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

A journalist and his son travel to Nebraska to investigate the mysterious town of Gatlin where, unbeknownst to them, a murderous cult of children are still waiting in the corn fields.


David Price (as David F. Price)


Stephen King (short story "Children of the Corn"), A L Katz (as A.L. Katz) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terence Knox ... John Garrett
Paul Scherrer Paul Scherrer ... Danny Garrett
Ryan Bollman ... Micah
Christie Clark ... Lacey Hellerstat
Rosalind Allen ... Angela Casual
Ned Romero ... Frank Redbear
Ed Grady ... Dr. Richard Appleby
John Bennes John Bennes ... Rev. Hollings
Wallace Merck ... Sheriff Blaine
Joe Inscoe ... David Simpson
Kellie Bennett Kellie Bennett ... Mary Simpson (as Kelly Bennett)
Robert C. Treveiler ... Wayde McKenzie (as Rob Treveiler)
Leon Pridgen Leon Pridgen ... Bobby Knite
Marty Terry ... Mrs. Burke / Mrs. West
Ted Travelstead ... Mordechai


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Children of the Corn: Deadly Harvest See more »

Filming Locations:

Liberty, North Carolina, USA


Box Office


$900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,719,750, 31 January 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »


When Mordechai is outside the bus being examined by Dr. Richard Appleby, he is given a yellow sucker after his examination. Upon getting inside the bus we now see that Mordechai is holding a reddish/orange sucker. See more »


[first lines]
David Simpson: God... the smell!
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Alternate Versions

The American version has additional effects and different music than the European and Canadian releases. Laserdisc version is the American release. See more »


Followed by Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995) See more »

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nothing special
20 February 2007 | by dilapidated_mindSee all my reviews

Although I am a horror fan I didn't enjoy the first Children of the Corn film much, so my view might be a little biased. Although having said that the movie did have its good points, the children were good actors/actresses, the violence was realistic and in moments semi chilling. Unfortunately this sequel shares none of these traits.


The first death scene is quite surprising, I mean the guys are killed by corn, well that is dodgy. In the Stephen King short story the corn was there to serve as the vector for the children's pagan blood lust. They were killing to make it grow, though it is fantasy/horror it makes more sense than killer corn leaves that can smash through glass by simply being blown in a gust of wind believe me. Not only that but this scene reminds me so much of The Omen it's unbelievable, and what's with the Friday the 13th sound effects and Predator visuals? Hell this monster in the corn even has Return of the Jedi force powers!

And what's with the old woman's demise, crushed to death by her own house? Now that is quite original, and when I was first told of this by my Cousin I pictured it vividly. Someone slowly being crushed under their own house, nobody finds the body, nobody even knows she's dead, until finally the smell of muddy hair, rotted flesh and mushed bones greet the next visitor on that hot summers morning.

Maybe I was putting too much thought into this segment because yet again this is a scene ruined by cheesy references to other films. The lady goes under her house after her precious cat. When she is directly in the centre the children surround it, take the cat out and release the device raising it from the ground. The house slowly starts to come down on her and she wiggles backwards trying to escape. The children just stand there trying to look creepy, she almost gets out, why aren't they kicking her to force her to crawl back under? In the original at least the kids were violent; in this they just try to be mysterious. Well luckily for them she is too old to escape certain death and the house reaches the ground level crushing her lifeless… and leaving her legs poking out from underneath. But even that isn't enough for the cheesily poor script writers, who wrote in that her last words should be "oh what a world!"? seriously they need to be slapped. All realism is thrown out the window at this point, that is if you hadn't done so already what with the Journalist mentioning in a almost tribute manner "Jones Town" just to be controversial (or maybe its just that all American news reporters are inconsiderate slimeballs) and the "killer predator in the corn" bull.

And how many times is the word "corn" used in this film anyway? Every time uttered its like a needle being drilled into my brain. Just stop already we get it.

The Dr who was being nice to the children earlier on in the film gets the worst death ever, and I mean worst, luckily he gets a lolly straight after. I wish I could tell you more but unfortunately I fell asleep, well it was 5am so it could have been that, but let's put it this way I'm an insomniac.

This film does have its good scenes, mainly when Danny is arguing with his dad, the teenage wit and angry demanding parent though stereotypical is realistic and at least gives the movie some sense of reality before it generates into the monomania of your average American teen horrorfest.

If you're a fan of the original maybe you should ignore my small analyses, it's possible you might like this. I mean the Freddy films became a bit silly, humorous, comic book and people still enjoyed them (I know I'm one of them) But the fact of the matter is, if your looking for a serious, creepy, dark horror film then your best bet is to stay away from this horrid sequel.

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