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First Edition. No signatures. Owner's small address sticker to front pastedown. Some rubbing to tail of spine. Some rubbing to ends of spine. Rubbing to ends of folds of dust wrapper. Adhesive tape repair to dust wrapper. Dust wrapper protected in archival mylar cover. Blue papered boards with silver lettering. Ralph Thomas opened the ancient family bible, and with a shaking finger delineated the passages she knew so well. Then with a shudder she turned the ponderous volume to the steel engravings which depicted the diabolical realm of the wicked, as they burned forever for their transgressions, deep in the bowels of fiery and eternal Hell.
Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. Worn small bookplate on front flyleaf. Edges and flaps of jacket have been sampled by Mothman's little minions, as is common, but the main panels aren't much effected and there is less rubbing than often found. Ufologist Gray Barker's semi-fictionalized account of the mysterious events in Point Pleasant, West Virginia , which were also covered by John Keel five years later in his book The Mothman Prophecies. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Not Indicated. A couple of minor edge tears on cover, otherwise in very nice condition.
Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Stated first edition. Midnight blue full cloth boards, silver cover and spine titles, light shelf wear. Pages near fine. Original jacket moderate edge wear, chip, rub; protected in new clear sleeve. Silver spine and back panel with titles and Barker's portrait and short bio. This rare, classic first printing was independently published in by West Virginia ufologist Gray Barker's imprint Saucerian Publications.
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Barker was the first researcher on the scene of both the Flatwoods Monster and Mothman cases. In The Silver Bridge, he explores the murky psychological depths of life and lore in 's West Virginia. The so-called Mothman "bird-man" monster was said to be a harbinger when sighted of tragedy to come. And, the entity appeared several times just prior to the infamous collapse of the Silver Bridge.
Point Pleasant's Silver Bridge, the first eye-bar suspension bridge in America, was an engineering marvel when constructed in and For almost 40 years, the structure provided dependable service. On December 15, came a dramatic and disastrous end. At p. Rescue and recovery operations started immediately but were hampered by frigid weather and freezing rain. The cause of the collapse was linked to the bridge's innovative design.
Undetected corrosion stress cracks caused an eye-bar on the Ohio side to fracture; because the eye-bars were linked together in a chain, the failure of one led to the catastrophic collapse of the entire bridge. In total, 46 lives were lost in the disaster. From opening paragraph: "In Point Pleasant Mrs. Then with a shudder she turned the ponderous volume to the steel engravings which depicted the diabolical realm of the wicked, as they burned forever for their transgressions, deep in the bowels of a fiery and eternal Hell.
Insured post. Item added to your basket View basket. Proceed to Basket. View basket. Here he goes for a more Twilight Zone approach, with the "did it really happen? Pellington has been gaining quite a bit of critical attention for this film, and rightfully so. Some critics have been apt to attack the film for its reliance on classic horror movie conventions It's quite ironic, considering that it is the film's good old fashioned sensibility that makes the proceedings so overwhelmingly effective.
It does not rely on cheap scares, post-PC "gore", or loud sound effects to jolt its audience. The film's power is rooted in its fundamentally chilling story, and taken to another level thanks to Pellington's assured direction. He never condescends to the audience, and he never goes for anything less than the extreme. He knows how to push audiences to the edge of their seat Hitch would certainly be proud. Yet the best element of The Mothman Prophecies is that, like the films of Hitchock, it is intended for its audience, and continues to engage them long after rolling the end credits.
The film has a wonderfully self-reflective structure, and a haunting ending Owen Gleiberman's comparison of this film to Nicholas Roeg's Don't Look Now is much deserved. However, many questions are left unanswered. Many plot threads still hang. Like Bob Clark's unnerving Black Christmas, The Mothman Prophecies does not provide the closure that most mainstream audiences would demand. The audience is forced to think about the film, and what it means, long after it's over. Mark Pellington insures that the Mothman's glowing red eyes will indeed stay fixed in our brains alongside the film's other haunting imagery.
So remember, grown ups and young people alike My Grade: A. I don't quite class it as horror, but more of a supernatural mystery thriller. Fascinating that this thing is based on real life reports. It gives it more of the creepy factor. That aside, it's just a really good nail-biter.
