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The Messengers (2007)

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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.

Directors:

Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang (as Oxide Pang)

Writers:

Mark Wheaton (screenplay), Todd Farmer (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Stewart ... Jess
Dylan McDermott ... Roy
Penelope Ann Miller ... Denise
John Corbett ... Burwell
Evan Turner Evan Turner ... Ben
Theodore Turner ... Ben
William B. Davis ... Colby Price
Brent Briscoe ... Plume
Dustin Milligan ... Bobby
Jodelle Ferland ... Michael Rollins
Michael Daingerfield ... Police Officer
Tatiana Maslany ... Lindsay Rollins
Shirley McQueen ... Mary Rollins
Anna Hagan ... Doctor
Blaine Hart Blaine Hart ... Charlie
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Storyline

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 all...is 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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Messengers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,713,321, 4 February 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,374,833, 18 March 2007
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color | Black and White (flashback scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the film premiere in Minot, North Dakota, when Bobby said "Welcome to North Dakota," the audience broke out in laughter. See more »

Goofs

After Jess encounters the girl in the basement and runs outside, she comes back inside and slides down the door. The doorknob is clearly missing from the door. See more »

Quotes

Jess: [to her brother] You saw it too... didn't you?
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Crazy Credits

The opening title sequence suddenly drains of color, to become monochrome (black and white). See more »


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All My Dreams Are Coming True
Written and Performed by Ron Keel (ASCAP)
Courtesy Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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Good fun ghost story
8 May 2008 | by Danny_G13See all my reviews

Well made ghost horror might not be the greatest movie ever made, but manages to entertain effectively.

Let us first of all say that this movie does exactly what it says on the tin. It is a ghost story and never pretends to be anything else. Anyone looking for a highbrow horror tale here can look elsewhere.

Getting back to the story though, and a family with a mysterious past move to a new home in the middle of the country, a home with a chequered history of its own, and it is not long before daughter Jess encounters the secrets of the house...

Husband Roy is desperate to make a go of this new life, by making a successful harvest with the fertile soil in the fields next to where they now live, and despite some troubles between mother and daughter it seems that they are going to try putting their problems behind them.

The house has other ideas though.

The Messengers makes no apology for what it is - an old-fashioned ghost story with a hint of horror and which benefits from a slightly shallow plot to aid with fast story telling and scares. Yeah, it's not exactly earth shatteringly terrifying but it does a better job of building tension than most of its peers.

Its special effects are reasonably decent, and never look too fake bar bar one single occasion in the cellar.

The acting too is acceptable and does the job - Kristen Stewart does her best with the material and produces what the role requires.

But the fun here is with the overall feel of the movie - it just works as long as you don't try to expect too much from it.

The only oddity is 'Cigarette Smoking Man' from X-Files William B Davis making an unnecessary and pointless appearance twice as a real estate broker - a side story which was totally inept and served no purpose and gave the actor all of 20 seconds of screen time.

That aside, good movie and worth seeing as long as you don't expect more than it is.


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