The Mothman Prophecies

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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 ...
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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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Special Features

Director Mark Pellington's commentary; "Search for the Mothman" documentary; "Day by Day: A Director's Journey - The Road In" featurette; "Halflight" music video; 5 deleted scenes; theatrical trailers. Additional technical specifications: anamorphic video; English 5.1 Dolby Digital audio; French 5.1 Dolby Digital audio; English, French, and Spanish subtitles.
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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

One truly, madly, deeply satisfying creep-out. Michael O'Sullivan
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2003
  • UPC: 043396093263
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

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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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature
1. Start
2. A Dream Come True
3. The Accident
4. "You Didn't See It?"
5. Drawing Angels
6. Two Years Later
7. Gordon Smallwood
8. 400 Miles in 90 Minutes
9. Strange Things
10. Honest People
11. "99 Will Die."
12. The Plane Crash
13. Connie's Dream
14. Indrid Cold
15. Prophecies
16. An Electrical Impulse
17. Mothman
18. Waiting for Cold
19. Dead From Exposure
20. "Was It Her?"
21. Leek's Story
22. A Bad Feeling
23. Governor McCallum
24. A Message for John
25. Connie Calls to Chat
26. The Silver Bridge Collapse
27. John Saves Connie
28. "Wake Up, Number 37."
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Menu

Side #1 -- Feature
   Play Movie
   Audio Set Up
      English
      French/Français
   Scene Selections
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
      Subtitles Off
   Special Features
      Director's Commentary by Mark Pellington: On
      Director's Commentary by Mark Pellington: Off
      Filmographies
         Mark Pellington
         Richard Hatem
         Richard Gere
         Laura Linney
         Debra Messing
         Will Patton
Side #2 -- Special Features
   Search for the Mothman
   Featurettes
      Day by Day: A Director's Journey - The Road In
      Day by Day: A Director's Journey - The Road Home
   Deleted Scenes
      The Hilltop Sequence
      Return to the Zone of Fear
      Church Scene
      John at the Comfort Inn
      John at Airport
   Trailers
      The Mothman Prophecies
      Formula 51
      xXx
   Music Video: "Halflight" by Low With Tomandandy Featuring Indrid Cold
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Chilling!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Thriller in 30 Years !

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'Based On True Events'...

    ...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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Spooky Atmosphere!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'll See You In Time

    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. <P> 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. <P> 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. <P> 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. <P> 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Wicked Mothman this way comes

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Supernaturally Great

    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.

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