Thursday, June 22, 2017

Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return



I am just curious how the hell the Children of the Corn movies can shoehorn quality talents into them! Stacey Keach has no business stuck in something with 666: Isaac’s Return in the title. Yet here he is in such a throwaway (if a bit fun in this eccentric sort of way) part as a doctor in a Gatlin hospital fully aware of Isaac’s potential return if he ever awakens from a comatose state. Yes, the question of how he could return after dying rather convincingly in the first film did cross my mind as well. And Nancy Allen is in this awful sequel. It is quite obvious Allen would rather be anywhere but in yet another sequel devoted to “He Who Walks Behind the Rows”.  There is only so much of that cornfield god’s mentioned name I can take. The fifth film (Fields of Terror) I watched again Tuesday night repeated that name over and over again ad nauseum. Franklin does return as Isaac, though, and he is still quite a presence, small in stature with that villainous voice that reaches out with a certain distinctive sound. He awakens with plans for his son to mate with Allen’s daughter, supposedly dead at childbirth…yet very much alive, returning to Gatlin from LA to find her birthmother. Her adoptive parents had treated her well and Allen sent her away specifically so Isaac couldn’t fulfill a prophesy, a seed would be planted (through pregnancy), and a child would be born to once again lead a flock in Gatlin. With such time spent on dirt roads kicking up dust and bleak halls/rooms in the Gatlin hospital, those involved (including Franklin who contributed creatively to the production) in the making of 666: Isaac’s Return did try to incorporate a style through the use of warped angles (tilting, with close-ups of faces often and unconventional camera placements), surreal hallucinogenic images (often startling the young woman in the wrong side of Americana), choppy editing (never does the film decide to linger its camera on anything for more than three or so seconds), and an actual introduction to the god that always seems to lure kids back to it. A wrinkle in this sequel is Isaac getting a bit drunk with power, wanting to have some worship aimed in his direction, quite dedicated to the idea that his boy would produce a child to continue their lineage and create a church all their own. Natalie Ramsey, and her convertible, drives down plenty of rural roads and past plenty of cornfields. She basically gets lost in the plot, stumbling through teenagers and kids once again under Isaac’s command, running from mental patients in the hospital, getting creepily checked on by Keach who clinches her throat as if his hands were a vice, carrying on uninspired conversations with Allen over returning to Gatlin as danger presents itself, and trying to avoid He Who… She meets Popowich who considers himself quite the cool guy with his shades and black leather jacket, wavy black hair and jeans. He is the kind of guy who hops into the back seat of a convertible, drops his arms in a relaxed pose, and flashes a sleazy smile. He's full of cock-of-the-walk bravado. For some reason, Natalie fails to see there’s something obviously sinister about him. When he reveals something at the end, I can’t imagine few will be all that shocked. He’s clearly got bad intentions, but Natalie just doesn’t have a clue. In fact with all she sees, Natalie never quite gets out of Gatlin, and lucky for Allen she doesn’t. All that said Natalie having sex with Popowich is a bit unrealistic. With all that had been happening, is she going to take the time to roll in the hay with Popowich? Yeah, no. Alix Koromzay is the corrupt sheriff beholden to Isaac with a brother suffering mental handicap. John Patrick White is the son of Isaac who really wants to be with a red head in Gatlin but his father persists that he sow the seed as expected. Instead he just takes a dive on a scythe so he doesn’t have to endure without the girl he truly loved…her head split open by Franklin! Gary  Bullock is this imagined preacher Natalie sees, quoting about Samuel being born from Hannah (Hannah is Natalie’s name). The plot is a mess, the attempts at styling and editing the film for effect annoy instead of impress, and the cast is saddled with lackluster material. Franklin somewhat gives the film some needed juice but even he can’t rescue this from mediocrity. Amazingly, the franchise still had another sequel left in it. Talk about not knowing when to quit!






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Dexter - Seeing Red

Sure enough, Pellegrino pops up yet again, as Rita's loathsome, trouble-making ex. Tonight's episode presented Dexter with yet anoth...

Ahs

Ahs

Edc

Edc
Blog's Dead all Over
"... perhaps we invent artificial terrors to cope with the real ones."

--host, Donald Pleasence, Terror in the Aisles (1984)

Sbut

Sbut
Snip. Snip

Hal

Hal
There are many things under the sun
---Dr. Werdegast, The Black Cat

hal1

It's Halloween, everyone's entitled to one good scare.

Jtm 2

Jtm 2

Rave

Rave

Mrub

Mrub

Gb

"Back off, man. I'm a scientist."

--Ghostbusters

sm6

sm6

Rv1

Rv1

Nas

Nas

nos3

nos3

Lok

Lok

Po

Po

Ra6

Ra6

dawn

dawn

Dracula's Daughter ('36)

Countess Zaleska: Be thou exorcised oh Dracula, and thy body long undead find destruction throughout eternity in the name of thy dark unholy Master.

mh2

mh2

z2

z2

Hiii

Hiii

Fred

Fred

Ghspo

Ghspo
Movie, so-so, but poster, cool

Enl

Enl

nos4

nos4

gm

To a new world of gods and monsters!


