Movie Reviews 172 – Children of the Corn 2: The Final Sacrifice (1992)

Children of the Corn IIChildren of the Corn 2 starts eight years after the events in the first movie where the kids went on murderous spree of ‘parentocide’ and took over the town of Gatlin. The opening scene is a team of emergency responders and cops going into a basement and finding half the town’s adults in varying degrees of decay.  Apparently that couple that escaped the dreaded ‘Corn’ children at the end of the first movie were more responsible than we were led to believe. It seems that they did stop and report to the authorities that all the adults were killed by the kids after all, despite leaving town with smiles on their faces and with nothing but joy in their hearts.

The authorities round up all the kids and put them into a school bus to be processed. But right then and there they state that they are content to just let the kids stay in foster homes, both in town and surrounding areas, despite some of the neighboring adults decrying the kids murderous intentions and fears they will strike again. Sure, they’re only kids right?

This second movie again opts for a pair of out-of-towners rolling in and being setup as the next unsuspecting victims of  those devilish kids. This time instead of a happy young couple it’s a young man, Danny (Paul Scherrer) reluctantly reunited with his dad John (Terence Knox) who happens to be reporter reduced to writing thrash for a tabloid. He drags Danny into town in the hopes of getting a story about the massacre but they arrive just as the roundup fanfare is all over. They do however decide to stay at the local inn where the owner has taken in Micah (Ryan Bollman), one wayward kids herself.

Danny soon falls for Lacey (Christie Clark), one of the only teens in town who isn’t one of the whacked out devil worshipers and who isn’t wearing 18th century clothing. She actually doesn’t wear all that much at all when not in faded jeans and sneaker, but that was a given, right? The kids, now under the rule of Micah are already back to their rituals in the cornfields once again praying to He Who Walks Behind The Rows again and as fast as you can say “Demonic Deity” the adults in town start dropping like flies. Meanwhile Danny’s dad John has fallen for the MILF innkeeper, so you know the father and son, each with their own new gal in tow, become the prime target for the kids.

Not much to hail for for in this film other than a few quite comical modes of dispatching some of the old folks, the notables being the remote control wheel into traffic and the death by house falling. I don’t mean someone falling off a house, I mean a house falling on someone. Trust me, it’s funny.

The acting can be pretty brutal but it is the lack of any meaningful or endearing characters that really plague this film. The one character for who there was even a shred of credibility was the Native American Indian and Historian academic Frank Redbear (Ned Romero), who is researching ancient stone drawings depicting the history and prophecy of both He Who Walks Behind The Rows and the general disregard for the land.

Despite the “Final Sacrifice” subtitle, I will have to sacrifice and endure many more hours to this series as the end is not in sight. Did I mention I have five more films from of this series sitting on my shelves?


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