CHILDREN OF THE CORN III: URBAN HARVEST
The only originality that Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest adds to the series is to transplant the basic premise to an urban setting but once there creativity appears to have run to an end. The rest of the film gives the appearance of having been made up as it was going along demonic patches of super corn, a possessed kid, Satanism, murders every few minutes, business conspiracies, some nonsense about a Satanic Bible being the source of the demons power. Trying to make sense of it is a waste of time on a plot level, the film collapses into incoherent silliness.
Like most of the films that Screaming Mad Georges makeup effects are attached to, Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest is best appreciated on the level of surreal shock effect. However, some of these effects are extraordinarily daft. Yvette Freeman for no apparent reason stops while being pursued by possessed kid Daniel Cerny to light a cigarette, only to accidentally set her head on fire; Nancy Lee Grahn flees from the corn patch only to trip and impale her head on an exposed pipe, whereupon the pipe starts spurting blood up out through her forehead. The affair gets progressively sillier likes the scenes being pursued by the boys father turned into a scarecrow with piercing blue eyes. Or the scene where Jon Clair is attacked by corn tendrils and has his neck stretched up into the air nearly his entire body length before it pops off and produces a ten-foot long spinal column; or where Daniel Cerny and Mari Morrow feed the evil super-corn to her parents whereupon they start spitting up insects and their heads split open to reveal they are filled with bugs. The film saves its most ridiculous set-piece for the climax, featuring the manifestation of He Who Walks Behind the Rows, which looks like nothing less than a giant Lovecraftian puppy dog.
James D.R. Hickox has subsequently gone onto helm several other horror films including The Gardener (1998), Blood Surf (2000), Sabretooth (2002), Girls Gone Psycho (2006) and Detention (2010), all of which have attracted astoundingly bad reviews.
The subsequent Children of the Corn films were: Children of the Corn: The Gathering (1996), Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998), Children of the Corn 666: Isaacs Return (1999), Children of the Corn: Revelation (2001), Children of the Corn: Genesis (2011) and Children of the Corn: Runaway (2018). Children of the Corn (2009) was a remake of the original.
(Winner in this sites Worst Films of 1995 list).