil that is going on, but the entire group quickly find themselves in great danger and the risk of rescuing her brother might be too much for these young adults.

After the entertaining fourth entry, I remember looking forward to this film back in ’98 (yeah, horror in the 90’s wasn’t all that, what can I say). The Scream craze was infecting all horror films by that time and most horror films had a slasher tone to it with stupid, annoying teenagers (played by twenty something year olds) as the main characters. The characters in this film are all awful and annoying. It’s never a good thing when you want the supposedly good guys to die early on in the film and that’s exactly what happens here.

The best actors in this is obviously Fred Williamson and David Carradine, but they are only there in smaller parts and both aren’t even really necessary for the story. Although it is cool to see both of them pop up of course. Eva Mendes has one of her very first acting jobs in this one and while she does look good, she is not very good. She also suffers since her character is perhaps the dumbest one in the film. Kane Hodder also pops up to give some enjoyment for fans of him.

There are no real scares or gore to look for either. The main kid this time is a small annoying ginger kid who couldn’t reach the knees of the previous main bad kids such as Isaac or Micah. He Who Walks Behind The Row has been turned into some green fog looking stuff that now lives in a corn silo. The most interesting part of this film is reading that Robert Arquette turned into an Alexis Arquette after having a sex change some years after this film, who knew?

This was both written and directed by Ethan Wiley, who had only done House 2: The Second Story before getting himself in the director’s chair of this one. While I have decent memories of House 2, he failed with this project and the stuff he has done after it doesn’t seem very interesting either (including Blackwater Valley Exorcism and Elf-Man).

Children of the Corn 5: Fields of Terror lacks terror. It’s a dull entry to the Children of the Corn saga and has little to offer the viewer. The best thing I can say about it is that it is by far not the worst out of the Corn films and it doesn’t cross the line and become painful to watch at least. But it’s also far, far from being good.




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