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It was very atmospheric. Great cinematography. I think the premise could have made for a great TV show. There's such a Twin Peakish, Lostish, feeling about it, tho not the weirdness. I like that people were reporting strange going ons and they were taken seriously. I recommend for people that like Twin Peaks, Lost, and X-Files, and are looking for something with that similar type of mysterious feeling.
Starting off promisingly with X-Files creepy events deaths and visions this young persons horror movie has a suitably tense edge. Based on a myth last discussed in great detail in the 60s, this is a modernised version of the legend of the Mothman, a mysterious figure who comes to people to foretell disastrous events. There is an air of Saturday night channel 5 about this film, but don't let that discourage you as its in the upper echelons of b-movie fair.
Richard Gere is surprisingly entertaining as someone who essentially doesn't say much and just gets creeped-out. A lot. His character isn't that challenging for any actor, so there won't be any Oscar gongs headed his way for this. Laura Linney is excellent as the town sheriff, like someone straight out of Twin Peeks.
The other characters are pretty much just there to move the plot along, rather than to catch your interest. The first half hour or so is entertainingly tense, but then the film lulls for the plot in the middle. The ending is satisfyingly and beautifully tidy, with a wonderful action sequence that clears up the vast majority of the weirdness from earlier on. The tight ending, while pleasurable and final is also one of the reasons that the movie isn't better than it is.
There is no sensation upon leaving of question or edge. No concerns about turning the next corner for fear of what might be there. This is perhaps why this movie feels like Channel 5, and perhaps why its a 12 not a Essentially its a creepy movie and not an out and out horror. LeonLouisRicci 6 June Arlington Road and The Mothman Prophecies. Nothing is Ever Clear or Precise. While several horror movies advertise themselves as being "based on true events," they are usually just fabrications of the actual material.
Was that house haunted? We don't know, mostly because Hollywood had to exaggerate everything. However, 's "The Mothman Prophecies" comes along, and when one is knowing of the real story and John A. Keel's book, the movie makes you think differently about "true story" horror. Music video director Mark Pellington has given us a movie that not only interests genre fans, but actually pulls through on bringing you a big case of the creeps. Washington Post writer John Klein is happily driving with his wife Mary one night after going house hunting.
Suddenly, something catches Mary's eye and the car swerves and crashes. John visits Mary in the hospital before she dies, and one of the last things she asks him is "You didn't see it, did you? We don't know. Strangely, John finds himself in the West Virginia town of Point Pleasant within hours, where weird things are occurring. Lights are flashing across the sky, John is getting strange phone calls, and people are reporting that they've seen a large winged creature with red beaming eyes.
John teams up with Point Pleasant sheriff Connie Mills to discover what is going on in this town. What is the moth-like creature attacking this town's locals? What does it want? Is it intending to do harm or is it an omen of things to come? When faced with the observations presented in Keel's book, "The Mothman Prophecies" only makes a few minor changes, including the time the actual events took place. The story shifts from the 's to present day. But otherwise, it stays very true to its source material, which leaves the audience completely in awe. Director Pellington and screenwriter Richard Hatem refuse to let the story be fabricated, and we love them all the more for it.
This supernatural chiller keeps its suspense factor high by not treating the audience like idiots. It doesn't stick to any of the usual horror standards. No one says "I'll be right back.
The script keeps the relationship between John and Connie from turning the movie into a sappy love story, which makes the leading characters more sympathetic and pure at heart, thanks to Richard Gere and Laura Linney's great performances. What really gets to you about "The Mothman Prophecies" is that you are left questioning right up to the end what this creature's motivations are. You never know if the apparition exists to warn people of future disasters or to bring fear into the hearts of the townspeople.
We're also not really sure if the Mothman is actually real. What if it's just a figment of imagination, what our minds want us to see and believe? We're always more frightened when we don't know what we're supposed to be scared of. A nice addition is Pellington's decision to stick to the "less is more" formula, and he does it extremely well.
