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Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice
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by Jack Sommersby

"Neither-Here-Nor-There Sequel"
2 stars

The last of the series to get a theatrical run, it's not a chore to sit through but not anything worth shelling out even a few bucks for a home-video rental.

While not as entertaining and creepy as the original, Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice is watchable enough most of the time even if it's not particularly successful. Based on a fine short story by Stephen King, the original had a middle section that sagged and a hokey conclusion laden with subpar special effects, but on an undemanding level it delivered the goods well enough. This sequel takes place the day after, as the national press descends upon the small Nebraska town of Gatlin after the discovery of hundreds of adults slaughtered by the religiously brainwashed children; the leader of the cult, Isaac, was destroyed at the end, but his violent second-in-command Mordechai has survived (even though the character was also killed in the original, and is played by a different actor this time around) and succeeds in enlisting the remaining children to carry out a rein of terror against all adults who are viewed as "corrupted." They're still worshipping the evil entity He Who Walks Behind the Rows, which can take control of the corn fields to bloodily sacrifice all who're given to it and slay all adult intruders. The hero is one John Garrett (Terence Knox, in a solid performance), an ex-Newsweek reporter now working for a tabloid who arrives with his estranged sixteen-year-old son Danny (an alert Paul Scherrer); they're not on the best of terms, and the rebellious Danny finds himself susceptible to the mysterious Micah (a focused Ryan Bollman) who, I think, becomes possessed by Isaac's beyond-the-grave spirit. And there's an obligatory love interest in the person of the beautiful Lacey (luminous Christie Clark) from a nearby town who's enamored of Danny's big-city experiences. Director David Price displays a fair amount of visual invention (particularly in the Wolfen-inspired point-of-view shots from the entity's perspective) and paces the proceedings adroitly (you won't be bored), but the movie is lacking in both atmosphere and compression -- eeriness and suspense are in very short supply, and you can't help being reminded of how much better the original's director, Fritz Kiersch, displayed a much better feel for the material at hand. A couple of the murders are inventively conceived (a cranky elderly lady crushed under the weight of her elevated home; another elderly lady in a wheelchair steered into the street, struck by a semi, and hurled through a Bingo-parlor storefront), but they're not executed with the phantasmagorical aplomb that would give them the giddy release we hope for. (Price lacks the necessary macabre wit.) And the grand finale that should be engineered for maximum suspense is instead brought off with more of a whimper than a bang. So despite some assuredness and respectable acting, the movie never really manages to crank itself out of second gear.

Stick with the original, especially with the outstanding special-edition DVD from the good folks at Anchor Bay Entertainment.

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12/07/13 Pearl Bogdan Not a great movie but better then COTC 5 2 stars
12/11/12 Jamie Poor. 1 stars
6/07/07 cody a decent sequel to the first one, rent this movie for bloody good time. 3 stars
4/11/06 Sugarfoot Whoever uttered the words, Let's make a sequel to Children Of The Corn,should be sacrificed 1 stars
11/04/04 Josh Standlee The wheelchair scene was lame, the comic relief was lame, but it wasn't all that bad. 3 stars
11/23/03 K Terrence Knox "From a soldier (Tour of Duty) to a reporter vs. the children. 5 stars
11/02/03 American Slasher Goddess Has plot continuity holes pertaining to the original, but it's not too bad. 3 stars
8/02/03 Double G better than 2nd 5 stars
5/11/03 Charles Tatum "Final" my corn cob pipe 2 stars
3/06/03 Johnny Biggs Bets of the series, by far, a damn good horoor movie... you must see the "NOSEBLEED" scene 5 stars
1/20/02 Andrew Carden Refreshingly Scary Piece Of Swiss Cheese. 5 stars
6/08/01 Serial_Monk_the_Jawbreaker A step-up from the first. A lot more exciting and great deaths (especially the wheelchair). 4 stars
11/09/00 saintcat Cheesy horror movie, for those who love cheese. 5 stars
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  29-Jan-1993 (R)
  DVD: 12-Apr-2011

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Directed by
  David Price

Written by
  Gilbert Adler
  A.L. Katz

  Terence Knox
  Paul Scherrer
  Ryan Bollman
  Christie Clark
  Rosalind Allen

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