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Hot Fuzz, Tim Messenger (Adam Buxton)

Site Rating: 87%
(ratings: 3)
Writeup Rating: 80%
(ratings: 2)
Film: Hot Fuzz (2007)
Deceased Character: Tim Messenger (Adam Buxton)
Archetype: Ambivalent (Minor)
Killed by: Simon Skinner (Timothy Dalton)
Killed with: A pointy bit of Church

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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 2nd Jun 2008

Written by Mad Movie Mathew

Messenger is the editor for the local newspaper "The Sandford Citizen", who rather agitates some with his constant pestering and nice constant typos and errors. While patrolling the church fair to help the damaged church roof (more on that later), Angel notices Tim talking to Leslie, who looks rather shocked. He also notices Skinner starring at the pair as he encourages patrons to try the "Splat the Rat" game he is running.

Later, Tim rushes over to Angel. Angel is about to roll his eyes, when what Tim says catches his attention.

"I need to talk to you about Mr. Merchant. Alone," he tells Angel. "Churchyard. 3:00."
"What do you think he wants?"
asks Danny. Angel doesn't get the chance to answer as he is called to the stage.

He has been called to announce the winners of the fate tombola. Meanwhile, Tim waits in the churchyard. The first name out of the tombola is Skinner, but he's "in the loo". Or could he be that caped figure running onto the church roof? The second name out of the tombola is Tim, but he is unaware of this. As this happens, the killer grabs a spire on the roof directly above Tim and breaks it.

"Tim, your number's up!" the Reverend cries, to laughter from the audience.

Angel sees the clock strike three o'clock and rushes over to the churchyard, possibly figuring out Tim is in grave danger (see what I did there?). As this happens, the spire starts its descent towards Tim. Angel manages to get to Tim first, but not fast enough. Tim only has enough time to utters his trademark "hi-hi" before the pointed spire slams into the top of his skull , obliterating his head and embedding itself deep into the remaining neck-stump, much to Angel's disgust. The stone-headed body gruesomely stumbles around for a few moments, before eventually collapsing to the ground.

Later on, when Angel discovers this was another of the killings by the Neighbourhood Watch Alliance he asks what was Tim's crime. "Tim Messenger's tenure as editor of the Sandford Citizen has been unbearable. Our once great paper had become riddled with tabloid journalism." snarls Hatcher.

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This review has 6 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'old bluffer' (reply to this comment)
I'll bet Simon Pegg and co enjoyed writing the death of a tabloid journo winking smiley
Comment 2 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Interesting to note that on 2-Disc edition of the film in the 'Plot Holes' section is supposedly an explanation as to how the group did it without getting caught. It is clearly false - it claims there were three members (instead of just one, as clearly seen in the film itself) and apparently absailed (!) off the building to avoid getting caught. Clearly nonsensical, but worth noting.

Also, was anyone really grossed out when they first saw this death? Very gruesome.
Comment 3 by 'Faith' (reply to this comment)

Actually quite the opposite. I saw this at the theatre and I couldn't stop laughing until my friend elbowed me in the side. It was just so ridiculous I couldn't help it. Plus after Shaun of the dead this wasn't all that gruesome for these guys.
Comment 4 by 'HJW678' (reply to this comment)
when me and my dad watched this in the cinema i couldnt stop laughing and in fact everyone started clapping for it was s uch a brilliant death

the fact he stumbled around for a few seconds prove he might have still been alive but only for 5 seconds
Comment 5 by 'Rosemary' (reply to this comment)
Yesss, this was gruesome but wonderful. I especially like the little bits of blood that splattered the camera, little break in the 4th wall, just remind us, kids, not to get all damaged and such, its just a movie. But what a movie...
Comment 6 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
Regarding the archetype of Tim Messenger, George Merchant and the other victims, with the possible exception of Leslie Tiller (who, as a member of the neighborhood watch, had to have been in on the whole thing) should they not be 'Innocent Bystander?' To say nothing of the possibility of adding the 'Pointless' category.

After all, even though their deaths further the plot, the whole idea of the plot twist is that they're totally innocent, their 'crimes' mundane little annoyances for which they did not deserve to die - Angel says it best; These people died for no reason! No reason at all!"

I know 'Innocent Bystander' typically refers on here to characters that have little or nothing to do with the plot, but I'm thinking in terms of the film's world, and, in those terms, all of the victims except Leslie Tiller are in fact completely innocent people, and, save for Tim here (he seemed to have some idea of what was going on), had no idea why they were getting killed. Martin Blower, Eve Draper and George Merchant were just going about their daily lives, harming no one, when unexpectedly some robed lunatic(s) decide to murder them.