Bigfoot will always be America’s main cryptid, just as Nessie is essentially Scottish and Yeti is integrally bound to the Himalayas. But in the 1990s, those interested in American folklore and unsolved mysteries began giving increased attention to another cryptid, one just as elusive but infinitely more sinister: The Mothman of Point Pleasant. While many foster imagine of Sasquatch as a bumbling gentle giant, Mothman is a sophisticated harbinger of doom.
Most horror fans were first turned on to Mothman with The Mothman Prophecies, directed by Mark Pellington and starring Richard Gere in 2002. But while that film claimed to be based on real events, the story told was convoluted and metaphysical; difficult to grasp and separated for the creature’s roots in folklore. A new documentary, however, Mothman of Point Pleasant is a serious exploration of the actual facts surrounding the elusive and intimidating Mothman.
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Beginning in 1966, people reported sighting an imposing entity with glowing red eyes in and around Point Pleasant, West Virginia. The sighting ended abruptly in 1967 following the Silver Bridge collapse which resulted in the deaths of 46 motorists. Many believe the Mothman’s appearances were a warning of the catastrophic events to come; others believe Mothman has been sighted in other areas where disasters later occurred.
Check out the trailer for Mothman of Point Pleasant, from filmmaker Seth Breedlove, below.
Official Synopsis: In 1966 four people driving on a deserted stretch of road in rural West Virginia encountered a bizarre, winged entity that came to be known as “the Mothman”. The event was the catalyst for a thirteen-month-long string of unusual activity centered around the town of Point Pleasant, WV. For over a year, citizens of Point Pleasant were witnesses to UFOs, strange government and military-related activity, and the Mothman itself.
A production company called Small Town Monsters will document the “thirteen months that changed history” in the upcoming film. The feature-length documentary will delve into not just the unusual happenings in the area but also the history of the small town and how it was impacted by the creature sightings. It will also tell the tale of the tragic Silver Bridge collapse; an event that claimed the lives of 46 people and brought the Mothman story to a close. Mothman promises to unsettle viewers with unnerving accounts from original witnesses and area residents as well as deliver new information related to the case.
You can also check out the trailer and synopsis for The Mothman Prophecies below.
Official Synopsis: Based on true events in Point Pleasant, Virginia, The Mothman Prophecies examines a series of inexplicable occurrences through the eyes – and mind- of one man. A man (Richard Gere) is driven to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding his wife’s (Debra Messing) death — and how they might be connected to the strange phenomena in a town four hundred miles away.