Wednesday, August 24, 2011

40 Days of Night(mares) Day 2: The last horror movie you saw in the theater

Being a true horror afficianado, I want to preface tis by saying I am justifiably embarrassed that it's been so long since I have been to a movie theter to see a horror film. But, in my defense, with four kids and a squeamish wife, it's rare that we get out to a movie at all, and when we do, the selection is usually in the tamer range. So, outside of Sucker Punch, which wasn't intentionally horrific, the last scary movie I saw in the movie theater was The Mothman Prophecies.
And now a brief word of synopsis courtesy of imdb...
A reporter is drawn to a small West Virginia town to investigate a series of strange events, including psychic visions and the appearance of bizarre entities.
and now back to your regularly scheduled program... The Mothman Prophecies is a genuinely creepy film with some chill inducing moments. Director Mark Pellington is great at creating suspense, as he also does in Arlington Road, which, if you haven't seen, get thee to Netflix. Richard Gere's slow descent in this movie is both well portrayed and realistic as coincidences and incidences pile up and he's drawn further down the rabbit hole. You're often left wondering if there are supernatural forces at play for real or if there's just some form of mass psychosis going on. The movie is supposedly based on real events concerning a bridge collapse in Point Pleasent, West Virginia and the odd sightings and phenomena before the collapse, except almost everything is changed. All in all, a solid movie, solid cast, solid scare factor.
Watching it again, I like the slow build and pacing and it holds up, even knowing how it ends. 
On my horror scale, I'd give it a 6 out of 10.

Odd and fun side note: Mark Pellington's other directing credits also include the ING Direct commercial featuring the lazy money.

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