“I did not draw that.”
The supernatural horror-mystery The Mothman Prophecies fills the screen with excitement and intrigue.
Reporter John Klein finds himself in Point Pleasant, West Virginia to investigate bizarre occurrences among the local townspeople including sheriff Connie Parker, played by Laura Linney.
John Klein, well played by Richard Gere, guides the audience through some haunting and chilling revelations based on actual events that occurred from November 1966 to December 1967. He tries to find the “explanation of something that can’t be explained” while psychologically deteriorating in the process.
Richard Hatem’s screenplay is based on the 1975 book of the same name by parapsychologist and Fortean author John Keel who researched the extraordinary real events. The story follows Klein, a reporter who researches the legend of the Mothman. After a lengthy detour he has no memory of, he finds himself in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, where there have been sightings of an unusual creature and other unexplained phenomena.
Many of the sightings remind Klein of his dead wife. As he becomes increasingly drawn into mysterious forces at work, he hopes they can reconnect him to his wife, while the sheriff becomes concerned about his obsessions.
Director/co-writer Mark Pellington uses foreshadowing, graphic matches and the shaky camera pans to strengthen this chilling plot full of sharp sound, morbid settings, and unexplained elements.
Pellington’s pacing and camerawork also impress. Debra Messing, Will Patton, and Alan Bates also star. this memorable, supernatural horror-mystery comes recommended (*** out of four stars) and is rated R for terror, sexuality, and language.
Copyright © Michael Siebenaler