He never shows us the monster, only flashes of light in varied colors and what we our told of the creature's appearance. Only true fans of horror will appreciate this. All of the tension builds up to a perfectly staged and nerve-rattling climax that poses more questions. The film builds slowly to produce this giant ball of supernatural horror.
This may test the patience of moviegoers who take their horror with ridiculous explanations and CGI effects. But the story of "The Mothman Prophecies" was always meant to leave you with questions.
The movie is scarier that way. By the time the credits have rolled, you are emotionally devastated, stunned, and ultimately freaked out. What could have been an "X Files" wannabe turned into something much more horrifying than anything "The X Files" could have created. Watch it at night with the lights off, and prepare to be spooked. History Revised Lechuguilla 25 May In a series of weird, supposedly supernatural, events occurred in or near Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
Much of what happened centered on local residents' purported encounters with UFOs; confrontations with "men-in-black"; phone calls from entities whose voices sounded electronic or metallic ; and sightings of a winged, semi-human creature that came to be known as "mothman". A few locals also were made privy to future predictions prophecies , some of which in fact did materialize, but others didn't. One of the alleged predictions was a December, disaster that did occur, and which this film dramatizes.
Available literature suggests a high probability that some, though by no means all, of the Point Pleasant events were the resulting activities of a practical joker, a prankster, by the name of "Barker" who died in the s. Other events appear to have been too bizarre and too widespread to be attributed to a lone carnival barker pun intended.
Indeed, the film's setting is the present, not the s, a fact which the film slyly evades. The filmmakers evidently decided to use part of the historical record, and then dramatize it, in a way that would have cinematic appeal to today's audiences. And so, the film aims to be a supernatural thriller, a suspenseful study in the theme of what is real vs. There's lots of dark atmosphere with offbeat, gyrating camera shots, ominous music, and dialogue to match. The overall effect is one wherein unseen forces are lurking in the shadows. For some viewers, this supernatural tone thus provides intense escapist entertainment.
For me, the hocus-pocus factor was too high, and the film exuded a sense of forced melodrama. Further, the film did not lead to any satisfactory resolution. What it did lead to was a nicely staged reenactment of the real life December, disaster. Maybe someday someone will make a documentary about the men-in-black element of the Point Pleasant events. If the underlying research is honest and thorough, the resulting film could illuminate a s drama that, while not supernatural in nature, had, and still has, implications that are as scary as they are real.
May contain spoilers Some people, perhaps most people go through life not really wondering about much. They go to work, punch the clock and then go home and do it all again the next day. But what about the ostensibly small percentage of people that seem to think, like Neo from the Matrix did, that there is just something not quite right with the world we inhabit?
These people have a slightly askewed perspective of what is right, what is wrong and how it all comes together. These are the people that are always asking why? Why does something happen and in the greater scheme of things, how does it all matter? Is there really a reason for everything or do some things just happen The Mothman Prophecies is a riveting story about how some people seem just slightly ahead of the rest of us.
It is a story of trusting your feelings and not going mad or getting committed in the process. And finally it is one of the scariest films I have ever seen. Make no mistake about that. Based on true events. I read an article that stated that this is a film that Hollywood actually had to tone down. In most cases, when film makers get a hold of material, they have to beef it up to make it more palpable for an audience. But this is just the opposite. Mark Pellington had to simmer some of the events in the film because he felt that if they actually filmed what was purportedly claimed, the audience would not believe the absurdity those events.
If that is the case, it frightens me to think what was left out because as it stands, this film is on the brink of utter temerity. There is a head first slide into the bizarre and the film never fails to literally chill your bones. No film that I can think of, and that includes my favourites like Jaws, Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street, has made me feel as helpless, insignificant or as small as this film does. Richard Gere plays John Klein, which one can only assume is really a character based on the novelist John A. Keel, who wrote about the events the film is based on.
He is a Washington Post reporter who has just bought a new house with his wife, whom he loves very much. After a horrible car accident, his wife is hospitalized and just before she dies, she draws numerous pictures of what can only be described as an evil looking moth like creature, or perhaps even the Angel of Death. She begs the question to John, "You didn't see it did you? Soon after, John ends up in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and has no recollection of arriving there. Here he meets Sgt. Soon after he arrives, strange things begin to happen and shortly he and Connie become entangled in an imbroglio with mysterious implications.
