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Children Of The Corn | Creepshow
She can't (and won't) drive 55.... Stephen King's novel about the twisted love affair
between a boy and his car gets transferred to the screen, courtesy of suspense master John
Carpenter. Although lacking some of the more outré supernatural elements of the source
material, this high-octane cinematic tune-up more than delivers the goods, horror-wise
(Christine's midnight rampages will never be forgotten)--as well as being a sly exposé of
the random cruelties within the high-school pecking order. Keith Gordon (who has gone on
to become a stellar director in his own right, with films such as A Midnight Clear and
Mother Night to his credit) gives a wonderfully controlled central performance.
Carpenter's atmospheric original score is backed up by a well-chosen collection of rock
classics, including George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone" (the titular
character's all-too-apt theme song).
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