Children of the Corn
October 20, 2015
(The 2015 Nostalgia-Ween opening plays, before showing NC in his room, wearing the Nostalgia-Ween jacket)
NC: Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don't have to. It's Halloween! Time to look at another memorable movie and go, "Ooh! That didn't age well." It's Stephen King Time!
(Stephen King is shown bobbing his head near the background of a children's castle as children cheer and the logo "Stephen King Time!" is shown. Images of Stephen King are shown as NC speaks)
NC (vo): As usual, I have to start out praising this guy before I piss on this guy, because the dude does have mad talent and has written a lot of awesome stories. (Footage from It, The Langoliers, The Tommyknockers, The Shining (Mini-Series version), and Maximum Overdrive are shown) But, however, they don't translate well into film, or they just pick the worst ones to adapt, his movies and miniseries rarely show the strength of his abilities, often resulting in hilarious results.
Craig Toomey (from The Langoliers): Scaring the little GIRL?!
Pennywise (from It): Wa-ha! Wa-ha! Wa-ha!
NC: And to start off this review, how about a dramatic reenactment of how King chooses what to write about next? (Grabs a couple of darts and looks at a dart board, which is called "The What to Make Scary Next Board", and the dart board is filled with notes saying various words, which say "Children", "Clowns", "Toilet", "Cars", "Balloons", "Corn", "Soda Machine", "Prom" and "Dog". NC throws two darts at two notes, which say "Children" and "Corn") Children of the Corn!
(The logo and footage from Children of the Corn is shown as NC brings out his opening thought)
NC (vo): Based on King's short story, Children of the Corn looks at an already popular scary subject--creepy kids--and for some reason combines them with a yellow vegetable that's about as scary as...well, balloons. Does it pay off? Well, if you like to get paid in maize. It dawned tons of sequels, a cult status, and, of course, hundreds of people around the world saying, "I think there's better King movies that could be made than this."
NC: Let's see if King can turn shock horror into shuck horror. This is Children of the Corn!
(The movie begins at a church with the caption GATLIN, NABRASKA, THREE YEARS AGO)
NC (vo): The film opens up three years ago with a narration from a kid named Job.
Job (vo): I was the only kid in church that day. The others were with Isaac out at the cornfield. I didn't get to go because Dad didn't like Isaac. He was pretty smart, my dad.
NC (as Job): I was off to my daily beating, I was, on account of my bowtie and that I talk like a complete tool.
NC (vo): But kids start to surround the café, led by their Amish mafia leader Isaac, and get ready to take it down. And with wallpaper like that, do you really blame 'em?
(Cut to scenes of the children murdering adults in various ways)
NC: Oh, come on, this is just a Friday night at Denny's.
NC (vo): After making a hand sandwich, Job continues to narrate while seemingly having no emotional reaction talking about his father being killed right in front of him.
Job (vo): It happened everywhere in Gatlin that day. That's when Sarah started drawing these pictures.
NC (as Job): Oh, they also served me my father at the International Hell of Pancakes, but I really want to talk about my sister's drawings.
NC (vo): We then cut to three years later, where a just graduated doctor wakes up at a hotel.
(A pair of legs walk as the camera zooms in on the doctor's face)
NC (vo): (sarcastically) Well, gee, with the lack of detail they're showing you in this scene, I'm just positive something terrible is about to happen.
(Vicky shoves the end of a toothbrush into Burt's ear, and laughs as she wakes him up)
NC (vo; as Vicky): I hope my fake out music didn't wake you.
NC (vo): This is Burt, played by Peter Horton, and Vicky, played by Linda Hamilton, at... (shows a image of a pack of cigarettes with a counter next to it) What do you think? One, three...
Vicky: (wearily) I got a couple of things you could look at.
NC (vo): Two packs of cigarettes a day.
Burt: Live happily ever after.
Vicky: Is that a proposal?
NC (vo): They're heading towards a internship, while mockingly making fun of preachers on the radio. I guess that's a thing.
Preacher on radio: There's no room for fornicators!