Many of the locals claim they have seen something similar to what John's wife drew just before her death. And Gordon, played with pure twilight zonesque manerisms by Will Patton, seems to be the most affected by this phenomenon. He begins to hear voices, predicts future disasters, and finally claims to have met a mysterious figure. All the while Klein begins to see and hear unexplainable things. And here in, in my opinion, lies the key to the film. Mark Pellington, John A. Keel and screenwriter Richard Hatem, seem to explore the subliminal irrational workings of the unknown.
There are too many subtle, yet distinct elements that show up in the film. But they are not at the surface, they are just beneath. They're in front of our eyes the whole time, but only if you look hard enough. Much of this film deals with paranormal activities and the paranoid revelations of the people in one town.
But it doesn't stop there. Klein is from a town six hours away and eventually he seeks the opinion of a man in Chicago who wrote a book that claims he felt the same things. So there are people that have experienced these unexplainable phenoms all over the country. And this is where the film goes off into a level that I have never seen before.
In order for people to have seen this figure or to be able to comprehend it, the film suggests that there has to be an open mind. As an old proverb once said, "the mind is like a parachute, it only works if you open it. He hasn't quite let go of her and this somehow enables him to communicate with whatever it is that is out there. There are times when whatever it is seems ripe with duplicity but more times than not, whatever this figure says, what he predicts, what he prophecises, it comes true. Klein's wife's death marks the nascency of his exploration into the abnormal.
The theory of the unknown is what is dissected in such infintismal but succinct ways, that on a first viewing, you may not recognize them. We hear stories about people being committed to psyche hospitals because of their failed attempted interpretations. We hear of people that claim they are being watched by a higher being, but feeling this is not really God-like and not really evil. It is just an entity. We see people predict future disasters, we see dreams that prophecize death. And all the while, these people are looked upon as being pariahs. It is much easier to get up, go to work and watch television than it is to think and perhaps accept the fact that there is something just beyond our control that lurks in murky places in our minds.
There is even further sublime evidence that the director and writers feel this way. There are constant anomalous images filmed with an ethereal glance.
These are images that we now take for granted without batting an eyelash. Things like phones, televisions, pictures and electricity are all given to us in metaphoric and literal glimpses. The creators of this film seem to be telling us that if we can believe in the use of technology, technology like capturing a moment in time on a piece of paper or if we can receive someone's voice transmitting hours away through a few cords and wires, then why is it preposterously inconceivable that Dark Angels or Mothmen really do exist?
Perhaps, like the film tells us, they only exist to those of us that can open our stagnant minds a little more than the next person. More times than can be counted, horror films insult us with loud computer generated noises and blood that seeps from the walls and CG monsters that chase characters that no one cares about. It is easier to make a horror movie like the modern version of the Haunting or the modern version of 13 Ghosts. Those are paint by number horror flicks that require no thought and no effort.
But when you get a master like Shyamalan and now Pellington, creators that are intransigent in their beliefs and vision, it creates pictures that not only scare you to your very soul, they create pictures that open your eyes and minds to whole other possibilities. Mark Pellington has now proven to me that he is a master. Arlington Road was a surprising film that left you paralyzed with fear and your mind spewing questions long after the curtains came up. The Mothman Prophecies especially for horror fans will invoke discussions long after the lights come on.
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I realize this review may be a little long but this is the tip of the iceberg when it comes all that can be discussed in the film. There is a whole other religious element to the movie that hasn't even been explored. For instance, notice that both major events in the film happen on Christmas Eve. One final note to critics that lambaste this film for all of it's so called short comings. True, this film does not offer an explanation or a true conclusion to what took place.
But isn't that just the perfect note for it to end on? According to the prophet-like character, Alexander Leek, you are not supposed to understand this phenom. He tells Klein that you will go mad trying to figure it out. This is the only way to end the film. In a lesser film with an inferior director and writer, this film would have culminated with Klein and Connie finding some ancient manuscript in the basement of the library that tells them how to destroy it. They would have went to hallowed ground and summoned it and gotten rid of it.
