Based on true events, “The Mothman Prophecies” is a compelling, heart-pounding, bone-chilling thriller that will jolt you off your seat! Driven to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding his wife’s death, John Klein (Richard Gere – “The Hoax”, “Chicago”) uncovers chilling secrets behind The Mothman, a timeless, nameless horror whose appearance spells doom for all those who see it. Klein discovers a connection between the supernatural being and Point pleasant, West Virginia; a small town paralysed by fear where he meets Connie (Laura Linney – “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”, “Mystic River”) who helps shed light on the crisis. If you see it, are you safe? If you don’t… are you next?
2002 – Rating: 12 – American Film
Rating Details: Moderate Horror and Infrequent Strong Language
8.0 out of 10
So where have I been for the last month? Serving a prison sentence for inciting a popular but ultimately unsuccessful uprising? On a world tour to promote my latest bestseller? Locked away in a Scottish castle writing my autobiography? In a drunken stupor in a gutter somewhere? Nope, in fact I’ve been decorating my kitchen. Shortly after I moved in seven or so years ago, I found myself suffering from ‘decorating burnout’. This is a tragic ailment for which the most common symptom is knowing exactly where everything is in the local B&Q, even when they keep moving the stuff on the shelves around from week to week. This sadly happened before I’d got around to doing the kitchen, so it’s remained ‘as was’ ever since, slowly becoming more and more embarrassing and an increasing threat to world health. My flat isn’t exactly what you’d call huge. It’s so small that even when a single item gets left away from its normal resting place, the whole, fragile ecosystem of my life starts to break down. This normally includes injuring myself on some bit of furniture or other item that I’ve inadvertently walked into or on, as I’ve tried to navigate around the out of place ‘thing’. So you may wish to consider the real-life horror I’ve been living with that results from emptying everything out of my kitchen and storing it elsewhere in my flat. I’ve seen tidier looking places in post-holocaust movies just after the bomb’s dropped. My favourite injury this time was from a bracket that sticks out too far as it’s too big for the shelf it’s supporting. Normally it’s not a problem, but this time I knelt down by it at one point in an attempt to open the door of the fridge that was facing directly towards a wall. I managed to rip two nice grooves out of my right leg. Oh what fun it was! I’m sure I’m going to end up with a hideous scar. It reminded me of why I don’t do DIY very often. The kitchen took 36 days to finish. It’s now going to take as long to sort out the chaos it caused everywhere else. For anyone that’s interested, here’re a few photos of the final result:
I think I’m becoming a bit of a wuse in my old age. I think it’s because as you get older you get nearer to death, so anything that involves ghostly dead things that are still around, starts to worry you more. This film doesn’t exactly have ghosts in it, but it’s near enough. It’s a 12 certificate film, how scary can it be? Well it had me looking at the open door of the lounge as I was watching it, too scared to go over and close it in case the Mothman, or something like it, suddenly flew in. If you want to frighten a few 12 year olds but be a goody-goody and not pull out you latest 18 certificate torture porn or “Exorcist” Blu-ray, show them this film. Don’t forget to mention that it’s based on a true story too. It helps that it takes a while for the nature of the Mothman to be revealed, as not knowing makes it all the more scary. It also has great sound. I didn’t think the two main characters had that much on-screen chemistry, but it punches above its weight in terms of mood and general atmosphere. Things feel a bit safer once you find out what’s going on, but it still has a pretty good disaster movie ending to enjoy.
The soundtrack is decent enough. I can’t remember anything else about it now, but it was good. Honest. I think it even won an award or something, so it must be good.
The trailer is pretty standard stuff. You’ll watch it and then forget it.
Recommended for reporters and police officers. (Wow, that’s original.)
No cats, chainsaws or decapitations.
Top badass moment? Richard Gere goes house hunting with his wife and they decide to have sex in a wardrobe there, before being disturbed in it by the estate agent asking if they’re interested in buying the house. I’m not sure what’s most badass, doing that at their age, or the way the estate agent closes the deal. Well okay it’s not the latter; I just can’t make myself think of an estate agent as badass. I don’t think I’d have space in my wardrobe to do that.
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