The Mothman Prophecies (2002) Movie Review


The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

2002 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
119 minutes /

User Score: 61/100

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The Mothman Prophecies Review


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.

The Mothman Prophecies (2002) is an American supernatural thriller horror movie that was filmed in Washington, District of Columbia, USA and in several locations in Pennsylvania. The film is based on Fortean author and parapsychologist John Keel‘s novel titled The Mothman Prophecies (1975). The movie is said to be based on actual events that occurred in Point Pleasant, West Virginia from November 1966 through December 1967. Director Mark Pellington (Arlington Road (1999), Henry Poole Is Here (2008), Cold Case (2003)) executed the film to the best of his abilities and there are some slow moments in the movie. Mothman movies are always an intriguing watch for me and maybe it is because of my fascination for supernatural events. The film contains mild language, not much violence, suspense, thrills, tension build up, minor sexual scene including kissing, and a great storyline.

John Klein (Richard Gere - Pretty Woman (1990), Primal Fear (1996), Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009), Days of Heaven (1978)) is a reporter that is researching the legend of the Mothman. John’s wife Mary (Debra Messing - The Starter Wife (2008), Will & Grace (1998), Along Came Polly (2004), The Wedding Date (2005)) swerved her car to avoid hitting a black figure which caused her and John to be involved in an accident. Mary dies not so long after as a result of a brain tumor. John discovers mysterious drawings of the same creature from the night of the accident that Mary drew before the accident and began researching the figure. The movie skips to two years later where John is seen in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. John has a new situation on his hand as he is doing things that he does not remember. Gordon Smallwood (Will Patton - Remember the Titans (2000), Armageddon (1998), The Postman (1997), Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)) holds John at gunpoint while he calls officer Connie Mills. Gordon told Officer Mills (Laura Linney - The Truman Show (1998), Mystic River (2003), Primal Fear (1996), The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)) that John has knocked on his door three nights in a row. Officer Mills took care of the situation as John does not recall how he got to Point Pleasant and does not remember knocking on Gordon’s door the night before.

Officer Mills told John that many strange things were happening in Point Pleasant for the past few weeks. People reported seeing a creature with large wings resembling a giant moth with red eyes. Connie confided in John and told him that she had a dream where she is told "wake up number 37". Gordon soon after told John that something whispered from his sink and told him that 99 will die in Denver. John later sees the news showing a story of an airplane that crashed in Denver and all of the 99 passengers aboard died. After a series of events, John receives a phone call in his motel room informing him that there will be a tragedy on the Ohio River. What happens after was a tragedy but John was warned. Watch this movie for all that I have not mentioned and all that is to come.

Horror fans that love a good slow paced supernatural thriller should watch this movie on a dark rainy night with no lights on for the best experience. I gave this movie a five and not a score higher because the pace of the film was too slow for my desire - wish the movie was remade with a faster pace and less plot holes/goofs. The actors did a nice job with their performance but a few actors overacted and others could have done a better job with their roles. The special effects were okay but again, it could have been better. Every aspect of the movie was average except for the screenplay that did have a few plot holes and the directorial skills. Screenplay and directorial skills were above average.

About The Mothman Prophecies 2002

Title: The Mothman Prophecies
Original Title: Mothman, The Mothman
Year: 2002
Runtime: 119 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 23 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 23
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: John W. Iwanonkiw, Zachary Mott, Rohn Thomas, Laura Linney, Dwayne Pintoff, Tony Amen, Shane Callahan, Dan Callahan, Will Patton, Jennifer Martin, Harris Mackenzie, Matt Miller, Michael Gutenplan, Lucinda Jenney, Josh Braun, Tom Tully, Sam Nicotero, Tim Hartman, Ann McDonough, Jason Shoemaker, Brandee Sanders, Doug Korstanje, Nesbitt Blaisdell, Betsy Zajko, Elizabeth Cazenave, Christin Frame, Sara Brooks, Richard Gere, Susan Nicholas, Eric Cazenave
Writers: Richard Hatem, John A. Keel
Director: Mark Pellington

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