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Corny as hell...
However creative and horrifying its source material may be, there is an issue with the directing in this that creates a distance with the viewer. The camera work is deplorable; uninteresting, and too passive for a dark love story. It's never intimate or authentic, but the eccentric premise of a cult of children sustaining and sustained by a corn field spirit alone makes this worth a watch.
Partially a road movie and mostly borrowing from the hillbilly and religious horror subgenres, this low-key adaption of a Stephen King story is driven by two strong actors whose character lack depth, personality and essence. The slasher and magical elements are the real appeal, here, but there's not much of it and the effects aren't great when we finally get there.
At some point, we're not sure who to root for anymore. The film obviously wants us to relate to the couple, but then goes as far as trying to make the children sympathetic. Their dialog is a headache waiting to happen. Uneven and bleak, their religious mumbo jumbo gets old quickly. In the end, the film sadly lacks natural flow, effervescence and plausible effects.