The Mothman Prophecies 2002

The Mothman Prophecies

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A creepy thriller that poses more questions than it answers.

52%

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56%

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Based on true events in Point Pleasant, Virginia, "The Mothman Prophecies" examines a series of inexplicable occurrences through the eyes - and mind- of one man. A man (Richard Gere) is driven to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding his wife's (Debra Messing) death -- and how they might be connected to the strange phenomena in a town four hundred miles away.

Cast & Crew

Richard Gere
John Klein
Laura Linney
Connie Parker
Will Patton
Gordon Smallwood
Lucinda Jenney
Denise Smallwood
Alan Bates
Alexander Leek
David Eigenberg
Ed Fleischman
Ann McDonough
Lucy Griffin
Nesbitt Blaisdell
Chief Josh Jerrett
Bill Laing
Indrid Cold
Richard Hatem
Screenwriter
John A. Keel
Writer (Novel)
Richard Hatem
Co-Producer
Ted Tannebaum
Executive Producer
Richard S. Wright
Executive Producer
Terry McKay
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Critic Reviews for The Mothman Prophecies

All Critics (140) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (73) | Rotten (67)

  • 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.

    September 29, 2008 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
    Top Critic
  • This is the scariest movie I've ever seen.

    January 11, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 11, 2008

    Robert Koehler

    Variety
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  • There are certainly strong moments and efficient set pieces here, too, but for all the claims that the film, adapted from a 1975 book by John Keel, is based on real events, Pellington fails to sustain credibility.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
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  • Despite hints that it aspires to be more, The Mothman Prophecies is a by-the-numbers sci-fi thriller.

    November 6, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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?

    July 20, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/4

Audience Reviews for The Mothman Prophecies

  • Sep 19, 2016
    Richard Gere tends a hit or miss actor due to his limited range, but I actually really liked him in this underrated psychological horror-thriller. Gere brings a compelling vulnerability to John Klein, a recently widowed reporter investigating the strange sightings of the Mothman in a lonely West Virginian town. It's pretty slow-burn at the beginning, but once Klein arrives in Point Pleasant, the film never lets up with delivering smart scares and a super chilling atmosphere. The sequence where Klein is in his hotel room talking to Indrid Cold on the phone is literally one of the freakiest horror movie scenes ever!! I also really liked how the script manages to take it's real-life source material and seamlessly weave an examination of Klein's journey through grief and eventually acceptance. This film could have so easily been a X-Files knock-off but thankfully avoids those trappings, for the most part. I probably would rate this movie higher if 10 or 20 minutes have been trimmed. I also thought the ending was technically great but seemed to abandon the great atmosphere the filmmakers did such a good job of setting up before. Overall, this is a very high quality modern horror film.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2016
    Really kinda boring throughout. I think the reason why they decided to cast two frustratingly boring actors together to headline a moody supernatural and often too clinical thriller was because Chicago had just come out in the same year and I guess they assumed that Richard Gere was headlining his own return to fame? Truthfully, what I disliked the most about the film was the banality of the whole thing, it just drags and I didn't feel connected to any of the characters. The overly long film starts to really get on your nerves towards the end, as you feel that you've wasted quite a bit of time viewing it and wish that you hadn't. Overall, the performances aren't bad but they feel unnecessary, the whole film just feels slightly unnecessary. Best part of the film was probably the story, it actually wasn't bad and had its fair share of original elements.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2013
    How do you kill a good legendary story? Put Richard Gere in it and give him no script to work with.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2012
    A confusing film that drew its premise from the urban legend. Creepy but failed to scare. Gere's performance was great but the story was a let down.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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