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The Messengers -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Mark Wheaton (screenplay)
Todd Farmer (story)
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Release Date:
2 February 2007 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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.
Plot:
An ominous darkness invades a seemingly serene sunflower farm in North Dakota, and the Solomon family is torn apart by suspicion, mayhem and murder. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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A lazy horror film that is filled with the usual clichés See more (199 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Oxide Pang Chun  (as Oxide Pang)
Danny Pang 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Mark Wheaton (screenplay)

Todd Farmer (story)

Produced by
Lou Arkoff .... co-producer
Rhonda Baker .... line producer: Canada
Joseph Drake .... executive producer (as Joe Drake)
Nathan Kahane .... executive producer
Kelli Konop .... co-producer
Jim Miller .... co-producer
Andrew Pfeffer .... line producer
Sam Raimi .... producer
William Sherak .... producer
Jason Shuman .... producer
Robert G. Tapert .... producer (as Rob Tapert)
J.R. Young .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Joseph LoDuca 
 
Cinematography by
David Geddes (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John Axelrad 
Armen Minasian 
Tim Mirkovich 
 
Casting by
Betia Hovedskov 
Nancy Nayor 
Kelly Wagner 
 
Production Design by
Alicia Keywan 
 
Art Direction by
Ken Watkins 
 
Set Decoration by
Sara McCudden 
 
Costume Design by
Mary Hyde-Kerr 
Cathy McComb 
 
Makeup Department
Steven E. Anderson .... special makeup effects artist: Tatopoulos Studios
Russell Cate .... special makeup effects artist
Jennifer Forberg .... special makeup effects trainee
Tracy George .... key makeup artist
Tamara Harrod .... key hair stylist
Natasha Ladek .... wig maker: Kristen Stewart
Julian Ledger .... special makeup effects artist: Tatopoulos Studios
Lisa Love .... makeup artist: Ms. Stewart
Louise Mackintosh .... key special makeup effects artist
Nina McArthur .... hair stylist
David Scott .... special makeup effects artist
Patrick Tatopoulos .... special effects designer and fabricator: "Daughter"
David Beneke .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Rhonda Baker .... unit production manager
Jack Schuster .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenny Chaplin .... third assistant director
Cub Chin .... assistant director
Trevor Cunningham .... first assistant director: second unit
Elizabeth Farrer .... third assistant director
Holly Gilliam .... trainee assistant director
Grant Lucibello .... second assistant director
Nathan Mosewich .... trainee assistant director
Shayne Putzlocher .... second assistant director: second unit
Eduardo Rodriguez .... director: reshoots
Jon Tewksbury .... third assistant director: second unit
Craig Wallace .... second assistant director
Mark Wallace .... first assistant director
Pamela Wintringham .... second assistant director
Bruce Jones .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alfred A. Arndt .... construction coordinator
Al Berg .... storyboard artist
Katie Bowes .... props
Shelly Bowes-Cherry .... art department coordinator (as Shelly Bowes)
Chris Buchinsky .... storyboard artist
Dean Campbell .... carpenter (reshoot)
Tim C Campbell .... key scenic artist
Lucas T. Chadwick .... on-set dresser
Barbara Chandler .... on-set scenic
Adrienne Conley .... graphic designer
Adrienne Conley .... trainee set designer
Norm Daschle .... assistant property master
Henry Thomas Earle .... set dresser
Jonathan Gesinski .... storyboard artist
Alain Giguère .... key painter
Simon Haywood-Anderson .... set dresser
Crystal Husum .... scenic painter
Philip Keller .... storyboard artist
Lee Kolenick .... set dresser
Jean-Pierre Lavoie .... set designer
Mark Montague .... storyboard coordinator
Russell Moore .... set designer
Bob Nett .... construction buyer
Charles Ratteray .... storyboard artist
Skye Rolick .... props buyer
Brent Russell .... assistant set decorator
Danny Scavuzzo .... construction coordinator
Jon Tewksbury .... set dresser
Adrian Traquair .... set dresser
Bev Ulmer .... scenic painter
Ric Walkington .... property master
Johann Wessels .... scenic artist
Laura Wolfe .... set decoration buyer trainee
Darcy Wyness .... greens foreman
Jean-François Merlot .... scenic painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ulrika Akander .... supervising adr editor
Garrell Clark .... sound mixer
Danny Duperrault .... boom operator
Matthew P. Hanson .... sound assistant
Jamie Hardt .... assistant sound editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Ryan Maguire .... foley mixer
Peter Melnychuk .... boom operator
Paul N.J. Ottosson .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul N.J. Ottosson .... supervising sound editor
Daniel Pagan .... sound effects editor
Roger Roscoe .... boom operator: second unit
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Mark A. Rozett .... sound re-recording mixer
Ed Seneshen .... second unit sound mixer
Kelly Vandever .... sound re-recording mixer
Bernard Weiser .... supervising foley editor
Kelly Zombor .... boom operator
Jeff Hamon .... utility sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Julia Bogdan-Rollo .... production accountant: Tatopoulos Studios
Dean Campbell .... special effects assistant
Kelly Coe .... fabricator
John Halfmann .... moldmaker: Tatopoulos Studios
Guy Himber .... shop supervisor: Tatopoulos Studios
Allison Klein .... assistant to designer: Tatopoulos Studios
Lee Kolenick .... special effects buyer
Casey Love .... key sculptor: Tatopoulos Studios
Amanda Paller .... special effects assistant
James Paradis .... special effects coordinator
James Paradis .... special effects director
Marcine Peter .... contact lens technician
Anshuman Prasad .... purchasing agent: Tatopoulos Studios
Maurice Routly .... special effects co-coordinator
Hayden Scott .... special effects assistant
Mark Viniello .... foam supervisor: Tatopoulos Studios
 
