The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
  • Time: 119 min
  • Genre: Drama | Horror | Mystery
  • Director: Mark Pellington
  • Cast: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Will Patton


John Klein 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 a small town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, where he discovers a connection with the same problem. Here he meets Connie Mills, while he continues to unravel the mystery of what the Mothman really is.

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  • If you’re a fan of a good psychological scare, this film will stick with you for a long time. Richard Gere stars as John Klein, a Washington newspaper reporter who encounters a moth-like apparition driving home with his wife late one night. His wife dies mysteriously after the ensuing car accident and Klein becomes convinced this apparition was to blame. When he hears of similar sightings (a tall, thin, humanoid creature with moth-like wings and red glowing eyes) in a rural West Virginia town, he becomes obsessed with finding the truth.

    Overall, this movie leaves you unsettled. The scares are like fleeting movement in the corner of a dark room. The viewer’s discomfort is related to what’s not seen and not understood. The more Klein tries to learn the truth, the more it seems clear he’s in a losing battle. He looks like a man caught in a giant hamster wheel, running in circles, never moving any closer to understanding the reality of the Mothman. Over time, he begins to get calls from a “voice” calling itself Indrid Cold. These are some of the creepier phone conversations you’ll ever hear. Is this really the Mothman contacting Klein with strange prophecies? Or is Klein just losing his grip on reality?

    The film is very loosely inspired by John A. Keel’s book describing actual events that happening in West Virginia some 30-40 years ago. Other than the Appalachian setting and the general Mothman mythology, the film doesn’t share much in common with the book. The book is far less interesting. Keel was essentially a UFO conspiracy theorist and associated the Mothman appearances with many UFO sightings that occurred during the same period. The movie is much more sophisticated (although highly fictionalized) and keeps the Mothman’s origins far more mysterious.

    This film is for viewers who aren’t afraid to be left with a lot of questions. It’s clear early on Klein has become involved with something that’s probably beyond human comprehension. The physical manifestation of the Mothman is never clearly seen or understood; it’s more like a dark, malevolent shadow hanging over the small town. The atmosphere is relentlessly dark, creepy and unforgettable. You’ll definitely be worried about a pair of red, glowing eyes appearing outside your window at night.

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