A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Creepy and spooky, some surprises and character deaths, but not too gory.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief sexual situation.
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Brief strong language.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this movie isn't very graphic or gory, it's a psychological thriller that may be deeply upsetting to some people. There's a car crash and a tragic accident with many deaths. Another death could be suicide. There's a brief non-graphic sexual situatio and brief strong language. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Director Mark Pellington knows how to handle suspense and throw in some "boo!"-ish surprises. But the happenings themselves are so un-compelling that it hardly seems worthwhile. Maybe it's because they decided to be true to whatever really happened (though they had no problem moving the time of the story up more than 30 years to take place in the present). But even the Mothman at his most ominous just didn't seem that scary to me.
Another problem is the way that, after all that business with having voiceprints done on the Mothman's recordings and having the sightings substantiated by many different people, the movie hedges its bets at the end by telling us that it all might be a post-traumatic manifestation of John's grief over losing his wife or guilt over thinking about letting her go so that he can move on. It's possible that both are true -- that it was the grief that made John available to otherworldly messages and that he decides to walk away from it. But that still leaves us with a big "so what?"
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