Vicky: Amen! (Mocking the preacher) Peanut butter and white bread!
Burt: (mocking the preacher) No room for people who watch public television!
Vicky: (mocking the preacher) No room for commitment!
Preacher on radio: Amen!
Burt: (looking at Vicky) Come on.
NC (vo as Vicky): As someone who likes to make fun of religious practices, I hate that you won't commit to that religious practice.
NC (vo): And, of course, the internship is just near our town of tiny pointless narrators.
Job (vo): We weren't the only ones who thought Isacc was weird.
NC (vo): Slaughtering a village falls into the weird category? How about...
NC (as Job): We weren't the only ones who thought Issac was a buzz kill. In that, he'll kill you with a buzz saw if he didn't like the way you looked.
NC (vo): One kid tried to escape the madness to get help leaving his two friends behind.
Kid: Unless you tell anybody I'm gone. If you tell, you're gonna burn in the lake of fire for all eternity.
Job: We won't.
Kid: Cross your heart. Hope to die. (in sync with Job) Stick a needle in your eye.
NC (vo): Why do you even have that rhyme? It sounds like the lake of fire would be a million times worse!
Job: Okay, go! Go!
Sarah (offscreen): Nobody's looking! Nobody's looking!
(The kid runs off)
NC (vo; as kid) Thanks for shouting my escape, you little dumbasses! I'll be sure to let you keep my head if they remove it from my body!
NC (vo): No real surprise, they do end up finding him, but not before--like I said-- they try to somehow make corn actually scary.
(The kid looks around in fear at the cornstalks surrounding him as dramatic music plays)
NC: No! They'll fill me with dietary fiber!
NC (vo): So one of the kids finds him (the escaping kid) and kills him. Gee, I can't imagine how they were tipped off to that.
(Cut back to the scene of Sarah yelling "Nobody's looking!")
NC (vo): But luckily, our two main characters are here to save the day--
(Shows their car plowing into a kid)
NC: Well, that could have gone better.
Burt: (to Vicky) Hang on. Let me check. Let me check.
NC (vo): Yeah, make sure she's okay before you check on the kid you steamrolled with your car. You're going to be a great doctor!
Vicky: Was it an animal?
NC (as Burt): Uh, yeah, an animal. Let's go.
NC (vo): He goes to check on the kid, noticing that his throat has been slit.
Burt: I want you go back to the car and wait for me there. Understand? And keep all the doors locked until I get back.
Vicky: Why? Where are you going?
Burt: I'll tell you when I get back. Just do what I say.
NC (vo): It is a little weird telling Sarah Connor to wait in the car, I don't think your sensitive mind could hear the truth yet.
NC: It's like telling The Rock not to look at a paper cut or he'll pass out. It's just weird.
NC (vo): But she eventually can't take it, and finds that she has to look at the body herself.
Vicky: I'm so sorry.
(Suddenly the kids springs up, surprising Vicky)
NC (vo): Jazz hands! (with a JAZZ HANDS caption underneath the clip)
Burt: (waking Vicky up) Come on!
NC (as Vicky): Oh, Burt, I had the worst jumpscare dream. It didn't tie in to the story and was completely pointless!
NC (as Burt): It's okay, we still killed the kid.
NC (as Vicky): Oh, thank God. That calms me down.
NC (vo): So they put the kid in the trunk and drive off because...
NC: That doesn't seem fucking suspicious.
NC (vo): As they try to forget about their kid killing by putting on the radio. That'll work.
Preacher on radio: Only by the blood of the lamb are we saved!
Burt: Getting tired of that crap.
NC (vo as Burt): I mean, how many King films have religious bashing now? You could make fucking playing cards out of it.
Burt: I really think we should open it.
NC (vo): They also decide to open up the kids briefcase because bad enough they killed them, they might as well rob him, too.
Burt: (holding a cross made of straw) Jesus Christ!
Vicky: Not in my book.
Burt: Looks like some primitive folk art.
Vicky: I think it's repulsive.
NC (vo): Jeesh, I've seen more tolerance from Bill Maher on Islam. Did a church sting you as a child or something?
