An Urban Legend & Film Review with Monster Honey Sarah
The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
|A drawing of what would become known as the 'Mothman'|
After strange occurrences surrounding the death of his wife Mary (Debra Messing), John Klein (Richard Gere) is drawn to the small town of Point Pleasant in West Virginia, where a series of similarly bizarre events have been happening. As John works with local man Gordon (Will Patton) and policewoman Connie (Laura Linney), things start escalating and John begins to question what is about to happen and what his part in it might be.
|The Mothman statue in the real like Point Pleasant. No, I don't know|
why he has rock hard abs.
|I always feel like somebody's watching meeee!|
|Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's...|
The atmosphere of the film is appropriately bleak and draining, helped in no small part by some great cinematography. At times it’s slightly off-kilter to disorientate, at others it almost seems to be playing the part of whatever force is stalking John; floating and observing with a detached eye. The colour of the film is also drained in many places, with the particular and significant exception of red lights. Like John we too are filled with a distinct and undeniable feeling that something terrible is about to happen, and if you’re familiar with the stories of what happened you will see the signs. When it does all come crashing down, if you’ll pardon the pun, it is appropriately horrific and spectacular in equal measure.
|The next season of Fargo looks great, you guys.|
Monster Honey Rating: 4 ominous warnings out of 5
A note on this film: The day I saw it I went out in the evening and passed a building site. As it was very foggy I was unable to see the cranes, but could clearly see the red lights at the very top of each crane; two of them, shining like eyes in the dark.
But I’m sure that everything is going to be just fine.
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