Nebraska doesn't have a lot of horror-based pop culture to its name, but the Good Life does pop up in a handful of scary movies and books. We even have our very own demon of the corn.
1. Hemingford Home, Nebraska
None other than the master of horror himself, Stephen King, has used Nebraska as a setting. Based on the real Nebraska town of Hemingford, King's Hemingford Home is where saintly, old Mother Abigail lives in “The Stand.” In a 2010 interview with USA Today, King said he “wanted to put Mother Abigail in the American heartland. That's Nebraska.” King would return to Hemingford Home in his short story “1922,” featured in the collection “Full Dark, No Stars.”
2. “Children of the Corn”
Stephen King again. King invented another fictional Nebraska town, Gatlin, for his 1977 story about a demon, “He Who Walks Behind the Rows,” who pushes children to murder in the name of a good corn harvest. The 1984 film adaptation spawned seven sequels and a TV movie remake, the settings bouncing around real Nebraska cities, including Hemingford, Grand Island and Omaha.
3. “Night of the Twisters”
No movie monster strikes terror in the heartland like a tornado. This 1996 Family Channel movie, based on a novel and a real-life event, played on those fears. Set in Grand Island, the film follows a nice Nebraska family as they try to survive, um, a night of twisters. Devon Sawa costars.
A Nebraska-set 1973 movie about a group of bikers who offend an Indian reservation and get a curse put on them. Costars Gary Busey, Scott Glenn and Keith Carradine. Later retitled "Charms" for home video.
5. “Zombie Strippers”
And then we reached the bottom of the barrel.
To be fair, this 2008 movie, which takes place in the fictional Nebraska town of Sartre, does go for something new. When a military-made zombie virus infects a strip club called “Rhino,” the girls find that their stripping skills improve. Suddenly, the only way for a stripper to keep her edge is to become a zombie stripper.
We're just going to link to the “Zombie Strippers” trailer. Viewer discretion advised and what not.
-- Micah Mertes