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The Mothman Prophecies

The Mothman Prophecies

Mark Pellington (2001)

113min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
The presence of Richard Gere in this paranormal thriller (based on "true" events) may suggest a rather mainstream approach to the material. Yet this eerie and engrossing movie is far from conventional, combining off-kilter camerawork and spooky sound mixing with enough narrative ambiguity to fill several David Lynch movies. Gere plays a political reporter who one night inexplicably drives hundreds of miles out of his way to a small West Virginia town. He discovers that the confused inhabitants - including Laura Linney and Will Patton - are plagued by strange visitations from a large winged creature that seem to foreshadow disaster. Gere's attempts to connect these surreal events with a personal tragedy form the emotional backbone of the story, while the now familiar X Files-like encounters are composed with flair and imagination by director Mark Pellington (Arlington Road). Although many questions are ultimately left unanswered, this is a well-crafted and grown-up chiller with a stunning climactic payoff.

Summary

A bereaved journalist gets inexplicably lost on his way to Virginia, and ends up in a rural backwater where the residents are reporting paranormal encounters and sightings of strange lights. He investigates further and is startled to uncover stories about a huge moth-like creature - the same animal that his wife claimed to see shortly before she died from a brain tumour. Supernatural thriller, with Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Will Patton, Debra Messing and Alan Bates.

Cast & Crew

John Klein Richard Gere
Connie Parker Laura Linney
Gordon Smallwood Will Patton
Denise Smallwood Lucinda Jenney
Mary Klein Debra Messing
Dr Alexander Leek Alan Bates
Director Mark Pellington
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Helkon SK Guidance: Violence, swearing and a sex scene. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 1 Mar 2002

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