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Messengers 2: The Scarecrow 2009

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3.3 out of 5 stars (70) IMDb 4.8/10

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, 34 minutes

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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)
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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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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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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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And I'm not even talking about continuity between 1 and 2. The ending just sucked. How cheesy and how annoying! Just ugh! PG-13ified ugh!

For most of the film, I liked it. Norman Reedus, as always, is very reliable and creates a brooding, beleaguered and interesting character around which the story revolves. The scarecrow was very well done and genuinely creepy. I was enjoying the ride until right after the 'reveal', in which he is handed the book of the black arts that explains everything and he knows what is coming next. The trailer also suggests the ending will go in a different direction than it actually goes. I don't want to spoil it so I will be vague. I literally moaned and rolled my eyes when the tractor scene began. I couldn't believe they were going there. What a waste!
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How well you'll like this movie is directly related to why you bought it. If you're looking for a clear explanation of what happened on the farm before the movie 'The Messengers' took place, you will probably hate it. If you are looking for a well written, well thought out horror movie that leaves no loose ends and no unanswered questions, you'll probably hate it. If you're looking for 90 minutes of Norman Reedus running around and looking adorable and sexy, you'll absolutely love it! Considering my 5 star rating, I just bought it to ogle Norman Reedus and for that purpose, the movie did not disappoint!
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This story make no sense at all. Anyone with a brain would have worshipped that scarecrow like a deity -- -- all it did was bring the farmer incredible good luck. And he burns it? Just because of the death of a few people who hated him and were trying to ruin his life and take his wife away? If you ask me, that's cause for celebration. But nooooo.....
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