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Film / Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice

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In the aftermath of the previous film, children of Gatlin are relocated by the authorities to the neighboring town of Hemingford, where they are soon up to their old tricks.

This film has the examples of:

  • Ambiguous Ending: the evil is defeated but it is hinted that it is not entirely gone as evidenced by the sequels.
  • Big Bad: Micah becomes the Dark Messiah leader of the remaining children of Gatlin in Isaac's absence.
  • Continuity Nod: Isaac is mentioned, as well as Burt and Vicky, although not by name.
  • Creepy Child: The relocated children start once again acting murderously soon under Micah's command.
  • Demonic Possession: Is is implied that Micah is under the direct influence He Who Walks Behind The Rows, who seems to leave him as he dies.
  • Destination Defenestration: The children take over Mrs. West's electronic wheelchair with a RC controller and force it in the middle of road, where it is hit by a truck which sends it flying through the window of the local Bingo hall.
  • Doing In the Wizard: Why are children acting strangely and people keep seeing weird things around the cornfields? Because the corn itself is contaminated, which is covered up by local authorities due to all the money that is tied into it.
  • The Dragon: Mordecai acts as one to Micah.
  • Eye Scream: In addition to making him bleed out of everywhere else on his face, Micah makes a man's eyeballs burst into gore at church using a voodoo doll.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dr Red Bear gives his life to defeat the villain and save the rest of the heroes but we see he lives on in the afterlife.
  • Human Sacrifice: Danny's intitiation to the cult involves sacrificing Angela and Lacey to He Who Walks Behind The Rows.
  • Immediate Sequel: The film starts in the aftermath of the last film, with proper authorities searching the premises.
  • Impromptu Tracheotomy: Bobby is killed when a cornstalk flies through his van's windshield, impaling his throat.
  • Intrepid Reporter: John was supposed to only write about Gatlin and its child-cult, but starts investigating it himelf.
  • Kill It with Fire: The children trap several adults inside a house, and set it on fire.
  • Lost in the Maize: Bobbie and his cameraman become lost among the cornfields, and are killed.
  • Lurid Tales of Doom: John is currently employed by a magazine that publishes sensationalist stories.
  • Magical Native American: Both played straight and subverted, with Dr. Red Bear. He mocks Garrett's assumption of Native American intuitive knowledge of events but is key in defeating the evil entity 'He who walks behind the rows'. Even though he dies doing so we see at the end that his spirit lives on after death, giving a hopeful conclusion to the events of all the 'Children of the Corn' films, that the evil is defeatable and those who have died in the series live on in the afterlife.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: According to Redbear, children killing all the adults has happened before in distant past, suggesting that it's not only the contaminated corn causing everything. In the end, it is left ambiguous what's real cause for everything, at least until the sequel.
  • Not Quite Dead: After he is seemingly killed, Redbear springs back to life long enough to doom Micah to his fate.
  • Numbered Sequels
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Used when Micah is seemingly taken over by He Who Walks Behind The Rows.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Sheriff Blaine is one of the folks who still think that "only good Indian is a dead Indian".
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Micah seemingly causes David bleed profusely from the face, which starts as a slight nosebleed.
  • Slashed Throat: One victim gets his throat slit by cornleaves.
  • Shout-Out: A twofer for The Wizard of Oz; Mrs. Burke is crushed under a house, and her last words are "What a world, what a world...."
    • When Mrs. West shows up, she asks, "Who killed my sister?"
    • Not to mention the two sisters' names: Mrs. "West" (as in The Wicked Witch of) and Mrs. "Burke" (Billie Burke played Glinda the Good Witch).