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The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 25 January 2002 (USA)
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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$35,228,696 (USA) (15 March 2002)
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The Mothman from the years 1966 and 1967 was originally named after the title of the Batman (1966) TV series. See more »

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When John consults the supernatural expert/book author Albert Leek in the library, Leek refers to other times Mothmen have been sited before big disasters. He mentions the Galveston Texas hurricane of "1969" yet alludes to the big one that happened in 1900 and killed about 6000 people. See more »

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[first lines]
John Klein: Jesus!
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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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Too Fragile to Walk On
by Geir Jenssen
Performed by Biosphere
Courtesy of Touch
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Surprisingly entertaining
19 September 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Starting off promisingly with X-Files creepy events (deaths and visions) this young persons horror movie has a suitably tense edge. Based on a myth last discussed in great detail in the 60s, this is a modernised version of the legend of the Mothman, a mysterious figure who comes to people to foretell disastrous events. There is an air of Saturday night channel 5 about this film, but don't let that discourage you as its in the upper echelons of b-movie fair.

Richard Gere is surprisingly entertaining as someone who essentially doesn't say much and just gets creeped-out. A lot. His character isn't that challenging for any actor, so there won't be any Oscar gongs headed his way for this. Laura Linney is excellent as the town sheriff, like someone straight out of Twin Peeks. The other characters are pretty much just there to move the plot along, rather than to catch your interest.

The first half hour or so is entertainingly tense, but then the film lulls for the plot in the middle. The ending is satisfyingly and beautifully tidy, with a wonderful action sequence that clears up the vast majority of the weirdness from earlier on. The tight ending, while pleasurable and final is also one of the reasons that the movie isn't better than it is. There is no sensation upon leaving of question or edge. No concerns about turning the next corner for fear of what might be there. This is perhaps why this movie feels like Channel 5, and perhaps why its a 12 not a 15. Essentially its a creepy movie and not an out and out horror.


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