Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1993)

R | 93 mins | Horror | 29 January 1993

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HISTORY

       According to a 26 Oct 1990 HR brief, Trans Atlantic Entertainment’s sequel to Children of the Corn (1984, see entry) was scheduled to begin filming in early 1991 under the working title, Children of the Corn: The Awakening. A 30 Jul 1991 HR production chart confirmed that Corn Cob Productions began principal photography on the re-titled Children of the Corn II on 29 Jul 1991, in North Carolina.
       Trans Atlantic, which HR erroneously referred to as “Trans Atlantic Pictures,” is not credited onscreen, but a 12 May 1992 DV brief suggested that the company acted as an international distributor at the Cannes Film Festival. Although the film, ultimately named Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice, was nationally released 29 Jan 1993, materials in AMPAS library files suggested it first screened at Italy’s Dylan Dog Horror Fest in 1992 as Children of the Corn 2: Deadly Harvest.
       Dimension Films continued the series with the 1995 home video and theatrical release of Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest, followed by five additional direct-to-video installments. In 2009, the SyFy cable network adapted Stephen King's Children of the Corn short story for television, which was not affiliated with the previous Dimension pictures.
      End credits include “Special thanks” to the following: Ford Motor Company; the North Carolina Film Commission; the Town of Liberty, North Carolina; Mayor Jim Parker; Wynne & Guy Troy; Sandra Dixon; Linda Curl; Liberty Police Department; Liberty Fire Department; the town of Ramseur, North Carolina; Mayor June Beane; Ramseur Police Department; Ramseur Main Street Merchant’s ... More Less

