Horror's Creepiest Cornfields
Byon Apr 18, 2012
Do you remember way back in 2007 when Kristen Stewart was still a great up-and-coming actress and she had yet to fall into some love trance with a sparkly vampire? We sure do, and you’ll have a chance to relive it all when Chiller premieres The Messengers. Produced by Sam Raimi and directed by The Pang Brothers (The Eye), the film highlights the creeping darkness that resides in a family’s new sunflower farm in North Dakota. It’s a spooky little film that deserves more fans and, although it features a sunflower field, it inspired us to put together a list of five of the creepiest horror movie confields. Moral of the story here? Stay out of the fields. Corn. Sunflower. Whatever. Just stay out.
Ah, Scarecrows – the 1988 cult classic that taught every would-be bank robber out there that the last place you want to escape to is a creepy old house in the middle of a creepy field. If you do, you’re likely to be attacked by resurrected scarecrows who will kill you and turn you into one of their own. Forever. Bank robbing doesn’t sound so fun now, does it?
It’s a shame what’s happened to M. Night Shyamalan since his 2002 film Signs (his last mostly well-received film). It’s like he just forgot how to make movies. Either that or he ran out of his signature twisty endings. Nevertheless, Signs has a creepy cornfield that gets a crop circle makeover from invading aliens that are afraid of… water? Really? Water? Yup. Whatever. The cornfields are cool!
DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW (1981)
The classic television movie Dark Night of the Scarecrow might be supremely cheesetastic, but it’s also a hell of a lot of cornfieldy fun! In the years since 1981, the film has become a cult hit and it’s the actually the first feature length horror film to use the scarecrow as the centerpiece. Say what you will about the film, but this is one avenging scarecrow we’re happy to revisit every Halloween.
STEPHEN KING’S THE STAND (1994)
The cornfield surrounding Mother Abigail’s house in Stephen King’s The Stand always scared the crap out of us. It’s so innocent and unassuming until we hit the dream sequences and Stu sees the rats and the scarecrow with red eyes screaming back at him. And that’s when we soiled ourselves. Yikes!
CHILDREN OF THE CORN (1984)
Possibly the most infamous and unsettling of all cinematic cornfields, the massive fields in Children of the Corn not only contains the demonic presence known as “He Who Walks Behind The Rows,” but it also features a group of sadistic little kids hell bent on ritualistically murdering all the adults to ensure a good harvest. I don’t know about you, but those creepy little bastards scared us silly.