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The Mothman Prophecies

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Released 2002

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Director:
Mark Pellington
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
The Mothman Prophecies is a psychological thriller film directed by Mark Pellington that centers on a Washington, D.C. reporter John Klein (Richard Gere) whose life turns upside down when a car accident reveals his wife Mary’s (Debra Messing) fatal brain tumor. Both before and after Mary’s death, John had been hearing stories of her visions of a black winged creature, a vision shared by the inhabitants of a small town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. With the help of sheriff Connie Mills (Laura Linney), John investigates the so-called Mothman, a supernatural creature who acts as a foreshadow of disastrous and catastrophic events, utilizing his wife’s drawings, eyewitness accounts, and phone calls from a mysterious something named Indrid Cold in order to find out just what power the Mothman holds. The Mothman Prophecies was inspired by John Keel’s parapsychological novel of the same name and is based on actual events that occurred in 1966 and 1967 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

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  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    About as threatening as the real-life insect the apparition resembles; its large, mossy wings may scare some people, but the bug can only damage your woolens. The movie flirts with...

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    Los Angeles Times Jan Stuart

    There is very little about the hoary conventions of The Mothman Prophecies that couldn't be improved by a little levity, a little more sunlight and some judicious cutting.

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    Variety Robert Koehler

    Director Mark Pellington hardly lets a moment pass without suggesting some bad vibes creeping onto the edges of the screen, but he's let down by Richard Hatem's script, based on Jo...

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    Fantasy, Suspense

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    Supernatural, demonic resurrection, mysterious forces, coping with death, Thrillers