Story: William (Jim Metzler) and his wife Amanda (Nancy Lee Grahn) have decided to adopt, to enrich their lives and provide a chance at a new for not one, but two orphans. Eli (Daniel Cerny) and Joshua (Ron Melendez) have come a long way from their former home and adjusting to the city could be tough, since they’re from the rural town of Gatlin, Nebraska. Of course, what the happy new parents don’t realize, is that the children still have intense ties to the cornfields back home and even in the urban sprawl, He Who Walks Behind the Rows is ever present. Soon enough, Eli is spreading the gospel and haunted corn seeds, to ensure his dark lord is able to take root even in the urban confines. Can anyone stop him from replicating the horrors of Gatlin, or will the corn lord once again reign supreme?
Entertainment Value: The previous sequel in the Children of the Corn series took a more b movie approach and that trend continues here with Urban Harvest. The story tries to put some fresh paint on by moving the setting to the bustling city, but the core concept remains the same. The cornfield child cult seeks to spread the gospel of corn man, at the expense of all of the adults in the area. I prefer this sequel to the previous one in most ways, as the pace is tighter and there’s more wackiness, not to mention the kids are at least kind of creepy this time around. So more over the top set pieces and the urban setting allows for some new wrinkles, such as the cornfield at the school itself, which was a fun twist, but not much was done with the potential there. Even so, I was never bored here and for a hokey direct to video sequel, Urban Harvest manages to entertain, though perhaps not always in the ways intended. I don’t think this is a genre classic, but it is a fun, brisk, and often wild ride, so for fans of b movie horror or this series in general, Urban Harvest is worth a look.
No nakedness here, but there is a scene where a man smells an ear of corn and really seems to enjoy it, so there is that for those who partake in such activities. There are some interesting kills this time around however, including corn stalks on the attack, a very wild decapitation sequence, a fun face meltdown, and a wonderful scene that has a human skull cracking open like an egg, as well as other more minor instances of the red stuff. I also appreciated the “death by plumbing” sequence, as that was a wild touch that stood out here. The dialogue is passable, but never really gets wild or quotable. Eli has a lot of religious talk and the overly dramatic performance helps some, but it isn’t really as over the top as it could have been. So a few lines are kind of fun here, but don’t expect a lot of memorable exchanges. On the insanity scale, we have the general b movie vibes, as well as the return of murderous corn, prayer in a public school, a wealth of cockroaches, a non consensual scarecrow, an educational cornfield, an entire suitcase of corn, and quite a fun, wild finale.
Overall Insanity: 4/10
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