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Movie: The Messengers (2007)

There is evidence to suggest that children are highly susceptible to paranormal phenomena. They see what adults cannot. They believe what adults deny. And they are trying to warn us.

The statement above is the tagline for "The Messengers", a 2007 horror movie directed by the Pang Brothers and produced by Sam Raimi. Pretty convincing, huh?

The Pang Brothers are the directors of the evilly scary yet brilliant Asian horror movie, The Eye (2002), and subsequent The Eye 2 (2004) and The Eye 10 (2005). From my archive: Movies about eyes.

Sam Raimi is famous for Spiderman's movie franchise, The Grudge, and Drag Me to Hell.

I've watched a lot of horror movies. Some are lousy, some are good. I'd say "The Messengers" is a rather good one despite how it reminds me about The Eye. Maybe it's related to my preconception about the Pang Brothers and The Eye. :)

Here's what the movie is about: The troubled Solomons (Roy and Denise) moved from Chicago to North Dakota with hopes to rebuild their lives following their son, Ben's hospitalization, which was caused by their daughter, Jessica. As they started to settle down, odd supernatural events began to unfold. The parents' choice to disregard their kids' claims about seeing ghosts in the house cost them tremendous suffering. What actually happened?

If you've watched The Eye, remember the scene in the lift whereby an old man's ghost appeared oh-so-painstakingly-slow beside the lead actress? Remember the building tension as the whole scene was rolling with the lead actress' face crumpled in fear and we watched with our heart at our mouth? There's a scene in The Messenger with exactly the same method. The uncanny resemblance caused some uneasiness but fair enough. That's why we watch horror movies.

In short, this is a pretty decent horror movie with a straightforward plot - easy to follow and with a decent ending. Pace between plots are just nice although I still can't relate the crows to the ghosts.

Note: Watched on DVD.



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