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A creepy thriller that poses more questions than it answers.
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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.
This is the scariest movie I've ever seen.
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.
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.
Despite hints that it aspires to be more, The Mothman Prophecies is a by-the-numbers sci-fi thriller.
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?
Faced with such an unlikely mishmash of unexplainable events, you've given up believing anything by the time the popcorn's gone.
Psychological thriller may deeply upset some kids.
The stylish bleakness keeps you off-balance with unreliable narration and an unforgettable conclusion. The more it accelerates rant-and-rave paranoia, the greater it gets - a campfire-ready chiller whose subconscious embers glow long after it's over.
A sub-par, often lethargic take on a a creepy urban legend with absolutely nothing to offer its audience.
Messy but eerie.
The last reel or so is an embarrassment -- or entertainment at long last, depending on how you look at it.
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.
I distinctly remember this film because of the bridge sequence. Mediocre to be sure, but maybe worth a late night watch when there's nothing else to do.
This incredibly drawn out film is not without potential, whilst it's weird, dark and unique, it somehow loses itself, which I feel is in the storytelling and just when you feel it's a little too dull the ending offers a little consolation for sticking with the film
As soon as I see Richard Gere's name in the credits of a film, I'm instantly put off. The man has made an absolute fortune without having any real ability and in this, he yet again proves he has a very limited range. Thankfully though, there is more to this film than Gere and his usual dull repetitive approach.
He plays John Klein a Washington journalist, who after the death of his wife in a car accident, is somehow drawn to Point Pleasant, a small town in West Virginia, where strange and unusual events are happening to the locals. They are all living in fear, having premonitions and reporting sightings of a large black winged figure around the area. This is also the same dark figure that Klein's late wife claimed to have seen before her death, causing further obvious interest from the journalist and also putting his own life in danger.
Supposedly based on actual events, this is a surprisingly tight and engaging little super-natural thriller. As mentioned earlier, Richard Gere is a plank of wood but the support from the always excellent Laura Linney and the wild eyed Will Patton are very welcome indeed. There is brilliant use of atmosphere and low-key music that raise this film above a particular standard and has many genuinely creepy moments. It doesn't try to be too fancy, wisely and effectively leaves a lot to the imagination and just gets on with telling an unsettling story. Which it does, to good and chilling effect.
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