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

Synopsis: A freelance reporter arrives in Hemingford, Nebraska with his son in an effort to find out the truth behind the mass murders in neighboring Gatlin. He, along with the rest of the adults, find their lives in danger from the recently-adopted Gatlin children.

Who's in it? The movie stars Terence Knox, Ryan Bollman, Christie Clark, Paul Scherrer and Rosalind Allen.

Review: I came across this film on one of our movie channels a couple nights ago and, realizing I had never seen any of the Children of the Corn sequels, decided to watch it.

Even though I love the first film, I have had enough experience with sequels to have some doubts about this movie. As it turns out, after seeing it, those doubts were unfortunately justified.

I had two major problems with this film. The first was the lackluster leadership of the murderous children. Their original leader, Isaac (John Franklin) was awesome because he was both charismatic and, at times, very creepy. The best this movie was able to manage was kids who spent a good chunk of the time shouting and just weren't that interesting.

I also thought the film tried to do too much. The focus should have been solely on the Gatlin survivors and their obsession with whatever it is they were worshiping behind the corn rows. Instead, the filmmakers decided to water down the story with a much more complicated secondary plot involving a conspiracy to sell toxic-mold-covered corn. That story (which really had nothing to do with the main one) was just a waste of film time that could have been better used.

Final Opinion: I had lowered expectations when watching this sequel but, even with those lowered expectations, this movie still ended up being a disappointment. After seeing it, I'm probably not going to make an effort to see any of the later films from this franchise.

My Grade: D


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