The Mothman Prophecies
Release year: 2002
Director: Mark Pellington
Screenwriter: Richard Hatem, John A. Keel (novel)
Starring: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Will Patton, Lucinda Jenney, Debra Messing, Bill Laing, Alan Bates, Mark Pellington, Tom Tully
After being involved in a car accident that kills his wife, reporter John Klein (Richard Gere) investigates the myth of the Mothman. A phenomenon his wife said she experienced just before she died. The trail leads him to the small town of Point Pleasant where there have been several sightings in recent days. Together with local officer Connie Mills (Laura Linney) he tries to unravel the mystery of the Mothman.
Keel’s novel deals with real life sightings of the Mothman and this movie is a therefor a fictional story inspired by people’s stories. Pellington (Arlington Road, 1999) makes good use of camera and pace and has created a very atmospheric thriller, that has its characters move around in a dream-like world that occasionally shifts over into nightmares. Gere’s (Pretty Woman, 1990) performance as the bewildered reporter is one of the strongest of the actor’s career and as he slowly descends into near madness with restrain and dignity, it is hard not to follow him some of the way. While not being a in-your-face horror movie, Mothman definitely creeps under your skin with its mysteries. Linney (Primal Fear, 1996) has a part too small to be a lead and too important too be simply a support. As always, she brings strength to her part without needing to say much. It’s a solid thriller that has you gripped and while it doesn’t really matter if you believe in the supernatural sightings of Mothmen, it matters to you to find out what is going on, as Pellington keeps you interested in the outcome all the way. For a horror movie, it is quiet. For a thriller, it is creepy and leads your though to X-Files. Either way too look at, it is a slightly bizarre and eerie supernatural movie.
The events at the bridge are based on a real event, you can read more about the accident on Silver Bridge here.
Picture copyrights: Sony Pictures