Pros: Very creepy, lots of suspense
Cons: Leaves you hanging a bit
The Mothman Prophecies stars Richard Gere as a man whose wife dies after a mysterious encounter. Christmas Eve night, while driving home, she saw something on the road that caused her to swerve about a hit her head on impact. While at the hospital, it is discovered that she has a brain tumor and will soon die. One of the final things she asks her husband was "Did you see something on the road?" Things get stranger from then on, as Gere finds himself repeatedly ending up in this small town. After talking with a few people, he realizes that something strange is going on in this town, and that people are seeing things that can't be explained.
Ultimately, people start describing what can best be called a Mothman, which is some sort of being with unclear features, that sort of resembles a moth. It communicates to some of the townsfolk, even so much as telling them about disasters that have yet to occur. Gere's investigation leads him to a paranormal experts who warns that the Mothman is in that town because something very terrible is going to happen there.
On top of all that's going on, the Mothman takes the form of Gere's deceased wife and begins tempting him into near insanity. He is now torn between giving up his grip on reality in order to be together with his wife, or to try and figure out what is going to happen so that he can worn the people in the town.
Laura Linney plays the local Sherriff who tries to hold everything together, and has a lot of trouble believing Gere's warnings. However, even she has been having some weird dreams that cannot be explained. With so many people seeing this Mothman and having weird visions and dreams, it seems hard to believe that this thing is not real.
The Mothman Prophecies is one of the few genuinely creepy movies out there. It doesn't have much of anything jumping out of the screen at you, and it is not gory. However, this film is a major goosebump inducer. When the Mothman starts making contact with some of the people, it will make your skin crawl, and I'm not kidding. I'd compare the sensation to the first time I saw The Sixth Sense and the ghosts starting making their appearances.
Gere and Linney are wonderful and believable in their roles. Will Patton has a supporting role as a local man who is plagued with the knowledge of future disasters, but they happen before he has a chance to warn anyone.
The camerawork and cinematography really help to set the mood in this film. There are countless scenes with dark corners in the background, where you just know something is going to come out at any second.
The Mothman Prophecies is a satisfying supernatural thriller from beginning to end. It has a HUGE, shocking suprise ending that'll have you prying the armrests off the theatre seats. If you are prone to nightmares, go see this one during the day, because it will echo in your dreams.