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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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$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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For the masterful "Bridge Collapse" sequence, it took Gene Warren III and five other model-makers, plus two production assistants three full months to fabricate every piece of the bridge set from scratch. He estimates 20,000 individual pieces of steel went into the construction, in order for the ultra-photo-realistic 1/6th scale model suspension bridge to support all the model vehicles and ultimately collapse like a full-scale steel bridge into the water. Of the hundreds of sets Gene has accomplished, this remains his favorite. The entire set was built spanning the water tank at Fantasy II. See more »


In the scene where John Klein is talking on the phone explaining that he didn't leave the voice mail about the chemical plant, he walks to the mirror and the mirror doesn't match what he was doing. His body movements were a few seconds ahead of the image in the mirror. (This may have been intentional due to the paranormal nature of the film, but they may also have had to add in the mirror image later because the camera was visible and not synchronized it properly.) See more »


[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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Great Suspense
17 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This gets high marks for suspense alone. It is a very tense movie, guaranteed to keep the first-time viewer glued to his/her seat. It might even raise a few hairs on the back of your neck!

Dramatic music also helped with the suspense. In addition, we get some fine acting performances from Richard Gere, Laura Linney and Will Patton.

Don't be fooled, however, with the "based on a true story" tag line. It might be "based" but that could mean only a very, very small part of this film was actual; the rest presented for dramatic purposes. This film is a good case of that, from what I've read.

Nonetheless, it's interesting, has good visuals and decent sound and some genuine creepy moments. This definitely a film to have on DVD, as opposed to VHS, although I suppose at this point, few people buy tapes anymore anyway. Those looking to curl up on the couch with a good thriller: give this movie a look.

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