The Mothman Prophecies parents guide

The Mothman Prophecies Parent Guide

Overall C-

The Mothman Prophecies is based on paranormal events recorded in the small town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia during the late 1960's. Updated here, the movie follows a reporter who gets caught up in a string of unexplainable events after the loss of his wife in a strange car accident.

Release date January 24, 2002

Violence C-
Sexual Content D
Profanity C-
Substance Use B-

Why is The Mothman Prophecies rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The Mothman Prophecies PG-13

Run Time: 119 minutes

Parent Movie Review

THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES is based on paranormal events recorded in the small town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia during the late 1960’s. Chronicled in the book by John A. Keel, residents reported seeing huge red-eyed images with moth-like wings that haunted their town for several months prior to a devastating catastrophe that crippled the community.

The Mothman Prophecies (2002) - Official site The movie updated to the here and now, stars Richard Gere as a successful Washington Post reporter, happily married and planning to buy a home until a tragic and odd automobile accident puts his wife (Debra Messing) in the hospital. Following her death, he discovers a series of bizarre and hideous creatures scribbled in one of her notebooks. Months later, he comes across the same aberrant drawings when he inexplicably turns up in the West Virginia township.

The Mothman Prophecies (2002) - Official site With the help of Sgt. Connie Parker (Laura Linney), Klein unearths accounts from a growing number of the populace who’ve encountered the manifestations. Piqued by the sightings that seem tied to his wife’s death, he settles into a hotel and tries to make sense of the ominous visitations, screeching moans, and unexplained phone calls. The journalist begins to worry about the safety of his friend, Gordon Smallwood (Will Patton), when the local factory worker starts hearing strange messages from someone named Ingrid Cold. The cryptic premonitions foretell impending deaths and disaster. In an attempt to explain the phenomenon, the bewildered journalist seeks help from Alexander Leek (Alan Bates), author of a book on the metaphysical, who warns Klein to get out of town before tragedy strikes.

The Mothman Prophecies (2002) - Official siteDirector Mark Pellington unfolds his adult-oriented thriller with quick flashes of light, eerie camera pans and the unsettling feeling of breath on your back. The often abrupt and abrasive musical score, written by Jeff Rona, also adds to the feverish pace of the film. While most of the movie’s content issues revolve around startling terror and language, at least one scene depicts a teenage couple engaged in sex (with some nudity).

Although the mystery of the Mothman remains unexplained, partisans of the paranormal may enjoy this film while parents may opt for less suspenseful entertainment.

Directed by Mark Pellington. Starring Richard Gere, Will Patton, . Running time: 119 minutes. Theatrical release January 24, 2002. Updated

The Mothman Prophecies Parents' Guide

Some people believe that the disasters that plague Pleasant Point, West Virginia are the result of a 200-year curse pronounced by a great Shawnee chieftain. For more information on the history of this story, go to

Why do you think that Klein’s wife began reappearing in Pleasant Point? What do you think she meant by saying, “I just want you to be happy”? Do you think there is a correlation between her appearances and her statement?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Mothman Prophecies movie is June 3, 2002. Here are some details…

Although we have not reviewed the DVD version of The Mothman Prophecies, we provide the following for your convenience…

DVD Release Information:
  • Studio: Columbia-TriStar Home Entertainment
  • Theatrical release date: January 25, 2002
  • DVD release date: June 4, 2002
  • Runtime: 119 minutes
  • Production company: Columbia TriStar
  • Package type: Keep case
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1
  • DVD encoding: Region 1
  • Available audio tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Available sibtitles: English, Spanish, French
DVD Extras:
  • Music Video

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For more alien action, check out Richard Dreyfuss in Close Encounters Of The Third Kind or Jodie Foster in Contact. For other well-written (but not really family appropriate) thrillers dealing with paranormal phenomena, check our reviews of The Sixth Sense and The Others. You can see less scary portrayals by Mothman stars in Runaway Bride (Richard Gere), A Walk In The Clouds (Debra Messing) and Remember The Titans (Will Patton).