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The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

Cast: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Will Patton, more...
Director: Mark Pellington
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Science Fiction
Running Time: 118 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Based on a book by paranormal investigator John Keel, this spooky, X-Files-type supernatural thriller is purportedly based loosely on true events that occurred in the small town of Point Pleasant, WV, in 1966-1967. Richard Gere stars as journalist John Klein, an up-and-coming reporter devastated by the death of his beloved wife Mary (Debra Messing) following a car accident. Mary saw a mysterious vision immediately before the crash, a haunting image of a moth-like creature. Two years later, Klein is driving to an interview with the governor of Virginia when he suddenly finds himself hundreds of miles out of his way in a small town on the West Virginia-Ohio border. He discovers that strange events are occurring there, including sightings of the "mothman," as well as UFOs and bizarre alien-like telephone calls. Klein stays to investigate, despite the protests of skeptical cop Connie Parker (Laura Linney) and the initial hostility of spooked local Gordon (Will Patton). He soon discovers that sightings of the mothman are historical portents of doom and disaster, omens that may foretell a terrible cataclysm about to strike Point Pleasant. The Mothman Prophecies reunites Gere and Linney, who previously starred together in Primal Fear (1996). ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide

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Arlington Road
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GreenCine Member Reviews

Jumpy by DPOWERS February 22, 2003 - 12:31 AM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
jumpy, as in, everyone in the movie, and me in my seat. there are some good, unusual scares here and lots of inventive aspects, like the music, the evil camera, and the looming scenery, particularly the lights.

how to rate it, though. in a dark movie theater, with all the jumps and flashes and creeping-up-behind, this must have been thoroughly terrifying. on a small screen that power dissipated. without the power, the characters felt a little flimsy, and the carefully constructed, fractured scenes sometimes too closely resembled television commercials.

i enjoyed the mothman prophecies, it's good. for a better creepy tingle, i think i'd suggest its crazy twin donnie darko.

strange flick by mikecadreamer November 1, 2002 - 11:18 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
If you like the X file type stories than you'll like this one. The pacing is slow but I liked the ending.

X-Files without Duchoveny by MLouv June 6, 2002 - 10:17 AM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Two hours of Richard Gere looking paranoid.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 5.37)
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