THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES

Demonic Predictions

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Release Date: January 25, 2002

Starring: Richard Gere, Laura Linney,
Will Patton, Debra Messing, &
Alan Bates

Genre: Horror

Audience: Teenagers & adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 119 minutes

Distributor: Screen Gems/Warner Bros.

Director: Mark Pellington

Executive Producer: Terry Tennebaum, Richard S.
Wright & Terry McKay

Producer: Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi &
Gary Goldstein

Writer: Richard Hatem

Address Comments To:

Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Warner Bros., Inc.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
Website: www.movies.warnerbros.com

Content:

(OOO, Ab, C, LL, V, S, N, A, D) Strong occult worldview about a supernatural, demon-like creature who seems omniscient, but only shows up in areas where a disaster is going to occur, plus man claims to be Christian but succumbs to visions of supernatural creature; 14 obscenities including one “f” word, two strong profanities & 4 mild profanities; woman smashes head against car window, demonic-like creature predicts plane crash, man points shotgun at another man, man dies of exposure, bridge collapses, woman dreams about drowning, & scary creature lurks around people; implied sex between married couple; rear female nudity behind fogged-up shower stall glass; alcohol use in background & man says he has sobered up because he became a Christian; smoking; and, nothing else really objectionable.

Summary:

Richard Gere stars in THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES as John Klein, a Washington Post reporter who encounters an occult phenomenon that predicts natural and man-made disasters. THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES has a strong occult worldview and ultimately is not very dramatically satisfying.

Review:

Richard Gere stars in THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES as John Klein, a Washington Post reporter who encounters an occult phenomenon. John’s wife has a strange vision of some thing in the night, and their car crashes. Mary ends up in the hospital, where the doctors discover a mysterious brain tumor that eventually kills her. Before she dies, however, she makes weird sketches of a moth-like bipedal creature.

Two years later, John mysteriously ends up in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, miles away from where he was supposed to be. When the woman sheriff there tells him that the townspeople have been seeing strange visions similar to Mary’s drawings, John stays to investigate. John learns that the townspeople may be seeing visions of the mysterious Mothman, who only shows up when a significant disaster is about to strike. Mothman’s prediction of 99 people dying comes true (in a plane crash), so John begins to believe that a disaster will strike Point Pleasant very soon. He tries to prevent it.

THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES is not very dramatically satisfying, although it may pique people’s curiosity since it’s based on a true disaster story. It offers no explanation as to what Mothman could be, but it alleges that the supernatural creature is omniscient. The movie claims that mankind is not meant to have an explanation for every strange phenomenon. Thus, the movie’s occult worldview is not likely to satisfy those interested in such things.

In Brief:

Richard Gere stars in THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES as John Klein, a Washington Post reporter who encounters an occult phenomenon. John’s wife has a strange vision of some thing in the night, and their car crashes. Mary ends up in the hospital, where the doctors discover a mysterious brain tumor that eventually kills her. Before she dies, however, she makes weird sketches of a moth-like bipedal creature. Two years later, John mysteriously ends up in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, miles away from where he was supposed to be. John learns that the townspeople may be seeing visions of the mysterious, demon-like Mothman, who always shows up when disaster is about to strike. Mothman’s prediction of 99 people dying comes true (in a plane crash), so John begins to believe that a disaster will strike Point Pleasant very soon. He tries to prevent it.

THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES is an unsatisfying supernatural thriller that offers no explanation as to what Mothman could be. The movie claims that mankind is not meant to have an explanation for every strange phenomenon. Thus, its occult worldview likely will disappoint even those who are interested in such ungodly subjects.