The Mothman Prophecies

  • 12
  • Mark Pellington (2001)
  • US
  • 113 min
The Mothman Prophecies
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Supernatural thriller starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney. Two years after the death of his wife, political journalist John Klein is stranded in a small town when his car breaks down. He discovers that the isolated community is being terrorised by a shadowy "mothman" creature that closely resembles pictures his wife drew just before her death.

Cast and 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


Mark Pellington

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Helkon SK
Violence, swearing and a sex scene.
Available on video and DVD
Released 1 Mar 2002
Certificate 12