The Mothman Prophecies

Film , Horror
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Driving home, the wife of John Klein (Gere) crashes after seeing a vision. Following her death (from a 'temporal lobe tumour'), Klein, a Washington Post journo, discovers indecipherable, even 'possessed' drawings which hauntingly suggest the depth of her mute terror. Only years later, however, in a small town in West Virginia, does Klein begin to suspect a supernatural agency may be at work. Investigating with the help of local policewoman Connie (Linney), he uncovers a history of unexplained local events, the sinister nature of which is compounded by a series of anonymous, mocking phone calls boasting knowledge of future disasters. Director Pellington showed in Arlington Road that he can be a mischievous miner of paranoia and atmospherics. There are certainly strong moments and efficient set pieces here, too, but for all the claims that the film, adapted from a 1975 book by John Keel, is based on real events, Pellington fails to sustain credibility. The romance, too, seems tacked on, the ending predictably neat.

Release details

Duration: 119 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mark Pellington
Screenwriter: Richard Hatem
Cast: Richard Gere
Laura Linney
Will Patton
Debra Messing
Lucinda Jenney
Alan Bates
David Eigenberg
Bob Tracey

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2.7 / 5

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nicknickn
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This film is supposedly based on true events that happened in Point Pleasant in 1966 and 1967. Although it is said that truth can be stranger than fiction, I have seen Disney talking animal movies that required less suspension of disbelief. I guess that this film was aimed at the part of the market that thought the X Files was a documentary.

As a horror film, it misses the mark because, although the storyline is quite dark, there aren't really any scary moments in the film.

The acting is pretty good, Richard Gere, David Eigenberg and Will Patton are all cope well in contending with a meandering storyline and their character's unusual decision making. Will Patton goes from holding Richard Gere at gunpoint in the bath to trusting him, overnight, without much convincing.

I'm not going to say avoid this film at all costs, it was well paced and it held my attention throughout but, for me, there are better things to watch on Netflix.



John

As a rule, I don't really like movies whose endings seemingly can't be comprehended.

Paul Lindley

Atmospheric and entertaining,excellent performances and the mysterious indrid cole? i liked it....