Mechanic: (to his dog) Good boy!
NC (vo): They surprisingly come across a mechanic who seems to be the only adult left in town. Which is kind of odd. Did they keep him around because he was the only mechanic? Were they really no other adults needed alive for anything else?
NC: How about someone who knows the password for the adult sites?
Burt: Uh, we've got some--
Mechanic: Ain't got no gas.
Burt: Uh, no, I-I don't need gas.
Mechanic: Ain't got no diesel fuel, neither.
Burt: Your telephone, I need to use your pho--
Mechanic: Telephone? I ain't got no telephone.
NC (vo, as Mechanic): We ain't got no kids and we ain't got no corn either. In fact, I'm not even here. Who ya taking to you? I'm just a scarecrow.
Mechanic: Now you get on that right fork there, and you'll be in Hemingford in no time.
NC (vo): But they (the kids) make a Korean barbecue out of his dog, and decide to kill him off because...after three years of fixing stuff, never escaping and telling nobody about the mass slaughter that happened in the neighborhood, it's finally time to kill him because he told two people not to go in their neighborhood!
NC: They'd make better choices following the church of the magic eight ball! (photo of a church with an eight ball on top of it)
(The car stops at a wood pole says "Gaitlin" on it)
NC (vo, as Vicky): I find that sign shaped the tiniest bit like a cross revolting.
NC (vo): As they continue to get more lost, we see the kids honoring their corn on a cross, and listening to sermons by their leader Isaac. Isaac is the best fucking thing in this movie.
Isaac: The lord did come to me, and he was a shape. It was He Who Walks Behind The Rows.
NC: Issac is...the movie (picture of) Jesus Camp in reverse.
NC (vo): He's the munchkin version of the (picture of) the bad guy from Manos. He's every self-indulgent prophet that fits into most (picture of) overhead compartments.
Isaac: Joseph has taken his things and fled this happy place. So take you his life, and spill his blood!
NC (vo): And he's also a wanted criminal. Oh, not for mass murder, nor for brainwashing all these kids, but because he steals every single scene in this movie.
Isaac: But let not the flesh pollute the corn. Cast him instead upon the row.
NC: (laughs) I know now why they set this in a cornfield. It's so the rest of the actors can have some scenery to chew on.
Isaac: Question not my judgement, Malachai. I am the giver of his word. ("BITCH" appears under Isaac)
NC: And the interesting thing. This actor was twenty-five years old...
NC (vo): (The words "25 years old" appear under Isaac) ...when he did this role. Yep, he has one of those conditions where he looks and sounds a million times younger than he really is. And yet even knowing that, he still comes across as a snot nosed little piss ant, commanding his legion of good sons and bad seeds. He's just a treasure.
Isaac: And just as the blue man was offered up onto him, so shall be the unbelievers!
(Isaac points at the screen, causing NC to act like Issac is point at him)
NC: (panicked) No, Isaac, I believe you! I would never doubt your whiny wisdom! (sees he is pointing at a group of children, causing him to relax) Oh, he's pointing at them, but that's how intimidating he is!
NC (vo): The one thing I never quite got though is, How did Isaac convince all these kids to kill the adults? I mean, he has the authority now, but how did he get it from them before? Were kids just watching TV, and like...?
(Cut to a cowboy on TV, played by Malcolm Ray)
Cumpy the Cowboy: Yee-haw! Cumpy the Cowboy will be back after a message from our favorite sponsor, Isaac. (the words "We'll be right back", materialize on the screen).
(TV Static and then Isaac's top half appears on the screen with the words "Kill the adults now!")
NC (vo as Isaac): The blood of the old shall spill! Rise, my children! Kill now, kill now!
(TV Static, and back to Cumpy, who looks confused)
Cumpy the Cowboy: Um, don't listen to him this week, kids. Uh, he's a very naughty boy.
(Multiple hands holding guns rise and shoot Cumpy dead)
Cumpy the Cowboy (offscreen): I knew we shouldn't have been payed in maize.