Visual Effects by
Dave Isaac Santos Abuel .... visual effects (as Dan Abuel)
Hoon Bae .... visual effects
Brian Beard .... digital intermediate editor
Jeff Bruneel .... digital compositor: Technicolor
Anthony De Chellis .... animator
Paul DeOliveira .... digital compositor: Technicolor
Gene Dreitser .... senior technical director
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM
Dana Marin Fisher .... visual effects coordinator
Rob Gennings .... animator: Technicolor
Brent Paul George .... visual effects supervisor
Jon Greenhalgh .... digital compositor: Michael Kaelin & Associates, Inc.
Bernie Hernando .... previsual animation
Chris Hopkins .... Compositor: Michael Kaelin & Assoc. Inc.
Jason Howey .... visual effects
Bruce Jones .... visual effects supervisor
Phil Jones .... visual effects supervisor: Technicolor
Michael Kaelin .... compositing supervisor: Michael Kaelin & Assoc. Inc.
Aaron Kaminar .... visual effects
Michael Kennen .... digital compositor: Michael Kaelin & Associates, Inc.
Khi-Hyun Kim .... visual effects artist
Martin Krol .... lead modeller: Technicolor Vfx
Ryan Kuba .... visual effects coordinator: Technicolor Creative Services
Benjamin Liu .... visual effects
Ryan McDonald .... visual effects developer
Michael Morreale .... executive producer: Amalgamated Pixels
Jordan Nieuwland .... matte painter: Technicolor
Sean O'Hara .... compositor
Phillip Palousek .... visual effects coordinator
Persis Reynolds .... visual effects producer: Technicolor
Ruben Salazar .... digital compositor
Amir Shachar .... lighting
Amir Shachar .... shader development: TCS Toronto
Vivian Wei .... visual effects: Reality Check Studios
Stephen Wilson .... digital compositor
Sunny Wong .... visual effects
Sarah Wormsbecher .... visual effects production manager: Technicolor
Robert Beebe .... digital effects technician: iO FILM (uncredited)
Vincent Lavares .... data manager (uncredited)
Klaus Steden .... senior systems administrator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Tracy Beemer .... stunt double (as Tracy McMahon)
Mario De Negri .... stunt performer
Terrance Leigh .... assistant stunt coordinator
Terrance Leigh .... stunt double
Lori MacKay .... stunt performer
Aleks Paunovic .... stunt double
Joe Rabl .... stunt actor
Kristen Sawatzky .... stunt performer
Rick Skene .... stunt coordinator
Sean Skene .... stunt performer
Jodi Terhoch .... stunt double
Ron Webber .... assistant stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Adshead .... key grip
Dustin Allen .... lamp operator
Scott Beresh .... rigging gaffer
Richard Buckmaster .... gaffer
Al Campbell .... key grip
Peter G. Capadouca .... gaffer
Latif Cavanaugh .... grip
Mark Dobrescu .... camera operator
Mark Dobrescu .... director of photography: second unit
Chad Ferguson .... grip
Shawn Fulton .... lighting technician
Shane Geddes .... second assistant camera: additional photography
David Giesbrecht .... still photographer: re-shoot
Matt Greenhough .... dolly grip
Daryl Hartwell .... daily dolly grip
Rob Hillstead .... lighting technician
Junichi Hosoi .... Steadicam operator
Junichi Hosoi .... camera operator: "b" camera
Ken Krawczyk .... director of photography: second unit: re-shoots
Nick Lamb .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Kevin Lheritier .... best boy grip
David Fred Masselink .... digital imaging technician
Karen Obertowich .... video assistant: re-shoots
Chooch Paglaro .... video playback: re-shoot
Greg Rideout .... rigging gaffer
Rob Rowan .... rigging best boy electric
Takashi Seida .... still photographer
Timothy Robin Spencer .... key first assistant camera
Alison J. Stewart .... grip (as Alison Rigby)
Scott Storm .... rigging grip
Scott Tremblay .... best boy electric
Nicole Wiwchar .... second assistant camera
Phil Wright .... key rigging grip
Geoff Yates .... best boy grip
 
