ByAllanah Faherty, writer at Creators.co
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In 1984 Linda Hamilton starred in Children of the Corn, a horror film that was probably responsible for many people's irrational fear of corn fields (and children). The film was based on a Stephen King novel, and though it wasn't a massive success it has since spawned eight sequel films, with another due to be released within the next year.

With nine, soon to be 10 films, it's fair to say an enormous amount of actors have starred in the Children of the Corn franchise, and some have even gone on to big things. Take a look at these seven actors who you might be surprised to learn all starred in a Children of the Corn film:

1. Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron in Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest
Charlize Theron in Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest

Long before she kicked ass as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, or won Academy Awards as Aileen Wuornos in Monster, Charlize Theron had a small role in Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest. Theron wasn't credited for her role as one of Eli's followers, but it did mark her first appearance in a feature film!

2. Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts in Children of the Corn: The Gathering
Naomi Watts in Children of the Corn: The Gathering

After moving to the US from Australia and trying to break into Hollywood, Naomi Watts starred as Grace Rhodes in Children of the Corn: The Gathering. Three years after this, she starred in David Lynch's TV movie Mulholland Drive, which was later turned into a feature film of the same name in 2001.

3. Sean Bridgers

Sweet Home Alabama actor Sean Bridgers may have recently played the rather horrific character of Old Nick in Room, but long before that he was Jedediah in Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice.

4. Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes in Children of the Corn 5
Eva Mendes in Children of the Corn 5

In one of her first onscreen appearances, Eva Mendes (then credited as "Eva Mendez"), played Kir in Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror. This fifth installment followed six college students (one of which was played by Mendes) who are stranded in a strange town, only to find — yep, you guessed it — it hid a murderous cult of children.

5. David Carradine

Image: Chiller TV
Image: Chiller TV

Eva Mendes wasn't the only big name to appear in Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror, with the late Kill Bill and Kung Fu star, David Carradine playing Luke Enright. In the film, Carradine's character was a lunatic who thought himself the savior of the children, and in the end it was revealed that he had in fact been dead for years and was the children's true leader.

6. Nicholas Brendon

Nicholas Brendon was in Children of the Corn III
Nicholas Brendon was in Children of the Corn III

A year before be got his break as Xander in the hit series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Nicholas Brendon had a small role in Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest as "basketball player one." The horror film was Brendon's first movie role and second acting credit!

7. Karen Black

Image: Chiller TV
Image: Chiller TV

Late actress Karen Black may be better known for her roles in films such as House of 1000 Corpses, Family Plot and Five Easy Pieces but she also starred in Children of the Corn: The Gathering. Black played June Rhodes, the mother of Naomi Watts's character.

Which of these stars acting in the Children of the Corn franchise surprised you?

Source: Chiller TV

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