No 2

No 2
Jason Lives

clothes line

clothes line

Ahorr

Ahorr

Cbi1

Cbi1
Case of the bloody iris

Wsha

Wsha

Mouth3

Mouth3
In the Mouth of Madness

Fdfn2

Fdfn2
Freddy's Dead '91

Vyr

Vyr
Vampyres 1974

Sh fr

Sh fr
Friday the 13th Part 2

Vlov

Vlov
Carmilla's kiss

f133

f133

Edpos

Edpos

Ttf2

Ttf2

Jm2

Jm2
El Hombre Lobo

Psycho '60

It's sad, when a mother has to speak the words that condemn her own son. But I couldn't allow them to believe that I would commit murder. They'll put him away now, as I should have years ago. He was always bad, and in the end he intended to tell them I killed those girls and that man... as if I could do anything but just sit and stare, like one of his stuffed birds. They know I can't move a finger, and I won't. I'll just sit here and be quiet, just in case they do... suspect me. They're probably watching me. Well, let them. Let them see what kind of a person I am. I'm not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching... they'll see. They'll see and they'll know, and they'll say, "Why, she wouldn't even harm a fly..."

Kife

Kife
Knife is calling, Psycho 2

Meg

Meg
Meg Tilly, Psycho II

ring 2

ring 2
the ring 2002, "the tape"

poster

poster

exor1

exor1
"the visitor" The Exorcist (1973)

Conj

Conj

Tz1

Tz1
"Masks", Twilight Zone

In the kitchen, The Shape

In the kitchen, The Shape
In the kitchen, The Shape

exc4

exc4

Ps56

Ps56

Hun

Hun
Murders in the Rue Morgue 1932

Ps89

Ps89

Cof

Cof
Victor and Paul, with their Monster

pcushig

pcushig

His

His

Efny

Efny

sus

sus
I'm going to grind you down to blood and screams.

--Innocent Blood 1992
Rest in Peace, Robert Loggia

wb

Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.

WZ

WZ

Edfen

Edfen
"Do not enter the city...It belongs to the dead now."

h1

h1
Look behind you!

Bs

Bs
"There is no terror in the bang, only the anticipation of it."
--Alfred Hitchcock

linnea

linnea

Amer

Amer
Taste of metal

The h gang

The h gang

Nlc

Nlc
Old Skool Nostalgia

Hp

Hp

Smoke

Smoke
Got a smoke?

Strek

Strek
Live long and prosper

Hill

Hill

Castle

Castle

SRW

"This seems to be the place where the plot begins to thicken..."
--Spooks Run Wild (1941)

Frere and dummy

Frere and dummy

Mlove

Mlove

Alone/dark

"There are no crazy people, doctor. We're all just on vacation."

--Alone in the Dark (1982)

Lips

Lips

Fhz

Fhz

Ph

Ph

Vestron

Vestron
Vintage VHS

sm 3

sm 3

Monique parent

Monique parent
Erotique in Review

Were5

Were5

f13

f13
November 2015

Bmate

Bmate

--Wes Craven

I think there is something about the American dream, the sort of Disneyesque dream, if you will, of the beautifully trimmed front lawn, the white picket fence, mom and dad and their happy children, God-fearing and doing good whenever they can, and the flip side of it, the kind of anger and the sense of outrage that comes from discovering that that's not the truth of the matter, that gives American horror films, in some ways, kind of an additional rage.

Ms45 w

Ms45 w

Churcvh

Churcvh
The Church 1989

Ww

Ww
The Whip and the Body 1963

Lsho

"Now, no novacaine....it dulls the senses"

--Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Christopher Lee

Every actor has to make terrible films from time to time, but the trick is never to be terrible in them.

Vampyros lesbos

You are one of us now. The Queen of the Night will bear you up on her black wings

The Unknown 1927

No....not sick. But I have lost some flesh.

Alonzo, the Armless.

Ckvh

Ckvh

Blood of Dracula's Castle (1969)

Glen: We'd like to speak to the Townsends, please.

The Butler: They are not available till after sunset.

Bw5

Bw5

Jill

Jill

Mad Love 1935

Doctor Gogol: Did you ever hear of Galatea?

Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: Gala - who? Not wanting a statue of him, are you?

Doctor Gogol: I don't want a statue of Galatea. You see, she was a statue herself. Pygmalion formed her. Out of marble, not wax. And then she came to life in his arms.

Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [calling to his assistant] Start the motor, Henry. There's queer people on the streets of Montmartre at this time of night.

Doctor Gogol: [handing him his card] Here, a hundred francs if you deliver the statue to my house.

Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [reading card] It's a go, Dr. Go... gol. First thing in the morning.