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Messengers 2: The Scarecrow
cast: Norman Reedus, Heather Stephens, Darcy Fowers, Erbi Ago, and Richard Riehle

director: Martin Barnewitz

90 minutes (15) 2009
widescreen ratio 1.77:1
Icon DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 4/10
reviewed by Jo Johnson-Smith
Having seen the first Messengers movie I was quite looking forward to seeing this, hoping for another story filled with the nice creeping chill of horror that the first one gave me. But the thing is the only thing I did get was the sight of the original farm house and the barn from the first movie. Everything else is a little lacking.

First, let's start with the concept of the movie, a scarecrow which is magical and does the unconscious bidding of the man who puts it up on its post. Now I've read many horror stories and folklore about the scarecrow and this is a pale and poor attempt at it to be honest. We get a decent view of the thing at the end of the movie after sitting through nearly 80 minutes of badly scripted work, where the actors who do put in a good appearance for themselves are left hanging by the loose way the whole thing is constructed.

Now let's go to the meat of it, the deaths that occur, having a 15 rating does kind of hinder it a little but we get a good dose of gratuitous female semi-nudity. Something to keep the male's mind alive while he's watching, we do get a nice piece of fear inspired terror but it's a brief blooming which then fades into mediocrity.

The ending is something you can see coming from a mile away and there's no tension to it at all and so you're left feeling oddly unsatisfied about the whole thing. It's one that if you have a few adolescents who need entertaining for a while (but ones who haven't been to see the movie greats like Alien). What we have here is an attempt to get the terror back into film but what we have is a sad B-movie attempt to redo something that has been done much better before. If you like a movie to telegraph its shocks, to lead you along the path pointing out the so-called 'horror', then sit back and enjoy but, for me, this lacks any sort of teeth.

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