When you think of movies filmed in Iowa, you probably think of, ‘Field of Dreams’ and ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ but there is another film that many may watch during the Halloween season.
‘Children of the Corn’ was filmed in northwest Iowa, nearly three decades ago.
The film is based on a Stephen King novel and premiered at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City, back on March 9, 1984.
Hornick, Iowa has a population of a little over 200 people and it was transformed into a fictional town called, Gatlin, Nebraska for about a month, over 30 years ago.
The filming of, ‘Children of the Corn,’ took place in other Iowa towns, such as Sioux City, Sergeant Bluffs, Salix and Whiting.
Residents in Hornick, including Chuck and Paula Rose said the filming process was interesting for their town.
“You know the location and you know every road that they went down, said Chuck Rose. “We got to eat with the cast and everything, they had a big tent out there on that farm up north here, you could go in there anytime you wanted to eat something.”
Rose was a firefighter at the time, on call during the big explosion scene, while his wife, Paula actually made Linda Hamilton’s birthday cake during the shooting of the film.
“We just spent a lot with the cast, so it was really a lot of fun,” said Paula Rose. “They were very nice people and it was fun to do that with them “
Just down the road from the Roses’ sits the main house used in the film.
Many of the other landmarks used are no longer standing, but one of the states most iconic landscapes was perfect for, he who walks behind the rows.
The places where certain scenes from the movie shot, still stick out to the residents who live in Hornick.
“You think about it when you see them, it’s just natural I think,” said Rose.
Siouxland communities, especially the town of Hornick, said it was exciting to have a little bit of Hollywood in their town for a bit, but the result was a classic film for many generations to enjoy.
“There’s a lot of people that enjoyed it and I’ve talked to people who’ve seen it two or three times, they watch it all the time.”
Chuck and Paula rose said that just last week they have a couple stop by their house, knock on the door and ask about the film, showing that after three decades, the film is still just as popular as it was back then.