The Mothman PropheciesDirector: Mark Pellington
Based on a book by paranormal investigator John Keel, this spooky, X-Files-type supernatural thriller is purportedly based loosely on true events that occurred in the small town of Point Pleasant, WV, in 1966-1967. Richard Gere stars as journalist John Klein, an up-and-coming reporter devastated by the death of his beloved wife Mary (Debra Messing) following a/i>… See more details below
Based on a book by paranormal investigator John Keel, this spooky, X-Files-type supernatural thriller is purportedly based loosely on true events that occurred in the small town of Point Pleasant, WV, in 1966-1967. Richard Gere stars as journalist John Klein, an up-and-coming reporter devastated by the death of his beloved wife Mary (Debra Messing) following a car accident. Mary saw a mysterious vision immediately before the crash, a haunting image of a moth-like creature. Two years later, Klein is driving to an interview with the governor of Virginia when he suddenly finds himself hundreds of miles out of his way in a small town on the West Virginia-Ohio border. He discovers that strange events are occurring there, including sightings of the "mothman," as well as UFOs and bizarre alien-like telephone calls. Klein stays to investigate, despite the protests of skeptical cop Connie Parker (Laura Linney) and the initial hostility of spooked local Gordon (Will Patton). He soon discovers that sightings of the mothman are historical portents of doom and disaster, omens that may foretell a terrible cataclysm about to strike Point Pleasant. The Mothman Prophecies reunites Gere and Linney, who previously starred together in Primal Fear (1996).
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Cast & Crew
|Peter M. Chesney||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Kathleen Cusack||Sound Mixer|
|Gary W. Goldstein||Producer|
|Robert Grasmere||Special Effects Supervisor|
|John Hockridge||Asst. Director|
|Richard Hoover||Production Designer|
|Claude Letessier||Set Decoration/Design,Sound/Sound Designer|
|Liza Richardson||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Susan Lyall||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Terry McKay||Executive Producer|
|Troy Sizemore||Art Director|
|Diana Stoughton||Set Decoration/Design|
|Ted Tannenbaum||Executive Producer|
|Richard S. Wright||Executive Producer|
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The Mothman Prophecies is that wonderfully creepy blend of purported fact and well-hewn fiction that asks more than it answers. This is not a story where the monster jumps out of the shadows but rather a tale where the shadows are the monster, a subtle chiller that creeps into the bones much like a cold winter day. It leaves the viewer doubting the world he or she knew only a short time before and makes us all wonder if there is not more to heaven and earth than is dreamt of in our respective philosophies. The Mothman flapped across Point Pleasant, West Virginia in 1967, terrorizing locals before vanishing into the pages of legend after the Silver Bridge, which spanned the Ohio River at the edge of town, collapsed on December 15th taking with it forty-six souls. The harrowing events left survivors doubting themselves and the solidity of the rock they were spinning on. The film does much the same to us, recreating the frightening experiences of those unfotunates who actually encountered the flying apparition. A good deal of John Keel's book has been left behind, but to reproduce it in its entirety would take a mini-series. We are instead provided with a brief glimpse of the netherworld where Mothmen fly and precognition is rampant, where an encounter with the red eyed menace spells catastrophe for the witness. The film tells us that this nether-region is not a place for us to dwell and that we should hold onto the world we know as well as each other until the demon-riddled night is over. The Mothman Prophecies is an eerie sojourn into a darker place and should be watched alone in the dark to get the chilling full effect. The actors are good, the cinematography is enigmatic and the fleeting images of things lurking around corners leave their traces in our minds long after the credits have finished rolling. Be it genetic mutation, rare bird, alien, demon or harbinger of impending disaster, with nearly three thousand web sites, a book and a film, the Mothman has clearly established an ethereal cocoon alongside such cryptozoological specimens as Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster in our worldly bag of unsolved mysteries.
