CHILDREN OF CORN II: THE FINAL SACRIFICE (Stephen King)
Director: David Price
Cast: Terence Knox, Paul Scherrer, Ryan Bollman, Ned Romero, Christie Clark, Rosalind Allen, Ed Grady, Wallace Merck, John Bennes, Joe Inscoe, Kellie Bennett, Ted Travelstead, Sean Bridgers, Marty Terry, Robert C. Treveiler
Runtime: 90 mns.
Audio: English and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
System: PAL, 4:3
As unlikely as it seemed that 1984's abysmal Children of the Corn (very loosely based on a Stephen King tale) would generate any interest in a sequel, this belated follow-up is nevertheless a slight improvement on its predecessor, with higher production values and a slightly more coherent (if fatally flawed) script. The once-homicidal youths of Gatlin, Nebraska are back, transported to a nearby town to be re-integrated into society (they have no recollection of the massacre from the previous film). In no time at all they succumb once again to the devilish influence of a young leader (Ryan Bollman), who organizes them to take murderous action against suspicious adults; those who stumble too close to their secret become blood sacrifices to "He Who Walks Behind The Rows." The scenario of the first film is recreated here — albeit with slight variations and more imaginative death scenes — with little explanation given regarding the true source of the kids' demonic power. A clever subplot suggests that a strain of corn-smut toxin may be responsible for their homicidal mania, but little is done with it. Followed by even more sequels.