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The Messengers (2007) review
The Messengers is the first English language movie directed by Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang – the two guys that gave us the 2002 Asian thriller, The Eye.
It a fairly standard and simple plot line, based in a haunted house. Roy (Dylan McDermott) and Denise (Penelope Ann Miller) uproot their somewhat troubled family from the city and move them to the country to work on a farm. Instantly you can tell where this movie is going, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing… Once at the house, strange happenings arise and soon enough we begin the learn of the tragic incident that took place in the house years prior – think The Grudge, in circumstances only mind.
Roy and Denise are your typical horror film parents; mistrusting and just a little bitter. Their family hangs together by a thread and they thought that moving to the country would help bring them closer after the tragedy that occurred at the hands of their teenage daughter (Kristen Stewart) tore them apart. Of course, they’re so blind to their daughter after she screwed up that when the ghosts start to rear their heads and she warns them, they put it off and accuse her of lying. I bet they felt bad when they realised it was all true… McDermott and Miller succeed quite well in purveying their characters, but they could only do so much with the archetypal, shallow characters they were given – but they are likeable (well the ‘Dad’, ‘Mum’ is a little dry).