Hollywood movies billed as ¿based on a true story¿ or ¿on actual events¿ rarely tell that story as it happened. ¿Based on a true story,¿ means they got the idea from reality, gleaned a few facts to use as a framework for their story, and then went nuts with the make believe. The original events Mothman semi-depicts took place in the 1966 leading up to the Dec. 15, 1967 Silver Bridge collapse. This version is done as if it occurred today. Mothman starts out with heavy foreshadowing surrounding the main character John Klein (Richard Gere), a reporter for the Washington Post. While John and his wife Mary (Debra Messing) are being shown a house a moth flits around a light in the dead of winter, on the way home she has a traumatic sighting of a mothman and crashes the car resulting in a head injury. When she comes too at the hospital and discovers her husband didn¿t see it too; she becomes convinced that something¿s wrong with her. A CAT scan reveals a moth shaped tumor. After his wife¿s death, he discovers his wife¿s drawings of a frightening black winged creature, a hospital employee described as an angel. Two years later, John Klein heads to Richmond to interview a political candidate and inexplicably winds up in Point Pleasant, West Virginia where his car breaks down. Here he meets Gordon Smallwood (Will Patton) and Sgt. Connie Parker (Laura Linney). Through a chain of bizarre events, he becomes enmeshed in the mothman sightings finally meeting a man named Indred Cold over the telephone, ostensibly a mothman, who can read minds and drive people insane with his predictions. Klein (Gere) barely escapes the bug light. There¿s a scene where Richard Gere goes back to the accident scene to have a look around. He discovers an odd shaped residue on the car; which foreshadows residue he finds on a tree in West Virginia. The driver¿s side window where Messing hit her head is still broken. Instead of falling after Messing comes to in the hospital, it falls after her death. This is after she¿s undergone surgery and chemotherapy, so we¿re talking a rather lengthy timeframe. It¿s an obvious bad cut that should have been caught before the movie was released. Though I thought the West Virginia part of the movie was scary, the foreshadowing was ridiculous and the sloppy editing was irritating, the actors¿ performances don¿t really make up for it. I¿m glad I only rented it.
I must admit I do not get any of M. Night Shyamalan's films. I thought the Sixth Sense was a bore. Unbreakable, cool but a yawn. But, The Mothman Prophecies, man! That was an awesome film. I couldn't believe how drawn was I to the story. Richard Gere really acted his heart out to this film. Will Patton gives a bold performance that many others could not have done any better. I am pleased and impressed with Laura Linney. I am not familiar with her, but I can safely say she will have a good career in front of her if she keeps this up. The Mothman Prophecies is a gripping, thrilling movie that will actually make your heart yo jump a beat or two. It is a strange and eerie movie. You'll find yourself spooked afterwards. And no doubt you'll talk about it with friends and family. This movie is an exact type what M. Night Shyamalan has been doing the whole time and failed to do so. I applaud the story and the creativity of the movie. This is a must see.
If you want to watch a truly creepy movie, this is one to consider. The chilling atmosphere and enduring legend make this movie one you can watch over and over again, and still be given goosebumps. Perfect for Halloween!!
