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May 15

Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice

childrenofthecorn2Genre: Horror
Year: 1992
Country: USA

aka: Children of the Corn, Children of the Corn: Deadly Harvest

Director: David Price
Starring: Terence Knox, Paul Scherrer, Ryan Bollman, Christie Clark, Rosalind Allen

 

These children are home alone, too. But their parents won’t be coming back.

 

Eight years ago the children of the small town Gatlin grouped together to slaughter off every adult in the city and create their own religious based society that revolves around worshipping their God who they called “He Who Walks Behind the Row”.

The remaining kids are now being adopted into new families in the nearby town Hemingford. It doesn’t take long before the kids once again turn to their religion and starts to take over the new town and it becomes up to the failing reporter John Garret and his son Danny to stop them.

It would take eight years before someone thought it would be a good idea to make a sequel to the Children of the Corn movie. Considering that this was called The Final Sacrifice, I’m doubtful that the filmmakers had any idea what they were unleashing by doing this. As of writing this, the series has managed to live on and the latest entry so far is the truly awful Children of the Corn: Genesis, the ninth in the series, which was released in 2011.

The Final Sacrifice is not a bad movie and one of the better entries to the series. The story builds further on the original and the new leading characters are interesting enough and fit the premise very well. It is not a great film by any means though. There is some subplot with some toxin coming from spoiled coin that are supposed to be responsible for the behavior of the children, but that one doesn’t really go anywhere. The love story between Danny and the local girl Lacey is sweet, but also doesn’t go anywhere. And the same can be said about the broken relationship between Danny and John, there’s just too much small stuff that are presented but never developed right.

The new creepy kids are led by Micah, played by Ryan Bollman. He is not able to replicate the creepiness of Isaac and Malachai from the first one, but he does look intense enough to make a good horror villain. The kill scenes are fun and brings some more supernatural element to the film. I guess that doesn’t really work with the subplot of the spoiled corn, but to be able to enjoy this you have to overlook stuff like that.

I didn’t care much for the ending of the first one and this one doesn’t have a good ending either. It feels a little repetitive from the first one actually. The music by David Licht is not too bad and works just fine for the film and the direction by David Price is ok, it’s at least a lot better and a step up from his first film Son of Darkness: To Die For 2.

While Children of the Corn 2: The Final Sacrifice doesn’t have a very coherent storyline, it does deliver enough entertainment to make the fans of the first one check it out. Luckily for me, I think the first one is good and found enough to like in this film to give it a good rating.

 

 ★★★☆☆ 

 

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