Children of the Corn: The Gathering (1996) Directed by Greg Spence. With Naomi Watts, Karen Black, Mark Salling.
This straight-to-video instalment of the Children of the Corn series is noteworthy for just one reason…its top billed actress, a not-famous-yet Naomi Watts. That said, don’t expect this to be an early glance at the captivating talent she demonstrated thorugh her breakout turn in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive – more one of a jobbing actress doing her best to earn a steady pay packet in an unforgiving industry.
Aside from a collection of telegraphed, mildly amusing splatter scenes, watching this crap is like wading through porridge. The plot centres on creepy, possessed kids, controlled by a malevolent force…yah-de-yah. How it ranks alongside the other ‘Corn‘ films is not for me to say, it being my first, and hopefully last dip into the series.
Invention and ideas are central to the strength any horror film worth its corn. This has none of its own. It’s one of those recycled experiences, repeated so lazily that it has been rinsed of all the elements that ought to make it tick. Towards the end, Naomi Watts’s character, Grace, exclaims “What the f*!k was that!?” I’m still not sure if she meant a development in the plot or the actual film itself. 1.5/5