Mothman Prophecies

Mothman Prophecies

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Director: Mark Pellington

Cast: Mark Pellington, Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Will Patton

     
 

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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 aSee more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Relatively rare among contemporary horror movies, The Mothman Prophecies suggests more than it shows, its effectiveness relying on pervasive eeriness rather than graphic gore or cheap scares. Based on a novel by John A. Keel and inspired by an old West Virginia legend, Prophecies introduces us to Washington Post reporter John Klein (Richard Gere), the survivor of a horrible car crash that mortally wounded his wife (Debra Messing). Haunted by her deathbed allusion to a mothlike creature that appeared on the windshield prior to the accident, the distraught reporter finds himself mysteriously drawn to a West Virginia town where residents have been plagued by similar apparitions -- nearly always preceding some tragedy. Director Mark Pellington (Arlington Road) allows this supernatural mystery to unfold slowly; his actors play their scenes in a low-key manner, employing subtle touches to suggest the extent of their terror. Laura Linney is excellent as the no-nonsense cop who accompanies Klein while he's making his inquiries, and the always dependable Will Patton is positively spine-chilling as a suburban homeowner who's seriously unbalanced by his encounters with the mothlike wraith. Extremely well made and unrelentingly creepy, The Mothman Prophecies is guaranteed to raise hackles on even the most jaded viewers. The DVD sports an exclusive music video, "Half Light," as well as production notes and theatrical trailers.
Entertainment Weekly
It's made with deftly unsettling genre flair. Owen Gleiberman
Washington Post
One truly, madly, deeply satisfying creep-out. Michael O'Sullivan

Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/2002
UPC:
0043396066281
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures

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Performance Credits
Richard Gere John Klein
Laura Linney Connie
Will Patton Gordon Smallwood
Debra Messing Mary Klein
Lucinda Jenney Denise Smallwood
Alan Bates Alexander Leek
David Eigenberg Ed Fleischman
Ann McDonough Lucy Griffin
Nesbitt Blaisdell Chief Josh Jarrett
Bill Laing Indrid Cold
Murphy Dunne Gov. Rob McCallum
Matt Miller Aide #2
Sam Nicotero Mano on Bridge
Mark Pellington Bartender
Rohn Thomas Dr. Williams
Betsy Zajko Tory Pherris
Josh Braun Aide #3
Clay Bunting Kevin Mills (7 yrs.)
Dan Callahan C.J.
Eric Cazencave Travel Lodge Clerk
Elizabeth Cazenave Bellhop
Yvonne Erickson Dr. McElory
Christin Frame Holly
Pete Handelman Aide
Tim Hartman Sonny
Nick Keeley Spectator #1
Doug Korstanje News Anchor
Susan Korstanje Newsperson
Harris Mackenzie TV Journalist
Jennifer Martin Coffee Shop Cashier
Billy Mott Otto
Scott Nunnally Orderly
David Press Woodrow
Bettina Rousos Spectator #4
Jason Billy Simmons Spectator #3
Dorthy Silver Ruth
Dorothy Silver Ruth
Tom Stoviak Real Estate Agent
Bob Tracey Cyrus Bills
Tom Tully Motel Manager
Dixie Neyland Tymitz Spectator #2

Technical Credits
Mark Pellington Director
Brian Berdan Editor
Peter M. Chesney Special Effects Supervisor
Cinesite Special Effects
Kathleen Cusack Sound Mixer
Gary W. Goldstein Producer
Robert Grasmere Special Effects Supervisor
Richard Hatem Co-producer,Screenwriter
John Hockridge Asst. Director
Richard Hoover Production Designer
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Claude Letessier Set Decoration/Design,Sound/Sound Designer
Liza Richardson Musical Direction/Supervision
Gary Lucchesi Producer
Susan Lyall Costumes/Costume Designer
Terry McKay Executive Producer
James McQuaide Co-producer
Fred Murphy Cinematographer
Tom Rosenberg Producer
Troy Sizemore Art Director
Diana Stoughton Set Decoration/Design
Ted Tannenbaum Executive Producer
Tomandandy Score Composer
Georgianne Walken Casting
Richard S. Wright Executive Producer

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