Messengers 2: The Scarecrow

For some reason "The Messengers" was a big horror hit. I guess, there's no accounting for some people's tastes. Moving on from there, it is essential that if you are doing a prequel (which this is) or a sequel you have to respect the film that came before and this seems to be a fact that director Martin Barnewitz seems to have forgotten or completely ignored.

John Rollins (Norman Reedus – Cadillac Records, American Gangster) is a farmer who is trying desperately to make his corn grow so he can save his farm and feed his family. Everything he does seems to be wrong and he doesn't have the cash to really do what is necessary.

Desperate, Rollins decides to put a scarecrow he finds behind a wall in his barn up in the fields to ward off the crows. He does this despite a desperate warning from his son. Suddenly the crop starts to flourish and the corn is growing like wildfire. Despite the fact that strange things start happening and people start turning up dead Rollins keeps the scarecrow in his fields. Things go so far that even his own family begin to question his sanity and wonder how long he will let this go on.

In the horror genre building tension and maintaining that atmosphere is essential. This one has plenty of blood, but no tension. It is actually quite silly and boring. This is not the fault of the actors as they do an adequate job it's just the story is beyond help.

The only good thing about the film is that you will likely forget everything about it not long after seeing it.

Special Features:
-Previews of Blood: The Last Vampire, Blu-ray Disc is High Definition!, The Grudge 3, Boodeyman 3, The Devil's Tomb, Angel of Death, Impact, Obsessed, 12, Blood and Chocolate, The Messengers, 30 Days of Night, and fearnet.com

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