After watching the first "Children of the Corn" this past month I decided I would sit all the way through the entire series. That included 8 films and 1 remake and over all I think they were all just your average horror flicks. Some better than others but none were classics. Any way this one is actually the sixth film and the second to feature evil cult leader Isaac. That is the most appealing thing about this, well there is the twist at the end that was kinda cool.
Hannah is traveling to Gatlin to find her mother and learn about her history in this town. Turns out she is a child from the original children that plagued Gatlin. On the way there she picks up a man who starts to preach and warn her about things to come. He then disappears and she crashes into a corn field only to be picked up by a police officer who takes her to the town hospital. In town she learns more and more about the town and its strange people and history. These people include a comatose Isaac, the original leader of the cult and a young man who seems to be befriending her.
Now for any one that has not seen this I will tell you right now that this one does not feature children running around killing adults. In fact it is the adults who are the killers here since they are the kids all grown up. I will admit that when this film first came out I was excited for it, the idea behind is a good one. Unfortunately it ends up being a average film in a average series for the most part. I did like that Isaac was brought back but that along with so much more does not make sense if you have seen the other films. Then again it is a horror film and a COTC flick at that.
Speaking of the returning Isaac the man playing him John Franklin also co wrote the script with Tim Sulka, this is the last thing they have written if I am correct. At least the direction here seemed on point thanks to Kari Skogland who went on to direct much better things including her latest, an episode of "Boardwalk Empire". The other thing I liked here was the little twist at the end, I know some who didn't like it but I kinda did.
In the end I would say that the film deserves some of the hate it gets but there are some good things to find here. In fact it is a COTC flick so people should have expected some of the cheesy stuff to be honest. Was it a mistake to bring Isaac back, when looking at the other films and wanting to make sense, yes. But being a B horror movie I think for the most part it was ok. My question though is this, why didn't they bring back Malachi? Also I would have loved if this film had a commentary from John, Tim, and Kari or John and Tim at least.
In the end I would say that the film deserves some of the hate it gets but there are some good things to find here. In fact it is a COTC flick so people should have expected some of the cheesy stuff to be honest. Was it a mistake to bring Isaac back, when looking at the other films and wanting to make sense, yes. But being a B horror movie I think for the most part it was ok.
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