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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

Genuine Suspension of Disbelief

What an unbelievable story and movie. I myself live close to this area of Ohio where the events depicted in this movie occurred. It IS true to the extent of what happened and the 'sightings' the preceded the tragedy. I don't live so close to have personal knowledge of direct people involved, but it is still eerie to know it was so close to me. Ohio connections to 'paranormal phenoms' such as Wright Patterson being right North of me where U.F.O.s were to have been stored so many years ago in Hanger 13, I believe. But, I digress, back to the movie. I cannot think of many movies that tell the story in such a way. The film like few others feels as though one is being put into a trance, not TO SLEEP mind you, but placed somewhere in between this world and the 'what if' world. You wake with the Protaganist and experience this movie as he does and are as shocked as he is when he discovers that something underneath the veil is reaching out to people. Many people have often awed at the idea of Angels but as alluded to in another movie to be watched "Prophecy" starring Christopher Walken, the question is asked, "with what we know Angels have done for God, would you be very comfortable in meeting One?", I think not. I would think it would be a very scary situation not knowing what is going to happen and what It's WILL might be. I feel as though this movie and the rumors of 'Mothmen', an actual phenomenon as depicted in the movie, are possibly connected to Angels or higher beings that have duties and carry them out and occasionally SOME people are interesting to them because as one character in the movie says "They noticed that you noticed them". Much more can be said on this topic but, let it be for the Coast to Coast AM crowd (of which I belong). If you don't know what this is, Google it, it's a radio show on late at night that has been on for years carrying on every conceivable conspiracy imaginable, some true in fact, some very close and other very far fetched but enjoyable to imagine. The acting in Mothman is top notch in every case and I do suggest the novel be looked into. The small town characters were all believable akin to "Silence of the Lambs" and "Fargo" realism. As funny or odd as the people might be or seem, this IS how they act in parts of the country and world. Gere is outstanding and again continues to add to his actor portfolio and does quite well to pick the movies a good actor would pick, regardless of pay. Gere, I imagine, looks for substance especially as he becomes more and more an Elder of Hollywood and not just the pretty boy of the past. Gere carried me with him through this movie with ease. My empathy for him was easily established by the director Pellington and the haunting grief he experiences along with the unimaginable he must accept. Lakeshore and Screen Gems (boy what an OLD name still around producing) are producing some great Indie-lite films. Those films that feel independant and do NOT have a huge budget but you feel as though you are watching a fully produced product by a big studio. And with Lakeshore, it's almost a given when I see that little boy run and jump into that lake at the beginning of a movie, I know I'm in for something interesting at minimum with few exceptions. For some, you may have trouble near the beginning holding on because of the hypnotic soundtrack of Tom and Dandy, I believe that is how they spell it. Please, fight the urge to nod off for you will miss what happens once you cross over into the ever increasing pressure the filmmakers create like a thick fog that sticks to you even though you have come inside from the night. Simply put, THIS MOVIE WILL ECHO FOR THOSE OF US THAT WANT TO BELIEVE IN SOMETHING OTHER THAN WHAT OUR EYES CAN SEE AND EARS CAN HEAR. IT WILL SPARK THOSE OF US NOT AFRAID TO PEEL BACK THE BLACK PLASTIC FILM OF REALITY WE SO DEARLY GRASP ONTO FOR FEAR OF FLOATING AWAY AND NEVER LANDING. LET GO and remember, I WILL SEE YOU IN TIME!!!! ^MediaGod^

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!!!

A great movie, buy it!

I have seen this movie few times over...and i don't think I'll ever get tired of it. It is as much a psychological thriller as a horror film. Mind bending fiction and suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is a surprising thing that this movie is not widely known. If you do end up getting this fantastic movie (which i suggest you do) you should watch it a second time as soon as you can. I think you will find (as I did) that you will notice more things. Buy this movie NOW!

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

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