       According to a 26 Oct 1990 HR brief, Trans Atlantic Entertainment’s sequel to Children of the Corn (1984, see entry) was scheduled to begin filming in early 1991 under the working title, Children of the Corn: The Awakening. A 30 Jul 1991 HR production chart confirmed that Corn Cob Productions began principal photography on the re-titled Children of the Corn II on 29 Jul 1991, in North Carolina.
       Trans Atlantic, which HR erroneously referred to as “Trans Atlantic Pictures,” is not credited onscreen, but a 12 May 1992 DV brief suggested that the company acted as an international distributor at the Cannes Film Festival. Although the film, ultimately named Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice, was nationally released 29 Jan 1993, materials in AMPAS library files suggested it first screened at Italy’s Dylan Dog Horror Fest in 1992 as Children of the Corn 2: Deadly Harvest.
       Dimension Films continued the series with the 1995 home video and theatrical release of Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest, followed by five additional direct-to-video installments. In 2009, the SyFy cable network adapted Stephen King's Children of the Corn short story for television, which was not affiliated with the previous Dimension pictures.
      End credits include “Special thanks” to the following: Ford Motor Company; the North Carolina Film Commission; the Town of Liberty, North Carolina; Mayor Jim Parker; Wynne & Guy Troy; Sandra Dixon; Linda Curl; Liberty Police Department; Liberty Fire Department; the town of Ramseur, North Carolina; Mayor June Beane; Ramseur Police Department; Ramseur Main Street Merchant’s Association; Staley Fire Department; Randolph County Board of Education; Randolph County Emergency Medical Services; “Sword of Peace” Outdoor Drama; Chris York; Fil York; Vaughn York; Oldham House Moving; Jordan United Methodist Church; Wayne Clark; Marie and Earl Kearns; Clyde Clark; James Kidd; Bruce and Jenny Boulden; Ronnie and Sylvia Kirkman; Dub and Tim McPherson; James Lowe; Thomas Hill; David Meredith; Benjmain Ritter; Slappy Davis; the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 May 1992.
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Hollywood Reporter
26 Oct 1990.
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Hollywood Reporter
30 Jul 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
1 Feb 1993
p. 8, 21.
Los Angeles Times
8 Feb 1993
Section F, pp. 8-9.
New York Times
30 Jan 1993
p. 16.
Variety
8 Feb 1993
p. 74.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Fifth Avenue Entertainment Presents
A Stone Stanley Production
A David F. Price Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
Los Angeles prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Cam dept intern
Cam dept intern
Gaffer
Best boy elec
4th elec
Elec intern
Best boy grip
Dolly grip/Crane op
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Art dept intern
Storyboard artist
FILM EDITORS
Ed supv
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dresser
Set dresser
Prop master
Asst props
Scenic painter
Asst carpenter
Leadman
Asst leadman
COSTUMES
Cost des
Assoc cost des
Set cost
Ward intern
MUSIC
Mus coord
Orch conductor
Synthesizer programming and sampling
Scoring mixer
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Digital sd eff ed
Digital dial ed
Asst dial ed
ADR ed
Foley mixer
Foley artist
Foley artist
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec asst
Stereo consultant
Dir of sd services
Digital sd & re-rec by
VISUAL EFFECTS
Mechanical spec eff coord
Mechanical spec eff crew
Mechanical spec eff intern
Mechanical spec eff intern
Mechanical spec eff intern
Spec visual eff
Visual eff prod
Visual eff prod
Visual eff supv
Visual eff anim
Visual eff anim
Visual eff anim
Visual eff cam
Visual eff cam
Main title des
Title des
Title des
MAKEUP
Makeup spec eff coord
Makeup spec eff by
Makeup spec eff supv
Makeup spec eff tech
Makeup spec eff crew
Makeup spec eff crew
Makeup spec eff intern
Key makeup
Asst makeup
Key hair
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst to the prods
Asst to the dir
Prod office intern
Prod office intern
Loc mgr
Loc intern
Animal wrangler
Animal wrangler
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Set intern
Librarian
Post prod asst
North Carolina casting
Loc casting
Casting intern
Accounting mgr
Accounting asst
Craft service intern
Craft service intern
Transportation coord
Driver capt
Driver
Travel arrangements
Transfers
Electronic negative conforming
Electronic negative conforming
Electronic negative conforming
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Children of the Corn" by Stephen King in his Night Shift (Garden City, 1978).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Children of the Corn II
Children of the Corn: The Awakening
Children of the Corn 2: Deadly Harvest
Release Date:
29 January 1993
Premiere Information:
Cannes screening: May 1992
Los Angeles opening: 29 January 1993
New York opening: week of 30 January 1993
Production Date:
began 29 July 1991
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo®
Color
Lenses
Filmed with Panavision® Cameras & Lenses
Duration(in mins):
93
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
31697
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the farming community of Gatlin, Nebraska, more than fifty decomposing adult bodies are discovered in the cellar of an old house. As television reporters swarm the town, Sheriff Warren Blaine explains the victims were murdered by their children while under the influence of cult leader Isaac Croner. Now orphans, the boys and girls are loaded onto a bus to be placed in foster homes in nearby Hemingford, Nebraska. Ruby Burke, an elderly former schoolteacher, passionately protests, claiming that the children will inevitably murder their new caretakers. Meanwhile, tabloid journalist John Garrett drives to Gatlin to cover the story with his estranged teenage son, Danny, but they arrive at the scene long after everyone else has left. Determined to investigate, John secures a room for the night from a local innkeeper, Angela, who has also agreed to house an orphan named Micah. On the outskirts of town, two reporters get lost in the cornfields as an isolated storm looms. When they attempt to escape, two cornstalks whip through the air and impale them. Over dinner, John asks Micah about the murders, to which the boy stoically responds, “I saw the corn. Their blood was for the corn.” Outside, John scolds Danny for his negative attitude, and Danny storms off, planning to catch a bus home. At the bus stop, Danny meets a girl named Lacey, who informs him the next bus does not arrive until the following Tuesday. After dark, Micah wanders into the cornfields searching for his friends, Mordechai and Jedediah, but is struck by a blast of blue lightning and propelled through a portal in the ground, where his body first dissolves into a cluster of liquid ... +


