aka: 666: Isaac’s Return, Children of the Corn 666
Director: Kari Skogland
Starring: Natalie Ramsey, Gary Bullock, Alix Koromzay, Stacy Keach, John Franklin
The latest and most horrifying chapter…
Hannah was the first child born out of the original Gatlin cult of children that slaughtered off all the adults in the small city. Hannah is now an adult and is going back to the city of Gatlin to explore her roots and hopefully find her birth mother.
Shortly after arriving in Gatlin, she finds out that the preacher kid that was behind the original massacre, Isaac, never died and has been in a coma ever since the events that took place nearly twenty years ago. Her return awakens Isaac and she finds herself being a part of a potential prophecy that sees He Who Walks Behind The Row rise and gain the power it desperately craves.
This is the sixth entry to the never ending Children of the Corn saga and the selling point this time around is that this marks the return of the actor who portrayed Isaac in the first one, John Franklin. Why that would be cool enough to make fans want to watch this is beyond me and the character aren’t used very well in this film either.
The plot of this one is hard to follow, or rather hard to pay attention to. It’s just very weak and dull, a poor way to make a new story that does fit within the Children of the Corn universe and still try to add something new to it. The film suffers from some very poor characters that are just as interesting as the annoying kids from the fifth film.
Natalie Ramsey plays our main lead Hannah and while she is a cute girl, the character is so typical 90’s horror final girl and has very little to make her stand out from the rest of the bunch. Paul Popowich plays Gabriel, a sort of protegé of Isaac that ends up becoming quite powerful at the end. He gets supernatural powers and all of that, but from a viewer’s perspective he just comes off as a power hungry douchebag who is more annoying than intimidating.
Interestingly enough, Stacy Keach and Nancy Allen are both in this film and sadly underused. Here are two experienced and talented actors and they couldn’t find a better use for either of them, that’s just sad and shows a lack of good judgement. I remember being thrilled when reading on the VHS cover that this was directed by a Kari Skogland when I was younger and this was first released, thinking that Kari might just be a Norwegian and that was unheard of for my brain back in those days. According to IMDB she is Canadian however, but surely there is some Scandinavian roots there. She does create some decent dark visual scenes here, but even a Norwegian sounding name can’t hide the fact that the film is very poor.
Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return is a crappy entry to the saga. It all feels so lackluster by this point and you can’t really blame the filmmakers anymore for producing poor films when you are still checking them out even if they haven’t been good for quite some time by this point. For hardcore Children of the Corn fans only, and why in the world would you want to be one?