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The Mothman Prophecies

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Mark Pellington

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About the Movie

From the director of Arlington Road comes a spine-tingling, super-natural thriller based on actual events that will rattle your nerves and shake your beliefs. Distraught by the sudden, tragic death of his wife (Debra Messing), John Klein (Richard Gere), a journalist for The Washington Post, finds himself mysteriously drawn to a small West Virginia town when his car inexplicably strands him. Rescued by the sympathetic but skeptical local police sergeant (Laura Linney), he soon learns that many of the town's residents have been beset by bizarre events, including sightings of an eerie "moth-like" entity, similar to the one seen by his late wife. Investigating further and having his own terrifying encounters with the creature, he becomes obsessed with the idea that this supernatural being can predict impending calamities and is trying to warn the town of one. Is this a psychic delusion brought on by his grief or can he convince the police sergeant that there's a tragedy that must be averted? His life, and potentially others' lives, depend on his making the right choice before time runs out.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 138
  • Fresh: 72
  • Rotten: 66
  • Average Rating: 5.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: 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. – Robert Koehler, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Pellington knows, as did the 1940s master of horror Val Lewton, that what you don't see can raise far more goose bumps than what you do. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Mar 2, 2012

Rotten: A gaudy yet grim science-fiction horror movie of such surpassing silliness, humorless intensity and stylistic overkill that watching it may actually put you in a state of paranoia. Why are these moviemakers persecuting us? – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Even with your eyebrows raised and your tongue planted firmly in cheek, the whole thing gets under your skin in ways that creep you out. – Rex Reed, New York Observer, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

All I can say is... WOW

The movie description says it correct when it states..."It will rattle your nerves"... It definitely will!! Richard Gere did a great job, he makes you feel what he is feeling!! There are some parts of this movie that make you jump, quite a few actually. If some of this stuff actually did happen to some of these people... I feel sorry for them. What a horrible and terrifying experience!! This movie is a must see!!!

Good movie!

This is a good movie! But...uh... just RENT? (btw, first review, wooo!)

Could've Been A Lot Scarier...

I love films about unatural phenomenon, but The Mothman Prophecies goes all over the map, that the film just becomes a muddled mess of true accounts and a very boring story. The acting is okay. Nothing very memorable, nor award-worthy. The writing and directing is all over the place. This film could've been an hour shorter, and a lot better had they not gone through all the stuff about Gere's dead spouse and it sticking to the myth that is the Mothman. It's a good idea to have the human story amongst the "investigating" but it's just boring and after a while becomes confusing and tedious. The moments where everyone tells their accounts with the "beast" are terrifying to imagine -- I'm afraid, I myself, will see those red eyes outside my kitchen window when I go to get a drink or some food. The events between Gere and the phone calls with the anonymous voice are creepy and spine-chilling. The prophecies themself are part of the horror element, but as stated before, the film goes into the psychological problems of our lead character, and once the scene occurs when Gere comes across his wife, it's just brainpain all the way. The music is cliche -- if you've seen Forgetting Sarah Marshall, then you'll get this when I mention it's nothing but "dark and ominous". Overall, The Mothman Prophecies had high potential to be a thrilling piece, but it goes downhill, focusing too much on the character -- which in this case, is a bad thing -- and not enough on what the title insists. Worth a rent, but not a buy.

The Mothman Prophecies
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2002

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