Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return (1999)

The leader of a group of murderous children brings them back to the cornfield where many were murdered, to fulfill a deadly 15-year-old prophecy.

Genre – Genre Classics

Producer – Walter Josten

Director(s) – Kari Skogland

Writer(s) – John Franklin and Tim Sulka; based on the book by Stephen King.

Cast – John Franklin and Stacy Keach

Blue Rider’s Role – Producers

Distributor(s) – Dimension Films, Buena Vista Home Video, Highlight Video, Paris Video (Brazil) and Gativideo (Argentina)

Release Date – 1999

Synopsis – In the sixth installment of the hugely successful franchise, Hannah drives back to her hometown of Gatlin to find who her mother is. She picks up a strange man who predicts her life story with a bible passage. Fifteen years after the original Children of the Corn, Isaac, leader of the band of murderous children, returns to bring his youthful followers back to the field, in order to fulfill that prophecy.

Critics’ Kudos:
Nathan Rabin of The Onion A.V. Club proclaimed, “It does display an anything-goes irreverence that makes 666 among the best in the series.”

Popcorn Pictures (UK): “Natalie Ramsey looks mighty fine doing it. I think I’m in love!”

The Video Graveyard liked “a pretty cool machete head split.”

The reviewer for Wooden Spoons called Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return “a good sequel.”

Andrew Burden, “Call Child Welfare!”

Viewers’ Ratings:
According to the Internet Movie Database (as of March 8, 2007), the demographic group that enjoyed this movie most was women aged 18-29. The group that liked it least was women aged 30-44.

Major Cast and Crew Credits and Awards:
Director is Kari Skogland (Men With Guns, Zebra Loungte; won WorldFest Houston Silver Award for The Size of Watermelons, was nominated for three other awards for that film, two for Traders and one each for The Eleventh Hour and Chicks With Sticks).

Writers are John Franklin and Tim Sulka (who together wrote Grenada-Wars and Panama-Wars); based on the book by Stephen King.

Stars John Franklin (Wag the Dog, The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, Children of the Corn) and Stacy Keach (Escape From L.A., Up in Smoke, The Long Riders, Prison Break; Golden Globe winner for Hemingway; Kansas City Film Critics Circle Best Actor Award recipient for Fat City; Golden Globe nom for TV�s Mike Hammer; another award and three other noms for works including Titus and End of the Road; 97 other films and TV projects).

Cast includes Natalie Ramsey (Pleasantville, Cruel Intentions 3); Nathan Bexton (Go, Dangerous Minds, Psycho Beach Party); Paul Popowich (Pirates of Silicon Valley, Silver Man, Vampires Anonymous); Alix Koromzay (The Haunting, Kindergarten Cop, Blood Work, Mimic, Nightwatch); John Patrick White (Galaxy Quest, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Can’t Hardly Wait, Tomcats); Sydney Bennett (Down Dog, Purpose, Co-ed Call Girl) and Nancy Allen (Blow Out, Carrie, Out of Sight, 1941, The Last Detail; award nominated for Dressed to Kill, RoboCop and The Philadelphia Experiment).

Executive Producers: Louis Spiegler (Halloween: Resurrection, Children of the Corn: Revelation) and Jenni Sherwood (debut).

Producers: Bill Berry (House of the Dead 2: Dead Aim, The Hollywood Sign, Cry Wolf), Walter Josten (O Jerusalem, Slow Burn; Emmy for The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie; 31 other films and TV projects) and Jeff Geoffray (Children of the Corn V: Isaac’s Return, Night of the Demons, Around the World in 80 Days; 24 other films and TV projects).

Special Effects Coordinator: Larry Fioritto (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Man on the Moon, Thank You for Smoking, Big Mama’s House, Holes, Frailty, Two Days in the Valley, Laurel Canyon, Huff, Don King: Only in America, Very Bad Things, Knight Rider and 95 other films and TV projects).

Original Music by Tim Eilers (Belong, The Backlot Murders) and Terry Huud (The Mummy’s Kiss, Demon’s Kiss, Countess Dracula’s Orgy of Blood, Civic Duty).

Cinematography by Richard Clabaugh (The Prophecy, Phantoms, Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering, American Yakuza, Plato’s Run, Necromancer).

Film Editing by Peter Devaney Flanagan (Single White Female 2: The Psycho, Dead & Breakfast, Mimic, Dracula 2000, Texas Rangers; Best Editing Silver Ariel Award Un Embrujo) and Troy Takaki (Hitch, Sweet Home Alabama, Jawbreaker, Slow Burn, Drum, Desperate Housewives).

Production Design by Stuart Blatt (Fear of a Black Hat, Tales from the Hood, Payback, The Price of Love).

Set Decoration by Melissa Hibbard (Straight Right, What’s Cooking?).

Costume Design by Niklas J. Palm (The Hillside Strangler, Point Pleasant, Soarin’ Over California, The Pornographer).

Release Data:
Children of the Corn 666 was released in the U.S. in 1999; in Iceland, Germany and Argentina in 2000 and in Italy in 2006.

The DVD, released in July 2002, also included the film Children of the Corn: Revelation.
Internet Movie Database entry for Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return

Trailer (in three formats)