Roy Solomon (Dylan McDermott), his wife Denise (Penelope Ann Miller), their teenage daughter Jessica (Kristen Stewart), and their little son Ben move from Chicago to an old farm in North Dakota. The family is struggling financially because Roy has been unemployed for a long time. There was also a car accident that has caused serious problems for Ben. Roy plants sunflowers and hires the stranger Burwell to help him until the harvest. When Jess sees ghosts and poltergeists in the house, her parents do not believe her. She tries to prove that she is not insane or seeking attention and discovers the fate of the former owners.
The Messengers contains examples of:
- Adults Are Useless: Naturally, since Jess and Ben are the only ones who can see the ghosts at first, the adults don't believe them when they try to warn them what's happening.
- Big Bad: John Burwell/John Rollins, whom the ghosts were trying to warn the Solomons about.
- The End... Or Is It?: At the end of the movie, everyone is shown to be living happily. Jess is smiling, Ben is speaking, and the sunflowers are ready for a good harvest. However, crows start flocking around the farm...
- Invisible to Adults: At first only Ben and Jessica can see and feel the ghosts.
- Prequel: The 2009 film Messengers 2: The Scarecrow, staring Norman Reedus, is billed as a "prequel" though you'll have a hard time finding a connection between the two films.