Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice Film Details
Overview: 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.
Tagline: These children are home alone too. But their parents are never coming back.
Review: I was wondering why the first film and the short story were not clear about the connection of maize (corn in this US context) was not seen as it was, some kind of genetic miracle with a Maize God behind it among Native Americans, in fact Native south and Mesoamericans who managed the genetic manipulation that produced the miracle. But here we are. We have a real Indian in this second film, Dr. Red Bear. But what is it that makes maize a diabolical plant? The maize that all Americans call corn, the plant that gives popcorn, cornflour and many other products for animals or for humans, down to corn on the cob, and the bizarre and perverse role this corn cob plays in a famous novel by William Faulkner, Sanctuary, that I read when I was definitely not of age. The central criminal moment is summarized as follows by Wikipedia (slightly edited by myself to stay within the limits of decency: “But Popeye -and this one is not a sailor eating spinach straight out of the can-, who has obviously been devising a scheme, soon discovers them -Tommy and Temple- there -in a corncrib-. He murders Tommy with a gunshot to the back of the head and then proceeds to -take advantage of- Temple with a corncob.” In this second film, everything gets out-of-joint from the very start. Some curious more or less police people come to Gatlin, Nebraska, discover a whole set of dead adults in some basement, largely advanced in decomposition. You can then imagine the rush of police, medical and media personnel. They are going to discover that an orphan is possessed and is able to communicate with some monstrous devil he calls “He Who Walks Behind The Road” or just something just as innocuously silly as that. He is also, this orphan Micah, a very good mesmerizing manipulator of young people who have all sorts of grudges against their parents and are ready to get rid of them, especially if it is with some extrasupercaligfragilisticsupernatural reason sanctified by some unseen and invisible monstrous devil. And there you are. That’s what happens when you give Biblical names to children who, then, want to do what this Biblical character did. Listen, ye believers: Hear, you peoples, all of you, listen, earth and all who live in it, that the Sovereign LORD may bear witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple. Look! The LORD is coming from his dwelling place; he comes down and treads on the heights of the earth. The mountains melt beneath him and the valleys split apart, like wax before the fire, like water rushing down a slope. All this is because of Jacob’s transgression, because of the sins of the people of Israel. What is Jacob’s transgression? Is it not Samaria? What is Judah’s high place? Is it not Jerusalem? “Therefore I will make Samaria a heap of rubble, a place for planting vineyards. I will pour her stones into the valley and lay bare her foundations. All her idols will be broken to pieces; all her temple gifts will be burned with fire; I will destroy all her images. since she gathered her gifts from the wages of prostitutes, As the wages of prostitutes they will again be used.” Book of Micah 1:2-7 Then the rest is just detail that I cannot reveal. Between special effects and mad machinery, there is plenty of space to manipulate your mind in such a way that afterward, it will be nothing but a heap of rubbles decaying in the sunshine or decomposing in the moonlight, not to speak of it putrefying in the starlight. And do not forget god is almighty and he just needs to say “Let there be light” for light to be switched on. But what about corn, or maize? The wild plants (several) are natural in Mesoamerica, Mexico particularly, and it normally releases its seeds when they are ripe and sows itself naturally. But the Mesoamerican Indians manipulated these plants in such a way that a corncob replaced the loose seeds and the said-cob is so well wrapped up that it cannot release its seeds all by itself and it does not let humidity reach the seeds so that they can’t germinate. The yield of this variety is enormous, but it can only reproduce itself if a human hand comes to its help. A mutation for sure but a mutation that could not propagate itself naturally. The ancestors of the Olmec and Maya were genial biogenetic manipulators. But the civilization that produced this miracle providing food (provided the seeds were cooked in water with ashes: they call that Nixtamalization) devised a Maize God to carry the phenomenal invention. That Maize god was initially Hun Hunahpu in the Popol Vuh. He was put to death by the Death Lords of Xibalba, but his head was planted in a tree and he managed to impregnate a daughter of one of the Death Lords (by spitting into her face) so that she got pregnant and gave birth to the Hero Twins who will after many adventures finally kill the two main death Lords and obtain the right to resurrect their father who became then the Maize God. But to him is attached a very regular blood sacrifice because to be able to resurrect every year in the Spring and then to provide a beautiful harvest in the Fall, this Maize God has to receive human blood in sacrifice, either self-sacrifice that does not kill the subject, but also human sacrifice and this time the subject dies in a way or another, like heart extraction, but also many other options before this one or beheading, particularly dismemberment since the long leg bones and the long arm bones are used to play the drum or hold rattles. The film here is quite explicit about this blood sacrifice and the fact that this He Who Walks Behind The Road emanates from, lives in, haunts the cornfields around Gatlin. Why Gatlin? But the main reason is that the sheriff is a criminal that is speculating on the death of people, and the local preacher is a fanatic against fornication and all kind of carnal sins. As my mother would have said, his mind must be a piece of rotting beef because he only thinks of flesh and meat. Enjoy it. Dr. Jacques COULARDEAU
Country: United States
Duration: 92 min
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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