Normally intended a horror film is there to scare the audience as much as possible, or to make believe "that could happen to me." Nevertheless, no matter how frightening is a movie, the viewer knows that it's only a movie, and none of this is reality. In "The Mothman Prophecies" it is all a bit different. The film should not really be put into the category of "Horror". It is rather part thriller, part science fiction, and it deals with things like vision and breaking the fourth wall. This film is based on documented events in Point Pleasant. Specifically, the events that took place for 13 months extended in 1966 to 1967, to the collapse of the bridge, the Ohio and W.Va. union, and 46 people lost their lives. Despite the documentary background history this was wrapped in a great entertainment package, and here's the plot: but he way, I saw this film and theatres and it still frightens me.
The journalist John Klein (Richard Gere) is trying with all his strength to get over the accidental death of his wife Mary. Not long after the car accident, she died in the hospital. John, the last words of his wife remember "you have not seen it, right?". Their macabre drawings of a strange figure him unable to get out of his head. One night traveling John to Richmond. Somehow he comes off the path ( he does not like) knows itself and ends up in Point Pleasant. and soon he finds that his wife was not the only one who has seen "something" because gradually it comes out that in this small town strange events and " sightings "of the so-called Mothman are common all over the place. And John cannot simply not shake the feeling that this Mothman wants to talk to him.
As I said these similar events really happened (at least sightings), but that means that this is not a tedious documentation . But on the contrary. If you are not aware of the background; at first sight (as I did), then the audience will be in for a world-class thriller in the style of "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable" commanded by a "oh my God, I would have NEVER expected" ending . And if one looks at the film a second and third time, falling to more and more details, and one is very greedy it to catch new clues to the Mothman. It is genuinely creepy, very few horror films can pull this off.
Voltage moments and scenes where you could scream out loud, are plentiful. Suddenly scenes bring to tears of fright from one a simple phone ringing; it puts totally off balance. This film manages all do without blood, and also the Mothman in itself is not shown as a fearsome monster. But nevertheless "The Mothman Prophecies" is far more frightening than many other horror movies, because here you can and WILL be creeped out and determined this is a reality more than once. And just before you go to bed, you should avoid this film.
The cast is great in this movie. Richard Gere and Laura Linney already showed in "Primal Fear" that the chemistry is right between them, and they are simply a super team. Debra Messing (in the movie Gere's deceased wife and probably better known as Grace from the comedy series "Will and Grace ") plays her role very well, and all the other supporting actors have done a very good job.
All in all, a sharp film for horror, sci fi and thriller fans in general.
On the Disc:
This local release comes to us in stunning HD, its a film that has frustrated myself over it lack of a HD release. There was a few discs in Europe but nothing solid locally. It was a big release and shocks me how long it has taken.
Codec: MPEG-4 MVC
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Thankfully Via Vision presents a nice print that is spec free, clean and crisp, a big leap over the DVD from many many years ago.Black levels are rich and there does not appear to be any digital noise or compression issues. The audio we have a English: Dolby Digital 5., which sound great and fresh, with no hissing or pops.