The Mothman Prophecies
Movie Stats & Links
||Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Alan
Bates, Will Patton, Debra Messing
||Nah, leave them at
||She might get a
little scared, or just say "Huh?"
||Almost, in a
closet, but Debra kept her clothes on.
||A decent bridge
collapse, but that's about it.
||More suspense than
Gary Lucchesi, Gary Goldstein
When you're going to give me a decent horror type movie
with mostly implausible occurrences, please do two things: One Ė donít
say that the movie is based on true events. And two Ė let me see the
monster/creature. Unfortunately "The Mothman Prophecies" said it was
based on true events, and two, other than lousy drawings and a shadowy
figure, we donít get to see the Mothman.
The Mothman Prophecies
A Movie Review
In the movie Richard Gere
plays John Klein. Alright, Iím probably going to spoil some things by
writing this review, but I donít think it will really matter in your
enjoyment, or maybe lack of enjoyment of this movie. Anyway, heís a
hotshot writer for the Washington Post. He and his wife, Mary (Debra
Messing), just decided to by a house after testing out if the closet
was a good place to have sex or not. Sadly, on their way home, Mary
gets spooked by some ghost-like thing that John doesnít see, she
swerves and slams her head against the window. The MRI shows she has a
tumor that wasnít present before, and low and behold, she dies.
So itís a couple of years later, John still hasnít really gotten
over her, and rather than get set up on a blind date, John leaves
early to go interview the Governor of Virginia. Somehow John gets
diverted and magically finds his way to Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
It is there that strange things are happening, starting when his car
conks out and he finds a house to make a phone call. Thatís not so
strange, but when Gordon (Will Patton) threatens to kill him because
heís been bothering him for the last three nights, well, John is
confused because heís never been there before. Enter Connie (Laura Linney), a cop in Point Pleasant, who starts to explain the strange
things that are afoot in their little town.
Well, John becomes obsessed with the strange occurrences, namely
because one of the townsfolk made a drawing of the Mothman that was
similar to what Mary supposedly saw before she crashed their car.
Strange phone calls happen, Gordon seems to be going more and more
crazy, and now John tracks down Dr. Leek (Alan Bates), a paranormal
author who eventually explains to John about the Mothman and how doom
and gloom always seem to follow where he goes.
Blah, blah, blah, eventually the bridge collapses and people die.
As a twisted horror movie "The Mothman Prophecies" wasnít too bad.
It has some scary moments, some unbelievable coincidences, and a cozy
ending, but what kills a good horror story is saying itís based on
real events. For a good horror you need to be able to suspend just
about any belief you have about logistical events, but instead of
being able to suspend belief, saying itís based on true events make
you just go "Please, give me a break." And then, with all of these
supposed sightings, you would think they could have come up with a
police sketch that could have translated into a real Mothman character
rather than just a shadowy figure with red eyes. Based on true events
meant I couldnít suspend my reality, instead I just sat there going,
"Oh, come on. Give me a break."
And so, what could have been a fun horror movie just fell flat. A
lot of potential was evident in "The Mothman Prophecies" but only if I
could pass it off as fiction rather than some true paranormal event
that preceded a bridge collapse. Itís 2 stars out of 5 for "The
Mothman Prophecies." If youíve seen most every other movie out there
and really need to see a show, catch a matinee. If not, maybe
wait for the video.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!