West Virginia August 17, 2018
These Disturbing Events In West Virginia Are So Creepy They Inspired A Movie
Very often, real life will inspire filmmakers, but few real life events are as creepy and bizarre as the ones that inspired 2002’s
The Mothman Prophecies.
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Point Pleasant is a name well known to West Virginians. Point Pleasant means the Mothman, the Men in Black and UFOs. It means paranormal activity brought to a level that infected the entire town for 13 months in 1966 and 1967.
This statue located in downtown Point Pleasant speaks volumes about the city and the effect the cryptid creature has on it.
Beyond that, it is not just the events in the sixties that gave the area its paranormal reputation; even Native Americans would avoid the region in pre-settled America, probably because they sensed a negative energy coming from the area. Put simply, the region spooked them.
During the 13 months when people regularly reported sightings of The Mothman, Men in Black and UFOs, a New York-based journalist named John Keel came to the city to investigate the phenomenon. What he discovered was a place where unexplainable things occurred with staggering regularity.
The haunting book is a piece of American journalism unlike any other. Keel not only reported the events that occurred in the city, he became a part of them.
In 2002, the book became a Hollywood movie starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Will Patton, and Debra Messing. The film, a Lakeshore Entertainment production, was released on January 25, 2002.
Richard Gere plays a loose version of the author himself, who is called John Klein in the film. The movie is a departure from the book in several ways, but also depicts several important points in the book.
The movie deals with the sightings of the Mothman, but never really shows the creature, as the author himself never saw the creature either. Instead, we get a haunting, psychological thriller that challenges our sense of normality.
The film co-stars Laura Linney as a fictional police officer in Point Pleasant who helps John discover what is going on in Point Pleasant. Unlike the book, the fictional John has a wife who drew pictures of the creature she saw one night, which caused a car accident that put her in the hospital. This is what motivates John to doggedly pursue the mystery to its conclusion.
Will Patton plays a real person described in the book who encounters a being called Indrid Cold, who is speculated to either be a non-human entity related to The Mothman, or the Mothman itself. It is not really clear which is which, either to the audience or the characters.
The movie largely focuses on the Indrid Cold character and how he psychologically torments John, which are events very close to what the author himself experienced.
At its core, The movie focuses on one aspect of the phenomenon, which centers on the prophecy that something bad was going to happen in Point Pleasant. This ends up being the collapse of the Silver Bridge, which occurred 13 months to the day of the terrifying cryptid's first appearance.
Today, all these events are collected as artifacts in the Mothman Museum, which is located just around the corner from the iconic statue. Inside are newspaper clippings, a documentary viewing room, drawings by actual eyewitnesses, and much more.
There is even a section of the museum with props and and clothing from the movie donated by the production company for display in the museum. While inside the museum, you can discover everything about the whole story, including Keel's book, and the events depicted in the film.
Have you seen
The Mothman Prophecies? Are you aware of the true facts pertaining to the Point Pleasant phenomenon? Feel free to comment below and join the discussion.
If you want to learn more about this phenomenon, check out
this full story of the Mothman in West Virginia that still baffles people today.