Kandyse McClure didn't get to snag an eyeball as a keepsake from her time on the set of Syfy's upcoming movie Children of the Corn. But don't pity the former Battlestar Galactica actress, as she's the lead in the remake of the Stephen King horror tale that inspired the 1984 feature film and a flood of sequels. (Spoilers ahead!)
"No, I didn't get to keep anything!" McClure (Dualla in Battlestar) said during an exclusive phone interview last week. "Actually, I got to keep one of my little yellow dresses, which I'd picked out, by the way. But they fitted me onto the crucifix. They welded me into it and stuck me on a harness, and I'm hanging on this metal crucifix, covered in fake blood and prosthetics. I couldn't really see too much. They had these eyepieces with cornstalks in them."
McClure laughed and added, "I was also originally supposed to have cornstalks in my mouth, but that idea was vetoed. It's always a bit of work when you have to deal with this kind of stunt situation. It was getting in and out of a harness, on and off the crucifix, resetting the blood, and I'd never done anything like that before. It was also, in a very strange way, a lot of fun."
Set to air on Saturday, Sept. 26, Children of the Corn stars McClure and fellow genre favorite David Anders (Heroes) as Vicky and Burt Stanton, a couple on the verge of divorce who have the misfortune of driving into Gatlin, Neb. Gatlin is a town without adults where religious-fanatic children are in control, led by the pint-sized Isaac (Preston Bailey). And they don't exactly welcome the Stantons with open arms.
McClure, during the recent conversation, offered a few reasons why viewers should check out her fresh Corn:
Director Donald P. Borchers, who actually produced the original feature, aimed for the new version to reflect the source material: "He wanted to steer closer to Stephen King's short story, as opposed to remaking the original movie or just doing something with more or newer effects. He wanted it to be more about the tense relationship between these two people, this eerie town of Gatlin and these really strange children. The kid who played Isaac, Preston, is just so adorable and the sweetest little kid you've ever met in your life. For him to be the ring leader, there's something quite terrifying in the casting of little Mr. Bailey."
The icy, deteriorating Vicky-Burt relationship is a daring one for a horror film: "I imagined them to be the king and queen of the prom, that she had this idea for her life, that she was marrying her high-school sweetheart and they're going to have this beautiful life together. And that dream has been absolutely dashed. Burt decides to take an extra tour of duty in Vietnam instead of coming home to her, and that swells up such bitterness and resentment in her. Also, I thought the fact that there was an interracial couple in this time [1970s] period was pretty fascinating.
Adults die, kids perish, there's sex and gore, too, but—oh, the humanity—it's heartbreaking to look on as the Stanton's beautiful old Thunderbird is smashed to bits and then blown up. "Right up until the very end, I was like, 'Can't you get some crappy stunt car and spray-paint it the same color? You're not actually going to destroy this car?' It was in such great condition. Everything in it worked, all the little automatic buttons and levers and the radio. It was super-fun to drive. You kind of felt like you were in an airplane. And all the features, you just knew they were top of the line, state of the art, absolutely ultra-cool. I couldn't believe they destroyed that Thunderbird. A really good explosion, though."