Earlier this year we delivered word of a new documentary based on the eerie paranormal events that occurred in the late 1960s in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, the site of a tragic collapsed bridge disaster and sightings of a 10-foot, red-eyed monster in the nearby woods where an old Army ammunitions dump existed.
These weird happenings were most recently remembered in the 2002 psychological horror film The Mothman Prophecies, starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney and Will Patton, smartly directed with respect for the source material by Mark Pellington (Arlington Road). The acclaimed (and still scary!) film was adapted from the 1975 novel by noted parapsychologist John Keel.
Here's the latest launch trailer for the crowdfunded doc titled The Mothman of Point Pleasant, produced by Small Town Monsters (STM), dipping deep into these unsolved mysteries and the urban legends that persist on the 50th anniversary of its freaky supernatural encounters.
Here's the official press release from STM:
The documentary film looks to retell the Mothman legend through eyewitness testimony and the perspective of Point Pleasant citizens. The Mothman was first sighted in 1966 and sightings continued until around the time a bridge that connected the West Virginia town of Point Pleasant to the Ohio town of Gallipolis collapsed in 1967. The documentary will tell not only the Mothman stories but the entire 13-month span between the first sightings and the bridge collapse.
Seth Breedlove, the film’s director, promises recently-discovered history connected to the Mothman legends as well as new, untold encounter stories. He goes on to say that the collapse of the Silver Bridge is integral to the story but does not believe the tragedy was connected to the Mothman stories.
Small Town Monsters has produced three award-winning films, including the recent Boggy Creek Monster, which took all honors at the annual Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards. Production of The Mothman of Point Pleasant was entirely self-financed, through a Kickstarter campaign to help fund post-production (as well as a fifth STM film, already in the works) will launch this spring.
The Mothman of Point Pleasant has tapped Brandon Dalo to compose an original score (heard briefly in the teaser) and author and television personality Lyle Blackburn to executive produce and narrate. Zac Palmisano has returned as director of photography while Seth Breedlove directs, writes and produces the film. Famed poster artist Sam Shearon will contribute a brand new take on the Mothman in the official one-sheet.
The Mothman of Point Pleasant appears on Vimeo OnDemand, Amazon, iTunes and all major streaming platforms starting June 2.
(Via Dread Central)