The Mothman Prophecies

2002

The Mothman Prophecies

Critics Consensus

A creepy thriller that poses more questions than it answers.

52%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 138

56%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 53,144
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Movie Info

When John Klein, a respected Washington Post journalist, and his wife Mary find the dream house they have been hunting for, life could hardly get better. Then on their joyful ride home the dream is shattered when Mary crashes the car and is killed. While removing Mary's possessions from the hospital, John discovers a sketchpad covered with odd drawings, variations of the same eerie apparition. John is haunted by the unsettling images. One night, while driving from Washington, John loses his way and ends up on a deserted country highway in Point Pleasant, West Virginia -- four hundred miles from where he thought he was. When John decides to stay in Point Pleasant to explore the reports of unexplained phenomena in the town, he soon realizes that they may all be related - not just to each other, but also to the strange sketches Mary had been obsessively drawing just hours before her death.

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Cast

Richard Gere
as John Klein
Laura Linney
as Connie Parker
Debra Messing
as Mary Klein
Will Patton
as Gordon Smallwood
Lucinda Jenney
as Denise Smallwood
Alan Bates
as Alexander Leek
David Eigenberg
as Ed Fleischman
Ann McDonough
as Lucy Griffin
Bob Tracey
as Cyrus Bills
Ron Emanuel
as Washington Post Reporter
Tom Stoviak
as Brian, Real Estate Agent
Yvonne Erickson
as Dr. McElory
Nesbitt Blaisdell
as Chief Josh Jerrett
Clay Bunting
as Kevin Mills (age 7)
Josh Braun
as Aide #3
Eric Cazencave
as Travel Lodge Clerk
Murphy Dunne
as Governor Rob McCallum
Nick Keeley
as Spectator No. 1
Doug Korstanje
as News Anchor
Susan Korstanje
as Newsperson
Bill Laing
as Indrid Cold
Jennifer Martin
as Coffee Shop Cashier
Matt Miller
as Aide No. 2
Sam Nicotero
as Man on Bridge
Mark Pellington
as Bartender
David Press
as Woodrow
Bettina Rousos
as Spectator No. 4
Jason Billy Simmons
as Spectator No. 3
Rohn Thomas
as Dr. Williams
Tom Tully
as Motel Manager
Betsy Zajko
as Tory Pherris
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Critic Reviews for The Mothman Prophecies

All Critics (138) | Top Critics (36)

  • 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.

    Sep 29, 2008 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

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

    Jan 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.

    Jan 11, 2008

    Robert Koehler

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

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

    Nov 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?

    Jul 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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