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The Messengers 2007

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Gothic ghost story featuring children possessed of malevolent spirits and mysterious deaths at a small town America sunflower farm. Roy Solomon (Dylan McDermott ) moves with his wife and three kids from Chicago to a remote North Dakota sunflower farm to make a fresh start on a new, healthier and safer life. In reality, they're running from the ghost of their daughter's drunk-driving accident, which hospitalized one of her brothers. John Burwell (John Corbett), a passing drifter, starts work as the family's man Friday and quickly becomes their trusted employee. As things begin to get dark, however and as ravens begin to circle the ranch, the Solomon kids begin to see queer spectral shapes around the house. One of them keeps what he sees to himself and the other is accused of attention seeking but there can be no mistaking what they are seeing as the signs become more threatening and ominous. Is there a presence at work in the house? What happened here that made the previous occupants leave so quickly? Have they even fully left.

Starring:
Kristen Stewart, Theodore Turner
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 24 minutes
Starring Kristen Stewart, Theodore Turner, Evan Turner, Penelope Ann Miller, William B. Davis, Dylan McDermott, John Corbett
Director Oxide Pang, Danny Pang, Oxide Pang Chun
Genres Drama, Horror
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 30 July 2007
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 24 minutes
Starring Kristen Stewart, Theodore Turner, Evan Turner, Penelope Ann Miller, William B. Davis, Dylan McDermott, John Corbett
Director Oxide Pang, Danny Pang, Oxide Pang Chun
Genres Drama, Horror
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release Title not released yet
Main languages English

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3.6 out of 5 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 2 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This is a good haunted house movie, which doesn't do anything new, but tells its story quite effectively.
A family of four move into an abandoned farmhouse, located somewhere in North Dakota. Dylan McDermott plays the father, Roy Solomon. Penelope Anne Miller plays the mother, and they have two children, a teenage daughter named Jess played by Kristen Stewart, and a toddler boy named Benny. They've moved to the sticks from Chicago, because Jess was involved in a serious drink-drive accident, injuring her brother. The family have chosen to relocate, in order to escape the unfortunate past, and to make a living on the sunflower farm.
Before long there are warning signs that all is not well with the house. Discoloured patches appear on the walls and the children see spectral images on the walls and ceilings. Inanimate objects start to move about the house. Crows start to pester Roy and deplete his crops. However, a passing drifter, John, who's played by John Corbett, helps the family to get rid of the crows.
Jess tells her parents about the very strange goings on in the house but they are disbelieving, at least initially...
This is a fair ghost story, but not quite up there with the very best of them, i.e. films like The Devil's Backbone, The Orphanage, and The Conjuring - The Devil's Backbone - Special Edition [Blu-ray], Orphanage [Blu-ray], and The Conjuring [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free].
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The Messengers is directed by the Pang Brothers and jointly written by Stuart Beattie, Todd Farmer and Mark Wheaton. It stars Kristen Stewart, Dylan McDermott, Penelope Ann Miller and John Corbett. Music is by Joseph LoDuca and cinematography by David Geddes. Plot finds the Solomon family move into a Dakota sunflower farm and find their hopes of an idyllic new life shattered by something sinister.

There is absolutely no doubt about it, the Brothers Pang, the guys behind 2002s excellent Gin gwai, have a quality eye for visual terror. They are able to construct indelible scary images and genuinely chill the blood with creepy sequences, even with weak material, such is the case here. It's such a shame that for their American debut they should choose to tackle such a derivative picture as this haunted house spooker, a film that lifts from J horror and practically every haunted house movie you have ever seen. Is it scary? yes, for sure, so much so that until the last third you forgive the sense of familiarity because the Pang's have held us enthralled by the lurking menaces within the shadows of this rickety farmhouse. But the pay off is weak and features a plot twist so stupid it quickly smoothers what little trust in the film that was left.

The cast are ineffective, saddled by the inept script they have to work from, but 10 out of 10 for effort regardless. It's the sort of screenplay that gets Kristen Stewart's troubled teenager to meet a potential boyfriend (Dustin Milligan out acted by the Crows), lets them spend roughly about three minutes screen time together, then before you know it he's there with an axe aiding the good fight against evil with her! That's quality.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dooga on 1 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
The Messengers may seem like another typical horror, haunted house type film. And maybe it is, but the way it delivers the genre is different. There are many extremely chilling and well put together sequences that make the film scary and unique in many ways. The jolts never seize, which is a definite good point. There are also a lot of different types of scary moments, like jolty, creepy, suspensful, sickning etc... It isn't ridiculously gory, just very steady and awesomely crafted horror flick... watch.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Aug. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a haunted house story, plain and simple - but it's refreshing to see one with a decent cast and so well executed. The story is nothing new - family from the city move to country to escape their family problems... house they get turns out to have a past, and may be haunted.
There are no big gore moments, but plenty of atmosphere created by carefully NOT showing you everything for much of the movie, so that when something is seen, the effect is maximized. The ending is not much of a surprise, but the tension mounts thanks in particular to a good turn from Kristen Stewart as Jess, the teenager.
All in all, quite routine, but efficient enough to be worth a watch if you like the haunted house genre.
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By Green Man Music on 14 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
A family, having some problems and searching for a new start, move into a rambling old house in the middle of nowhere, where the teenage daughter starts experiencing poltergeist-type activity written off by her parents as an attempt to leave the unfamiliar pile and return to their old home.

Despite being a hugely unoriginal derivative piece, The Messengers isn't a bad film, and manages to keep up the suspense despite churning out every horror trope in the book from "shady figure moves quickly across front of screen" via "something in the basement" and sinister crows to the man possessed by the house who tries to hack down the door to reach his wife a la The Shining (1980). It owes most perhaps to films like The Amityville Horror (1979) and later films like Dead Birds (2005) but its lack of originality prevents it from coming anywhere close to them.

The acting is passable; the surly dad, stressed mum, anxy teenager and hunky farm-hand stereotypes were pulled off well enough by the cast. A creepy and intriguing old man who tries to buy the house off the family early in the film created an interesting thread that was unfortunately dropped.

All in all despite missed opportunities and a derivative jumble of horror tropes, a watchable horror film with a few creepy moments. Maybe 3.5 stars.
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