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The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 25 January 2002 (USA)
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A reporter is drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events, including psychic visions and the appearance of bizarre entities.

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Mark Pellington

Writers:

Richard Hatem (screenplay), John A. Keel (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... John Klein
David Eigenberg ... Ed Fleischman
Bob Tracey Bob Tracey ... Cyrus Bills
Ron Emanuel Ron Emanuel ... Washington Post Reporter
Debra Messing ... Mary Klein
Tom Stoviak ... Real Estate Agent
Yvonne Erickson ... Dr. McElroy
Scott Nunnally Scott Nunnally ... Orderly
Harris Mackenzie Harris Mackenzie ... TV Journalist
Will Patton ... Gordon Smallwood
Lucinda Jenney ... Denise Smallwood
Laura Linney ... Connie Mills
Tom Tully ... Motel Manager
Zachary Mott Zachary Mott ... Otto (as Billy Mott)
Ann McDonough Ann McDonough ... Lucy Griffin
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Storyline

John Klein (Richard Gere) is involved in a car accident with his wife, but while he is unharmed, his wife mentions a moth-shaped creature appearing. After her death, John begins to investigate the secrets behind this mentioned Mothman. It takes him to the small town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, where he discovers a connection with the same problem. Here he meets Connie Mills (Laura Linney), while he continues to unravel the mystery of what the Mothman really is. Written by simon

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Rated PG-13 for terror, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mothman See more »

Filming Locations:

Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,208,851, 27 January 2002

Gross USA:

$35,746,370

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,305,279
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Trivia

The Mothman from 1966 and 1967 was originally named after the title of Batman (1966). See more »

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When Klein is looking at his wife's drawings right after she dies, he stops at a dark drawing. When he looks up, we can see in the long shot that he is on a different page. See more »

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John Klein: Jesus!
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After the production companies' logos, the opening credits state: This story is based on events which occurred in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. See more »

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References Lost Highway (1997) See more »

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The Mothman Prophecies: True Horror That Brings On Some Serious Chills!
24 March 2012 | by eytand94See all my reviews

While several horror movies advertise themselves as being "based on true events," they are usually just fabrications of the actual material. "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's" brutality and nightmarish setting make the movie's inspiration(the Ed Gein murders) something to look into, especially since the events inspired "Psycho" and "The Silence of the Lambs." "The Amityville Horror" is a question of truth or myth. Was that house haunted? We don't know, mostly because Hollywood had to exaggerate everything. However, 2002's "The Mothman Prophecies" comes along, and when one is knowing of the real story and John A. Keel's book, the movie makes you think differently about "true story" horror. Music video director Mark Pellington has given us a movie that not only interests genre fans, but actually pulls through on bringing you a big case of the creeps.

Washington Post writer John Klein is happily driving with his wife Mary one night after going house hunting. Suddenly, something catches Mary's eye and the car swerves and crashes. John visits Mary in the hospital before she dies, and one of the last things she asks him is "You didn't see it, did you?" We ask ourselves, what exactly did she see? We don't know. Strangely, John finds himself in the West Virginia town of Point Pleasant within hours, where weird things are occurring. Lights are flashing across the sky, John is getting strange phone calls, and people are reporting that they've seen a large winged creature with red beaming eyes. John teams up with Point Pleasant sheriff Connie Mills to discover what is going on in this town. What is the moth-like creature attacking this town's locals? What does it want? Is it intending to do harm or is it an omen of things to come?

When faced with the observations presented in Keel's book, "The Mothman Prophecies" only makes a few minor changes, including the time the actual events took place. The story shifts from the 1960's to present day. But otherwise, it stays very true to its source material, which leaves the audience completely in awe. Director Pellington and screenwriter Richard Hatem refuse to let the story be fabricated, and we love them all the more for it.

This supernatural chiller keeps its suspense factor high by not treating the audience like idiots. It doesn't stick to any of the usual horror standards. No one says "I'll be right back." The film doesn't succumb to boobs and gore. The script keeps the relationship between John and Connie from turning the movie into a sappy love story, which makes the leading characters more sympathetic and pure at heart, thanks to Richard Gere and Laura Linney's great performances.

What really gets to you about "The Mothman Prophecies" is that you are left questioning right up to the end what this creature's motivations are. You never know if the apparition exists to warn people of future disasters or to bring fear into the hearts of the townspeople. We're also not really sure if the Mothman is actually real. What if it's just a figment of imagination, what our minds want us to see and believe? We're always more frightened when we don't know what we're supposed to be scared of. A nice addition is Pellington's decision to stick to the "less is more" formula, and he does it extremely well. He never shows us the monster, only flashes of light in varied colors and what we our told of the creature's appearance. Only true fans of horror will appreciate this.

All of the tension builds up to a perfectly staged and nerve-rattling climax that poses more questions. The film builds slowly to produce this giant ball of supernatural horror. This may test the patience of moviegoers who take their horror with ridiculous explanations and CGI effects. But the story of "The Mothman Prophecies" was always meant to leave you with questions. The movie is scarier that way. By the time the credits have rolled, you are emotionally devastated, stunned, and ultimately freaked out. What could have been an "X Files" wannabe turned into something much more horrifying than anything "The X Files" could have created. "The Mothman Prophecies" is truthful horror at its finest. Watch it at night with the lights off, and prepare to be spooked.


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