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Given that this seems to be a SyFy original movie its not as bad as some of the other crap I've seen by them. But had I known it was theirs I honestly wouldn't have bothered renting it. Their movies are a joke. But, if you like their stuff, have at it. I've seen a LOT worse in general, thus the reason this gets 2 stars instead of 1.
More in depth review (with spoilers) on Shivers of Horror
It's all mindlessly hokey fun with the expected cheesy monster effects and pedestrian acting.
Recommended mainly to those of us addicted to the SyFy Channel!!
The movie is about a bunch of dumb teenagers, played by people who do not look like teenagers, that accidentally kill a boy and cover it up. 10 years later, the heroine journalist (Jewel Staite) returns to do write an article that she spends almost no time writing. Instead, she triggers the wrath of a vengeful native American spirit (are there any others in Hollywood?) that ends up killing 60% of the named characters. Then there's a stupid twist at the end. If you watch horror movies, there will be nothing new here. In fact, I could just copy and paste any review from just about any other bad horror movie and the same points would apply. Cardboard characters, a story strung together from old cliches, generally spotty acting, poorly paced, yadda yadda yadda. Despite being a horror movie, it's not at all scary. It doesn't make you nervous to be in the dark. It doesn't make you look over your shoulder every few minutes. It doesn't make you hear whispers in silence. It's not even very fun, it's just boring, eye-rolling crap.
It's worth my time to congratulate the cast and crew who were on the set filming. While most of the acting wasn't what I would call 'good', it was much better than it could have been - nobody just flatly read their lines, for instance. The same goes for the camera work, the special effects and the audio.Read more ›
This film, MOTHMAN, is a weird mix of the supernatural myth and lazy storytelling.
It opens with a scene that you only see in movies. A group of teens plays in a river when an annoying little brother drowns. The teens laugh that it's the Mothman pulling them down as they jerk each other under the water. But the little brother is spotted floating face up and dead nearby. Now comes the scene you only see in movies: all of the teens decide that they'll lie that the little brother hit his head on a rock and drowned...and THEY EACH TAKE TURNS HITTING THE DEAD BODY IN THE HEAD WITH A ROCK. Now maybe Point Pleasant, West Virgina doesn't have the resources to go all CSI on this case, but this kid's head had to be pretty battered after a dozen teens takes turns slamming a stone down on him.
The rest of the film is weird contortions to the monster movie formula as they try to shoe-horn details about the Mothman legend into the script.
You never really know what's going on or what the characters can do to protect themselves as the story stumbles along. Each new thing they try to avoid being killed by the Mothman doesn't seem to work. The CGI is lame and unrealistic. The characters bland and interchangable.
It is what is says it is: "A Sy Fy Original."
We only made it through the first 23 minutes of the film, but please believe me, it was MORE than enough for a heaping helping of derision.
I actually reserved this on Redbox because it kept being rented and I enjoyed The Mothman Prophecies so much I really hoped they would have a good sequel here.
My hopes were mercilessly dashed right from the opening scene, in which three typically and trendily attractive teen idiots and their odd wheel young friend-- who made their little camping group seven instead of six-- spend some time in the woods by a lake. This little virgin dude without no girlfriend basically gets on everyone's nerves, so they drink some beers, tell him by the campfire that the Mothman's crib is nearby, and then decide to all go swimming yet again to prove they're not afraid. While treading water, they take turns going under to snatch little guy by the ankles and pull him under. Predictably he drowns, and after a moment of misplacing him, they find his body floating face up some feet away. They pull him onto the dock, do about seven limp wristed chest compressions, then pronounce him dead without taking a pulse. Not wanting to take the rap for this, they decide to agree on a story that keeps them all out of trouble. What is the story? That he swam out and got tired and drowned, oops so sorry, in lieu of flowers donate to a charity? Why NO, nothing so logical. They take turns slamming a rock into his skull so they can tell the authorities he hit his head!Read more ›
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I liked this movie Mothman! I found it creative & creepy. I love these kind of movies.Published 14 months ago by alicia james
An "OK" film that is what Id describe as (if in fact it isnt already) perfect fare for SyFy Channel horror fans. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dr. Tom's Reviews
This film has earned a place of dishonor in the top 10 worst movies I have ever seen. I read a Mothman story when I was a kid and so was interested in the lore. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is only a B movie so do not expect Academy Award quality, but if you like horror and action. it is movie that you can truly enjoy.Published on March 24, 2014 by M. Diaz
It was a great gift for my wife; she loved it! I thought it was a very interesting subject to review...Published on December 30, 2013 by Ace of Hearts*
I originally watched Mothman when it premiered on the SyFy Channel, I then last year bought the film on Amazon for about $4 and it wasn't a bad purchase. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Kcott44
The effects were good, not the best but far from the worst. I liked the story and how they referred to the Mothman Prophecies.Published on December 29, 2012 by Jeff
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