NC (vo): Peter and Vicky show up into town as we partake in a thrilling amount of looking, looking, and even more looking. Yeah, I'm beginning to see why this was originally a "short story". They come across some kids, but they disappear pretty fast (UTINI!), so we go back to more looking. The film becomes so bored with The Walking Dull that this actually counts as a scare.
(Burt runs into Vicky as a CHUUM! sound effect plays)
NC (vo as Burt) Honey please, turn your CHUUM! off.
NC (vo): They do, however, come across Sarah.
Vicky: Are your mommy and daddy around?
Sarah: They're in the cornfield.
Vicky: Oh. What are they doing there?
NC (as Sarah): Fertilizing. Mostly.
NC (vo): They try to get more answers out of her, but she just seems too shy to respond. So Peter decides to leave his wife and the little girl behind because, seriously, what's the worse that can happen in this child throat-slitting town?
Burt: Things just aren't happening fast enough.
NC (as Vicky): I'm sure we can move past all this tedious looking with even more looking.
Burt: I'm going to go look at the town hall.
(Shows Burt walking to Gaitlin School)
NC (vo as Burt): Yep, this looks like the town hall.
NC (vo): He sees corn is placed everywhere because...remember, corn's scary now.
NC: Ooohhh... (a picture of corn appears in a puff of smoke)
NC (vo): ...and notices some strange rendition of their religious pictures. Must be part of their "Jesus goes to Willy Wonka's factory" set.
NC (vo): But Vicky gets in trouble when she becomes surrounded by Isaac's second-in-command, Malachai.
Vicky: Who are you?
NC (vo, as Malachai): Have you heard the good news about the corn?
Malachai: Seize her!
NC (vo): We then see this movie's brilliant idea of foreshadowing as he looks at a picture of a dragon burning a woman while Vicky is being attacked.
NC: D-does that really add anything?
NC (vo): I think it is pretty obvious she's in danger by the sharp objects being thrown at her; not an Eragon colouring book.
NC: It's like me confirming something I already know.
(NC gets knocked out of his chair by a piece of corn. He sees a white piece of paper that says "Ow" on it)
NC: So it did hurt!
(dramatic music plays as the camera zooms in on NC's face)
Child: Get out of there!
(Vicky is holding the doorknob and an axe bursts through the door.
NC: Heeere's Corny!
(The children come into the room, and Vicky throws a lamp at them. She misses and it hits the wall.)
NC (as Vicky): Oh wow, I really need James Cameron to write for me.
NC: They take her away, as we see the kid's drawing predicted what was going to happen like she predicted everything else that was going to happen.
NC: Why, this looks like a job for Stephen King's favourite trope: (dramatic voice) Unexplained Psychic Child!
(A picture of Super girl with Sarah's head super imposed on it appears)
NC: So, you're psychic, huh? Where did that come from?
UPC: I don't know.
NC: How did you get it?
UPC: I don't know.
NC: What will you do with it in the future?
UPC: I don't know.
UPC: If I took it out of the story, would we miss it that much?
UPC: Probably not.
NC: (dramatically) Off you go, Unexplained Psychic Child! (she flies off) The less we know about you, the lazier!
NC (vo): They turn Peter's vehicle into a corn on the car, not allowing him to follow Vicky to Isaac.
NC (as Vicky): The fact that you want to kill me is fine, but doing it by placing me in a corn-shaped cross is just revolting!
NC (vo): But there are burnt kernels among the corn.
Isaac: You know not the laws.
Malachai: He's a God of blood and sacrifice, not ceremonies.
Isaac: Down on your knees, heretic!
Malachai: You shut your mouth, Isaac! You've grown prideful, and apart from us!
NC (as Malachai): I will not indulge your quarter-life crisis!
Isaac: Seize him! Punish him! Cut him down, I command you! I am the word and the giver of his laws!
NC (as Isaac): I am the snapper at bitches! (snaps his fingers)
Isaac: Do it now, or your punishment shall be a thousand times, a thousand deaths; each more horrible than the last!
Malachai: They're tired of your talk, Isaac.
