For the full scoop on The Mothman Prophecies (in a waffle cone), go here.
For a second scoop, try our tasty Mothman
Prophecies Q&A flavor.
What? Still hungry? You gluttonous Roman! Okay. A third scoop. And that's all
The Special Edition DVD isn't crazy stuffed to the gills like X-men 1.5
or Jonah: A Veggietales
Movie, but it's got enough to make it worthwhile. A good director's
commentary. A music video featuring that creepy Indrid Cold guy (who, it turns
out, is voiced by Mark Pellington, the director). The five deleted scenes are
good inclusions. Since they were left incomplete (no sound and effects), they
really illustrate (probably not intentionally) how absolutely integral music
and sound design were to the atmosphere of the film.
The "Search for the Mothman" documentary is perfect in that it answers the main
question you'll have after watching The Mothman Prophecies, which is
"How much of this ëbased on a true story' movie is actually true?" The short
answer is that most of the things that happened to the townspeople are based
on actual reports from the town of Point Pleasant, and most of the things that
happened to John Klein are fabricated. Also, (SPOILERS) the The Mothman Prophecies
leaves out most of the details that would suggest a traditional "visitors from
outer space" explanation, and, as a result, it's a much more resonant tale of
one town's (and one man's) ambiguous unraveling reality.
Speaking of unraveling, witness director Mark Pellington in "Day by Day: A Director's
Journey" in two parts. It starts out a bit slow, but pretty soon it becomes
"Day by Day: A Director's Journey into the Heart of Darkness." Now, first off,
there is no doubt in my mind that movie director can easily compete with air
traffic controller for the title of "World's Most Stressful Job." But in that
movie about air traffic controllers whose title and plot I don't remember, Mark
Pellington would be the shifty grimacing chain-smoking guy who you're afraid
will snap and decide that it's a good day for an airborne demolition derby (I
don't know if they had that type of character in that movie about air traffic
controllers whose title and plot I don't remember, but they should have).
While X-men director Bryan Singer's reaction to the stressful task is
to be perpetually wired, Pellington's approach is to mope, swear, belch, shuffle,
and grumble. Weary, un-shaven, dishevelled, and bleary-eyed, he has the look
of a man who's trying to figure out how to load his camera with bullets instead
of film. In the course of the shoot, he curses at the documentarian (he's not
the only crew member to do so), gets into a minor on-camera spat with executive
producer Richard Wright (who, to be fair, started it), and later shoves him
Suffice it to say that there's not been such an unsparing portrait of a director
in action since Stanley Kubrick's daughter documented the making of The Shining.
It's hard to say how much of this is due to documentarian Jason Free's ability
to get in Pellington's face at exactly the wrong moment, or to the fact that,
in the editing room, most of the shots of Pellington saying "This is a great
day. I love my job. I want to hug the world" were, understandably, excised in
favor of more interesting material.
In any case, it's kind of funny when Pellington, later on, thanks the crew for
the "most beautiful creative experience I've had in my life" and says he's had
"a great time."
- The Movie Itself: 9/10
- The DVD Features: 8/10