Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  29 January 1993 (USA)
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A journalist and his son travel to Nebraska to investigate the mysterious town of Gaitlin where, unbeknownst to them, a murderous cult of children are waiting in the corn fields.


(as David F. Price)


(short story "Children of the Corn"), (as A.L. Katz) , 1 more credit »
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Mary Simpson (as Kelly Bennett)
Wayde McKenzie (as Rob Treveiler)
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Belated sequel to the '84 film. 8 years after the first, authorities discover the mutilated bodies of adults in the secluded town of Gatlin, Nebraska and children hiding in the corn. Enter John Garrett (Terence Knox) and son Danny (Paul Scherrer) who head for Gatlin on a story and get caught up in this mess when an orphan named Micah (Ryan Bollman) is possessed by He Who Walks Behind The Rows. Written by Eric Creed

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29 January 1993 (USA)  »

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Children of the Corn II  »

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$900,000 (estimated)


$6,980,986 (USA)

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Christie Clark previously appeared in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985). Both films are the first sequels to horror films released in 1984. See more »


The first time we see John Garrett's car it seems clean and bright, a few minutes later when they are stopped near the town the car is dirty with mud and at the next shot when the car enters in the town the car appears clean and bright again. See more »


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David Simpson: God... the smell!
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Followed by Children of the Corn: Genesis (2011) See more »

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Terrible and futile
28 December 2005 | by (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England) – See all my reviews

I loved the first film. It's a cult classic. But like me, if anyone else loved the original film, it may take you a while to realise how absolutely dreadful this pointless sequel is. It has a nonsensical plot, no characters, dreadful acting, dreadful music, dreadful script, no scary moments. It is an abomination.

The film involves the town of Gatlin being discovered, the children rescued and fostered by the adults of neighbouring town Hemingford. Then somehow, He Who Walks Behind The Rows possesses Micah – this sequel's terminally constipated-looking excuse for Isaac – and the children begin their cult again.

COTC II is just plain offensive. The plot shares less in common with Stephen King than it does with a particularly violent episode of Home and Away. Lead actor Terence Knox doesn't seem to be concentrating on his acting skills, and seems to be directing every ounce of his attention to not moving a single facial muscle in his skull. Paul Scherrer on the other hand simply looks like he's on a special day out.

Where the first film brilliantly explores the isolation of the victims from the rest of the world, its first sequel offers nothing more than a clueless slasher movie, with the soap opera moments hastily strung together by too-stupid-to-be-funny death sequences involving ridiculous characters that deserve everything they get.

One can easily understand why Stephen King does everything in his power nowadays to disassociate himself with the Children of the Corn franchise. If this first offering is anything to go by, God only knows the stream of grime that followed in the other five sequels.

You can actually simulate watching this film at no expense by sitting in front of a blank TV screen and repeatedly poking a finger in each eye for an hour and a half.

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