Oh, the roles Big Gay Horror Fan has undertaken – lackey, man servant to the leather crusted nuns of devilishness, tormented vixen of his own id. But – glorious Kandyse McClure, she of the quivering doe eyes, luscious lips and grandly passionate stance, has taken on two iconic roles of the feminine persuasion in a couple of modern remakes – and has still come out swinging.
Granted both these projects 2002’s Carrie and 2009’s Children of the Corn have encountered valleys of passionate opposition, but in the former, McClure’s Sue Snell (originally successful embodied by the glorious Amy Irving) rings with visible compassion and it may have been worth some painful growing pains to see the unique, heart filled Angela Bettis on the weekly, as this 4 hour NBC movie broadcast was rumored to be considered as a series, if successful.
Later, turning from sweet to sour, McClure took on Linda Hamilton’s Vicky with her role in Children of the Corn. Brimming with barely contained malice over a marriage gone wrong, McClure simmers here with fury and rage, looking unimaginably beautiful, and giving this remake a quirky edge.
Granted the primary antagonists lose their bizarre edge, here, without the participation of the irreplaceable John Franklin (Isaac) and Courtney Gains (Malachai). But, director/writer Donald P. Borchers’ decision to make Vicky’s husband, Burton (as raggedly played by Vampire Diaries’ David Anders), a former Viet Nam vet who uses his training to take on the volatile infants and to give ‘He Who Walks Behind the Rows” an ultimate, truly evil presence might work in this version’s favor for some. The ending is definitely bleaker and more in keeping with King’s original story, as well.
Meanwhile, McClure whose credits include a regular gig on Battlestar Galactica, Darren Lynn Bousman’s recent Mothers Day reimagining, Smallville and Return to the Cabin By the Lake continues to shine as a genre goddess.
You can dive into the corn by watching the trailer for The Children of the Corn reimagining here:
Check back each Monday for a throat socking woman of horror!
And until the next time – Sweet love and pink Grue.