In the farming community of Gatlin, Nebraska, more than fifty decomposing adult bodies are discovered in the cellar of an old house. As television reporters swarm the town, Sheriff Warren Blaine explains the victims were murdered by their children while under the influence of cult leader Isaac Croner. Now orphans, the boys and girls are loaded onto a bus to be placed in foster homes in nearby Hemingford, Nebraska. Ruby Burke, an elderly former schoolteacher, passionately protests, claiming that the children will inevitably murder their new caretakers. Meanwhile, tabloid journalist John Garrett drives to Gatlin to cover the story with his estranged teenage son, Danny, but they arrive at the scene long after everyone else has left. Determined to investigate, John secures a room for the night from a local innkeeper, Angela, who has also agreed to house an orphan named Micah. On the outskirts of town, two reporters get lost in the cornfields as an isolated storm looms. When they attempt to escape, two cornstalks whip through the air and impale them. Over dinner, John asks Micah about the murders, to which the boy stoically responds, “I saw the corn. Their blood was for the corn.” Outside, John scolds Danny for his negative attitude, and Danny storms off, planning to catch a bus home. At the bus stop, Danny meets a girl named Lacey, who informs him the next bus does not arrive until the following Tuesday. After dark, Micah wanders into the cornfields searching for his friends, Mordechai and Jedediah, but is struck by a blast of blue lightning and propelled through a portal in the ground, where his body first dissolves into a cluster of liquid blobs, then reforms. Nearby, Mordechai sits with Jedediah and a group of younger orphans waiting for their prophesized leader, “He Who Walks Behind the Rows,” to present himself. Just then, Micah appears and urges them to remain loyal to their unseen deity by killing all those who “defileth the corn.” When the group disbands, Micah runs into Danny, and the two return to the inn together. The next morning, John visits Mrs. Burke as she prepares to relocate her house out of fear of the children, who have assembled in her yard. Suddenly, a cross appears slathered in mud on the side of her house. Later, Mrs. Burke crawls under her house to retrieve her lost cat, and the children release the hydraulic lifts, causing the building to crush her. Meanwhile, Danny and Lacey get to know each other while walking through the forest, and Lacey reveals she has wanted to leave Hemingford ever since her parents died in a car accident. During a church service, Micah sits in the back row jabbing his knife into a wooden voodoo doll, which causes a member of the congregation to bleed uncontrollably from the nose until his head explodes. John visits an abandoned elementary school and runs into a Native-American anthropologist named Dr. Frank Red Bear, who tells him that the community began to crumble because its inhabitants have taken too many resources from the Earth without replenishing them. Although John believes the children possessed the foresight to know their elders would destroy the environment, Red Bear does not think the incidents were connected. While Dr. Appleby prepares to autopsy the bodies, John theorizes that Mrs. Burke’s death and the churchgoer’s fatal nosebleed were both somehow related to the cornfields. Once he leaves, Dr. Appleby telephones Sheriff Blaine to warn that John is beginning to grow suspicious. Continuing his investigation, John follows Red Bear into a sacred watering hole containing rock drawings that depict a story of a spirit that protects the corn. That night, the children kill Dr. Appleby in his office by stabbing him with multiple syringes. At the inn, Danny overhears John and the innkeeper, Angela, making love, prompting him to become fed up with his father’s obstinate and hypocritical behavior. Outside, Micah conducts a ceremony intended to join the children of Gatlin and Hemingford through a blood bond. When Danny is caught spying on the ritual, he is summoned forward and declares his willingness to join them. The next day, Lacey takes Danny to a secluded barn and they frolic in the cornfield. As they kiss, they discover the scattered remains of more Gatlin victims. Meanwhile, John and Red Bear find piles of rotten corn covered in toxic mold, which Red Bear believes has spread sickness across the community and caused madness in the children. Suddenly, Sheriff Blaine appears and reveals he and Dr. Appleby have been bribing government officials to turn a blind eye to the toxic crop. Restraining the men with rope, Blaine leaves them to die under the blades of a harvesting machine, but they escape. In town, the children terrorize Mrs. Burke’s sister, Mrs. West, using a remote control to send her electric wheelchair careening into oncoming traffic. At the town hall meeting, a Hemingford resident proclaims that the children have become evil just as the children appear at the windows, lock the building doors, and set it on fire. In the cornfield, Micah instructs Danny to kill Lacey and Angela as sacrifices. As Danny raises his machete, light emanates from the stalks. Micah believes the light to be a signal from He Who Walks Behind the Rows, but the gleam is actually the headlight of the harvesting machine that John and Red Bear plow into the clearing. In the commotion, Red Bear is shot with an arrow, but Danny cuts Lacey free and John unties Angela. As they flee, they are pursued by a growling mass that rumbles under the dirt and chases them back to the sacrificial clearing. Micah raises his machete to summon the deity, and Red Bear uses his remaining strength to drive the harvester forward. As the boy’s clothes become jammed in the gears, a demon exorcises itself from his body. Danny attempts to save him, but Micah is pulled under the blades and chopped up by the machine. In the morning, John and Angela burn Red Bear’s body in the clearing, and Lacey insists she accompany Danny to his home in New York. At the watering hole, a Native-American man adds details to the rock painting, signifying the completion of the ancient story, before vanishing among the trees. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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