Review of "Mothman Prophecies, The"

published 28/04/2003 | ricci
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"A creepy film without blood and gore"

The Mothman Prophecies is an eerie and disturbing tale.I was surprised just how creepy I found it, because as it has a 12 certificate and I wasn’t expecting to be particularly scared.It proves that you don’t need blood and gore to make a film creepy. It’s a bit like an old fashioned horror film with lots of suspense and suggestion.

The main character John Klein is played by Richard Gere. John’s wife Mary (Will and Grace fan’s will recognise her as Grace) crashes their car after seeing a strange, demonic looking bird like creature with horrible red eyes. In hospital it’s discovered that she has a brain tumour, she dies not long after this.

Two years later John drives to a small town called Point Pleasant in West Virginia, in a kind of trance. He doesn’t remember the journey to Point Pleasant and has no idea why he would want to go there. He meets Connie (Laura Linney) a local police sergeant, she tells him that life In Point Pleasant has become strange. Strange events have been occurring and people have been reporting seeing a ‘mothman’ like creature like the one that his wife saw.

John is compelled to find out what this creature is. Thoughts of his wife and burning curiosity make him want to find out what the appearance of this creature mean for those who see it. He wants to know if the mothman causes bad things to happen to those who see it or is it a prophecy of bad things to come? He becomes obsessed with the mothman and the idea that it’s mass appearance in Point Pleasant is a horrible omen for the town.

This film has a mysterious air to it. I found myself watching it and feeling intrigued by what was going on. Most of the action is set in Point Pleasant a stereo typically American small town. Like any good horror film the scary bits tend to occur after dark along a dark road or at night in John’s grotty motel room.

The acting in it is ok without being outstanding. Richard Gere is watch able without looking as if he could collect an oscar for those. It’s such a good story and so creepy that it doesn’t need amazing acting.

It’s actually based on true events that happened In a real place called Point Pleasant in the USA in the 1960’s. Strange ‘mothman’ like creatures were seen by a number of the townspeople who were quite undersatndedly terrified.

Watching a film that is based on true events and isn’t just the product of someone’s weird imagination is interesting as it makes you go a bit X files and think about everything we don’t know about the world and it’s mysteries

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  • LouZ published 18/05/2003
    I did like this, although I wouldn't watch it a second time. Lou X
  • NIGSY published 16/05/2003
    Great op, the film seams to have a vague sillent hill theme to it.
  • buzios published 15/05/2003
    I quite enjoyed this one too - good op.
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