The Messengers (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  2 February 2007 (USA)
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An ominous darkness invades a seemingly serene sunflower farm in North Dakota, and the Solomon family is torn apart by suspicion, mayhem and murder.


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It's been six years since the Rollins family just up and left and now the troubled Solomon family has come from Chicago, to rebuild their lives following their sons hospitalization due to their daughter's drunk driving accident. But as they start to settle in something odd and strange begins to occur to their son. Could something supernatural be at work, and did the previous family just leave...or are they still here? Trapped in the only place they've ever known? And what did cause their deaths? Most of this 'killer' still very much alive? Written by suspicous

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There is evidence to suggest that children are highly susceptible to paranormal phenomena. They see what adults cannot. They believe what adults deny. And they are trying to warn us.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, disturbing violence and terror | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 February 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Messengers  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,713,321 (USA) (2 February 2007)


£704,195 (UK) (13 April 2007)

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Colby Price (the creepy real-estate agent played by Canadian actor William B. Davis), his purpose in the movie, if any, was never explained, he just appeared for no reason at random times. One theory is that he was a ghost and that John murdered him along with his own family when the farm failed. This has yet to be confirmed. See more »


It takes at least 4 months to plant, cultivate and harvest sunflowers, yet Ben never ages throughout the movie. See more »


Jess: [to her brother] You saw it too... didn't you?
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The opening titles, feature around surreal shots of the haunted site. See more »


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Not great, but not too bad
5 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is evidence to suggest that children... would really rather watch something else.

As suspense/horror movies go, this one isn't amazing. Its hardly original; more like Hitchcock's The Birds meets Verbinski's The Ring. Honestly. Its a perfect combination of the two.

Personally I'd recommend watching the afore mentioned separately, each being better alone than this film. Really, the only thing it seems to have in abundance OTHER than unoriginality, is cheap pop-out scares. I mean, yeah, its kinda fun the first time or two... but after about half a dozen, you start to wonder if there is anything else to be had.

The acting wasn't entirely horrible, I'll admit to that much. The Turner kids who played Ben are certainly entertaining to watch, giving a cute contrast to the grungy atmosphere of the movie. Cancer Man... wait... no, sorry, William Davis could have done better in my opinion, as could Miller... but considering the type of movie this is, one doesn't have a lot of room to nitpick.

As a quick side note, I DO commend this movie for not being gratuitously gory. Its rare to find modern movies in this genre that don't blatantly use blood and guts to invoke fear.

All in all, this movie isn't the worst of its kinda, but it is in no way the best. If you want cheap, minimal-gore thrills that will make you jump, go see it. If you're looking for a deeper, more thought-provoking thriller... I strongly recommend looking elsewhere.

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