The Messengers (2007)
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The MessengersI/i> is textbook, and the course it's teaching is HSL: Horror as a Second Language.
Many of the images feel over-familiar, and the shocks a mite too forced.
No one says, "Gimme the bat, Wendy," or, "Here's Johnny!" But they come close.
The well-amplified scares are so perfunctory as to be laughable. 'What's up with the crows?' bitches Kristen Stewart, clearly not up on her Hitchcock or any Asian thriller of the past ten years.
The Asian-horror-movie moment feels long since passed, both here and abroad. Let our zombies walk or even sprint again! Give our creepy kids back their pupils!
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Not actually all that scary. I expected a dumb storyline, and that's what I got, but having said that, it was enjoyable enough to watch. Cast are all fine, special effects don't really look real, but they still look good. My main criticism is that there seemed to be something wrong with the soundtrack to this (maybe just on the UK blu ray, I don't know), the sound affects were really, really loud, while the speaking bits I could hardly hear. I had to keep adjusting the volume, and then jump through the roof when the scary bits came on. In the end I just turned the volume down lower and put on the subtitles. Not really an ideal way to watch a movie!
Pathetic. This is a great comedy though, due to the fact that it is not at all scary.
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