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You more of less have to know what your getting into with this film.
To make a long story short, Randy is a down on his luck farmer. He finds and puts up a scarecrow, then things start to go his way, but people wind up dying.
The story was surprisingly good for a b-class flick, and the acting was decent as well. Minus a few holes in the plot, the premise is good. I can't really complain about the technical aspects of the film. There is enough blood to satisfy those looking for it, and enough twists to make you nod in approval.
This won't win any awards, nor will it go down in the annals of Worst 100 (if it does, I will be extremely disappointed). More of less, it's an average flick with just enough story to keep you interested.
5/10 - overall, could pass for a theater release, despite being direct to video. Certainly better then 2/3'rds of the crap in the theaters now-a-days.
I'm a huge horror fan, and I tend to watch most dvds I can get my hands
This straight to DVD "prequel" of the original film should please most horror fans. It's not a great movie, and you'll likely forget it not long after watching, but it's entertaining enough if your expectations are low.
It has good acting and a big-budget look. I didn't know much about the plot going in, so some of the twists towards the end were a little unexpected for me. It doesn't have much at all to do with the original Messengers.
The plot is a little goofy. But I think it gives this B movie some of its charm.
The family man farmer John Rollins (Norman Reedus) is stressed with his
financial situation: the crows and the lack of irrigation are
destroying his crop of corn; the bank is near closure of his mortgage;
he does not have credit to fix the water pump or to buy seeds; and his
marriage is in crisis and his wife Mary (Heather Stephens) is giving
too much attention to her friend Tommy (Atanas Srebrev). When John
accidentally discovers a hidden compartment in the barn, he finds a
creepy scarecrow but his son Michael (Laurence Belcher) makes him
promise to destroy it. However, his neighbor Jude Weatherby (Richard
Riehle) visits him, gives a six-pack of beer to the abstemious John and
convinces him to put the scarecrow in the cornfield. Out of the blue,
the life of John changes: the crows die; the pump works again
irrigating the land; and the banker responsible for the closure has an
accident and dies. However, he feels that his land is possessed by
something evil that is threatening his beloved family.
"Messengers 2: The Scarecrow" is a good direct-to-video supernatural movie. The story may be not original but is well constructed, with a good screenplay and effective performances of veteran and novice actors and actresses. The conclusion is the weakest part of this decent horror movie. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Os Mensageiros 2" ("The Messengers 2")
Basically The Shining meets Signs meets Children of the Corn but it's
better than it sounds. John Rollins is an out of luck farmer, his corn
is diseased, crows are eating what's not, he can't afford to fix his
irrigation or buy fertilizer, he's on the outs with his wife and an
evil banker is foreclosing on his farm. Then he finds a hideous
scarecrow that frightens his son but a new neighbor convinces him to
put up. Suddenly his luck changes... the crows die, the corn is
healthy, the water pump works, he finds a wad of money and even gets
laid. Soon bad things happen to his enemies, his family situation grows
worse and he starts to worry about the scarecrow.
On the face of it, M2 isn't a very good movie but two things save it, Norman Reedus and Heather Stephens. Reedus fully develops John Rollins, in the beginning a good Christian, a tad paranoid and an almost broken man. When things improve his confidence and virility grow as do his bad habits with a little nudging from the new neighbor; and finally desperation when the price of success grows too high. Stephens does a very good job in her supporting role as John's wife, Mary Rollins. Between them, they make the movie believable. The filmmakers allow Reedus to act and don't burden him or Stephens with too many lines. For most of the movie, the scarecrow is just a totem but eventually comes to life and the film loses effectiveness. From other reviews I get that M2 doesn't work well as a sequel but I never saw the original. As a standalone, it's worth a watch.
Believe it or not, this movie used the script that was originally intended for THE MESSENGERS. Obviously, something went wrong, and it ended up becoming the basis for this sequel. A corn farmer down on his luck finds a creepy old scarecrow hidden away in his barn and puts it up in his dying cornfield, which is plagued by crows and lack of water. The nasty crows soon disappear, and the farm's faulty irrigation system begins working again. Unfortunately, people start dying as well, and the farmer begins to believe the change in fortune is tied to the creepy scarecrow. He attempts to burns it, but ... well, you get the idea. Highly reminiscent of ":Children of the Corn" and any number of previous killer scarecrow-oriented horror flicks, M2 is still eerie enough on its own terms to hold one's attention. Award-winning character actor Norman Reedus plays the haunted farmer, otherwise the cast is nondescript. There are a couple of surprising twists and turns near the end that add to the overall enjoyment of this STV. Moody and atmospheric throughout, M2 is for connoisseurs of intelligent horror, as it can be slow-moving and is definitely not into JASON territory -- at least, not until the grand finale. Enjoy.
