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  • Actors: Dylan McDermott, Penelope Ann Miller, Kristen Stewart, John Corbett, Evan Turner
  • Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Pang Chun
  • Writers: Mark Wheaton, Todd Farmer
  • Producers: Andrew Pfeffer, J.R. Young, Jason Shuman, Jim Miller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OVLBGM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,570 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Messengers" on IMDb

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Desperate for a fresh start after a tough two years in Chicago, the Solomon family retreats to a desolate sunflower farm in North Dakota. But the calm of farm life is shattered when 16-year-old Jess (Kristen Stewart) and her 3-year-old brother Ben begin to see nightmarish apparitions throughout their new home -- visions that nobody else can see. As the visions grow darker, they become fear-inspiring experiences and Jess' parents (Dylan McDermott and Penelope Ann Miller) start to question their daughter's sanity. Now, Jess must find a way to save her family and win

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Lithe and tomboyish Kristen Stewart (Panic Room, The Safety of Objects) anchors the derivative but potently atmospheric horror movie The Messengers. The story--a troubled family moves into one of those creepy farmhouses that scream "serial murder site" and find their lives disturbed by unearthly occurrences--is a puree of plot elements from The Sixth Sense, The Birds, The Amityville Horror, The Shining, the recent spate of Japanese horror remakes, and more. Despite this, the movie may get under your skin; between the bleached sunlight, the effective ambient sound, and scenes that linger unexpectedly on quiet suspense, The Messengers creates a vivid and unsettling mood. There are still plenty of the abrupt jolts that make teenager girls clutch their dates, but this artful creepiness--combined with Stewart's engaging presence--will have a longer effect. Also featuring Dylan McDermott (The Practice), Penelope Ann Miller (Carlito's Way), and John Corbett (Northern Exposure, Sex and the City). Directed by the Pang Brothers, the duo responsible for Hong Kong hits like The Eye and Infernal Affairs. --Bret Fetzer

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Customer Reviews

It was not really a bad film; it was just not good and a bit tedious and boring.
C Wahlman
You know it seems these days horror films are too tame or just have a overwhelming amount of gore in it.
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This movie is very good. it's a good ghost story and you'll get a shock at the end. i loved this movie.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. O'Blenis on March 16, 2007
Most people have probably heard of the idea that babies and young children can see and hear things that older people can't, or have lost the ability to. That a baby in a crib gurgling and laughing at the ceiling, for example, is actually talking to a spirit there. It's a fascinating premise, whose application to a horror movie is a stroke of genius.

In "The Messengers" a family moves into an old farmhouse where something very bad once happened. Only Ben, the little toddler of the family, can see the supernatural prescences in the house, and he appears more delighted with them than afraid. When his teenage sister Jess also starts encountering unusual occurences - this time of an apparantly non-benevolent nature - she also begins noticing Ben's unusual behavior as well and realizes that he too is experiencing something out of the ordinary; the hard part after that is getting anybody else to take her seriously. The movie utilizes much more atmosphere than action, and the cast has to carry off a lot the show by reacting to very subtle (Most of the time), slow-paced, occurences, in a way that makes it feel real and frightening. The actors and actresses were well picked for their parts, and Kristen Stewart as Jess and twins Evan and Theodore Turner as Ben, playing the characters who experience most of the strangeness in the movie's early, slower-going, parts, are especially impressive. All the production values necessary to make this kind of atmosphere work - the light and shadows, the subtle use of sounds, the camerawork, etc. - are all handled very well too.

In the last one third or so of the movie, as things start to speed up and secrets come to light, I guess you could say that there were too broad directions it could have gone in, that it had to choose from.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 11, 2007
I saw this movie yesterday at the movies. I thought it was going to be really scary, but it wasn't too bad. There are just some parts that sort of sneek up on you, and may scare you a little, or a lot. It made me jump at those parts at least 10 times,I would guess. This movie did not leave me scared after and I did not have nightmares or anything like that. It just scared me while I was watching it. When the camera gets upi close with the "messengers", That is one part that always made me jump, and it gave me a case of the chills!!!! I know that it is rated pg-13, but I am 13 and I think that if a kid was mature, they could probably watch it at 11 years, unless they get scared easily. I would reccomend this to anyone 12 and over who does not scare easily. I loved this movie, and I'm getting it on DVD when it comes out!!!!!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sky TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 24, 2008
Format: Blu-ray
How many times can you tell the same dang gone story: There are ghosts, but only the kids can see them; nobody believes you when you try to warn them; you handle the situation very well; you even go back into the haunted house like nothing occurred there; in fact you enter creepy room after creepy room when the direction any normal kid would go in is *the other way...fast!*

It's like that old Eddie Murphy joke about The Amityville Horror: he said something like, "If the house says, 'GETTT OUTTT'...then get out! A normal family wouldn't be sticking around." (Eddie's joke was a bit more 'colorful' on several fronts, but this is a family web site.)

And the ghost effects are so yesterday in The Messengers. With a name like Sam Raimi attached (Producer) to The Messengers, one might expect better, more original effects. But Directors Oxide Pang Chun & Danny Pang took a page from The Ring as so many movies since (like The Grudge) have done, and delivered a more than familiar, predictable movie.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wes Saylors Jr. on August 5, 2007
Format: DVD
Nothing adds up in this movie. It's easy to get excited if you watch the extras feature first and hear all the talk about the unique vision the Pang Brothers bring to 'The Messengers.' But, in fact, this movie looks like all the other recent PG-13 horror offerings, designed to bring in maximum money in the first 3 days of release. There are the dutiful copies of scenes from earlier, better Japanese horror movies (you know, the crawly thing on the ceiling that is filmed in black and white while the rest of the scene is in color ... maybe a jerkily crawling little boy or girl, on the ceiling or on the floor or coming down the stairs. You've seen them in The Ring and The Grudge). There are crows that attack the main characters like something out of Hitchcock ... impressive, but it means nothing. In the end, 'The Messengers' is about a guy who killed his family and is about to kill another one. The little crawly Ring/Grudge monsters add nothing to what is basically a stranger-in-the-house scenario. The ghosts don't even communicate with the world of the living ala The Others or The Changeling. They are there simply to provide a kind of cheap scare in an otherwise very ordinary thriller. There really is nothing unique in this movie that you haven't seen in countless other movies that actually make sense. A great haunted house movie is 'The Others' (or its ancestor 'The Changeling'). A great nature run amok movie is 'The Birds.' A great stranger-in-the-house movie is 'Halloween.' A great family drama is 'Kramer vs Kramer.' Each one provides a truly unique vision, and each ones add up to more than the sum of their parts. Sadly, 'The Messengers' does none of these things.
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