NC: I refuse to believe that! Nobody can ever get tired of Isaac! He who is tired with Isaac, is tired with life!
(Isaac is being dragged by the boys)
Isaac: No! Dare not to blaspheme! He will punish you! The jaws of Hell will devour you! All of you! No! (Isaac screams)
NC: (laughs) Can we just make an Isaac doll? No, you don't have to! I already made a prototype! (pulls out a doll with a painted face of Isaac, and pulls the string)
Isaac Doll: I am the word and the giver of His laws! Take you his life and spill his blood!
NC: Look for it in your produce section.
(The show's title screen appears to lead us into commercial)
(After commercial, we come to another ad. Malcolm pops up playing the character Maniac Zack)
Maniac Zack: Attention! Your parents are like...
(Cut to a dad, played by Jim Jarosz)
Dad: You need a balanced breakfast! How about some nice brussel sprouts?
Maniac Zack: News flash! Welcome to the 90's, Dad, where kids rule and we eat what we want, like Sugar Frosted Children of the Corn Flakes. (cut to a Corn Flakes box which has Isaac's face and says "Hellog's Sugar Frosted Children of the Corn Flakes", and then cut to a bowl of cereal) Full of extreme radicalness to the max!
Dad: (Looks annoyed) Oh! That's most unorthodox!
Maniac Zack: That's because parents just don't understand.
(cut to Doug as Isaac)
Isaac: That's why you must rise up against them and spill their blood for our harvest.
Maniac Zack: It has the awesome taste that no grown-up can see!
Isaac: So take you his life, follow these anti-authorative ads to your salvation!
Maniac Zack: While munching on that sweet frosting taste! There's even games on the back like "Finding Your Way Through the Corn Maze". Hey, uh, I can't find my way out.
Isaac: Because there is no way out. Those who look behind the rows shall perish!
Maniac Zack: Whoa, dude, let not the flesh pollute the corn.
Isaac: Indeed, Maniac Zack. Cast them instead upon your bowl, where high fructose corn syrup awaits them!
Maniac Zack: To the extreme!
Issac: Do it now or your punishment shall be a thousand times a thousand deaths, each one more horrible than the last!
Announcer: Sugar Frosted Childen of the Cornflakes cereal is part of this complete breakfast.
Issac: I'm the word and the giver of His laws!
Maniac Zack: Rad!
(Back to the review)
NC (vo): So while Peter looks for Vicky, he comes across what I think was Tom Cruise's initiation into Scientology.
Burt: Stop it. Stop that!
Rachel: Hold the outlander!
(Burt easily gets away from the children)
NC: (vo as child) Huh? Well, that stopped us.
Rachel: Your presence does profane this holy place. He will reckon with you.
NC: God, I think we stumbled across the Church of Kim Davis.
Burt: So, what do you mean, "as it is written"? What, in this? Are you rewriting the whole thing or just the parts that suit your needs?
NC (vo): Yep, definitely the Church of Kim Davis.
NC (vo): But Malachai comes to chase him with his army of goonies
(Shows the kids chasing Burt, and then shows one of them screaming like crazy)
NC: Wow, that kid really wanted to make the most of his one scene.
(Shows the scene again)
NC (as child): I will throw everything into this garble of vowels!
(The children corner Burt)
NC (as the children): (singing) The corn is going to rumble tonight!
(The children turn over to him, and Burt pushes one aside before running)
Malachai: Get him!
NC (vo): (snickers) Why is light pushing the only thing that can defeat them?
NC: It's the Abracadaniel way of defending yourself! (Shows a clip of Abracadaniel doing his "Turn and Push.")
(Burt hides in an old house as Malachai looks through the window)
(Burt ducks down)
NC (vo): Malachai smells his Mark Hamill hair, but luckily, Job is there to sneak him out and lead him to where Vicky is being held. That, and things aren't looking so good for Isaac either.
(Isaac has been placed on a straw shaped cross as well)
Isacc: (Whining) I did as you commanded! I was good!
NC: (snickers) Why does the sacrifice include turning yourself into Eric Cartman?