But this is not the tenth sequel of Friday the 13th and this certainly isn't with all due respect to Miner and Cunningham Steve Miner and Sean Cunningham. This is an astute director teamed with a cunning and observant writer who believe in the pulchritude and darkness of the story and give it the respect that it deserves.
This is not only one of the best horror films I have ever seen, it is one of the best films I have experienced in my 30 years. This is the pinnacle of film making from all parties involved. I just wanted to give special mention to the entire sound crew who did such a brilliant job with this film. Pellington and Hatem collaborated beautifully to give me one of the most harrowing experiences I have been privy to in a theater, but the film would not have been quite as pulse pounding if it weren't for the sound team.
When you think of great music and sounds from the horror genre, you think of Carpenter's eerie piano piece from Halloween, Charles Bernstein's dream-like haunting score from Nightmare On Elm Street and John Williams ominous cello from Jaws. This is on par with all of those.
And even though this team of musicians may never know it, your work is appreciated by all of who love horror films. The film is simply terrific, fantastic special effects, good plot and a really shocking and surprising ending! This is really a horror film mixed with a thriller that has respected my own perspectives. I suggest it to all the people who liked films like "The sixth sense" and "The others" It's almost a masterpiece of his genre!
With a story that has events taken from real life, it always has a higher chill factor. Again, I don't get-off, on slasher or horror flicks. The thing that does get to me and always has, is, things that could or did actually happened. The acting, albeit I am not a real, Gear fan per say, but the character that he played was done to the bone. This is the story of John and Mary Klein, newlyweds.
I felt the hair stand up on the back of my neck, in when I went to see this. It was the perfect time of year for a story of mystery and horror. It was set right in fall, turning into winter. Debra Messing was a young and beautiful wife to Richard Gear's character, they seemed at very least, to be the perfect little young couple.
From, the house hunting mission that they were on, to the trip back to their home, when the first symbol appeared, it was very chilling. The type of scare, that is deep settling and the onset of an abrupt frigidness encompasses your body. The man that he John went to meet in regard to the 'phone-call' played by the very talented Will Patton, Gordon Smallwood was an eerie outing, that proved deadly for Patton's character. The Priest that met with Klein, to explain some of the occurrences, but not all.
Right on down to the drive that should have taken four or five hours, that seemed only, twenty minutes to the primary character, played by Richard Gear. I can say I have felt that I have been in that situation before. A sort of 'time' mystery traveling. I walked out of the theater, with a thoroughly washed out emotional chill factor inside of me. It was strange.
The real stuff always is to me though. A couple years later, I saw it again in , at home after renting it and with the lights out, at 12 midnight, the chilling effect doesn't grow weaker! This film, whether some are impressed or not, is a solid 'spine-tingler'. I rarely get moved by a film with shocking, or even scary stories, but as this one was told, I have to say, this was brilliant in it's execution. The players, were convincing, with these people at the helm of the story, it came across feeling cold and real. The hairs on my neck stood up a couple times! For me thats quite an accomplishment.
The temp in my home seemed cooler, as the story went on. The fact that there were no phony-phony looking effects of ghoulish, slasher type action, in the story made it hit home even deeper. This was a highly well crafted thrill cast. I recommend this for anyone looking to be mesmerized by a well-told story,that will intrigue just about anyone. If you're a fan of a good psychological scare, this film will stick with you for a long time.
Richard Gere stars as John Klein, a Washington newspaper reporter who encounters a moth-like apparition driving home with his wife late one night. His wife dies mysteriously after the ensuing car accident and Klein becomes convinced this apparition was to blame. When he hears of similar sightings a tall, thin, humanoid creature with moth-like wings and red glowing eyes in a rural West Virginia town, he becomes obsessed with finding the truth. Overall, this movie leaves you unsettled. The scares are like fleeting movement in the corner of a dark room.
