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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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Storyline

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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$215,992 (Japan) (1 November 2002)

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$565,307 (Japan) (8 November 2002)
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The studio cut $2 million out of the film's budget just days before shooting began. Director Mark Pellington was furious, having vowed not to make the same concessions that plagued his previous film Arlington Road (1999). See more »

Goofs

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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References Arlington Road (1999) See more »

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Joy to the World
Arranged by James Lum
Courtesy of Opus 1 Music
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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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