Film & TV
A new documentary is shedding light on a decades-old mystery, and should fascinate skeptics and believers alike.
Between 1966 and 1967, West Virginia residents were terrorized by sightings of a giant winged creature with glowing red eyes—sightings that stopped abruptly when the tragic collapse of the Silver Bridge killed 46 people. Now, 50 years later, The Mothman of Point Pleasant reveals the untold story of those individuals whose lives were forever changed when they crossed paths with the mysterious 'Mothman' phenomenon. Check out the trailer below.
As the trailer shows, the documentary, like the cult film Cropsey, seems to take a balanced look at a chilling story and the real lives impacted by inexplicable events, with a strong focus on eyewitness interviews.
Fans of the Mothman legend will likely know that this isn't the first time the winged cryptid has appeared on film; the 2002 Richard Gere movie The Mothman Prophecies also explored the mysterious legend. However, although based on a nonfiction book of the same, The Mothman Prophecies misrepresented many of the incredible events that occurred in Point Pleasant. It's refreshing to finally see filmmakers recognize that the Mothman phenomenon is fascinating enough to stand on its own, without fabrication.
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The Mothman of Point Pleasant was released on June 2nd, and is currently one of Amazon's top 10 horror movies, right below Alien and the original It. Will this be the movie that finally does the story of Point Pleasant and its Mothman justice? Only time will tell—but we want to believe.
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This Story Was First Published on The Portalist.
Featured still from "The Mothman of Point Pleasant" via Small Town Monsters