The viewer's discomfort is related to what's not seen and not understood. The more Klein tries to learn the truth, the more it seems clear he's in a losing battle. He looks like a man caught in a giant hamster wheel, running in circles, never moving any closer to understanding the reality of the Mothman. Over time, he begins to get calls from a "voice" calling itself Indrid Cold. These are some of the creepier phone conversations you'll ever hear. Is this really the Mothman contacting Klein with strange prophecies?
Or is Klein just losing his grip on reality? The film is very loosely inspired by John A. Keel's book describing actual events that happening in West Virginia some years ago. Other than the Appalachian setting and the general Mothman mythology, the film doesn't share much in common with the book. The book is far less interesting. Keel was essentially a UFO conspiracy theorist and associated the Mothman appearances with many UFO sightings that occurred during the same period.
The movie is much more sophisticated although highly fictionalized and keeps the Mothman's origins far more mysterious. This film is for viewers who aren't afraid to be left with a lot of questions. It's clear early on Klein has become involved with something that's probably beyond human comprehension. The physical manifestation of the Mothman is never clearly seen or understood; it's more like a dark, malevolent shadow hanging over the small town.
The atmosphere is relentlessly dark, creepy and unforgettable. You'll definitely be worried about a pair of red, glowing eyes appearing outside your window at night. Argemaluco 12 January A lot of books changed my life. If that's good or bad,I do not know. One of the books which changed my life is The Mothman prophecies. That book changed my general vision of the world. I will not talk about the book;it's not for everybody but I recommend it. Now,I'll talk about the great movie based on that book.
The movie did something similar the book did;it does not pay much attention the facts the main character reveals. It pays more attention to human perception's frailty. And it's really great that the movie chose that way because the facts are so bizarre that,without putting attention to the human perception's frailty,it would have been a ridiculous movie. The Mothman prophecies works greatly as a thriller with a paranormal touch.
Richard Gere and Laura Linney bring excellent performances because they give their characters a lot of humanity. The script keeps very well the mystery during all the movie finishing with a great ending. The Mothman prophecies is a great movie with authentic suspense,a great story and very fun. This was a great "throwback" film that did quite a bit to your imagination without showing you everything.
Best work Gere has done and the audio effects were fantastic. I do business in Ohio and plan to visit Point Pleasant out of the curiosity that this film caused for me. Great soundtrack too, especially the ending song for credits entitled "Half Light. This was an excellent cross between a mind thriller and a horror movie.
The use of the strange phone calls was very clever and quite chilling, especially the scene in which Gere is asking the entity what he is holding etc. The Mothman Prophecies is a film like no other I have seen, but is often held to a standard and expectation of your typical horror or thriller, from which most criticism for it unjustifiably surfaces. First, The Mothman Prophecies is a very sincere film.
Most horror films are ostensibly slapstick, caricatured and full of overstatement of a very broadly recognised fear; death. The vehicles for this fear are usually monsters, murderers or disasters of which the victims are helpless; though these do the job of shocking us out of our seats, their effect, given their near ridiculousness, rarely lingers. The intensity of The Mothman Prophecies, however, is based from the outset on the loss of a perfect love, and our very limited nature in the grandness of existence, despite all other things that happen supernaturally, this is what truly haunts our protagonist.
It is in this, that the helplessness which brings about fear finds its vessel. Another interesting point, is that these supernatural moth-like beings that turn up before a disaster are not trying to kill anyone, yet they are or should I say Indrid Cold is utterly terrifying. When Klein receives THE phone call you know which one! Whenever I am in a dimly lit room, alone, I wonder how shaken I would be if such an event happened to me. The explanation for this, that there may be things beyond our primitive nature and capability to understand, is profoundly reasonable Which brings me to my point: Most horror films are sold on the merit that they make you jump sudden knife attacks, monsters leaping out, etc.
The horror in The Mothman Prophecies is something entirely different, something profound, poignant, existential. It is a film that will reward the insightful, reflective and empathic individual not the thrill-seeker , and will continue to scare and compel such individuals long after viewing for these reasons, I would recommend watching this by yourself. It is a film that adds something unique to the rich cinema tapestry.
I could talk about the competent performances, the strange cinematography or the alleged origins of the story, but what really sets this film apart is the way it scares like no other in the genre by which it has been defined.