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SYFY Saturday - Mothman: A SYFY Saturday review by Andy F.

SYFY Saturday - Mothman: A SYFY Saturday review

Mothman
Directed: Sheldon Wilson
Written: Sonny Lee, Patrick Walsh
Starring:
Jewel Staite, Conner Fox, Susie Abromeit, Kennon Kepper, Michael Aills

The "B-Movie" has a special place in my heart. My dad used to not only condone, but
show me movies like The AstroZombies and Deathrace 2000. He was a proponent of all things sci-fi, and sci-fact, he still is actually. He molded me into the geek that I am today, from comics to movies, novels to tv shows. He also introduced me to "The Mothman." He grew up in Southwest Ohio, about 30 to 35 minutes from Point Pleasant, WV. He has been to town, as close as 2 or 3 days to when the bridge dropped (if you know anything about this, if not, check here.) He told a lot of stories about the place, and of course, this sparked my curiosity, not a hard thing to do. I have been into town a few times now, and it is nice to see that a lot of movie isn't filmed on some lot somewhere, but right in town. It's not a big place, but its nice there. It deserves the nod. There are Mothman stores and museums all up and down the main drag. It's a town of, if not believers, embracers. So as a fellow embracer, I am glad to see an old story get a little bit of new life.

The story is a little different from the one that you might know. Happening well after the events that initially brought the Mothman into the light, so to speak, a group of teenagers accidentally off one of there friends down on the river. This ironically is a major theme of about a fourth of the Syfy Saturday lineup. We then flash forward ten years, one of the group, Katherine (as played by cute and feisty serenity mechanic Jewel Staite), has moved away to become a fluff reporter for The Washington Weekly. After writing a story on glasses for dogs, or Doggles (I can't make this stuff up people), she is tasked with doing a piece on her home town, and it's local legend. She meets up with her old group of friends quickly, and most consider her a deserter, with only her old boyfriend welcoming her with open loins, wait what...arms, I meant arms. Then people start dying. To be more exact, all the teens that were on the river, that aren't the dead one, start dying.

The part that bothers the most about this movie is that they had to reinvent the story of the Mothman to tell it. Granted, basing a story in existing legend to lend your version of a tale credence can be helpful, and considering the legend is basically fiction anyway, it's can be open to interpretation. All that being said, this adjustment is rather drastic. I am going to stop short of dropping any spoilers, but it would have been better left without the Mothman moniker attache
d.

It surprised me that the Mothman creature was actually well done. I can tell you that after reviewing Nightmare on Elm Street 2, 4, and 6; the creature held it's own with those depictions of Freddy. The attacks and deaths were standard syfy fare, nothing to engaging or frightening, but passable. The acting was basic, with expected shining moments by Jewel, and some screen gumming by veteran b-movie actor Jerry Leggio.

This movie tries to be scary and serious, and it goes a long way to getting there. It falls just short, but still surpasses many of its strait to DVD kin. It reminds me of Drive-In Movie material (yes, I am old enough not only to remember a drive in, but to have gone to a few in my time), something my Dad would have been happy to spend two bucks a carload to pick a spot and get a bucket of popcorn for. Now there is a thought, the Syfy Saturday Drive-In. Anyone with enough land and a love for the Chiller Thriller, please still my idea...just don't do it near Point Pleasant...the Mothman might get ya!

Rating: 7/10 Reflective Surfaces











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