...so read the byline on the poster to the paranormal thriller, 'The Mothman Prophecies'. Back on November 12, 1966 was when the unexplained phenomena of the Mothman was first sighted near Clendinen, West Virginia. Five men were in the local cemetary that day, preparing a grave for a burial, when something that looked like a 'brown human being' lifted off from some nearby trees and flew over their heads. It appeared to them to be a man with wings. A few days later, more sightings would take place. On November the 15th, two young married couples sighted this same creature near an abandoned TNT plant (where many believed the Mothman was residing) near Point Pleasant, West Virginia. These sightings drew the attention of John Keel, who became the major chronicler of the Mothman case and wrote that at least 100 people personally witnessed the creature between November of 1966 and November of 1967. This all finally culminated at around 5:00 pm on December 15, 1967 when the 700-ft bridge (Silver Bridge) linking Point Pleasant to Ohio suddenly collapsed while filled with rush hour traffic. Dozens of vehicles plunged into the dark waters of the Ohio River and 46 people were killed. Two of those 46 were never found. Many believe that the Mothman sightings and the tragic Silver Bridge event were linked. The movie starring Richard Gere (Pretty Woman, Final Analysis & Primal Fear) as John Klein...a Washington Post reporter, Debra Messing (TV's Will & Grace, Along Came Polly & Garfield: The Movie) as his wife Mary, Laura Linney (Congo, The Truman Show & Mystic River) as the local Point Pleasant sheriff, and Will Patton (The Postman, The Client & The Punisher) as the local spook who has connections to this phenomena...is a VERY loosely based rendering of John Keel's recordings. 1) None of the characters in the movie were real, never existed...but were fictionalized. The only similarity was in the name of a character in the movie, that of Alexander Leek (played by Alan Bates) who was a supposed authority on the unexplained and paranormal who Klein consults. Leek is the only reference to a true person involved, John Keel. Leek is Keel spelled backwards. 2) The movie has 36 dying, and 46 is the true number. 3) The movie also had the tragedy taking place at 6:00 pm on Christmas Eve, and 5:00 pm on Dec. 15th was the actual time. 4) The movie has all of this occuring in our present day, when in actuality it occured nearly 40 years ago. 5) The movie has you believing that the Mothman came to others in phone calls, visions and dreams to prophesy tragic events, when in actuality, the Mothman was nothing more than an unexplained sighting. The Mothman is just as fabled as Bigfoot or the Lockness Monster, nothing more. Now having said that, I still enjoyed this movie. It was well shot, well developed, and the acting was excellent. It still made for an engaging storyline and plot, and keeps the viewers glued to the screen. The music was eerie, and the sets and backdrops ominous. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and do recommend it. However, don't go into this thing thinking that these are true events, because nothing could be farther from the truth.
The Mothman Prophecies is a throwback to the time when "horror movie" didn't actually mean "Teenage Gore Fest." I guess the word for it now would be 'thriller,' and thrill it does. Based on a true story from Point Pleasant, West Virginia in 1967, the Mothman takes place in present 2001, or thereabouts. It's the story of a newspaper reporter who finds himself in said town on his way to interview the governor. There he stumbles across several bizarre occurances namely repeated sightings by the townsfolk of a not-quite-seen ethereal creature, and how these strange tales seem to intertwine with the reporter's own life. The director, Mark Pellington (whose directorial credits include the mediocre movie Arlington Road and the music video of "Jeremy" by Pearl Jam) has created a mood and a tension in film that I don't think has appeared since The Exorcist in 1973. And he does so without blood, gore, or cheap scares. And only a PG-13 rating. Mr. Pellington falls backs on some outdated "tricks" like good acting, excellent cinematography, and an absolutely stunning soundtrack. Close-ups of the actors' faces here convey more real terror than in all the Friday the 13th films combined. The musical score sets the mood from scene 1 to the finale dark and foreboding, tense and pensive. Sound work this good should have earned an Oscar nomination. The camera work is beyond reproach, as well. Sometimes long shots, setting a mood, sometimes jerky, fuzzy, or distorted like a funhouse mirror, all perfect to what needs to be conveyed - - without giving away too much. The acting, also, is top notch. Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Will Patton, and Will & Grace's Debra Messing all convey a range of emotions not seen in modern day thrillers in sometime. If there is a flaw to the Mothman Prophecies, it's that the townspeople are too quick to tell a stranger of their paranormal experiences. A moments' hesitation, a shifting away of the eyes, the use of a softer-spoken voice in public would have made the stories and the characters come more alive, and added only a minute or two to the films' overall length. Counting Memento, this is the second great film I've seen in the past thirteen months. Get it while you can. * * * * * * * * * * Rating: Solid A + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + F.Y.I.: Although this film is rated only PG-13, it may be too scary or intense for children 15 and under.
I had never, until now, seen this movie. My dad had it though, so he let me borrow it to give it a watch. Creepy fricken movie, supposedly based around unexplainable true events about an entity of some sort that tries to warn some people about a coming catastrophe in a small town. I don't want to delve too much into the movie, but I recommend that if you're into supernatural type stuff...give this movie a watch!