I found the film Messengers 2: The Scarecrow, not to be as good as the first film, It did have a lot of nice scenery in the film. I did think that it was just as creepy as the original, It is about a farmer called John Rollins(Norman Reedus) John's corn crop is being eaten up by a swarm of crows. While John is going through the barn he finds an old scarecrow is found and John thinks it may scare away the crows. The next morning his cornfield is covered with dead crows. This film had quite a supernatural and a creepy kind of feel to it which made it a good film. Although i did think the actors were far better from the first movie. 4/10
I was one few who really liked The Messengers (2007), I thought had
some great moment, There were good remember scenes in that movie, the
ghost come out of the wall was really creepy.
I know this movie is meant to be prequel about total different story about evil Scarecrow,It' not connected to first movie at all.
I have only seen one other scarecrow movie that was Jeepers Creepers, which is was much better and scary one.
This was my second time I saw this movie, I did not remember much of first watch and I just saw this two days ago, it is very forgettable movie.
I did not all plot of story was really dull, I did not find Scare crow scary at all.
However I liked the little twist they had in the movie which I never saw coming, The ending of the movie felt way to rushed!
Acting was decent from most of cast
3 out of 10
I am somewhat disappointed with this film. I felt it was not as
captivating or well-made as the first Messengers movie. It has random
nude scenes of which I found were completely irrelevant to the movies
storyline, perhaps a change in directors from the first movie to the
second has done this.
However, I do find that actors in it are very good. There is no cliché high pitched screaming coming from the women which is a plus. On the horror scale, this movie rates very low in my eyes.
Overall I wouldn't recommend watching this, watch the first movie instead and leave it at that!
The Messengers 2 is a very prototypical low grade horror sequel. These
types of movie never feature the stars that made the first and try to
capture the mood of the first without stepping on it's toes too much.
The idea would be to elaborate on the parts that worked and avoid the
parts that didn't. Unfortunately most of them do the opposite and this
entry is no different.
As a full movie this isn't as terrible as some horror movies you'll see out there. There are a few interesting ideas and twists but not many. The movie is also acted well if not lacklusterly under toned.
The concept of being scared of the scarecrow just didn't work for me. It never really seemed like anything other than an inanimate object. The movie kind of crawled along and was predictable as well. There was too much emphasis on the farm (which albeit is a key theme) and not enough focus on the horror. The first movie was good because it mixed the farm setting with an inherited horror and human interaction. This movie left the interaction out and elaborated on the farm.
I would really only recommend this movie to farm lovers. If you loved the first movie then it's worth a watch but you'll likely be disappointed.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
A farmer & his family find themselves falling on tough times when first
the crows start eating his corn, two, a variety of mishaps happen to
the farming equipment. three, he finds himself in debt with suppliers &
four, dealing with sneaky township owners who want him to sell his
land. Being a born again Christian, with a born again Christian family,
he begins to wonder where God is in this hour of need, however one day
he discovers a hidden doorway in the barn which contains behind it a
really ugly looking scarecrow, ignoring the wise advice of his young
son to throw the ugly looking thing away, he puts it up & soon the
crows die off (with a heavy accent on dying off!) his crops are growing
healthy, his farming equipment starts working & even better he's soon
getting cash as well to pay off his debts! & no more township owners
are coming around to bother him into selling (Do I really need to say
why?) however all of this good fortune comes with a price as the
supernatural forces start picking off his enemies one by one & soon the
law comes around his house, with all fingers pointing straight in his
direction for the murders & disappearances. Soon the Farmer realizes
that getting the scarecrow up there is reaping wonderful benefits for
him & his family, but taking it down however will unleash a flood of
terrifying consequences that could kill both him & his family unless he
can find a way to stop it. Supposed direct to DVD prequel (though the
exception of the lead character who appears extremely different than
what he appeared as in the original dud) actually bares little
resemblance to the first picture at all, although I see that as a
blessing in a way (though they never did answer the reason as to why if
this character walks off into the sunset with his wife & kids at the
end of the movie, why he became evil again in the first?) MESSENGERS 2:
THE SCARECROW was actually a much better movie, it was more involving &
had a few creepy scenes & ideas running up it's sleeve. The acting &
directing was well handled here & the film played more like a
psychological horror outing rather than a supernatural drama which the
boring original was. The special effects were pretty decent & the
scarecrow was both ugly & creepy looking. Plenty of good plot twists
(though many horror fans who have seen their fare share of these types
of movies will no doubt figure out the films many plot twists early on)
Nonetheless the film is recommended. Not the greatest horror movie out
there, but it provides for a fairly entertaining watch for horror fans.
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