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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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Ed Fleischman
Bob Tracey ...
Cyrus Bills
Ron Emanuel ...
Washington Post Reporter
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Mary Klein
Tom Stoviak ...
Real Estate Agent
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Dr. McElroy
Scott Nunnally ...
Orderly
Harris Mackenzie ...
TV Journalist
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Denise Smallwood
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Motel Manager
Zachary Mott ...
Otto (as Billy Mott)
Ann McDonough ...
Lucy Griffin
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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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Rated PG-13 for terror, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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$32,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

The film is based on actual events that occurred between November 1966 and December 1967 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. See more »

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As the characters are standing outside the police station, four of the extras (one of whom is a teacher called Mrs. Mickola, as it happens) walks past in the background twice from the same direction. See more »

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[first lines]
John Klein: Jesus!
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Crazy Credits

Soundtrack listing, song Half Light, which plays over the credits. The movie credits for this song say, "Additional Lyrics by Indrid Cold," the Mothman character of the movie. Toward the end of the song, there is a muffled, whispering voice, similar to one of the prophetic voice heard at various times in the movie. The voice continues just past the end of the song and to the end of the credits, but the words are indiscernible. See more »

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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Norman Mailer, I'm Pregnant! (2004) See more »

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Written and Performed by Brian Berdan
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History Revised
25 May 2005 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

In 1966-67 a series of weird, supposedly supernatural, events occurred in or near Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Much of what happened centered on local residents' purported encounters with UFOs; confrontations with "men-in-black"; phone calls from entities whose voices sounded electronic (or metallic); and sightings of a winged, semi-human creature that came to be known as "mothman". A few locals also were made privy to future predictions (prophecies), some of which in fact did materialize, but others didn't. One of the alleged predictions was a December, 1967 disaster that did occur, and which this film dramatizes.

Available literature suggests a high probability that some, though by no means all, of the Point Pleasant events were the resulting activities of a practical joker, a prankster, by the name of "Barker" (who died in the 1980s). Other events appear to have been too bizarre and too widespread to be attributed to a lone carnival barker (pun intended).

"The Mothman Prophecies" is not a very good factual account of the Point Pleasant events. Indeed, the film's setting is the present, not the 1960s, a fact which the film slyly evades. The filmmakers evidently decided to use part of the historical record, and then dramatize it, in a way that would have cinematic appeal to today's audiences.

And so, the film aims to be a supernatural thriller, a suspenseful study in the theme of what is real vs. what is not real. There's lots of dark atmosphere with offbeat, gyrating camera shots, ominous music, and dialogue to match. The overall effect is one wherein unseen forces are lurking in the shadows.

For some viewers, this supernatural tone thus provides intense escapist entertainment. For me, the hocus-pocus factor was too high, and the film exuded a sense of forced melodrama. Further, the film did not lead to any satisfactory resolution. What it did lead to was a nicely staged reenactment of the real life December, 1967 disaster.

Maybe someday someone will make a documentary about the men-in-black element of the Point Pleasant events. If the underlying research is honest and thorough, the resulting film could illuminate a 1960s drama that, while not supernatural in nature, had, and still has, implications that are as scary as they are real.


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