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Import Corner: Children of the Corn Trilogy (Arrow Video) Blu-ray Review

Studio: Arrow Video Release Date:  March 9th, 1984 (theatrical) (Children of the Corn)                                    January 29th, 1993 (theatrical) (Children of the Corn II)                                   September 12th, 1995 (video premiere) (Children of the Corn III)                                    September 28th, 2021 (4K blu-ray)  Run Time:  1 hour 32 minutes 11 seconds (Children of the Corn)                         1 hour 32 minutes 59 seconds (Children of the Corn II) (International Cut)                         1 hour 33 minutes 33 seconds (Children of the Corn II) (US Theatrical Cut)                         1 hour 35 minutes 29 seconds (Children of the Corn II) (Workprint Version)                         1 hour 30 minutes 57 seconds (Children of the Corn III) (US Cut)                         1 hour 32 minutes 54 seconds (Children of the Corn III) (International Cut) Region Code: REGION FREE (4K Blu-ray) (Children of the Corn)                                  REGION

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance

I like the original Samurai Cop. It is cheesy, poorly written, horribly edited, and the acting is some of the worst I have ever seen. But for all those negatives I enjoy the movie because the movie was made with a lot of heart.

Samurai Cop 2 was not. The goal here is to spend as little money as possible to goad people into thinking that lightning was struck again. It wasn't. The movie tries very hard to be a bad movie. It is apparent that the makers watched the first movie a lot because they throw a lot of references at us, but they make a very crucial error. Fans of the first Samurai Cop know the movie forwards and backwards so these references will be caught, but the makers don't think that highly of us so any time a reference is made we see the original scene just in case.

Outside of the shameful reference call outs, the movie is just bad. All of the negatives that I listed for the first movie apply here, but the heart is missing. Sure, it is nice to see the actors back, but the acting is atrocious. You know you are watching a bad movie when there are thirty plus actors in this movie and the "best" acting comes from Joe Estevez and Bai Ling.

Samurai Cop 2 belongs next to Birdemic 2 as a sequel that was completely unnecessary. The makers try to make a bad movie and fail. What they should have done was make a serious movie. They might have actually been able to do it.


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