Messengers 2: The Scarecrow 2009 R CC

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In this chilling prequel to The Messengers, farmer John Rollins places a mysterious scarecrow in his struggling fields and discovers that its appearance is both a blessing and a deadly curse.

Starring:
Norman Reedus, Heather Stephens
Runtime:
1 hour 35 minutes

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Messengers 2: The Scarecrow

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Genres Horror
Director Martin Barnewitz
Starring Norman Reedus, Heather Stephens
Supporting actors Claire Holt, Richard Riehle, Darcy Fowers, Matthew McNulty, Laurence Belcher, Vladimir Yossifov, Todd Jensen, Michael McCoy, Kalina Green, Erbi Ago, Atanas Srebrev
Studio Not Available
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Reedus' overall performance as John was pretty good and I found his character to be quite relatable.
RDU
One day, while poking around in the barn, John finds a false wall, and when he breaks it open, he discovers an old scarecrow.
Robert Beveridge
In this film though how do we get a happy ending, it just not make sense unless their ending happens later some how.
fmwaalex

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By RDU on August 1, 2009
Format: DVD
Before you waste your time watching this movie, try watching the original "Messengers I" film. The original movie had a pretty good plot with a decent ending. More importantly, "Messengers I" was set up whereby the original family who first owned the house that was bought by the film's main characters had been murdered (don't worry, this shouldn't be a spoiler in terms of ruining the first film if you have never seen it). "Messengers II" is supposed to be a prequel that reveals the history of what happened to the original family who died in the house years before the current family of "Messengers I" ever moved in.

"Messengers II" is mainly about a farmer named John Rollins, who was played by Norman Reedus. Reedus' overall performance as John was pretty good and I found his character to be quite relatable. The film, however, first appears to focus on his soon approaching psychological meltdown after struggling to keep his wife and family together, creating a productive crop when drought and crows destroy everything in sight, and retaining his house and land before it is seized.

Several clues hinting to John's mental deterioration are scattered throughout the film (strange people continually popping up who only he can see), especially with the introduction of a creepy scarecrow that John mysteriously discovers in his barn that continues to disappear and reappear after horrible things occur to the people with whom John interacts. Then after nearly two hours the plot unfolds and the ending answers none of the clues concerning his seemingly imaginary companions or his failing mental state, leaving the viewer confused and incredibly agitated at having spent so much time waiting for the plot to unravel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PlanetHell on August 22, 2009
Format: DVD
Having watched the "The Messengers," it wasn't hard for me to enjoy this sequel. The first one itself was really just a blend of "The Grudge 1 and 2," "Amityville Horror," and "The Birds." The combination made for an entertaining movie, not to mention having the now top-status actress Kristen Stewart as the main character.

The sequel, "The Messengers 2: The Scarecrow," is a little different. It takes on the backstory that wasn't fully explained in the first of the why the man went nuts and murdered his family. It keeps the whole "Amityville Horror" feeling, but looses the whole Grudge feeling in favor of some "Jeepers Creepers 2" elements, save the Killer Scarecrow that will also remind people of The "I know what you did last summer" movies. All in all, it's another entertaining movie. No, it isn't original, but is very entertaining and interesting from start to finish.

Though, in the end, it is not 2/3 as good as the 1st. However, if you enjoyed the 1st, then this movie is worth seeing. I would've went for a 7/10 for this movie, but I opted for 4 instead of 3 stars in favor of trying to be as positive as possible when reviewing a movie. Reccomended for fans of the 1st or those looking for easy entertainment.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Zephyr on October 24, 2009
Format: DVD
I mean, really! That field should just go off forever in every direction but it really looks like some nasty two acre garden. Also, I realize that EVERY single movie now has to feature people who are younger than thirty since it's impossible to believe that anyone over the age of thirty could possibly contribute to society but I have a hard time believing that the wife is old enough to have given birth to that teenager (popped her out at the age of 14? I guess...) and the sheriff is, oh, what do you think, maybe twenty? Are there still sharecroppers? If a nearby sharecropper decided to pull off her top and pour water all over her naked torso, do you think you would even be anywhere to actually see it, if your farm was at least one or two quarters large? What? There's nudity? Yeah, a little bit, but not even enough to merit a rental, so maybe you ought to just go hang out by the local corn field, and one day, she'll come along.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kei. on October 4, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I believe there was a Messengers movie before this about the same farmer but I never saw it; nevertheless this movie is good enough to stand on its own. It's definitely a thriller bordering on Horror. A down-on-his luck farmer finds a new meaning to "reap what you sow" and it all revolves around a very creepy scarecrow, who isn't JUST UGLY. The farmer must question whats right or wrong, is good worth the evil it's come from, how much does family mean and on top of all else - is he just losing his mind? Great acting, suspenseful story and good special effects.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Sawin VINE VOICE on July 21, 2009
Format: DVD
In my movie watching experience, I've learned that it's usually important to watch an original film before its sequel. With this day and age though where sequels are actually prequels and we get prequel trilogies sixteen years AFTER the original trilogy, there aren't really any guidelines to follow when it comes to watching films anymore. So being somebody who had no interest in seeing The Messengers, the sequel didn't really interest me until they announced Norman Reedus in the title role. Since Reedus had been impressive in films such as The Boondock Saints, Blade II, and even his brief (but rather incredible) cameo in Antibodies, I felt it was my obligation to at least give this film a chance. The results are pretty much what you'd expect for a direct to DVD horror film.

The acting isn't terrible, but doesn't really do much to stand out. Norman Reedus, Heather Stephens, and Richard Riehle are pretty much the cream of the crop as far as acting goes. Reedus does a good job of acting like a farmer who's going through troubled times and just wants to support his family. He was easy to relate to since just about everyone is either going through tough times or has so in the past. Stephens played the concerned wife and was able to portray the widest range of emotions in the film. Riehle always seemed to show up to encourage John Rollins to do mischievous things, so the seeds are planted from the get-go that something isn't quite right with him. The boy who played John's son, Michael, is the only actor in the film that could really be considered atrocious as his lines are delivered so nonchalantly.

The way the rest of the film plays out just feels like it borrowed heavily from Jeepers Creepers 2 and the Children of the Corn films.
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