The High Strangeness of ‘The Mothman Prophecies’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

Mothman’s Got Cakes.

After spending our month-long theme on toxic masculinity with difficult watches like Funny Games (listen), Deadgirl (listen) and Hard Candy (listen), we’re taking a break from the theme and wrapping up November with a look at Mark Pellington‘s 2002 high strangeness chiller The Mothman Prophecies.

The Mothman Prophecies sees journalist John Klein’s (Richard Gere) wife Mary (Debra Messing) experience a strange moth-like vision immediately before she dies from a brain tumor. Two years later, John suddenly finds himself hundreds of miles out of his way in the remote town of Point Pleasant, where there has been a proliferation of “mothman” sightings. While investigating with the local sheriff (Laura Linney), he concludes that the visions are omens of an impending disaster.

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Episode 258: The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

Hide your ChapStick and get off the damn bridge because we’re heading into the world of high strangeness with a look at Mark Pellington’s 2002 chiller The Mothman Prophecies (2002). Tagging in for the conversation is returning guest (and Trace’s better half) Ari Drew!

Join us as we offer a brief primer on cryptids and why us queers often feel a special connection to them, before going all in on this stealth Christmas horror film. It’s a more philosophical episode than usual, but that makes for some fascinating conversations.

Plus: diving into the true story the film is based on, Mothman’s cakes (the butt kind), Richard Gere’s magical 2002, creepy phone calls from Indrid Cold and one great hidden scare.

Cross out The Mothman Prophecies!

Coming up on Wednesday: We’re kicking off December with a return to the land of giallo in Sergio Martino’s Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972).

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