Just Another Rehashed Supernatural Thriller
Release Date: February 02, 2007
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Dylan
McDermott, Penelope Ann
Miller, and John Corbett
Genre: Supernatural Horror
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 89 minutes
Distributor: Screen Gems/Sony Pictures
Director: Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang
Executive Producer: Joseph Drake and Nathan Kahane
Producer: Sam Raimi, William Sherak,
Jason Shuman, and Robert G.
Writer: Mark Wheaton
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When Roy and Denise Solomon, played by Dylan McDermott and Penelope Ann Miller, respectively, move to a small sunflower farm in North Dakota, they hope to find peace for their family, especially their troubled teenage daughter, Jess, played by Kristen Stewart. Within moments of walking into the old farm house, though, Jess and her little brother Ben begin to notice some eerie things about their new home – strange noises, ominous black crows, and things that go bump in the night. In no time whatsoever, Jess and Ben see ghosts as the house is haunted by several vindictive spirits bent on revenge.
While trying to protect her little brother and convince her parents that she is not crazy, Jess starts to unravel the mystery surrounding the mysterious disappearances of the family who previously lived there. And, when a farm-hand becomes possessed by the former owner who killed his family, Jess and her parents must fight not only against a homicidal maniac but also against the angry spirits who are trying to kill them all.
THE MESSENGERS is nothing new. Utilizing the same story-telling devices that most Hollywood horror movies have used time and again, everything about this movie feels rehashed. To its credit, the movie does not rely too heavily on gory imagery and the excessively bloody nonsense that defines most horror movies nowadays. In that sense, it hearkens back to more classic scare-fare. Relying more on what is not seen, this supernatural movie succeeds in creating some tension but fails in truly original fright.
Also, THE MESSENGERS relies too heavily on pagan elements in which the dark side of the supernatural is always stronger and more appealing than the light. In that sense, this movie fails to truly represent supernatural elements. By not utilizing prayer and the Holy Spirit to stand against spiritual enemies, this movie misses the point. It would be refreshing for once to see a horror movie in which the heroes call upon the name of the Lord to protect them. However, since nothing else in this movie is refreshing and original, it could hardly be expected for THE MESSENGERS to blaze a new trail there. With all the violence and the supernatural elements, this movie is excessive and media-wise viewers will probably not go anywhere near this one.
THE MESSENGERS is nothing new. Everything feels rehashed. To its credit, the movie does not rely on gory imagery. Even so, THE MESSENGERS relies too heavily on pagan elements in which the dark side of the supernatural is always stronger and more appealing than the light.