(As Isaac speaks, a little box in the corner shows clips of Cartman from South Park)
Isaac: Noooo!/I did as you commanded!/I did everything you wanted!
(Yellow energy starts to engulf Isaac)
NC (vo): So, Isaac is consumed by... um... Liquid Schwartz... (Isaac has been completely engulfed and the energy has turned a reddish black, and energy crackles) ...which, apparently, Jiffy Pops him into Hell.
(The energy explodes, launching the straw cross into the air as the Goofy Holler is heard)
NC (vo): But Peter arrives in time to save Vicky with probably the fakest fist fight you'll see in a while.
(Burt knocks Malachai to the ground and starts hitting him)
NC: Hey, look out, you almost hit him on that one!
(The scene continues as NC laughs)
NC (vo): Come on, any less real, and WWE will be knocking on your door.
Burt: Any religion without love and compassion is false!
NC (vo): Peter gives a big speech about how their demonic religion is bogus, only to discover that, actually, it was pretty much all true.
Demonic Voice: Malachai!
NC (as demonic voice): The brotherhood of the roaring belches wants you!
(Isaac walks up, disheveled)
Isaac (in demonic voice): He wants you, too, Malachai.
NC (vo as Burt): Man, I was way off. Well, hail Satan, everybody. Gotta go.
(A red cloud forms over the cornfield)
NC (vo): So, as the demon...devil...non-explainy thing, goes after everybody, our heroes get the idea to burn down the field, after someone tried to do before, inspired by a Bible passage.
(Burt is attacked by corn stalks)
NC (vo): (sighs) Surprisingly, corn is still not scary, guys. This looks more like torture porn for Old McDonald's.
NC (vo): Job saves him as Peter is, surprisingly, a bit of a dick about it.
Burt: What are you doing here? Get back to the barn! Hurry up! Go on, move!
Job: (angrily) Excuse me!
NC (vo as Job): See if I save you next time a vegetable goes "Evil Dead" on your ass!
(The ground rumbles and moves like something is under it)
NC (vo): So he stops the evil entity from taking a left turn at Albuquerque and lights up the field, destroying the monster.
NC: Hmm, now, let's see. Stephen King's disappointing climaxes have included a giant spider, (IT) alien death rays, (Tommyknockers) self-aware trucks, (Maximum Override) and chomping bigfoot testicles. (The Langoliers) How can they possibly get lamer than that?
(An odd-looking face can be seen briefly in the explosion)
NC: With Casper the Friendly Explosion!
NC (vo): I am not even kidding. That is what you were supposed to be afraid of the entire time! That...is a whole new level of "not giving a fuck"! I guess it's supposed to be open to interpretation about what it exactly is, but... the only thing I'm interpreting is what it looks like more: Jabba the Hutt's exploding fetus, a pumpkin ice cream achieving orgasm, or The Annoying Orange if he was Crying Cauliflower!
NC: Flash the sign, guys, (THIS IS A SCARY MOVIE) this is a scene that really fucking needs it. Wow!
NC (vo) So, after our anti-religious heroes find out not only demons are real, but the Bible saved the day, they walk back with the reassured confidence that evil, spiritual entities can just be blown up with a few tanks of gas.
(Burt and Vicky kiss as Job and Sarah start laughing)
Vicky: So, what are we gonna do with these two little munchkins, huh?
NC (vo): Oh, look at those cute giggling kids. It's almost like they didn't witness any of the extreme horrors that would freak any little child out!
NC (vo as Job): We didn't even cry when our parents were slaughtered, we're kind of as soulless as the corn you're walking though.
NC (vo): This movie, however, has one scare up their sleeves.
Rachel: You must die!
(Vicky knocks Rachel out with the car door)
NC (vo): Buuut, obviously, they didn't bring it out because that was a ridiculous lame-ass joke. It's actually so lame that the movie just kind of gives up on it. Yeah, that's really how it ends. No music, no scary build-up. It's like even they knew how stupid this was, and just wanted out as quickly as possible.
(Shows the last two scenes again)
NC (vo as director): Eh, fuck it. We're done, folks! We didn't want to put that ending in, but the studio made us. Boo, I guess.