Casting Department
Stuart Aikins .... casting: Canada
Sean Cossey .... casting: Canada
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Betia Hovedskov .... saskatchewan casting
Brenda McCormick .... casting
Janine Sugawara .... casting associate
Kathleen Widdows .... additional casting
Kevin Mockrin .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sonja Clifton-Remple .... costumer
Brook Hesseln .... assistant costume designer (as Brook Hesselen)
Lynnette Kuchera .... costume buyer
Kerri La Londe .... truck costumer
Robin Merrifield .... costumer
Tiffany Palmer .... extras costumer
Jennifer Sparrowhawk .... costume trainee
Joanna Vollhoffer .... costume set supervisor
Danika Wright .... costume buyer
Danika Wright .... costume set supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Adam Hawkey .... digital intermediate colorist
Michael Kaz .... apprentice editor
Michael John Koetter .... software engineer
Heather Malek .... first assistant editor
Reed Whorton .... post-production assistant
 
Music Department
Scott Davidson .... score mixer
Thomas Milano .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Sylvain Buteau .... picture car coordinator
Sylvain Buteau .... transportation captain
Sheila Richards .... key transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Beverly Andrews .... production assistant
Ota Bares .... trainer: raven
Tammy Rae Beltrami .... script supervisor
Brent Braaten .... assistant to producers
Phillip Brass .... assistant location manager
Linda Brown .... unit publicist
Brenda Campbell .... acting coach
Kelsey Chapman .... production assistant
Nathan Chapman .... production assistant
Dan Crozler .... production assistant
Raz Cunningham .... production assistant
Gavin Dargin .... production assistant
Ken Dhaliwal .... finance legal
Robert Disano .... sous chef
Rob Doak .... video coordinator
James Ferrera .... unit publicist
Kathryn Floro .... assistant to producers
Tyler Forrest .... production assistant
Janice Fowlie .... production accountant
Wendy Gaboury .... production accountant
Ian Gardner .... assistant to producers
David Giesbrecht .... still photographer
Kelli Gillam .... production accountant
Kim Goddard-Rains .... production coordinator
Michelle Gougeon .... assistant production coordinator
Rebecca Gray .... first assistant accountant
Steven Hearn .... location manager: second unit
Meghan Hickie .... production assistant
Edsel Hilchie .... location manager
Marc Jacobs .... production resources
Tim Kleisinger .... production assistant
Kerri La Londe .... truck supervisor
Aaron Lam .... assistant: Mr. Raimi
Steven Lewis .... production attorney
Lauren 'Fluff' Lindsay .... first aid/craft service
Brianna Lund .... kitchen assistant
Dustin Luther .... production assistant
Grace MacLeod .... bug wrangler
Charity Martin .... truck supervisor (reshoot)
Stacy Martin .... production assistant
Mark Montague .... intern
Nathan Mosewich .... continuity: second unit
Nathan Mosewich .... key location production assistant
Nathan Mosewich .... location production assistant
Nathan Mosewich .... location production assistant: reshoots
Nathan Mosewich .... trainee script supervisor
Jennifer Omoth .... first assistant accountant
Serenity Xiao Xiao Pang-Bellman .... assistant to directors
David Pollison .... assistant: Robert Tapert
Marvin V. Scansen .... chef
Kristen Schneider .... payroll accountant
Takashi Seida .... still photographer
Pam Simons .... production coordinator
Tyson Toebs .... trainee sous chef
Joanna Vollhoffer .... set supervisor
Jeff Warden .... production assistant
Reed Whorton .... production assistant
Tricia Wilson .... production assistant
Garth Yakymyk .... 2nd assistant accountant: reshoots
Davis Yik .... assistant to directors
Rowena Yik .... assistant to directors
