It is always both eerie and interesting to think of “something” else living among us. Creatures such as Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster have spurred thousands of people to their locales hoping to see it for themselves. Every year the area of Point Pleasant, West Virginia holds The Annual Mothman Festival paying homage to the legend of “The Mothman”. The legend of the Mothman along with firsthand accounts is the basis behind director Seth Breedlove’s documentary The Mothman Legacy, a follow up to his 2017 film The Mothman of Point Pleasant.
Breedlove examines the origins of the Mothman and how its story has grown since the first encounter in the late 60’s. The original settlers of Point Pleasant were of Celtic ancestry which brought along with it many a folklore, add that with the stories that surround the area pertaining to its Native American roots and the seeds have been sewn for “strange happenings”. Along with this history is also the recent occurrences of cult like ceremonies with hooded figures taking part throughout the woods is areas considered already rife with bad vibes and history. Still though this does not explain what this creature is and why is it here. Author John Keel wrote the 1975 book The Mothman Prophecies which examined events such as the 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge which took the lives of 46 people. Keel attached the Mothman to these tragedies as a sign but to what extent no one knew. Later the book was adapted into a 2002 film of the same name starring Richard Gere but that is when the story of the Mothman starts to change. Screenwriter Richard Hatem took liberties in shifting the focus as to why the Mothman appeared and hinted that it was acting as a harbinger of death.
The documentary is filled with firsthand accounts of those who have seen the Mothman but what took me out was the false looking evidence shown. The film incorporates reenactments of those telling their stories but also shows security footage and photos which are to lead you to believe it is real. There is no differential between what is fake and what is real and with little to no proof all the film is filled with are repetitive stories and assumptions as to what it is and why. As short as the running time is at 77 minutes, I think it would have served the film better to keep it to half that instead of filling time with tons of slow motion and nature shots. I appreciate the effort in trying to expand on a creature folklore but with leaps of logic as to the Mothman’s attachment to certain events and its muddled history due to both the book and the film it was not enough to hook me in.
1.5 out 5