NC: And that was the awkwardly ending, awkwardly beginning, awkwardly Stephen King!
(Footage from the movie is shown as we go to the final thought)
NC (vo): The movie doesn’t really bring much new to the "scary kid" idea, and what it does bring is either too slow-moving or doesn’t make any sense. The only scares it focuses on is that of violence, which is a shame, because you can really do a lot with scary kids in movies, as other films have shown, both visually and psychologically. But, nope. These kids just stab stuff and quote scripture. That’s it. If you don’t find that especially creepy, then you’re not gonna find this especially creepy.
NC: But, to be fair, the best thing about the film is just how fucking hard the kids are trying.
NC (vo): These actors are throwing their fucking all into this movie, even in the tiniest scenes. Yeah, sure, a lot of it’s over-the-top, but they’re just so much fun to watch. And their dedication to this insanity is pretty much what makes the movie, especially Isaac, who, in my opinion, can do no wrong.
NC: In fact, I think we should rise up against the flesh of the old and give our undying allegiance to Isaac... (suddenly stops) Wait a minute. Who wrote that?
(Cut to Isaac, played by Doug, showing the edited transcript to NC)
(Isaac hides the pad behind his back)
NC: Goddamnit, Isaac. How did you get anyone to follow you?!
Isaac: (speaking very fast) You don't understand. I have incredible persuasive powers! I can even intimidate you with the power of the CORN! (points at the camera, and various images of the corn are shown rapidly with dramatic music in the background) Yes, corn. Mmm-hmm. (eye twitches) Very tasty.
NC: (deadpan) That's still not scary.
Isaac: Not even the burnt ones?
Isaac: (sighs) What am I going to do? My whole routine is fear with brute violence and no psychological effort! How is that going to get me popularity today?!
(NC thinks for a moment. Then it cuts to...a commercial. Rock music plays throughout)
Announcer (Malcolm Ray): It's Isaac's Extreme Haunted House! See what everyone is calling the scariest attraction this year.
(Malcolm comes by the door and gives the money to NC)
NC: In you go.
(Malcolm enters and sees Isaac and Malachai (played by Jim Jarosz) inside)
(And Malachai starts beating the crap out of Malcolm with a bat)
Announcer: No playing to your inner fears here. We just beat the living shit out of you! Most extreme houses let you walk out with cuts and bruises. Here, we literally beat you to death! Just listen to the final words of these satisfied customers.
(Cut to Malcolm lying on the floor and speaking casually)
Malcolm: You know, I thought real scares were psychological, with brilliant illusions and creative imagery. But now, I can see it. It can just be a guy in a costume, beating the snot out of you.
(Malcolm screams, and before Malachai could hit him, we return to NC)
NC: We've got lines around the block! I guess people are more forgiving to lazy scares, as long as you just beat the shit out of somebody.
(NC walks away from the door)
NC: And that's about it for Nostalgia-Ween! I only have a Top 11 list to do, and after that, we'll be in November. So, thank you so much for watching, and... (Audience boos) Oh. I see. You don't like the fact there's only two Halloween reviews this year, huh? (The booing continues) Okay. All right. You want me to pull a Simpsons Halloween Special and go one week into November with another Halloween review? (Audience cheers) Okay, fine. But I'm only doing it to keep you happy! Until then, I'm the Nostalgia Critic, and...
(NC hears the beating sounds and Malcolm's shouting. He hides the money he's holding in his jacket)
NC: The world loves to pay an asshole.
(He runs back to the "Haunted House". The credits roll)
(The quick clip of kid running after Burt and screaming like crazy is shown again)
Channel Awesome Tagline: Malachai: Outlander!
- The Critic's phrase "pull a Simpsons Halloween Special" refers to the fact that, from 2000 to 2008 and 2010, the Simpsons Halloween episodes had a tendency to premiere after Halloween due to FOX getting the rights to the World Series games. Ironically, since 2011, The Simpsons Halloween episodes have gone back to actually premiering in time for Halloween.