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The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  25 January 2002 (USA)
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A reporter is drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events, including psychic visions and the appearance of bizarre entities.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Fleischman
Bob Tracey ...
Cyrus Bills
Ron Emanuel ...
Washington Post Reporter
Mary Klein
Real Estate Agent
Dr. McElroy
Scott Nunnally ...
Harris Mackenzie ...
TV Journalist
Denise Smallwood
Motel Manager
Zachary Mott ...
Otto (as Billy Mott)
Ann McDonough ...
Lucy Griffin


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. Written by simon

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mothman  »

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Box Office


$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$355,178 (UK) (25 January 2002)


$565,307 (Japan) (8 November 2002)

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Did You Know?


The Mothman from the years 1966 and 1967 was originally named after the title of the Batman (1966) TV series. See more »


When Klein is looking at his wife's drawings right after she dies, he stops at a dark drawing. When he looks up, we can see in the long shot that he is on a different page. See more »


[first lines]
John Klein: Jesus!
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Crazy Credits

A phone continues to ring during the end credits. See more »


Half Light
by Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker
Performed by tomandandy, Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker
Produced by tomandandy and Chris Arvan
Additional Lyrics by Indrid Cold
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In a word- EERIE!
23 December 2005 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Bizarre, well-made supernatural thriller is all the more chilling for the fact that it's rooted in actual events.

Washington reporter ends up in a small West Virginia town where a strange entity is foretelling of a disaster.

Although many critics harpooned this film for its seemingly aimless storyline, it's really a forgivable thing since Mothman is such an atmospheric and slickly-directed film. The direction is artistically stunning, with lots of colorful and frightening visuals. The atmosphere is solidly dark and mysterious, with a number of truly spooky sequences

  • particularly Gere's phone call from the Mothman. And despite the fact

that everything is not explained to us up front, after all who could place logic to this strange true story, the film is a pretty decent gripper. The grand climax is especially dramatic!

The cast is fairly good, star Richard Gere probably being the best as our bewildered hero. The filming locations are good and the moody soundtrack is quite effective.

For those who like their thrillers a touch on the X-Files side, The Mothman Prophecies is a terrific choice.

*** 1/2 out of ****

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