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Parents' Guide to

The Messengers

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Creepy haunted house flick is nothing new.

Movie PG-13 2007 84 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

The Messengers is Decent

The Messengers is a Decent scary movie. PG-13. I Give The Messengers 2 out of 5 stars and I RATE The Messengers AGE: 14. My Sister likes The Messengers. I Think The Messengers is Decent.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+

perfect for mature kids and kids who don't scare easily

I think it is a good movie for mature kids and kids who aren't scared easily it is a thriller/horror that for my daughter just keeps her watching and she loves the mistery in it with the family that lived there before them

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (21 ):

Another scary house movie, another family in crisis. Directors Oxide and Danny Pang made The Eye, among other films, which helped establish the genre's scratched-looking digital effects and moody haunting – the ghosts' faces are grey and pained, their movements scuttling in the usual J-horror way.

There are repeated opportunities for Jess to look afraid: her face half-obscured by shadows, her eye held in oppressive close-up, her willowy figure silhouetted at the top of the cellar stairs. Windows, doorframes, and cracks in doors and floors create internal frames that confine her, even as she and Ben peer beyond the camera, seeking to know what's watching them and so plainly means to hurt them. "What do you want from me?" she cries out when walking through the especially dark, huge barn. But The Messengers doesn't ever reveal what the house wants from her. In fact, it doesn't say much about anything that's new.

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