Mike Doto .... production manager: titles (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"ghost house" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, disturbing violence and terror
Runtime:
90 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color | Black and White (flashback scenes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Stuart Beattie performed some re-writes.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Denise is scrubbing the stain on the wall, the amount she has scrubbed, and the soapy water on the wall, is inconsistent between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Jess:[to her brother] Where are they? What do you see?See more »
Movie Connections:
References Ring (1998)See more »
Soundtrack:
All My Dreams Are Coming TrueSee more »

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35 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
A lazy horror film that is filled with the usual clichés, 20 February 2007
Author: christian123

After having problems in Chicago, the Solomon family moves to a remote North Dakota farmhouse to start anew, but their attempts at an idyllic farming life is disrupted when their teen daughter Jess (Kristen Stewart) and her 3-year-old brother Ben start seeing and being attacked by supernatural beings who won't allow them to live in peace.

The Messengers starts off decently although it eventually becomes a generic horror film that's a lot more humorous than frightening. After reading the premise, I thought this could have been a decent movie since it sounded creepy and it held potential. Unfortunately, the film didn't live up to its potential although I should have expected this since the trailer was awful. The screenplay was probably the worst part about it. It was full of silly sequences and bland dialog. The characters were not developed at all and most of them were acting like a bunch of idiots so it was hard to feel sympathy for them.

The directors did a horrible job at building up suspense. They mainly relied on cheap scares like loud noises and random jumps. The music was really over the top and it just made it easier for the viewer to telegraph the next "scary" moment. I also didn't like how they pretty much just used one location for the whole movie. The house was the centerpiece of the story and that's where the majority of the filming took place so it got a little boring after awhile to see the same area. Also, I didn't like the close-ups of the actors. During a conversation, the camera would continually jerk from character to another in the span of five seconds and it got really annoying. The directors did create a decent atmosphere and they do get some points for making their movie stylish. However, since we have come a long way in terms of style and effects, it's not really that hard to make your movie look nice especially if you are working on a Hollywood film.

The acting was atrocious and if this movie had been released in December, I'm sure it would have received several Razzie nominations. Kristen Stewart showed some talent in Panic Room but you wouldn't be able to tell she has talent by watching her performance in The Messengers. She was okay at acting scared and that's it. The rest of the time she was dry and unconvincing. Penelope Anne Miller was just awful when it came to everything. It sounded like she was reading her lines and she had some of the worst facial expressions I have ever seen. Dylan McDermott was just very wooden and he showed almost no emotion. John Corbett gave the best performance and he had a couple of good scenes. The twins who played Ben were also decent and managed to out act many of the adult actors. Overall, this lame horror film is not worth watching because of it's blandness and lazy film-making. Rating 4/10

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