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Isaac Chroner (Isaac in the short story) was the leader of the death cult in Children of the Corn. A crazed religious fanatic, he is the main antagonist of the films. His second-in-command was the jealous Malachai Boardman.


Appearance

Short Story

He wears a round-crowned flat-brimmed hat, but it can be assumed that he wore clothing similar to Quaker parsons and was dressed in black.

1984 Film

History and Plot

Short Story

He replaced David as the Seer of the cult a year ago. He appeared in the clearing to announced the dream that he had where He Who Walks Behind the Rows revealed his new Age of Favor. He told the children that the Lord was displeased with the sacrifice of Burt Stanton and the Age of Favor was lowered to eighteen.

1984 Film

Isaac Chroner was a boy preacher who came to Gatlin. According to the script, when he was twelve years old he led the children of the town in a massacre of all the adults and then resumed a place as leader of the remaining orphans. Eventually the children completely converted to his way of thinking  and murdered their own parents at his will. It was around this time that he made the prophecy that He Who Walks Behind the Rows will awaken, when the daughter of the original chosen and the son of the original chosen provide a new generation of the chosen children. He orders that any child over the age of nineteen be killed and forbids leisure or playing games.  However by the end of Children of the Corn, Isaac becomes powerful and is struck down by his own god.

After the events of the first film, the children of Gatlin manage to bring him into hiding, while preserving his status in critical care. When diagnosed it was found that he had suffered two fractures to the head which required stitching that his ankles and wrists were severely bruised his arm joints were torn, and he'd shifted two plates in his back  He fell into a coma and woke up nineteen years later. He was determined to resurrect the forgotten religion, but couldn't successfully pull off all that was required of him, being weak and unwilling to meet the harsher demands of He Who Walks Behind The Rows.

2009 TV Film

Portrayals

He has had several different actors portray him, including John Franklin in the movie series and Preston Bailey in the made-for-TV remake. Franklin's portrayal is the most popular because of his GHD. GHD is a disease that is the reason for his short stature, high voice, and young appearance. When he played the twelve year-old Isaac, he was actually 23, but nobody noticed it because his GHD made him look like a child.

Trivia

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