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I did not feel like I needed to watch any other movie in the franchise before checking out Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest, in part because their things are barely connected - kids in the Midwest worship a Stephen King demon that kills adults on their behalf, that's all we need to know - and mostly because I'm only in it to catch a shot of Charlize Theron in her first screen role. There are three such shots, and no spoken lines. She's one of the villain's followers, appearing one of nowhere as a close-up in church, then vaguely running for her life in the finale. Inauspicious beginnings. But while we're here, we might as well talk about the movie itself. As a horror flick, I will admit it had a few good gags and kept my interest, though it's not anything I would call "good". I guess my main gripe is that the evil kid high priest Eli is played as the smart-mouth kid on a Saturday afternoon sitcom. The video look of the movie and the older teen lead playing basketball and getting himself a girlfriend subplots sure doesn't help, nor does the hand-waving concerning his business works as the dad tries to sell Eli's magic corn. I dunno, maybe making it look like kiddie entertainment is subversive, in a way. I just don't think they did it on purpose.
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